Project X [Blu-ray]
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I saw the first half of "Project X" in November of 1970. Why didn't I see the second half? I had told my folks I was going to be hanging out with friends that night - but convienently forgot to tell them the friend was named Peggy (insert sigh here). In order to get her in home in time - for me to get home in time - we had to leave the Kambe theater early - but my carefully devised duplicity all came to naught when I got my dad's Maverick stuck in the snow and busted curfew anyway.
Through the pre-video years that followed that first interupted viewing I would search late-night movie listings for this show, eventually forgetting the name and most of the plot line other than it starred Christopher George. Then the Internet struck. Thank Wikipedia for helping me find the name of the show listed under Mr. George's entry. Thank Amazon Video for finally providing me the chance to see how the story ended.
Is this great cinema? No. I wanted to see/purchase this video mostly out of nostalgia sake, but I find that I like it for the same reason I love the 1966 Adam West version of Batman. (It may be campy but it would be nice to live in a world where a flabby middle-aged man in tights is considered attractive and no one really gets hurt.) "Project X" is "happy" entertainment but then what else would you expect out of one of Hanna-Barbera's very few live-action ventures? We live in a time when domestic and foreign terrorism scares the ba-jebbers out of all of us...and robs too many of us(and sadly our children)of a decent future.
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I enjoyed the film. I saw it when it was on the CBS Late Night Movie years ago. Probably that's why the film aroused my curiosity when I had the chance to view it as an adult.
The plot is somewhat a mishmash. Set about a hundred years in the future, Christopher George stars as a futuristic secret agent who has lost his memory (due to an amnesia inducing drug that was given to him if he was tortured) and the far-out and totally hysterical plan by a group of scientists (led by Henry Jones) to recover the secrets George's character lost. And, of course, the safety of the world depends on it.
The late Henry Jones, a sixties and seventies TV and film star, was a far better actor than given credit for. Granted, he was never the "star," but he was a fine supporting player who really brought a great performance to what ever TV and movie production he was working on.
The sixties elements are in fine form here; the psychedelic opening credits, the animation, the cheesy human brain in a transparent globe, the outlandish outfits. They all scream the sixties.
I didn't realize until recently this was a William Castle production. But now that I know, it's so obvious. But I still find it more original with some of its ideas than more contemporary films.
Hey! If we're tortured and we lose our memory, let's all be reprogrammed with a new identity and personality and given a beautiful new wife. Who cares about our former lives and family? Sounds good to me.
For Sixties Fans.
I bought the regular DVD of this one. There isn't anything going on onscreen that you need Blu Ray to fully appreciate. Not even Greta Baldwin.
I think this is the only S.F. movie by William Castle, which is a shame.
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great flick missed this one in my youth I was very young then when it came out. Reminded me of the classic TV shows from that time like Star Trek, Man From U.N..C.L.E. and others. Read morePublished 2 days ago by keith seago
This video, along with other versions, is cropped to make it widescreen. It was filmed at approx 1.33-1. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chei Mi Lane
A classic film that is difficult to find, thanks to the unfortunate commonality of title with an unrelated Matthew Broderick film of the 1980s.Published 19 months ago by William Saltiel-Gracian
I saw this movie on television when it was first out and never saw it again until just recently. I looked for it for decades, because I could not remember the name of the movie. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mike Bunkermeister Creek
I remember this movie from when I was a teenager. Great to have it on DVDPublished 24 months ago by Danny Cook
I first saw this film in 1968 at a movie house when I was 18 years old, and it made a lasting impression. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Maddog