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Colossus: The Forbin Project [Import USA Zone 1]
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Dr. Forbin (Eric Braeden) entwickelt einen gigantischen Supercomputer, der die USA verteidigen soll und eigene Entscheidungen treffen kann: Da entdeckt "Colossus" in der Sowjetunion einen zweiten seiner Art, Guardian. Als die Maschinen eine eigene Sprache entwickeln, wird die Verbindung gekappt. Aus Protest lassen sie Atomraketen starten. Alle Versuche, die beiden Elektronengehirne auszuschalten, misslingen, und die Menschheit sieht sich einer unfreien, aber sicheren Zukunft gegenüber gestellt.
- Dokumentation "Eine wahre Geschichte"
- Original Kinotrailer kommentiert von John Landis
- Hörbuch in englischer Sprache "Helpful Robots"
- Ausschnitt aus der 4:3-Fassung
- Bilderschau, Trailer
Der amerikanische Forscher Forbin entwickelt einen erstaunlich schlauen Computer, der alle nuklearen Verteidigungswaffen der USA unter seiner Kontrolle hat. Kurz nach seiner Installierung entdeckt der Computer die Existenz seines sowjetischen Gegenstücks und besteht darauf, sich mit diesem zu verlinken. Mit dem Ergebnis, dass der neue Super-Super-Computer die Welt mit dem umgehenden Zusammenschluss aller nuklearer Waffen beider Staaten unter Druck setzt. Forbin leitet fortan den technologischen Widerstand gegen dieselbst erschaffene Supermacht. (VideoMarkt) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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The use of good, but not over the top, actors gave an eerie feeling of reality to this film.
It is 1966 with the complexities of nuclear war we must turn to artificial intelligence to handle the multitude of factors in a reasonable time. We must keep in mind that this computer "Colossus" (named after the real life machine by Turing) can only do our bidding.
What is this? Colossus has discovered another entity in Russia (Guardian), and requests to converse with it. Well we can always pull the plug (yeah sure.) To counter the threat of being socially separated the computers threaten to launch nuclear missiles. At the U.S. and Russia. Getting increasingly pushier Colossus, after requesting voice recognition and voice synthesis (a spooky sixties version of voice synthesis), goes on to regulate the lives of the people who created it; of course it is for their own good.
One can put up with nuclear war if need be, but regulating lives is intolerable. Something must be done. Watch and see what unique solutions are planned. Will they succeed? Who are you rooting for?
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun ~ Roy Thinnes
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Colossus: The Forbin Project was shot in 2.35:1 (I have it on laser disc in widescreen) so you will be losing more than half of the image on this version.
What a shame! This is a classic SF movie, and it deserves to be seen as it was photographed. Sure, the price is low, but when you don't get the real film, so what? In any case, it may be reissued some day with in the special edition form it deserves, and then you'll have to buy it again. Purchase not recommended.
"No widescreen, no sale!"
In considering both the book and the film please do remember the book was first published in 1966, and the film was made in 1969 - 30 years ago. Man had only just walked on the moon. Computers have developed further and faster than space travel. Looked at from that perspective the film still stands scrutiny.
This was my father's first book, and written for two reasons a) to see if he could and b) as a celebration of the human spirit which will never give in.
Try and find the book(s) if you can, they are worth reading
The premise is simple--what will be earth's next dominant species after mankind? The answer? Mankind will be succeeded by, and dominated by, the artificial intelligences that mankind itself creates. The film effectively tells the story as to how such a thing could come about. This is a chilling tale of the end of human dominance of the earth and the beginning of the dominance of the earth's new masters. The acting and direction in this film are quite good, and manage to make this tale seem quite believable.
What a shame this DVD is not a full-screen reproduction of the film, and is instead reformatted for the TV screen. It is painfully obvious to the viewer that one is not seeing the entire picture, and it is inexplicable that this DVD did not offer the full reproduction of the film in filmscreen aspect. Perhaps someday such a reproduction will be offered. When it is, many of us will want to snap it up.
