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Ian Jane
03-23-2011, 11:40 AM
I rewatched this last night on Blu-ray for the first time in at least ten years and I still really like this movie even if the finale has become a pop culture joke. It holds up well as a really dark look at a future I'm sure we all hope never comes to pass BUT, as paranoid as this sounds, isn't out of the realm of possibility (what could be greener than recycling ourselves?).

I'm maybe a little biased in my love for all things Heston as I find him completely entertaining even at his hammiest but I think he works well in the lead here. He's tough and not out to take any shit and yet, he still finds time to bang a hot chick. He wears ascots and funny hats and kind of dresses like he's going to go out on safari, but that's ok. He'll still kick your ass.

Leigh Taylor-Young is fun to look at but also fairly sympathetic as the 'furniture' (she comes with the apartment!) and Edward G. Robinson (who was pretty much completely deaf when he made this movie) is awesome as always. And then you get Joseph Cotton and Chuck Connors too. A pretty rad cast.

That all adds up to RAD in my book.


Paul Casey
03-23-2011, 12:19 PM
I love their dinner scene.
Leigh Taylor is super hot in this. Yowza.

Ian Jane
03-23-2011, 12:37 PM
I was checking out the director's commentary and most of that scene between Heston and Robinson was improvised. Somehow that makes it even better.

Heston's gonna get some...


Todd Jordan
03-23-2011, 02:22 PM
that dude is awesome. He was even awesome on the SNL he hosted. And I thank him for taking time out from his tennis game to teach me about the movie ratings system.

Ian Jane
03-23-2011, 02:31 PM
That clip rules. Let's watch it now through the magic of the internet:


I like that he also took time out of his tennis game for a beer.


I guess maybe he didn't take tennis all that seriously.

Todd Jordan
03-23-2011, 04:33 PM
does anyone?? Except the pros that is.

That clip truly is all kinds of awesome.

Ian Jane
03-23-2011, 04:37 PM


Mark Tolch
03-23-2011, 04:44 PM
Haven't seen this flick in over 20 years. I need to see it again.

Mike Howlett
03-23-2011, 05:41 PM
One of my favorites from the 70s and I don't have it! Time to remedy that with the BluRay!

John Gargo
03-23-2011, 05:52 PM
I've got the DVD but I must ditch it and pick up the blu. It makes for a great double-feature with OMEGA MAN... the world needs more retro-70s sci-fi films.

Todd Jordan
03-23-2011, 06:17 PM
Omega Man kills it too. I love 70s cheese. Not that that's cheese per say, but you know what I mean. I hope.

That nude Hessy has me confused.

Ian Miller
04-01-2011, 05:47 AM
I got the DVD at BiG LoTS! recently, still haven't cracked the plastic, but this (as well as OMEGA MAN) is a big fave from childhood.

Nice poster art by John Solie also.

Ian Jane
04-01-2011, 09:19 AM
The poster art is great. The VHS art is not.



Ian Miller
04-01-2011, 08:30 PM
Ick! It's like some MATRIX-y, STRANGE DAYS bullshit.