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People have to wear masks to walk anywhere and life is managed electronically in too many ways, reducing the individual to cogs, but now the state has decided that there are too many people and childbirth is illegal. It is also punishable by death. One couple (Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin) try to follow this law, one that people help the state enforce by harassing and beating anyone they catch with a real baby. The state offers sick robotic ones (you have to see to believe) in place of the real thing, but Carol (Chaplin) cannot take it anymore. She becomes pregnant and they do what they can do to hide it.
No one suspects at first, including their neighbors (Diane Cilento, Don Gordon) who are supposed to be their friends, but they will only be able to keep things secret so long before either the state and those brainwashed by them to hate and kill them or they can find a way to find asylum and get to another part of the decimated planet where they can live in peace and raise their child. This is a dark work that some will have a hard time handling, arriving the same year as A Clockwork Orange and THX-1138 (the one before Lucas digitized it), but it is worthy of those classics and deserves to be rediscovered as the genre classic it is. [...]
For all intents and purposes, you could consider this a Horror film and a political one, the later of which might be the reason it was out of circulation for so long. But now, the film is finally available to be rediscovered and is strongly recommended for all serious film fans.
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad for its age, the elements are in decent shape, but this is still a little softer than one would like and though color can be consistent, depth is also compromised. The stocks used are EastmanColor and the British labs and locations add to the sense of visual darkness in profound ways. Director of Photography Michael Reed, B.S.C., is known for his work on British TV (The Saint, The New Avengers) as well as for the Hammer Studios and on the James Bond classic On her Majesty s Secret Service. He brought, along with Mikael Solomon on some shots, create a dark, dense atmosphere that is intentionally claustrophobic and creates the film s own cold, inescapable world. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is compressed a bit, but is still audible and Johnathan Hodge s score is a big plus. There are sadly no extras. --Nicholas Sheffo of FulvueDrive-In.com
ZPG the movie has always been in my thoughts which left an impression and as I became older it was the correct time to view it again with a better understanding despite the special... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mitchell A. Walker
The DVD was on-time and not broken. This film though is really awful. I bought it because I remembered seeing it on TV about thirty years ago, and remembered that it was in Fifty... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MatthewB
I loved this movie when it came out & was excited to find it again - even if in VHS. Wish I could find it in DVD. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robin Barnum
This is one of many films that came out in the 70's that explored a bleak ( and possibly post-apocalyptic), but bearable future. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Henry Friend
I had never seen this movie before but I found it interesting, and it kept you guessing, as to where It was going. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tony B
I saw this film as a child, which was probably not a good idea! Seeing it now, a bit scary since i have 6 kids, but a great watch, makes you wonder about what decisions governments... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by diane dixon
A movie that is ahead of it's time and like most of the Sci-Fi Utopia style movies like "Logan's Run" this could stand a re-boot. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by MJSimmons