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The Omega Man (1971)

Charlton Heston , Anthony Zerbe , Boris Sagal  |  PG |  DVD
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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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790742802
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Omega Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by screenwriter Joyce H. Carrington, Paul Koslo ("Dutch"), and Eric Laneuville ("Richie")
  • "The Last Man Alive: The Omega Man"
  • "Charlton Heston: Science Fiction Legend"

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Charlton Heston plays humankind's last hope, the last survivor of a hellish, germ-warfare doomsday, fighting off fiendish subhuman mutants that stalk by night. Bonus featurette - The Last Man Alive. Starring: Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, Anthony Zerbe 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed it, "There's a million people out there" Heston watching Woodstock alone in movie theater, Matthias! LOL
Published 2 hours ago by Jason Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Second of Three Versions
There has been three films made over the years based on the Richard Matheson's novel "I Am Legend". Read more
Published 3 days ago by Janet Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie from the seventies.
Always enjoyed this movie from the seventies. Charlton heston was one of my favorite actors. He did an excellent job in this movie as well as my other favorite movie planet of the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Larry W. Webber
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the originals of that era and well done ...
One of the originals of that era and well done. It is a bit campy today do to all the digital creativity in the movies.
Published 10 days ago by Robert J. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars still a classic
still a classic
Published 10 days ago by Leroy S Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Charleton Heston and I loved this somewhat cheesy movie
I loved Charleton Heston and I loved this somewhat cheesy movie. So far, none of the movie adaptations have lived up to the promise of the short story, "I am Legend". Read more
Published 21 days ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
love it
Published 29 days ago by penpenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very nice
Published 1 month ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
for Heston and SiFi fans a must , the original walking dead movie.
Published 1 month ago by Artie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 2 months ago by Michael R. Johnson
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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
"Standard" version?!?
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.
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