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directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
USA 19
73

 

“My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died.” Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, brings fans another enthralling tale of the future. Set in a time between now and the era of the starship Enterprise, Genesis II follows Hunt (Alex Cord), who awakes after 154 years of suspended animation into a post-apocalyptic world that’s torn between the peace-loving citizens of Pax and the militaristic, mutant Tyranians. Both want Hunt to join their cause. But the Tyranians have two cruel weapons to persuade Hunt: a device of torture called a stim. And an alluring mutant (Mariette Hartley) with two navels…and one ice-cold heart.

TV Release: March 23rd, 1973

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:13:48
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:02)

DVD Release Date: November 11th, 2009
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Chapters 8

 

Comments

I think Genesis II has come full circle. It probably had some appeal in 1973 during the prevalent sci-fi revival that reached its zenith with Star Wars a few years later. But after that there was little reason to revisit this title. I don't even recall this made-for-TV flic being rehashed for broadcast in the decades since its première. But now we enter the realm of nostalgia and 'camp' value. And this definitely has some for a sect of the science-fiction community.

It's standard single-layered but progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks pretty strong with only some minor speckles as a less-noticeable flaw. Colors are bright, detail surprising and contrast adept. It's probable the Master hasn't degraded from being 'over played'. I don't have any strong complaints with the image.

The audio is decent but predictably flat - there are few sound effects - and there are no subtitles, nor extras, offered.

Genesis II is nothing top get too excited about but if the cheesy TOS-style sets and costumes are appealing - then this may be a cool trip down memory lane to see what we used to get in the sci-fi milieu. The plot concept is engaging for fans of the genre - but it is not carried well to fruition. I think the benefits lie more in the Roddenbery-nostalgia factor than anything else - which may be enough for some fans.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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