A box office failure at the time, John Boorman’s 1974 cult science fiction film Zardoz is an entrancing if overly ambitious project that offers pointed commentary on class structure and religion inside its complex plot and head-movie visuals. Its healthy doses of sex and violence will involve viewers even if the story machinations escape them. Beautifully photographed near in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001).
A bewigged Sean Connery is Zed, a savage “exterminator” commanded by the mysterious god Zardoz to eliminate Brutals, survivors of an unspecified worldwide catastrophe. Zed stows away inside Zardoz’s enormous idol (a flying stone head) and is taken to the pastoral land of the Eternals, a matriarchal, quasi-medieval society that has achieved psychic abilities as well as immortality. Zed finds as much hope as disgust with the Eternals; their advancements have also robbed them of physical passion, turning their existence into a living death. Zed becomes the Eternals’ unlikely messiah, but in order to save them–and himself–he must confront the truth behind Zardoz and his own identity inside the Tabernacle, the Eternals’ omnipresent master computer.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, supervised and approved by John Boorman
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with John Boorman
New interviews with Boorman, actor Sara Kestelman, and crew members Anthony Pratt, Gerry Johnston, Peter MacDonald, Simon Relph, Seamus Byrne, and Alan Jones
Appreciation by director Ben Wheately
Collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Julian Upton and Adrian Smith, plus archive interviews, illustrated by original production stills.