A Boy & His Dog
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Based on an award-winning novella by the curmudgeonly SF writer Harlan Ellison, A BOY AND HIS DOG was adapted and directed by character actor L.Q. Jones and co-produced by Jones and Alvy Moore (the latter probably best known for his portrayal of scatterbrained Hank Kimball on TV's GREEN ACRES). While Ellison has said many times publicly that the film is the most faithful adaptation of any of his works, he has nonetheless complained vehemently about some of Jones' "adjustments"--most notably the minor addition of some gross or vulgar dialogue--and tried unsuccessfully to get them changed. Whether or not Ellison's complaints have merit, A BOY AND HIS DOG has come to be regarded as a science-fiction classic, its popularity undoubtedly due to its likeable characters who, despite their constant bickering and individual quirks, are redeemed by their committed friendship and their sarcastically humorous approach to survival.
The performances in A BOY AND HIS DOG are top-notch.Read more ›
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.
The shattered world above is not the interesting part of this film, and it moves slowly for the first hour while we're in it. What keeps us watching is the great dialogue and interaction between Vic (Doh Johnson) and his dog, Blood. Vic and Blood can talk to each other, and the dog is rather smarter than Vic. Once we go "downbelow," into the survivalist enclave called "Topeka."
One reason I didn't give this film 5 stars was the slowness at the start; the other reason was the poor quality of the DVD transfer. If ever a movie cried out for remastering, this is it: it really does look like they just transferred it from VHS. There is a commentary track with film critic Charles Chaplin, director L.Q. Jones (this was his last film directing), and John cinematographer Morrill. It makes for interesting listening.
If you like this genre, this is an essential film to add to your library. If you're not as fond of apocalypse movies, call this one a rental.
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If you like any of the Fallout games or post-apocalyptic cult movies, watch this. The movie is pretty bad, but who cares? Read morePublished 18 days ago by Joshua Bort
So I've heard this was a good movie for years...but wow. Don't get me wrong, it tastes low budget and has minimal effects. It doesn't need them. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Matthew Trotter
Be aware there are actually two different Blu-ray releases of A Boy and His Dog: the 2-Disc Shout Factory release (that's a Blu-Ray+DVD package with the colorful one-sheet art on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Winston Smith
I had to watch this movie as I have been playing Fallout 4 nonstop for weeks. I definitely saw that a lot of imagery and story line was taken from this movie for the game. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elaine
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