Sunday, August 9, 2015

Holding back the years: LOGAN'S RUN(1976)

Imagine an idyllic future in which wars are a thing of the past and people live inside enormous, climate controlled domes and without a care in the world. That's right: no stress, no job required, no bills to pay. Just get up everyday and basically do whatever you want. Every day is a vacation and anything(or anyone) one desires can be had. Sound too good to be true? It is. Why? Because in this future, set in the 23rd century, it all ends at age thirty. That's the catch: enjoy a paradise existence but when you turn thirty years of age you must voluntarily enter a mechanical device which terminates your life. 

Such is the premise and storyline for LOGAN'S RUN, released by MGM in 1976 and directed by Michael Anderson. Michael York plays "Logan", a policeman referred to as a Sandman. The "Sandmen" are a police force tasked with tracking down and eliminating anyone who turns 30 years old and defies the government mandate of termination at age thirty. Logan is quite good at his job but soon it is his turn to flee from Sandmen. Logan, tasked with finding a rogue group of "runners"(those who have defied the government and fled rather than be terminated), himself becomes a runner and eventually discovers that there is a world beyond the dome he has lived inside his entire life. (no other spoilers)

The special effects are obviously dated by today's standards but the visuals are often colorful and interesting to watch including a shiny robot named "Box"(played by Roscoe Lee Browne).

 I recently bought this movie on Blu Ray. Any sci-fi film fan who hasn't seen this movie should check it out!

This movie looks fantastic on Blu Ray(HD) and is presented in its original 2:35.1 widescreen aspect ratio. To see the BD for sale at Best Buy click the link: LOGAN'S RUN Blu Ray @ Best Buy