3 items from 2015
Directed by John Boorman.
In the distant future a barbarian finds himself in the realm of the elite and immortal Eternals.
Originally released in 1974, John Boorman’s Zardoz is the movie equivalent of a prog rock band being given the keys to the studio, a big budget and told to just go for it and see what happens. This is because Zardoz is one of the strangest sci-fi movies to have gotten major studio backing; in fact, forget the sci-fi bit – it’s one of the strangest movies to have gotten major studio backing.
Released between Boorman’s classic backwoods revenge thriller Deliverance and his brave but ultimately disastrous Exorcist II: The Heretic, Zardoz is set in the 23rd century and stars a post-Bond Sean Connery as Zed, an Exterminator who, as well as »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton, Sally Anne Newton, Niall Buggy, Bosco Hogan, Jessica Swift, Bairbre Dowling, Christopher Casson, Reginald Jarman | Written and Directed by John Boorman
To many, Zardoz simply reminds them of Sean Connery in a red bikini but in truth the film is much more than that. With Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray we have a chance to revisit a unique science fiction film that really deserves to be watched and not be mocked in the [out of context way] it always seems to be.
In the year 2293 society has broken down into three distinct classes. The Brutals work the land and are forbidden from reproducing. The Executioners are brutal overseers who rule by the gun, and the Eternals, protected in a force field enclosed Eden of immortality. When a Brutal, Zed (Sean Connery) find his way into the Eternals protected little world he threatens the status quo »
- Paul Metcalf
Those cool Blu-ray distributors Arrow Films and Video have announced their line-up of releases for September 2015, and once again there are some real gems in the collection, including Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball, the regular edition of Society (which has just had a steelbook collectors edition released this week) and Sean Connery’s space-opus Zardoz. All the details and artwork for the releases are below….
Closely Observed Trains – released September 27th
Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubi?ka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp…
This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Ji?í Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, »
- Scott J. Davis
3 items from 2015
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