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The Omega Man [Blu-ray] (1971)

Charlton Heston , Anthony Zerbe , Boris Sagal  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo, Eric Laneuville
  • Directors: Boris Sagal
  • Writers: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, Richard Matheson, William Peter Blatty
  • Producers: Walter Seltzer
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VAHR14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Omega Man [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Welcome to the future. Biological war has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies. And makes damn sure he gets undercover before sundown, when other "inhabitants" emerge. The Omega Man adapts Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend into a high-impact, high-tension saga of a fate not far removed from reality. Charlton Heston is Neville, fending off attacks by The Family, sinister neopeople spawned by the plague. He also becomes a man with a mission after meeting Lisa (Rosalind Cash), another unifected survivor - and guardian of some healthy children representing our species' hope. Year: 1971 Sound: ENG, FR; Subtitles: ENG, FR Screen Format: Side A: Standard; Side B: Wiedescreen

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181 of 191 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Formerly the scariest movie in the world April 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The Omega Man is based loosely (and by that, I mean very loosely) on Richard Matheson's classic end-of-the-world novel I am Legend. Taking place in the near future, the Omegan Man imagines a world where the majority of the population has been wiped out by biological warfare. Those that have survived have become albinos who can only come out at night. In a clever touch that has never really been given its due, their leader is a former TV news commentator named Mathias (well-played by Anthony Zerbe who is both sympathetic and threatening). Mathias has declared that the only way to purify the world is to destroy all reminders of their former life and that includes anyone who may not have been infected with the plague. At the beginning of the movie, that would appear to be all of one man -- a former military scientist played by Charlton Heston who spends his days driving through a deserted Los Angeles is search of both a cure and more humans. At night, he hides in his well-lit apartment while Mathias's mob angrily tries to force him out.
The Omega Man is at its strongest in the beginning. The scenes of Heston driving across a deserted Los Angeles (scenes that were shot on actual L.A. street) continue to haunt thirty years after they were first filmed and, for all its inherent camp value, there's something undeniably powerful about seeing the half-mad Heston passing the time by sitting in an empty music theater and watching Woodstock. As well, Mathias' siege on Heston's apartment is also well handled. After this, the film loses its way slightly with Heston predictability getting trapped outside after dark and much of the film's action falls flat.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Charlton Heston Films! September 3, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
With a nod to some of the previous reviewers, yes this movie is quite dated. Especially if you are watching this for the very first time. It's a film that was released in 1971 and is about events 4 years into the future. So of course it's dated. But I had the pleasure of seeing this in the theater when it was first released and to this day, no film EVER grabbed my attention as quickly as "The Omega Man." The opening scene, done pre-opening credits, is and probably will always be my all-time favorite scene, if only for the surprise factor.

The plot is the "end-of-civillzation-and-beyond" kind. Here, a border war between Russia and China turns into germ warfare, releasing a nasty bug into the atmosphere. Most people die almost instantaniously. However, a small percentage live on for a short while but are turned into an almost albino state where any type of direct light causes them emmense pain. Heston plays Robert Neville, a government researcher who discovered a cure for the virus only to have his helicopter crash on the way to deliver the vaccine. As a last resort he injects himself with what's left of the vaccine and thus becomes the only human on the planet immune.

Now to clarify some of the mis-information stated in other reviews. The group of albino survivors are not vampires/nombies/whatever. As the virus takes hold of them they go insane. Led by Mathias (Anthony Zerbe) they have decided the disease is God's punishment for man's overuse of techology and have decided it is their mission to burn all forms of knowledge. By night we see book burnings as they sack the deserted Los Angeles. To them Neville is like Satan because he refuses to denounce the old ways. This leads to basically two stubborn men bent on the destruction of the other.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sci fi that still rings true. November 27, 2007
Format:Blu-ray
The Omega Man on blue ray is a whole different movie than on the standard edition. This is because the print has been cleaned up and it is well mastered. Warner brothers typically on their standard releases use whatever print they have left and do not attempt to clean it up. But for this blue ray version they have removed the lines and awful purple blotches that were on the standard issue. In fact I managed to contact their customer service and ask them to deal with the bad print situation that has plagued many of the companies standard dvd issues. They obviously listened to me and others who voiced the same concern and gave us this wonderful print of the omega man. This type of cleaning up can be done for many older movies and this will make any movie from the 30's through the seventies seem like a new experience. This movie is from 1971 and now it looks brand new again. It has the same extras that the standard dvd has but this is a cleaned up and wonderfully made print. I think we can fault many of the newer releases on blu ray for not putting out the special editions that blu ray demands. For instance 'live free and die harder" should have been unrated on blu ray as well for the same price. Or the terminator 2 should at the price of a blue ray should been loaded with all the extras that the special editions had. However any movie older than 1980 needs it's prints to be cleaned up badly and that's a very special thing to behold in it's self. I would love to see lots of warners old movies with all those lines in them cleaned up as well. computers can remove them and the bbc has done marvelous work with Doctor Who in this regard. That series is distributed by Warner Brothers as well. Ok what about the movie itself? It's a classic science fiction movie with excellent performances. Read more ›
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