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"The Neptune Factor". Sure, it's bad. But that's half the
"Meteor" is one of the very first space-based
disaster films from the era of disaster films (Airport, Towering
Inferno, Earthquake). The effects range from good (rockets launched
from orbiting platforms), to terrible (Skylab as a deep space probe,
and a two-by-four building trying to pass as a skyscraper).
the opening scenes, of a sailboat crossing a starfield, is
Whereas Deep Impact had good effects, and Armageddon was
nothing but flash and NOISE, "Meteor" has a touch of
class. This despite the bad acting and cheesy effects.
Try this one
out. It's a fun watch!
Some of the biggest screen stars of the day were featured in this last gasp of glasnost. Sean Connery, Brian Keith,, Martin Landau, Natalie Wood (who is coincidentally cast as a Russian translator when she herself was born to Russian parents).
The screenplay adds lots of nice realistic touches that draw you into the panic of a world on the uncontrollable brink of annihilation. It is gratifying to see Sean Connery unfettered and free to curse and rail.
Part of the appeal is to see high-level bureaucrats at each others throats and to see how there is a rest of the world and that they are affected as well. It is eerie to see that the very first American landmark struck is the World Trade Center towers.
It should be noted that the screenplay was written by those whose having a great deal of war movie screenplay experience, such as "Patton", "Sink The Bismarck", and "The Day The Earth Stood Still".
The orchestration aptly relays the gravity of the moments where dialog is not possible.
Meteor concerns a massive meteor scheduled to crash into earth. It predates Armeggedon and Deep Contact by about 15 years. Plus it does not have any miners trying to explode the meteor into pieces. This film has the U.S. and the Soviet Union attempt to launch nuclear missiles simultaneously to destroy the giant rock. Since the film was made in 1979 and Reagan had not won the Cold War yet, getting both countries to cooperate (on film) was a major problem.
The main problem with Meteor were the mediocre special effects as I believe the film might have run out of money. Before the meteor hits, fragments of the meteor hit earth and do much damage. However the poor effects doom such scenes. In one scene, a meteor crashes into the ocean near Hong Kong and causes a tidal wave. We see dozens of people running through the street to escape the wave and we can also see people on the sidewalks relaxing and lounging around watching the scene being filmed. Another fragment crashes near a ski resort in the mountains. The scenes of destruction were lifted from an earlier American International film, "Avalanche."
The final fragment slams into downtown New York (destroying the World Trade Center for the first time.) The underground headquarters for those trying to launch the missiles is destroyed and Connery, Wood and the others are almost drowned in mud.Read more ›
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Arrived promptly. Disc as advertised and undamaged. Would buy from this seller again.Published 1 month ago by dmb
Former NASA bigwig, Dr. Paul Bradley (Sean Connery- ZARDOZ) is brought in by Karl Malden to investigate the unusual entry of a comet into the asteroid belt. Oh no! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
The film stands on its own merit, but it is simply a straight burn to dvd. Would have appreciated dvd authoring, including captions, but you get what you pay for. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel
This is a good movie with some great stars of yesteryear... Enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by CRC
Probably needs a special edition, remaster etc. DTS with heavy sub-woofer would add immensely to special effects, otherwise not bad for 1979.Published 5 months ago by C L Zuppardo
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