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Clonus (1979)

Tim Donnelly , Paulette Breen , Robert S. Fiveson  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Donnelly, Paulette Breen, Dick Sargent, Keenan Wynn, David Hooks
  • Directors: Robert S. Fiveson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NMHOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clonus" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New anamorphic transfer from negative
  • Interview with director Robert S. Fiveson
  • Original theatrical trailer

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Product Description

Somewhere in California is a secret industrial complex. Apparently well know to certain priveleged members of the inner circles of government, this factory has only one product: human clones!

These clones are identical replicas of members of the top 500 of politics and big business. Raised to adulthood, they are then frozen and cryogenically stored so that their body parts can be used to give more or less eternal life to the chosen elite.

The plan is to keep these clones in a state of almost childlike innocence and deny them any knowledge of the real world outside. They are brainwashed with dreams of a mythical place called "America" where (so they are told) they will go if they are lucky enougb to be selected.

A series of unplanned accidents leads to one of the clones finding out too much and becoming curious. One day he escapes from the clone farm and comes looking for answers in the "real" America... EXTRAS:
A 40 minute in depth interview with film's director, discussing his career to date and the making of CLONUS

The film's theatrical trailer

A feature length audio commentary with the film's director

Newly remastered from original negative in hi def anamorphic


"A terrific package for an oddball gem that deserves a proud spot on your '70s sci-fi shelf." -- Nathaniel Thompson,

1970's American horror movies achieved a political consciousness...DawnoftheDead, It'sAlive!,TexasChainsawMassacre...Clonus has been restored to their ranks -- New York Times

Clonus is one of the best low-budget genre films of its era, and deserves to be better known. -- DVD Talk

one of the most unjustly neglected sci-fi films of the 1970s. Recommended! --DVD Drive-In

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "What must be must be..." April 19, 2005
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While thinking about how to write this review without giving away any crucial information, I saw in the product description on Amazon they did just that, give away a whole gob of important plot points...oh well...I guess that lets me off the hook...but in all fairness, the titles pretty much gives it away, so for all you kids out their in film school, be sure to attend Proper Titling 101, as it's just as important as the rest. Clonus (1979) aka Parts: The Clonus Horror has been vilified over the years, even given the MST3k treatment but, in its defense, as a sci-fi thriller, I didn't think it was all that bad. If you strip it down to its core, I think the concept was ahead of its time, and still relevant, topical, and interesting. Directed by Robert S. Fiveson, the film stars Tim Donnelly (The Toolbox Murders), whose last known appearance was as `Shooter at warehouse' in an episode of the A-Team, sometime in early 1984. Also appearing in the film is Paulette Breen ("All My Children"), Frank Ashmore (Airplane!), Dick Sargent (The Beast with a Million Eyes, Operation Petticoat), Keenan Wynn (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), David Hooks (V), and Peter Graves (Stalag 17, It Conquered the World).

The film opens with Peter Graves at a podium, giving a typical politician speech, full of rhetorical hibbity jibbity. We then cut to various groups of youths exercising within a compound, smartly dressed in their Addidas track wear, reminding me much of that old TV show Battle of the Network Stars, except there are no stars here unless you count Dick Sargent, aka Darrin Stephens No. 2 (the unfunny one), from the show `Bewitched' (and I don't, by the way).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Cult" film worth looking into October 6, 2005
As I watched Michael Bay's "The Island," a movie whose American reviews in the mainstream media were far too dour, a feeling came over me I had seen this movie before. Lo and behold "The Island" is indeed a remake of Clonus. I eagerly await the DVD release of Michael Bay's latest for I plan to have a winter rainy-day event at my home - back to back viewings of the movies to entertain friends. News reports say the makers of "The Island" failed to buy the rights to Clonus and this piece of Hollywood intrigue adds topical interest.

On its own the best part of Clonus is its great premise, clones raised for spare body parts for the rich and politicians. Made in 1979 the movie is prescient and intriguing. Having said that, it's not a great movie. It's cheesy. But overlong scenes such as the searching of the office are balanced with some of the scariest scenes I've seen in a long while. For example the scene where we first see doctors terminate a clone. The doctors act with such practice and ease you think the actors did this for their day jobs.

I give it four stars because of its great premise, appearances by familiar medium level television personages, social relevance and the fact that I have to give a break to a first time director working on a $250,000 budget. Fiveson, the director, gives an interesting interview on another track of the DVD, and I think people interested in film-making might be find the DVD package worthwhile even if not particularly interested in Sci-Fi. For those not interested in what I've stated, I give the movie a fun two stars, not something to put at the top of your list, but if you have some extra cash and want to buy something different for your library, especially if you are interested in 1970s low budget movies.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put aside your prejudices and watch the movie! June 26, 2005
First up - this is a great sci-fi conspiracy movie. Way ahead of its time in its critique of science gone mad, the class system and the american dream - proved undisputedly by the new hollywood blockbuster from Micheal "Armageddon" Bay, being a virtual remake! (Uncredited of course!)

Of course its a very low budget movie so there are inevitable shortcomings but clear out all the MST3K prejudices and you're left with an unsung entry in the genre - even the New York Times placed the movie in the same hallowed company as Dawn of the Dead" (1978), Larry Cohen's "It's Alive!" (1974) and Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974), among many others, all drawing on the trauma of Vietnam and the rising fear of consumerist conformism to spin their dark fables of American life.

Now I can't think of a better recommendation than that!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check it out April 4, 2005
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Originally released as "Parts - The Clonus Horror" this overlooked gem was far ahead of it's time with regard to the science of cloning. The film takes a look at the darker side of this subject.

Shot on a shoestring it nevertheless manages to include Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn and Dick Sargent amongst its cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
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i have been waiting to get this film for ages
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