Zardoz

Zardoz

DVD - 2000
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A postapocalyptic story of a privileged society separated from the mass of the population who have reverted to savagery living in a world devasted by war and pollution. When a particularly bright savage makes his way into the world of the Eternals, he discovers the truth of his reality, and change for the world begins.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment [2000].
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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TheSandoz
Apr 18, 2017

Great! A compelling 70's artifact with a subversive core that strikes hard at our post-modern selves. Those who are thick, and can't see past the surface tend to laugh at such things. The first time I didn't make it all the way through, but I watched it again- this time the whole thing- and it all made sense the second time around. Quite an interesting departure for Sean Connery. This film is a relatively unknown sci-fi from the 1970's, and is probably best appreciated by hard core sci-fi fans of the obscure and esoteric. It's intriguing how such a " goofy " film can anger some people so much- must be something to it.

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patch666
Mar 19, 2017

Love it !!! 420 for sure

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Monolith
Aug 27, 2016

Sometimes bad films are enjoyable, e.g. Ed Wood Jr.'s classic, "Plan 9 from Outer Space", if one's in the right mindset for such camp. With "Zardoz" however, I found myself needing NoDoz. Midway through the clever twist on the title sparked my interest, but it eventually became a snoozefest again. Dated, dry, dull.

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PeterRLD
Sep 11, 2015

An interesting cultural artifact from the 1970ies - immortality has been achieved three hundred years from now but there is no science to be seen, apart from a bunch of 20th century rifles and Sean Connery's amazing revolver, capable of firing hundreds of rounds without needing to be reloaded. But I did enjoy it, and not solely because it was so silly - it had its inventive moments and some striking visuals.

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Clemtaur
Apr 26, 2015

There are two ways to waatch this film: As a MST3K fodder laden laugh riot, with such memorable lines as "Stay close to me, inside my aura.." and "The Gun is Good.. [etc.]". One thought I had was that the reason Sean has no bullets in his Revolver or bandoleer is so that he couldn't shoot the costume designer..
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or as an interesting experiment that tried for too much, and failed. what the Vortexes were about, their original purpose, and why they have such a mishmash of technology levels, is only hinted at in two lines of throwaway dialogue. (they were interstellar spaceships that never launched, due to worldwide disaster)
There is a book that Boorman, with some help, made of his screenplay. it is flawed as well, but explains much of the backstory.
A good party film. I recommend watching it with friends, back to back with Barbrarella.. (they may forgive you, in time.. :)

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Apparently director John Boorman and leading man Sean Connery were both on the rebound when they got together for Zardoz, a hippy-trippy science fiction fable so fantastically awful it’s actually entertaining. In the year 2293, after generations of war and overpopulation, a decimated mankind is now divided into two camps: the barbarian Exterminators who, in keeping with their sacred mantra “The Gun is Good, the Penis is Evil”, continually cull the herd of humanity; and the Vortex, a gated community of bored immortals whose original mandate of preserving human knowledge has now deteriorated into decadent games and intellectual dalliances presided over by The Tabernacle, a highly evolved cyber-watchdog. Ruling over the Exterminators on the other hand is the godlike Zardoz, a giant flying stone head who keeps them well stocked with guns and genocidal rhetoric while helping himself to the lion’s share of their annual wheat harvest. When Zed, a particularly enlightened barbarian (Connery looking both sexy and ridiculous in red loincloth and matching bandolier), decides to stow away on Zardoz he is transported back to the Vortex where the sudden appearance of a hairy virile savage sends shockwaves throughout the immortal community and throws their delicate social equilibrium into a tailspin... With it’s head shop decor of plastic balloons, psychedelic disco lights and bubble-wrapped nudes, Zardoz is pure 70s kitsch. Furthermore, a soundtrack of three-fingered organ chords and sighing vocals combined with a script of cerebral gobbledegook and Egyptian-chic costumes straight out of an amateur revival of Godspell truly tests one’s cinematic endurance. Yet there is something rather cool going on here as Boorman examines what happens when man tries to separate the intellect from his more primitive urges. A form of cultural schizophrenia erupts with violent anarchy at one end and aimless apathy at the other. Needless to say, Zed not only manages to teach those haughty immortals a thing or two about living and dying, he also kills his own god (Zardoz is just a fairy tale-inspired construct after all) and, in an unexpectedly clever final sequence, reboots civilization for good measure. Silly, overdone, and dripping with pretentiousness, Zardoz is nevertheless one of those iconic oddities that cannot be so easily dismissed.

aaa5756 Aug 12, 2014

A Really Dumb Movie. I fast forwarded all the way!!!!!

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RichardPaul
Jul 20, 2014

Zardoz---- (DVD -- 2000) ---- Has to be an Ability test for new Acting Talent. Don't waste your time. 1/2 Star. (finished 7-20-14 RichardPaul) ---- The Library should revue this DVD ----

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StarGladiator
Jun 11, 2014

Were all these commenters able to stay awake throughout this entire movie? I always conk out around half way through, therefore, rating undecided?

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ceedeegee57
Jan 18, 2014

Definitely NOT for all tastes, but far better than some here would have it. This movie dares to do things others don't, it fails sometimes but is worth a watch by a more discerning viewer.

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aaa5756 Aug 12, 2014

One word can sum up this movie DUMB.

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