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Genesis II (1973)

Alex Cord , Mariette Hartley , John Llewellyn Moxey  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues, Harvey Jason
  • Directors: John Llewellyn Moxey
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WBTV
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VA5A02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,043 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died." Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, brings fans another enthralling tale of the future. Set in a time between now and the era of the starship Enterprise, Genesis II follows Hunt (Alex Cord), who awakes after 154 years of suspended animation into a post-apocalyptic world that's torn between the peace-loving citizens of Pax and the militaristic, mutant Tyranians. Both want Hunt to join their cause. But the Tyranians have two cruel weapons to persuade Hunt: a device of torture called a stim. And an alluring mutant (Mariette Hartley) with two navels...and one ice-cold heart.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction Classic! June 16, 2010
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Filled with a cast of well-known actors from the 1970s, Genesis II is Gene Roddenberry's vision of what life on Earth might have become after a nuclear war. The made-for-TV film fits nicely with Roddenberry's extended arc of "futuristic" stories that include the Star Trek series.

Alex Cord brought the character of Dylan Hunt to life and set him so strongly in our imagination that other actors were able to reprise the role in Planet Earth and Brave New World with ease. These two films are the sequels following Genesis II. Mariette Hartley was exquisite as Lira-a and looked absolutely seductive--even with two navels.

The action is smootly paced and the story well-crafted. Dylan Hunt participates in an experiment to test the early development of suspended animation, and is trapped in the pressure chamber when an earthquake is unexpectedly triggered. He wakes 154 years later, when people from PAX discover and revive him.

Hunt is faced with that long gap in his lifetime, and finds a world completely changed by nuclear devastation. He struggles to understand the political and sociological changes between the people of PAX and those of TYRANIA, the other survivng group.

He must decide which group he will join, and is pressured by both. Unfortunately, his choice is complicated by the knowledge that the Tyrannians have discovered an intact ICBM and warhead...which they plan to use against PAX.

The excitement speeds along at the rushing pace of the sub-shuttle in this Science Fiction classic!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Effort January 1, 2010
Just picked up a copy of Genesis II (1973) and Planet Earth (1974).
I just finished watching both Genesis II and Planet Earth, and was pretty happy with Warner Brothers efforts.

They were both a manufactured on demand product using DVD-R recordable media. Warner made some effort with DVD disk art, and cover art, they could have picked a little better picture for the cover however for Genesis II.
I am glad to finally have a copy of these made for TV movies, that are DVD quality. There were a few specks on the picture, but not enough to take away from the movie.

I only gave it a 4 but they are probably closer to 4.5, just because I think they could have done everything just a little better.

Hopefully they will release the 3rd movie Strange New Earth (1975)

P.S. If you aren't into the older movies, you probably won't like them. These are 70's made for TV movies, so the special effects are somewhat lacking by today's standards.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In memory of Gene Rodenberry July 2, 2010
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I remember watching this in 1973 when it first premiered. Though the TV Special effects are tame by today's standards, the plot was pretty cool. I liked ALex Cord's character, and all the supporting characters especially Percy Rodriguez, and Ted Cassiday's.

Think it was originally planned that this would take off as a series but it did not pan out. Though there were some sequel's with John Saxon taking over the "Dylan Hunt" character, this was by far the best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product April 30, 2011
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Good quality audio and video. D.V.D. contains scenes NOT shown on commercial t.v. Good investment for those who cherish CLASSIC, plot-based, not gore-based, sci-fi, as I do. "They" just dont make 'em like this, anymore.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie September 14, 2010
Wow, this is a blast from the past. I remember seeing this movie and the sequels on TV when I was a kid, maybe 8-10. Watching GR's later series, _Andromeda_, I realized that it was a rework of these movies (same theme, same lead character) and bought the movies so I could see them again.
Science guy Dylan Hunt is in suspended animation for ~150 years, due to a cave-in interrupting what should have been a week-long experiment in a NASA tunnel complex in Carlsbad Caverns. While he was out, there was a war, the sides are not clear, and now everything is different. The tunnel complex is now inhabited by PAX, the descendants of the scientists and various other survivors, who find and revive our hero. Adventure ensues.
This is a mid-70s TV movie. It's got 4:3 aspect ratio, 1970s hair, some vaguely hippie costuming, and minimal special effects. Some of the social commentary bits have lost their impact, much like Original Star Trek. One of the Pax authorities is African-American, and one has a Russian accent, which was futuristic then, but now only remarkable in that there is only ONE African-American character (and no Latinos that I remember). The special effects are pretty minimal (again, much like Original Star Trek) but that's OK, as it means GR could not rely on effects to replace the plot (unlike, say, recent action movies).
It is still an enjoyable movie. It is little preachy, but only in a couple of spots, and usually with time for a rebuttal. Some of the plot points seem a little contrived (like the whole setup sequence), but, again, it's a TV movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Set in a future where a nuclear war has decimated the population and left mutants, barbarism, and an uneven survival of technology, Genesis II was a pilot concept that opened up a lot of room for weekly adventures. Unfortunately, this pilot was not picked up, even thought it generated enough interest to be tried twice more! So we have a limited stock of the adventures of Dylan Hunt ... a scientist of the past living in an uneven world of tomorrow.

One of the reasons that we remember this so well so long after its initial broadcast has to be the beautiful Mariette Hartley. Roddenberry had fought the censors over his costumes for the ladies on Star Trek, with one of the proscriptions being that he could not show their navels! By the time he made Genesis II the standards had relaxed, and he sought his revenge by showing Mariette Hartley with not one, but TWO belly buttons. LOL She looked great with any number of belly buttons, and Roddenberry successfully cultivated the teen fantasies that Genesis II was designed to tap into.

Alex Cord looked great in the role and carried the right amount of "Kirk-like" stubbornness, although his acting was a bit stiff in places. His voiceovers sounded a bit more like the tough guy than the thoughtful scientist, but he worked in the role anyway. The network execs may have had the same quibbles I did, as he was replaced in the two follow-up pilots by John Saxon.

The societies depicted here are not very subtle. It is the struggle of Pax (peace) versus Tyrania (tyranny). Hunt, who was discovered trapped in a suspended animation experiment gone wrong, is pulled back and forth between the two, each hoping that his expertise can help their side, or at the least not aid the other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old style Sci-fi movie
Old style Sci-fi movies with funny special effects. I suppose it will eventually be a classic for the genre.
Published 3 days ago by Rose Galante
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was a good movie I enjoyed it.
Published 24 days ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars 70s classic
forgotten classic
Published 28 days ago by henricus
1.0 out of 5 stars skip it...
Wow, this was bad, i figured with Gene Roddenberry attached it had to be decent... wrong...
Published 29 days ago by David Haskin
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I like this movie
The story is about Dyland Hunt (Alex Cord) who awakes after 154 years of suspended animation into a post-apocalypic world thats torn between peace-loving and mutants. Read more
Published 1 month ago by donna
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this pilot as a kid
I loved this pilot as a kid. I developed my first major crush on Mariette Hartley when I saw it. To this day I'll never figure out what she saw in Jim Garner, that she never saw... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Davey Barnette,
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for a lesser known Gene Roddenberry epic
This is a decent science fiction movie, clearly written to be the start of a TV show. Hence you get good character development and plot
Published 1 month ago by Tamara Wilhite
5.0 out of 5 stars also great
wow how I miss gene Rodenberry
Published 1 month ago by L. Oliver
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Perfect cure for insomnia.
Published 1 month ago by Causey Quillian
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