Conclusion: I confess to a biased nostalgia for The Omega Man , warts and all. It's an imperfect movie full of problems and I like it a lot. I'm delighted that it's out on HD DVD, even if that's only to cash in on the Will Smith adaptation. It's not for everyone, but for my generation anyway it and Heston's towering screen presence make it a must have in high-def. Recommended.
Conclusion: 'The Omega Man' may not be a particularly good movie, but its woefully dated production values and hilarious nods to blaxploitation arguably make it a true camp classic. As a Blu-ray release, this one's a mixed bag. Although it boasts a surprisingly robust video transfer, the tinny audio and wafer-thin extras are decidedly retro. If you happen to be a fan of the film, I wouldn't dissuade you from picking this one up -- just be sure to set your expectations accordingly.
Conclusion: The Omega Man is one film that is clearly a reflection of the era in which it was made, offering a nostalgic throwback to 1970s style, music, and filmmaking. While the film, on the whole, is an entertaining romp through a nightmare scenario, the first half plays much better than the second, each half almost two distinct entities that form a narrative whole but couldn't be much further apart when it comes to substance, novelty, and entertainment value.
Excerpt: Här har vi en av världens coolaste filminledningar. Charlton Heston bilar omkring i en totalt folktom stad. Lite relaxmusik i bilstereon, solglasögon på. En rörelse i ögonvrån, och Charlton snor åt sig kulsprutan och öppnar eld mot en silhuett i ett fönster. Ensam kvar i världen är ett inte helt ovanligt tema, med filmer som "Den tysta jorden" eller Twilight Zone-avsnitt som "Time Enough at Last" som andra exempel.