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Before there was the "dinosaur theme park goes amuck" story of Jurassic Park, there was the "old west theme park runs amuck" theme in Westworld. Directed by author Michael Crichton (who also wrote the novel Jurassic Park), Westworld was the first film to utilize digital images, as well as Yul Brynner as a walking, stalking, robotic gunslinger. Originally released on DVD by MGM a few years ago, Warner soon acquired the rights and re-released Westworld in the same basic package as MGM. Sporting a 1.85:1 anamorphic ...
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Before there was the "dinosaur theme park goes amuck" story of Jurassic Park, there was the "old west theme park runs amuck" theme in Westworld. Directed by author Michael Crichton (who also wrote the novel Jurassic Park), Westworld was the first film to utilize digital images, as well as Yul Brynner as a walking, stalking, robotic gunslinger. Originally released on DVD by MGM a few years ago, Warner soon acquired the rights and re-released Westworld in the same basic package as MGM. Sporting a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Westworld suffers from a weak image due to its age. There are many scenes where grain and dirt are present, and many sequences look darker than normal. The transfer also suffers from slight edge enhancement and shimmer, though these imperfections are not as bad as the dirt and grain problems. Colors are usually bright but tended to have a washed-out look. Overall this is a passable, if very weak transfer from Warner. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (English and French), and while clear and concise, is nothing impressive. The dialogue, music, and effects show no sign of distortion, and the bulk of the film's audio comes directly from the center speaker. Also included on the Westworld disc are optional English and French subtitles. Since this is the second release of Westworld, one might think that it would get a special edition this time around. Alas, Warner's version of Westworld is about on par with the MGM release. The only supplement included on this disc is a boring theatrical trailer that won't be worth much more than a single viewing. Fans of Westworld will want to pick up this disc; otherwise, this edition of Westworld is mainly shooting blanks.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français
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Medical expert-turned-screenwriter Michael Crichton is best known for his blockbuster novels like Jurassic Park, which combine cutting-edge scientific theory with crowd-pleasing adventure. In 1973, he made his feature film directing debut (after a 1972 TV movie) with this thoroughly original futuristic saga. Using MGM production sets that were far from lavish, Crichton created a fantasy world of an adult Western theme park for millionaires. While Richard Benjamin and James Brolin are visiting, the robotic cowboys malfunction, and one played by Yul Brynner goes berserk. Alternatingly preposterous and riveting, Westworld was one of Crichton's most ambitious and quirky stories. His inexperience as a director was telling, and it would be five years before he directed again, with Coma. He had more success when directors like Steven Spielberg turned his visions into gold.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • UPC: 012569506725
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yul Brynner Gunslinger
Richard Benjamin Martin
James Brolin Blane
Alan Oppenheimer Chief Supervisor
Victoria Shaw Queen
Dick Van Patten Banker
Majel Barrett Miss Carrie
Norman Bartold Medieval Knight
Ann Bellamy Middle-aged Woman
Wade Crosby Bartender
Tom Falk Workman
David Michael Frank
David Michael Frank
Steve Franken Technician
Lauren Gilbert Supervisor
Robert Hogan TV Announcer
Chris Holter Stewardess
Julie Marcus Girl In Dungeon
Nora Marlowe Hostess
Jared Martin Technician
Michael T. Mikler Black Knight
Robert Patten Technician
Howard Platt Supervisor
Anne Randall Servant Girl
Richard Roat Technician
Davis Roberts Supervisor
Linda Scott Arlette
Charles Seel Bellhop
Orville Sherman Supervisor
Kenneth Washington Technician
Will J. White Workman
Terry Wilson Sheriff
Lindsay Workman
Sharyn Wynters Apache Girl
Ben Young Workman
Technical Credits
Michael Crichton Director, Screenwriter
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Claude Binyon Jr. Asst. Director
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
David Bretherton Editor
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Griffin Makeup
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Paul N. Lazarus III Producer
Gene Polito Cinematographer
Michael Rachmil Associate Producer
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Testimonials [3:08]
2. Title/Orientation [4:25]
3. In Transit/Suiting Up [2:52]
4. All the Amenities [2:55]
5. The Gunslinger [3:59]
6. Pete's 'Move' [1:08]
7. "Try It. Shoot Me." [1:41]
8. At Miss Carrie's [6:10]
9. The Night Shift [2:09]
10. Robot Repair [2:41]
11. The Breakdowns [1:24]
12. Resort Activation [2:24]
13. He's Back [2:05]
14. Jailed... [2:53]
15. ... & Bailed [2:31]
16. A Queen's Infidelity [1:56]
17. A New Sheriff [1:09]
18. Robot Rattler [3:23]
19. Revelers & Brawlers [3:35]
20. Adjustments [2:00]
21. Getting Medieval [4:27]
22. "I'm Shot!" [3:22]
23. Cyber-Mayhem [1:18]
24. Pete Is Hunted [3:37]
25. "You Haven't a Chance" [3:42]
26. When in Rome, Run! [3:42]
27. Giving an Eyeful [3:02]
28. Assault w/o Battery [1:08]
29. Into the King's Court [1:27]
30. Flamethrowing Him Off [2:46]
31. Ruthless & Faceless [3:55]
32. End Credits [1:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    Was Great viewing when it first came out, and still holds up wel

    Was Great viewing when it first came out, and still holds up well. No better insidious unstoppable HUMAN/ANDROID villain than Yul. The guy was perfect in the part.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    A Childhood dream

    I seen this movie thirty plus years ago as a young child and have never forgotten it as a matter of fact it is one of the films that put my feet on the path of science and helped get me interested. The very idea of androids walking around and interacting with humans was a very novel idea. But then to have one break away and go beyond its programming and start just blowing people away like it was a real human being with a tude and a chip on its shoulder the size of texas was really radical, when you think about when it was made.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic. Much talked about in its day.

    I had been wanting to see this for years. By now the technology seemed dated, but the overall theme still rang true. I wish it had the technological glitz of Star Wars, but alas... Are we man or machines? Are machines really just machines?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Total Sci-Fi movei for Sci-fi Geeks

    This movie is old and it stars Yule Brynner and James Brolin. If you a western or a science fiction fan this movie is a must have. The story is great and the actors do a decent job of keeping you in the mood of the film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Fantasy

    One of the pioneers of this genre. Definitely should be seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Tragic Kingdom

    Westworld involves a story about a futuristic, "fantasy" type vacation getaway, a sort of Disney World for adults, where people can step back into any time period and pretend to their hearts desire. Couple this with James Brolin as the lead, and an aging Yul Brynner as an oddly stoic cowboy, and you have all the makings for what should have been a TV movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Westworld is Out of This World!

    'Westworld' is another interesting science fiction gem from the early 1970s. It stars Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as two average Seventies dudes who are looking for a little R&R in a futuristic Westworld theme park populated by human robots. Our two Seventies dudes are basically decent people who are just looking for a break from the rigors and stress of modern life. But when things go awry at this little Jurassic Dead Wood, they must rely on their wits and latent cunning to survive. Yul Brynner plays a fascinating creepy role as the dark robot cowboy that is reminescent of the Terminator series. I half-expected Yul to say 'I'll be Back' everytime he got shot. As a first-time viewer of 'Westworld', I found this film to be surprisingly well made, and it immediately entered my own mental pantheon of great Seventies sci-fi flicks (a tall order indeed). This movie is definately worth watching if you are a science fiction fan or a movie buff. Even after 30 years, I find 'Westworld' to be an enjoyable film to watch, although I am still waiting for theme parks to be built that are populated with robots.

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