LO­gan’s rUn

Exit Sand­man

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUt NOW! 1976 | 12 | blu-ray & dVd (dual for­mat)

Di­rec­tor Michael an­der­son Cast Michael York, Jenny agut­ter, richard Jor­dan, Peter Usti­nov

Based on a novel co-writ­ten by Wil­liam F Nolan (who also co-scripted Burnt Of­fer­ings – look left!), Lo­gan’s Run is a dystopia in the vein of Aldous Hux­ley’s Brave New World rather than Ge­orge Or­well’s 1984.

It’s set in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic world of care-free abun­dance, where au­to­ma­tion meets all ma­te­rial needs, re­pro­duc­tion is ar­ti­fi­cial, and ca­sual sex is freely en­joyed. One snag: when you hit 30 you must sub­mit for de­struc­tion, with the prom­ise of “re­newal”.

It’s a lie of course, as Michael York’s “Sand­man” dis­cov­ers when sent to find and de­stroy “Sanc­tu­ary”, where many of the “Run­ners” it’s his job to elim­i­nate have es­caped to. Jenny Agut­ter’s Jes­sica joins him on the lam, pro­vid­ing a bud­ding ro­mance.

Men­tion­ing Lo­gan’s Run in the same breath as Hux­ley and Or­well feels faintly im­proper, since it’s as shal­low as its two naive, knownoth­ing cen­tral char­ac­ters. It also sags a lit­tle in the mid­dle, as it be­comes a chase through in­dus­trial lo­ca­tions. But ei­ther side there’s de­li­cious eye-candy to be en­joyed, from the re­birth rit­ual of Carousel to the matte-paintin­gas­sisted vis­tas of Out­side, where Wash­ing­ton land­marks have been re­claimed by na­ture.

Ex­tras Commentary by York, the di­rec­tor and the cos­tume de­signer is car­ried over from the old DVD, as is a pe­riod Mak­ing Of. You also get four art cards. This is one of 10 re­leases in the new HMV-ex­clu­sive Pre­mium Col­lec­tion range. Oth­ers of note in­clude Them!, The Omega Man and Soy­lent Green – all mak­ing their UK Blu-ray de­but. Sadly these ti­tles were an­nounced so late in the day that we could only squeeze in a re­view of one. Ian Berri­man

A se­quence where York and Agut­ter pose nude for an ice sculp­ture was one of sev­eral trimmed to en­sure a US PG rat­ing.

As shal­low as its cen­tral char­ac­ters

Sadly there are no laun­derettes in the fu­ture.

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