A Boy And His Dog
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World War IV has ravaged Earth, and its survivors must battle for food, shelter and companionship in a post-atomic wasteland. This classic sci-fi tale follows the exploits of a young man, Vic (Don Johnson), and his telepathic dog, Blood, as they struggle through the barren wilderness. In the midst of their meager existence, foraging for scraps of food and battling ruthless gangs, Vic and Blood encounter a young woman who lures them into a surreal city deep beneath the earths surface.
Based on the award-winning novella by acclaimed science-fiction author Harlan Ellison, A Boy and His Dog is a dark, twisted and sometimes comical trip through a post-apocalyptic reality in the not-too-distant future.
The film's dark, edgy satire is refreshingly dry... enchantingly devoid of both sentimentality and didacticism, instead it juxtaposes the desolate, rubble-strewn surface, and the surreal, silent-majority underground. Which world is stranger? Ellison reportedly stated that 'A Boy and His Dog' is one of the best adaptations of his work. --SciFi.com
A funny nightmare... It is alive with invention. --Los Angeles Times
Brilliantly grotesque! --The New York Times
In Conversation: Harlan Ellison And LQ Jones
Commentary By Director LQ Jones, Director Of Photography John Arthur Morrill And Critic Charles Champlin.
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After arguing with Blood at a makeshift theater showing an old dirty movie (the dog likes his popcorn), Vic convinces his companion to reveal to him that there is a lady hidden in the audience. Turns out she's about damn sexy too. But they are going to have to fight for her. At this point, the film goes from insanely cool to meh. The final acts separate our two "heroes" (bad move) and reveal an insanely creepy underground society attempting to preserve the good ol' days. Or at least, a bizarre approximation of it. Naturally, this means religion. Lots of religion. Oddly enough, this part of the story takes up too much screentime while at the same time is not developed enough. It seems like it could be an interesting story unto itself, but in this particular film it feels like an interruption of our regularly-scheduled prgoram that isn't fleshed-out enough to justify itself. It kind of kills the awesome tone of the film a little although it would be a cool story given more development. Thankfully, the whole thing ends up worthwhile with one of the best and most joyously twisted ending of any film ever. If you see it coming, I will eat my keyboard.
While the tale has been criticized for misogyny, I feel that the world the story takes place in is one where even the heroes are bad people preying on those weaker than themselves and is meant as a statement on humanity as a whole. Having the protagonists on the hunt for girls to rape is not the most PC premise of all time, but it makes sense for the story and the world inhabited by that story. Don't let the fact that the only being (if any) considered worth saving is a dog fly over your head, either. In my mind, that's the premise and any misogyny is a means to that end. A Boy and His Dog is a very entertaining film that makes up for what it lacks in effective exposition with attitude and humor. As far as visions of a post-apocalyptic future go, this is one of the coolest by far. I feel another half hour could have made this a five-star film, but as it is it is still a must-see. Ellison actually made a sequel to the story in graphic novel form (although turns out he did it literally to spite pushy fans), and I do believe I'll check that out.
This seems like a movie for 50 year old pot smoking hippies. The ending was probably the dumbest part of the whole movie. I really wish I didnt waste my time on this one.
Now, the good: In addition to the now-familiar (and very entertaining) L.Q. Jones commentary track which has appeared on all the others, we also get two trailers restored to the DVD (these appeared on the first release, but not the one from Slingshot). And the fact that it is available once again at all -- I didn't relish the idea of shelling out ~$100 if something happened to current copy. Kudos to Firstrun for printing 'em again.
But dangit, won't *someone* step up to the plate and give us a decent anamorphic transfer? I'm begging here, which even Blood could only bring himself to do once.
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