Zardoz

Zardoz

2.8 11
Director: John Boorman

Cast: John Boorman, Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman

     
 

Director John Boorman (Deliverance, Point Blank, Hope and Glory) examines his own Shangri-La in this highly unusual cult film. The disc presents it in widescreen anamorphic (aspect ratio of 2.35:1) with audio choices of English in Dolby Digital 3.0 and French in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Unfortunately, for some scenes a slight tunneling effect canSee more details below

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Director John Boorman (Deliverance, Point Blank, Hope and Glory) examines his own Shangri-La in this highly unusual cult film. The disc presents it in widescreen anamorphic (aspect ratio of 2.35:1) with audio choices of English in Dolby Digital 3.0 and French in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Unfortunately, for some scenes a slight tunneling effect can be heard. There are subtitles in English and Spanish. The film was shot by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret, 2001: A Space Odyssey), who perfected a technique that was intentionally soft; thus the images shouldn't be confused with the traits of a faulty digital transfer. That said, the transfer isn't perfect by any means, but it is quite presentable. One of the special features of the disc is a screen-specific audio commentary by the director. Though there are many pauses and it is not truly "screen-specific," Boorman does offer many insights, including the admission that perhaps the film suffers from having too many ideas. Also included is a theatrical trailer of the film, as well as trailers for Alien Nation, Aliens, Enemy Mine, Independence Day, and The Abyss. A "Still Gallery" has nine production photos and concept art pieces, ten lobby cards and publicity photos, and five images of one sheets and press books. The disc is rounded off by six radio spots. All in all, this is a solid presentation of this science fiction oddity.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This infamous sci-fi opus is one of those rare cult films that actually lives up to its hype. Unfortunately for Zardoz, its hype is double-edged -- this film is just as infamous for being muddled and self-indulgent as it is for being daring and brainy. The trouble begins at script level; John Boorman has packed his film with about three or four movies' worth of intriguing ideas, but this abundance of concepts comes at the expense of characterization depth and coherent storytelling. Boorman's direction is surprisingly uneven; many sequences are striking but just as many fall flat due to poor direction of extras and abrupt, indifferent transitions from one scene to the next. Also, like many science fiction films of the 1970s, the vision of futuristic design in Zardoz is so closely linked to the styles of its own era that its look has dated badly. However, Zardoz is not unwatchable despite such flaws. For one thing, all of the lead performances are quite good: Sean Connery gives a committed performance in an unusual role that is light years away from James Bond, and British stage vets like John Alderton and Sara Kestelman give straight-faced, serious performances that make the script's more out-there moments play in a believable fashion. Zardoz further benefits from a genuine sense of unpredictability -- it's virtually impossible to guess what strange event or otherworldly concept will be thrown your way next. It's a shame this sense of daring couldn't have been applied to a more focused, consistent story. To sum up, Zardoz is a brave misfire that might intrigue sci-fi cultists but is likely to confuse and confound most other viewers.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
UPC:
0024543013051
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
7,729

Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Audio: English 3.0 surround, French stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Director's commentary; Radio spots; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Zed
Charlotte Rampling Consuella
Sara Kestelman May
John Alderton Friend
Sally Anne Newton Avalow
Niall Buggy Arthur Frayn
Barbre Dowling Star
Reginald Jannan Death
Bosco Hogan George Saden
Jessica Swift Apathetic
Christopher Casson Old Scientist

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stanford C. Allen Editor
Martin Atkinson Set Decoration/Design
Christel Boorman Costumes/Costume Designer
Miriam Brickman Casting
John Hoesli Set Decoration/Design
Gerry Johnston Special Effects
Peter MacDonald Camera Operator
John Merritt Editor
David Munrow Score Composer
Basil Newall Makeup
Charles Orme Associate Producer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Simon Relph Asst. Director
Liam Saurin Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Staffell Makeup
Doug Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. The Puppet Master [:15]
2. Zardoz Speaks (Main Titles) [1:25]
3. The Itruder [5:09]
4. The Vortex [:30]
5. Zed's Memories [3:30]
6. Monster in Our Midst [4:00]
7. Time for Work [3:18]
8. Analyzing the Brutal [4:19]
9. Eternals & Apathetics [4:08]
10. Further Analysis [2:44]
11. The Vote [:36]
12. The Gift of Death [2:32]
13. The Truth [3:25]
14. You Are the One [2:09]
15. The Hunted [3:01]
16. The Bringer of Life [4:22]
17. From Out of Time [1:30]
18. The Crystal [4:50]
19. Come from the Dead [1:10]
20. Consuella's Gift [4:14]
21. See into the Crystal [7:01]
22. Voice of the Turtle [:32]
23. Death Approaches [4:02]
24. Life Unto Death [2:34]

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