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DVD - 2000 | Widescreen version
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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 version
Call Number: DVD SciFi ZARDOZ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Sean Connery as he’s never been seen before… or since. He plays Zed, a thuggish brute who worships a flying stone head called Zardoz that vomits out guns in return for grain. So what happens when you kill “God”?

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Dec 26, 2020

Was expecting a silly stoner movie, and sure it's that, but like Dazed & Confused, The Big Lebowski and Inherent Vice - its also so much more. As timely as an almost 50 year old movie can be i thought Zardoz has a lot to say about today's ideas on guns, feminism, masculinity, agriculture, politics, intellectualism and cancel culture (the scene where Friend gets excommunicated seems very prescient). Director John Boorman's commentary is also worthwhile for context of the times. The 1970s filmscape is such a wonderful look into the zeitgeist of the world at that time. Much of the 60s idealism still lingered before the rampant consumerism of the 80s took over. People were less afraid to explore ideas- however crazy. And audiences were better off for it. So if you find yourself lamenting the passing of Sean Connery and want to watch some of his catalog's lesser known entries, please don't skip this one.

Nov 26, 2019

Classic stoner film ~ LOVE IT

Jan 09, 2019

Not " The Wi of " .

Feb 15, 2018

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.

Feb 15, 2018

Sean Connery is the sexiest man on earth ... literally ... in this really really bad sci-fi show from the 70's. Charlotte Rampling gets topless (again) and Connery spends most of the time running around in a banana hammock. Even fans of low budget/high concept sci-fi of the 70's should beware. For non-Bond Connery check out 'Name of the Rose', 'Robin and Marian', 'Time Bandits' ... anything else actually. Some movies are so bad they're good. This movie isn't bad enough to be good...or good enough to be good. It's just embarrassing.

Mar 19, 2017

Love it !!! 420 for sure

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.

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..
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.. :)

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. With it’s head shop decor of plastic balloons, psychedelic disco lights and bubble-wrapped nudes, this 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, in an unexpectedly clever final sequence, he 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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aaa5756 Aug 12, 2014

One word can sum up this movie DUMB.


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