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Do you remember that disaster at Delos a few years ago when the Westworld robots went out of control and killed a few guests? Well, the entire resort has now been rebuilt and redesigned to be completely fail-safe.
To combat the lingering adverse publicity, Duffy, the Delos representative, has offered the IMC Communication Network exclusive rights to the new Delos story. Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner), the networks top commentator, has been assigned the story with Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda), the newspaper reporter who broke the original Westworld disaster story.
But as Tracy and Chucks private tour starts, they get the feeling the entire resort might not be as safe as Delos thinks...
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THOUGHTS: WESTWORLD is a minor sci-fi classic. Thrilling entertainment as a simple stand alone film, it also gave moviegoers something to talk about on their way home from the theater. The F/X were effective enough to give futurist paranoids something to shudder at; machines who were so close to, but not quite, real people. What if these robotic impostors were to try and integrate into our society? FUTUREWORLD offers some intriguing ideas that follow that line of thinking, but ultimately it falls short of being a truly worthy successor. Film offers good performances by its leads and some minimal but interesting visual flair, too. But that's about it. FW had some tall boots to fill after Yul Brynner's classic iconic short-circuiting cyborg cowboy, so they were setting themselves up for failure almost from the start. I give the producers credit for at least doing something other than just a safe, by-the-numbers sequel to the original. Whether or not they succeeded is up to the viewer to decide. I did not enjoy FUTUREWORLD anywhere near as much as I'd hoped. However, as with all things, YMMV.
THE BLU-RAY: Transfer of FUTUREWORLD looks very nice here in hi-def. The Blu-Ray release from Shout!Factory has a decent picture & sound. Bonus extras include the theatrical trailer, radio ads & a still photos gallery. BOTTOM LINE: Unless you're a big fan of this film, I recommend buying it used and saving a little $$$. 3 STARS
Apparently, in 1979, this was the first modern American movie to achieve general theatrical release in communist China. (Wikipedia)
Peter Fonda does a nice turn as the hero, Blythe Danner is stunning if a little annoying as the love interest.
Shout as usual did a nice job on the movie.