Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze
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Based on the first of Kenneth Robeson's 181 adventure-packed Doc Savage books, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze hits the screen with all its gee-whiz, gung-ho spirit intact. And its bold protagonist, who along with having a herculean body is also a surgeon, linguist and inventor, remains determined to do right to all and wrong to no one.
Ron Ely (TV's Tarzan) plays the strapping Savage in this high-camp, big-heroics tale of his trek into the Valley of the Vanished to confront the power-hungry Captain Seas (Paul Wexler). And behind the camera are pros who know how to get the most out of this entertainment bronze mine: veteran fantasy film producer George Pal (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine) and director Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, Logan's Run).
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All and all, an excellent HD remaster job. Most of the effects shots, particularly the opening montage, are weak to very weak.When the movie opens, you are asking yourself "Is this a Blu Ray?" But the quality really picks up once you get past that effect shot. Great HD detail! Doc hasn't looked this good since the theatrical release (and maybe not even then).
One drawback of the great remastering. Ron Ely looks 10 years older in a lot of shots.
(An aside about the campyness. Yes, it's there. But having read around 70 books of the original Doc Savage Magazine, there was a lot of humor in them, particularly between Monk and Ham. Things like Monk torturing Ham with his two-tailed coin (Ham always bets heads), or telling people that Ham had a tongue that was "fast in the middle and loose at both ends". There are a lot of campy details in the movie that are right out of the books themselves.)
This movie is a very faithful adaption of the original Doc Savage novel, Man of Bronze. In the movie we see Doc's Fortress of Solitute, his car, and aerogyro, all with labels. All five of his faithful friends are along for the ride.
The movie has some decent action and stunts. The scenery and costume quality is typical for a 70's film. The acting is a little flat, but the story is fun. There are a few parts that get a little cheesy and silly, but overall the movie takes itself seriously and respects the fans.
This movie is fun and appropriate for all ages. I recommend it for all fans of Doc Savage, fans of early 20th century comic strips, and fans of classic comic books.
Not disappointed. Yes, the production values are a bit schlocky compared to today and the story has a couple of gaping holes in the plot, but it's a fun more-or-less-accurate retelling of the first Doc Savage novel.
Enjoyed it immensely. Too bad there were never any more though....the series would have had time to polish off the rough edges a bit.
Recommended if you're a Doc Savage fan and/or okay with the campier movies.
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