Charlton Heston Collection: 4 Film Favorites [4 Discs] [DVD]

This four-part package caters to fans of screen idol Charlton Heston, with a quartet of big budget adventure sagas that Heston toplined during the 1970s and '80s. It features: Mother Lode (1982), with Heston as twin Scottish miners seeking gold in British Columbia; Soylent Green (1973), with Heston as a detective in the year 2022 who unveils a deadly government secret while investigating the murder of a prominent official; The Omega Man (1971), an adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend, with Heston as one of the lone survivors of a global apocalypse; and Skyjacked, with Heston as the pilot of a commercial flight that gets hijacked by a terrorist (James Brolin) and re-routed to Moscow.
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Special Features

  • Mother Lode Includes: Behind the Scenes with Filmmaker Fraser C. Heston
  • Soylent Green Includes: Commentary by Leigh Taylor-Young and Director Richard Fleischer
  • The Omega Man Includes: Introduction by CoStars Eric Laneuville and Paul Koslo and Screenwriter Joyce H. Corrington
  • Vintage Featurette The Last Man Alive - The Omega Man
  • Charlton Heston Sci-Fi Movies Essay
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Mother Lode
The McGee brothers--Silas and Ian (Charlton Heston in a dual role)--are Scottish miners with a gold fortune hidden in British Columbia. Two bush pilots (Nick Mancuso, Ricky Zantolas) and a girl (Kim Basinger) travel to the province to seek the gold. The film is also known as Search for the Mother Lode. ~ John Bush, Rovi

The Omega Man
This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. Charlton Heston is Robert Neville, the sole recipient of a serum that enabled him to survive an onslaught of germ warfare between Russia and China - which seemingly rendered him the last (normal) human alive. Neville lives in a garish, antique-strewn L.A. penthouse. During the day, he roams through the vacant city. At night, he fends off a bloodthirsty horde of mutant scavengers garbed in Spanish inquisition robes and sunglasses, led by Matthias (Anthony Zerbe), a former television newscaster in his good ol' pre-mutant days. Matthias and his half-human vampires want to kill Neville. Neville's last man on earth status is shattered when he comes across a group of young people, presided over by the sexy and cynical Lisa (Rosalind Cash). Neville begins to form an interest in her, as the two try to keep Matthias and his minions at bay. The Omega Man was filmed in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons, an area that consists almost exclusively of office buildings, and therefore was suitably vacant at the the time of production. In 2007, Matheson's novel received yet another incarnation - this one with Will Smith in the Heston role. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Skyjacked
Sky Terror is the reissue title for Skyjacked, a 1972 MGM all-star adventure based on a novel by David Harper. Charlton Heston mans the controls of a Los Angeles-bound commercial airliner which is hijacked to Russia by an unknown miscreant. Even when the skyjacker, revealed to be passenger James Brolin, is subsequently subdued, the crew must contend with a hidden time bomb. The film is graced with a who's who of MGM contractees past and present, including Yvette Mimieux, Walter Pidgeon and Mike Henry. A flashback sequence contains one of the first examples of an American film coming to grips with how rudely our Vietnam veterans were ignored upon returning home; alas, this compassion quickly degenerates into the odious "crazed Vietnam vet" cliche. Footnote: The first network showing of Skyjacked was boycotted by TV stations owned by the Storer Corporation, which had a hard and fast rule against screening any film concerning a hijacked plane. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Soylent Green
Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population's food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories -- the dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon executive in the Soylent Company, is found murdered, police detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is sent in to investigate the case. Helping him out researching the case is Thorn's old friend Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson, in his final film role). As they investigate the environs of a succession of mad-from-hunger New Yorkers and the luxuriously rich digs of the lucky few, Thorn uncovers the terrible truth about the real ingredients of Soylent Green. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Charlton Heston
    Charlton Heston - Ian McGee, Silas McGee
  • Nick Mancuso
    Nick Mancuso - Jean Dupre
  • Kim Basinger
    Kim Basinger - Andrea Spalding
  • John Marley
    John Marley - Elijah

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