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Futureworld

Released on 16 February 2009

Featuring: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner & Arthur Hill

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Sequel to Westworld, where the robots have rebuilt the theme park. Not content with the simple aims of capitalism, the robots, led by the indomitable Duffy (Hill), are bent on complete global domination. When powerful leaders are invited to the park, they uncover a sinister cloning plan to carry out the mission.

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 IT'S LIKE COMPARING BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH TO DISNEY WORLD

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Westworld was a classic sci-fi fantasy. Futureworld shot three years later is anything but. The plot is poor, there is no excitement and is just corny and tediouse, and looks very cheap.
It even has the cheek to give Brinner top billing on the poster, when all he does is appear in a ill judged dream sequence.
It's not the worst sequel ever made, but to compare it to the original theme park thriller is like comparing Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Disney Word.
This is a class "D" ride!

 IT'S LIKE COMPARING BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH TO DISNEY WORLD

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Westworld was a classic sci-fi fantasy. Futureworld shot three years later is anything but. The plot is poor, there is no excitement and is just corny and tediouse, and looks very cheap.
It even has the cheek to give Brinner top billing on the poster, when all he does is appear in a ill judged dream sequence.
It's not the worst sequel ever made, but to compare it to the original theme park thriller is like comparing Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Disney Word.
This is a class "D" ride!

 future shock

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As westworld did so well the studio tried to capitalise by doing a sequel.big mistake.having non of the charm,imagination,wit or verve of the original this was a badly recieved folly that even now is hardly shown on tv as its such a stinker.

 Enjoyable sequel is a pale shadow of original

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Admittedly attempting to emulate the success of an iconic sci-fi classic like "Westworld" was never going to be easy. However despite its obvious shortcomings "Futureworld" is a pleasant enough sequel with a reasonably engaging central premise effectively delivered. Although Medieval and Roman worlds remain Delos resort guests can now elect to enjoy 'out of this world' entertainment beginning with a simulated rocket launch to an orbiting space station. I like the hologram chess game and skiing on Mars options that this new environment offers although the boxing mannequin seemed rather too present day for me. Film leads (Peter) Fonda and (Blythe) Danner's characters convey an appealingly believable grudging affection for each other and credit is also due to (Arthur) Hill as Duffy, the disgruntled long-standing employee playing cards with a primitive android. Although listed in the credits (Yul) Brynner's contribution is sadly isolated to one brief non speaking 'dream sequence' where he participates in a romantic fantasy that the sleeping television reporter has about being rescued by the implacable resolute gunslinger. There's also a worthy sequence where our investigative duo are pursued by psychopathic 'ninja type' clones generated by computer. For its 2009 arrival on DVD it's sadly just a 'bog standard' release with nothing, not even subtitle options, on offer in the way of extras which is indeed a great pity. It would have been nice to at least have been offered a theatrical trailer however despite this Optimum Home Entertainment have indeed done a fine job with this title with picture and sound quality of the film both uniformly excellent. There is 12 chapter point scene selection option and the main menu features a looped one minute extract of the main title theme, part of the incidental music score which, in my opinion, effectively conveys the dramatic tension of the film. I love the front cover artwork for this title which also features on the disc's main and scene selection menus. "Futureworld" will never reach the same 'cult' status of its illustrious predecessor however it's an enjoyable enough sequel which gains a worthy good quality DVD release in attractively designed packaging. Definitely a sci-fi film title that's well worth having!

 The future...Seventies style!

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Okay, so it was never going to be better than Westworld, but it could've been one heck of a lot worse than it actually turned out. A sadly overlooked gem this one. It's shorter on action - and bankroll - than it's predecessor, but more than makes up for it's shortcomings by serving up an intelligent premise, which pitches it's tent somewhere between Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and The Six Million Dollar Man.

Fonda and Danner both give star turns, and the limited budget serves only to add to the movie's fleapit 70's charm.

Conspiracy, cloning, romance and a brief (albeit mute!) reunion with the unstoppable gunslinger who may well have inspired The Terminator himself...what's not to like?!!

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ActorsPeter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner, John P. Ryan, Stuart Margolin, Allen Ludden, Robert Cornthwaite, Angela Greene, Darrell Larson, Nancy Bell, Bert Conroy, Dorothy Konrad, John Fujioka & Dana Lee
DirectorRichard T. Heffron
Certificate12 years and over
Year1976
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
Duration1 hour and 44 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.