Martian Chronicals on DVD

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Scott Strang, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Scott Strang

    Scott Strang Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 28, 1999
    Messages:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    4
    Has anyone heard anything about this making it to DVD?

    I did a search on this forum and found nothing except a mention of the book.

    Anyone else want this released on DVD? My SciFi channel recording is hideous.
     
  2. Brenton

    Brenton Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2002
    Messages:
    1,169
    Likes Received:
    0
    I never knew there was a film version. Sounds interesting.
     
  3. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2001
    Messages:
    4,733
    Likes Received:
    1
    I'd buy that in a minute.
     
  4. Martin_T

    Martin_T Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 4, 2002
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would love to to watch this mini-series again.

    When it finally pops up on DVD, I will be there. [​IMG]
     
  5. Chuck Wood

    Chuck Wood Extra

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2002
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dear God! Have you all lost your minds? The Martian Chronicles is arguably the WORST adaptation of a classic Sci-Fi Novel ever committed to celuloid! If there were any Justice, the negative would be burned and all prints buried deep within the earth where no one would ever find them again! It was SO BAD that Ray Bradbury personally begged The president of NBC to either shelve it or re-do the whole thing.
     
  6. Eric F

    Eric F Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 1999
    Messages:
    1,810
    Likes Received:
    0
    I didn't think it was that bad.

    That said, it could have been much better. It would be nice to see someone do a thoughtful take on it. Something along the lines of Taken.
     
  7. Dick

    Dick Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    May 22, 1999
    Messages:
    5,464
    Likes Received:
    1,504
    Real Name:
    Rick
    I know I am not imagining this: rumors are floating around about a theatrical version. Anyone else hear this?
     
  8. Eric F

    Eric F Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 1999
    Messages:
    1,810
    Likes Received:
    0
    How can they fit it into one movie? It could see it as a trilogy.
     
  9. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2001
    Messages:
    4,733
    Likes Received:
    1
    Chuck, I don't remember it clearly, but I think it was a bit better than, say, Capricorn One.
     
  10. Rick P

    Rick P Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    691
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  11. Scott Strang

    Scott Strang Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 28, 1999
    Messages:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    4
    I never said it was high art but it was entertaining. Perhaps for nostalgia more than anything else. I can't remember a movie adaptation of a novel ever being considered as good as the original.

    If a remake means it will end up being something like Mission to Mars please forget it. Red Planet was a little better.

    As a period piece with then popular actors like Rock Hudson and Bernadette Peters it's really not that bad.

    The dated aspect and the ending in the diner were some of my favorite parts.
     
  12. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 1999
    Messages:
    16,740
    Likes Received:
    129
    Chuck, no one here has "lost his mind." These gentlemen are just fans of an NBC-TV miniseries adaptation of the Bradbury collection of short stories. This is not a thread for stating such opinions.
     
  13. Chuck Wood

    Chuck Wood Extra

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2002
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank-you Herr Briggs!!Forgot what country I was living in. Gestapo Spank!
     
  14. Mark Bendiksen

    Mark Bendiksen Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 1999
    Messages:
    1,090
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hmmmmm...okay.

    Back to the topic now, I do remember enjoying this quite a bit when it first aired. The sets and special effects were pretty awful, but there were some genuinely chilling moments, IMHO. It would be great to see it get released in its entirety on DVD.
     
  15. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 1999
    Messages:
    16,740
    Likes Received:
    129
    And Chuck, "you've got mail."
     
  16. Joseph J.D

    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2001
    Messages:
    2,695
    Likes Received:
    5
    I'd buy this one as well. I enjoyed the story and have a nostalgic feeling for this miniseries. Also, those martian helmets were really cool looking.[​IMG]
     
  17. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    46,413
    Likes Received:
    4,357
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    Goodbye Chuck Wood!

    The Martian Chronicles....

    I saw this as a teenager.

    I thought the first two parts were quite spooky.

    However, what happened next has always been very
    unclear to me.

    I vaguely remember....


    The martians recreated boyhood memories for
    Rock Hudson, as he revisited childhood relatives
    inside their homes on the Martian landscape.


    I also remember its confusing ending....


    Rock Hudson and his kids are on the Martian planet
    looking for martians. When they look into a pool
    of water they see that THEY are the martians


    All of this is quite fuzzy to me after all these
    years so clarification may be needed.

    In any event, as a teen I thought the mini-series
    started out exceptionally well, but by the third
    act, it was nonsense.
     
  18. Scott Strang

    Scott Strang Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 28, 1999
    Messages:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    4
    Ron

    The version I saw on SciFi left out the Rock's boyhood homes memories altogether. Now it did show some of another NASA astronaut where he lived in Illinois. A lot like downloading one's memories like in Contact.

    I kept expecting him to take them and actually meet a Martian assuming Rock knew where some were living.

    I suppose after he blew up their ship and apparently all Earthly belongings that he considered all humans living there to be Martians. He sure wanted his family severed from their previous life and lifestyle.


    As far as the ending of the series is concerned
    I had a hard time believing that human had been completely wiped out and that some other civilization would've been able to see the Earth's death flicker.
    .
     
  19. todd s

    todd s Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 1999
    Messages:
    7,150
    Likes Received:
    71
    Can someone give me a summary of the movie w/spoilers?
     
  20. Kevin M

    Kevin M Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2000
    Messages:
    5,172
    Likes Received:
    2
    Gestapo Spank?

    You know, I realize that I can be rather aggressive in my posts from time to time but....um....IIII don't think I would have taken quite that approach brother.[​IMG]


    In regards to the Mini, Ron's description is pretty much on the mark with my memories of the show...I still would like to see it again as I remember that Bernie Casey's segment (I believe the one where he is basically possessed by a martian) is quite good and I also remember the production design was excellent too...well...for a 1980 mini-series at any rate.
     

Share This Page