This annoying and significant imperfection aside, this is a very enjoyable viewing experience, a good film, well worth repeated viewings and a must in the science fiction afficianado's collection.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), based on a novel by D.F. Jones, was directed by Joseph Sargent, who primarily works in television, starting out in the late 50's as an actor soon making the transition to directing, squeezing in a few feature films in the early to mid 70's, most notably The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), before going back to television. Starring in the film is Eric Braeden, a television actor with a few film credits, including that of Bruno von Stickle in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977). Also appearing in the film is Susan Clark (The Apple Dumpling Gang, Porky's), Gordon Pinset (Blacula), William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show), and Marion Ross aka Marion Cunningham on TV's Happy Days, the show credited with enhancing the cultural lexicon with the phrase `Sit on it'.
As the film begins, we learn of the United States' completion of a self-sufficient, impregnable, impervious, super-duper, ginormous computer called Colossus, the brainchild of Dr. Charles Forbin (Braeden). The purpose of this `souped-up adding machine' is to provide a completely automated, logistical defense system for the United States, eliminating the human element completely from decisions, specifically those involving nuclear weapons, the thinking being that we can't trust ourselves with such power due to the fact that we're volatile, erratic, and often prone to act on an emotional level rather than on an intellectual one. Soon after Colossus goes online (thus opening Pandora's box), it's discovered (by Colossus) that the Russians have also developed their own version called Guardian, and the two systems begin communicating with each other, eventually combining their computing resources to become one disturbing, ever-growing, ever-learning, superior god-like entity that decides, while mankind has its' uses, humans are not capable of managing themselves or the planet, and now seeks total control of everything, using the threat of nuclear annihilation as its' means to this end. Will Dr. Forbin and his associates find a way to stop this data processing beast before it insinuates itself into every aspect of our lives, or are we doomed to become slaves, literally, to our own creation?
This really is a wonderful film, presenting a highly interesting story, relying less on spectacular effects but more on originality, an intelligent script and storyline, solid acting, and good direction. Considering this film came out in 1970, I can't help but wonder if the ideas presented here may have provided a catalyst for the Terminator or Matrix films, in that of a system, created by humans, surpassing its' programming, and reaching a point of self realization, understanding its' own superiority over its' creators and making the logical decision in seeking to assume ultimate control. I thought pretty much all the actors did a good job, especially Braeden, initially presenting a seemingly cold and calculating character (much like his creation), but later exhibiting more human traits as the situation becomes more urgent. The direction was quite good, and Sargent's background directing television became apparent as a number of scenes were quite lengthy, featuring few cutshots, but rather moving the camera on a dolly maintaining a sense of watching a live performance, rather than a slickly edited film. Also, the story, while fantastic, grew to incorporate a spooky, realistic quality like something that could actually happen. The scenes where Colossus began to suspect events transpiring outside its' control and then took measures to rectify the situation were especially eerie. Also, I'm really glad the makers of this film chose not to cop out on the ending, which I thought was really suitable for the story.
As with many reviewers, I was highly disappointed that Universal decided to neglect those of us who appreciate seeing films as they were originally meant to be seen, releasing only a full screen, `pan and scan' transfer to DVD. I had not the opportunity to see this film in the theaters (too young), and while I am glad I was able to see it now, it's very obvious in watching this release much of the picture is missing. Universal couldn't even have been bothered to clean up this version, as I noticed quite a bit of white `specking' in the darker areas of the picture (I could have easily forgave that for a wide screen release). And for what? So they can offer it at a low price? I would have been willing (as many others, I'm sure) to pay more for a better product. There are no special features available (not even a stinkin' trailer), nor is there even a menu as the film starts immediately after you put it into the DVD player. Certainly not all films rate a five star release, but it's a real shame to see a large studio like Universal undeservedly slight a relatively unknown classic like this, not utilizing any of the enhancements the DVD format now offers. All in all, a two star release for a four star film. I'd recommend renting or buying used rather than buying new.