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Meteor (1979)

Sean Connery , Natalie Wood , Ronald Neame  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Edmund H. North, Stanley Mann
  • Producers: Arnold H. Orgolini, Gabriel Katzka, Run Run Shaw, Sandy Howard, Theodore R. Parvin
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792843606
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meteor" on IMDb

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Sean Connery leads a team of asteroid-battling astronomers in Meteor, one of the last and most unusual examples of the disaster movie craze of the 1970s. In this one, a killer asteroid named Orpheus threatens to collide with the Earth, and Connery must come up with a plan to stop it. Cold war politics date the picture a bit, but they also add some weight to the impending doom facing humanity. Like any good disaster flick, it's populated by an all-star cast, including Karl Malden, Martin Landau, Natalie Wood, Richard Dysart, Henry Fonda, and Trevor Howard. Brian Keith plays Connery's opposite number in the U.S.S.R. While the pacing and special effects are weak compared to similar celestial menaces depicted in Armageddon and Deep Impact, Meteor displays all the benefits of its more powerful cast… not to mention Hank Fonda as President. --Mark Savary

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Outer space can hardly contain all the stars who round out the extraordinary cast in this spellbinding thriller about a five-mile-wide meteor on a catastrophic collision course with earth. Natalie Wood and OscarÂ(r) winners* Sean Connery, Karl Malden, Martin Landau and Henry Fonda shine in this 'thoroughly engrossing (The Hollywood Reporter) sci-fi special effects spectacular thatrockets across the screen like a speeding comet. A brilliant scientist, Dr. Paul Bradley (Connery)is summoned to Washington by NASA chief Harold Sherwood (Malden), who informs him that a huge meteor will smash into earth in six days. The only chance to destroy the meteor is to work with the Soviets, revealing to them top secrets. But as the clock is ticking, fragments of the meteor split off and come crashing to earth, causing enormous damage. And as avalanches and title waves take a devastating toll, Bradley works against all odds to eliminate the greatest threat the world has ever known.*1987: Connery, Supporting Actor, The Untouchables;1951: Malden, Supporting Actor,A Streetcar Named Desire;1994: Landau, Supporting Actor, Ed Wood;1981: Fonda, Actor, On Golden Pond; 1980: Fonda, Honorary Award

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb forerunner of recent hits February 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When you see this, you may learn where some of the inspirations for ARMAGEDDON and DEEP IMPACT came from. Sean Connery gives a strong performance as a scientist trying to convince the military and government that a giant meteor five miles wide(apparently a rock from the producer's back garden was used and it shows!) is heading for Earth, preceeded by deadly fragments. After the talk comes some action and effects which were good for the time, and sometimes still look great even now. An avalanche in Switzerland, a tidal wave flooding Hong Kong, and as a preview of ARMAGEDDON, a huge fragment demolishes New York(although you can tell it's stock film in parts, even though it's kept to a minimum). And the space scenes towards the end of the movie are great! The characters are much more well-created and acted than in many films of this genre from the 1970s, particularly Connery(he makes anything worth watching when he's in it, with the obvious exceptions of ZARDOZ and HIGHLANDER 2: THE QUICKENING), Henry Fonda(as the President), Brian Keith not speaking a word of English except when he mocks the Brooklyn Dodgers(!), Natalie Wood as his interpreter and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE's Martin Landau as a caricature hot-headed Air Force general! Altogether, if you enjoyed DEEP IMPACT and ARMAGEDDON, don't miss METEOR. You'll be just as entertained!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those movies that is a guilty pleasure, kind of like
"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).
One of
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boy This Takes Me Back ! April 8, 2008
By A. Olmo
Good little film Meteor is, and it's one of the one's I saw with Connery in the lead not too long after giving up on Bond for good.

Meteor may never go down in history as the best movie of it's type, but I think for those that even remember it, it deserves a place as the first film of it's kind. Remember this was long before "Armaggedon" "Deep Impact" and all those knockoffs you see on the Sci Fi Channel such as Asteroid and the like.

Indeed I believe Meteor was the first...and best of the "giant rock hurtling to Earth at blazing speed is going to cause our doom" movies. Yeah Armaggedon had all the high priced special effects and high priced cast, same goes for Deep Impact, but I sincerely believe they never did it better than Meteor did. You can say Armaggedon, Deep Impact and Sci Fi's Asteriod are all variations on a theme, a theme that originally began with Meteor, so in that respect it was the first of this type of movie where the main theme is a very common one today in Sci Fi and action movies.

You can say the others are better produced, acted, you like the stars better, whatever. Nothing in my opinion did the subject justice as the film Meteor did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling July 12, 2006
By kinsmed
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I would list this movie as one of the reasons I am grateful you can buy DVDs of your favorite movies. If I could only have 10 movies in my video library, this would be one of them.

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK it's a dud, but it is worse on DVD, thanks to MGM... November 10, 2007
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OK, maybe this might not be the movie it should have been, and OK, there are better ones out there nowadays, but this is still no excuse for releasing it this way on DVD.

I explain.

I own a Laserdisc released some years ago bi Imagine Entertainment. I compared the Laserdisc and the DVD and the evidence is there.
One seems a copy released by Orion Pictures (Laserdisc) and the one on DVD is a copy released by American International.

Both video transfers seem to be equals, but where they differ a lot is in the sound reproduction, and here as it is usual by now for MGM/UA releases, no effort was made to seek a Surround sound copy of the movie.


The Laserdisc by Image/Orion has a conventional Dolby Digital Surround Stereo sound. From what I have experienced on my Home Theatre, it appears to be 4.1 Surround Stereo, because my subwoofer came wide alive during the main titles and the entrance of "Meteor" (the gigantic meteorite).

It truly chills your blood when you hear it this way.

The MGM/UA release instead, despite being a 2.0 channel Pro Logic Mono, is flat and mostly compressed towards the Center Channel, and this for a movie of the '70s!

Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, Midway and also this movie were all commercialized at the time of their releases for being provided with the Sensurround process, which is a multi-channel process and not, as everybody knows, a monaural one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun late 70's flick
Great movie. Well written, casted and acted. A nice, entertaining story that is well crafted and fun to watch unfold.
Published 5 days ago by Hyperjump
1.0 out of 5 stars Historic Perspective Being Offered Right Over Here
Attention Shoppers. This movie was a boring disaster of mind numbing proportions when it was released. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Whipple McTeelson the Third
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great classic movie
Published 7 days ago by jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 18 days ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite Classic Movie.
It reminds me of things happening in my Professional career.
Published 20 days ago by Bert T Goei
5.0 out of 5 stars Meteor Crashes Onto Blu-Ray.
I remember being excited when Meteor first opened in the movies as it starred two of my favorites: Sean Connery and Natalie Wood. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gary P. Cohen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not meet expectations, the movie is too dated and not worth your time.
Published 25 days ago by Robert Locicero
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I love this movie,all the stars in it and it kept you on your seat waiting to see what was going to happen next.
Published 2 months ago by Karen Sevier
3.0 out of 5 stars Never dull, until the final 20 minutes
METEOR is a science fiction movie taking place in the contemporary era, with most of the scenes taking place in a military control center, located underground in New York City,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Brody
1.0 out of 5 stars A dud, not a meteor
“Meteor” is a classical disaster film from 1979, starring Sean Connery and Natalie Wood. The film is also an unmitigated disaster in itself. But you knew that already, didn't you? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashtar Command
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