Finally got around to seeing this on my DVR. Trippy. I recognized John Alderton from his role in the delightful 70's London Weekend TV series "No, Honestly".
The movie had an interesting take on an early vision of what we'd now recognize as the Internet, and some striking and imaginative art direction, using a lot of practical projection. As well as plenty of nudity. But a way slow editing pace and a plot line that I'm sure read better in book form, where you can see internalized monologues, omniscient narration and thoughts, but in a film, you need to SHOW that, usually thru action.
Sean Connery sure made some strange choices of movies to do over the years. You know, he was offered Gandalf in LOTR, passed, saying it was tripe, and instead did "League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" ?
I saw Zardoz a few years ago when I was in a dystopian movie phase, I remember it was one of the more ridiculous films I've ever seen. It definitely couldn't be remade nowadays with the same level of seriousness it took back then. It as very dated from what I remember. I remember there was a giant floating head that had a room in it, and there was something about people getting aged as a form of punishment (because they were immortal or something?). It was a very bizarre movie, more weird than good.
What may be even stranger than some of Sean Connery's choices in film roles (including this), might have been the strange choice of director John Boorman, who just hit it big with Deliverance in 1972, then followed it up with Zardoz... I wouldn't say his career was a complete bust after making Zardoz, but he certainly never achieved the greatness one might have hoped from the guy who directed Deliverance.
And for those who haven't seen it, I will now provide the obligatory picture of Sean Connery's Zardoz costume: