The Omega Man
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- Introduction by screenwriter Joyce H. Carrington, Paul Koslo ("Dutch"), and Eric Laneuville ("Richie")
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- "Charlton Heston: Science Fiction Legend"
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i seen this movie when it was in the movie theatre in 1971 and i watch it a few times a year, classic survival storey and the human condition of day to day survival.Published 1 day ago by railroadcop954
Bought this for my dad it's the older version of the will smith version of I am legend . Good moviePublished 4 days ago by kathi
I liked this better when I was a kid. Grown-up, it's not what I remember. A 1970's take on some kind of vampirism, it was decidedly '70s-made-for-TV. And, not terribly good.Published 1 month ago by Cody Shive
Truly one of my favorite movies. My husband gets sick of me talking about "The Omega Man" in a "Walking Dead" kind of world. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Living In SoCal
A classic in the vein of Planet of the Apes, Logan's Run, Andromeda Strain, etc. There's even a bit of a Pamela Davis/Foxy Brown influence to round out the late 60s/early 70s... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Don Morgan
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|Warner Brothers Repackaged DVDs: Omega Man||
Though I don't own this version yet, I'm sure this new one is a dual layer disc, so it will look better for sure due to the higher data rate.
The previous version was a dual layer-double sided disc.
Aug 16, 2007 by Jose Antonio Nieto Pascual | See all 4 posts
|Why is Charlton Heston's name missing from this Amazon page?||
I agree with you about the stereotype concerning Heston, but I have noticed on other movies that the lead actor's name was left off of the description, so I don't know if it was done intentionally here.
Aug 29, 2007 by Roaminggator | See all 7 posts
What are you talking about? The aspect ratio of the movie on this disc is 2.35:1. The description also lists it as widescreen. That is not "standard", "full frame", or whatever you want to call it.
Nov 18, 2008 by Unix Pimp | See all 3 posts
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