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#1 of 35 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted October 19 2003 - 02:23 AM

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 of 35 OFFLINE   Brenton

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Posted October 19 2003 - 02:23 PM

I never knew there was a film version. Sounds interesting.

#3 of 35 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted October 19 2003 - 02:27 PM

I'd buy that in a minute.
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#4 of 35 OFFLINE   Martin_T

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Posted October 19 2003 - 02:33 PM

I would love to to watch this mini-series again.

When it finally pops up on DVD, I will be there. Posted Image

#5 of 35 OFFLINE   Chuck Wood

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Posted October 19 2003 - 03:12 PM

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 of 35 OFFLINE   Eric F

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Posted October 19 2003 - 03:19 PM

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 of 35 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted October 19 2003 - 07:27 PM

I know I am not imagining this: rumors are floating around about a theatrical version. Anyone else hear this?

#8 of 35 OFFLINE   Eric F

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Posted October 20 2003 - 04:12 AM

How can they fit it into one movie? It could see it as a trilogy.

#9 of 35 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted October 20 2003 - 04:56 AM

Chuck, I don't remember it clearly, but I think it was a bit better than, say, Capricorn One.
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#10 of 35 OFFLINE   Rick P

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Posted October 20 2003 - 07:05 AM

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I know I am not imagining this: rumors are floating around about a theatrical version. Anyone else hear this?


Could you be thinking of 'The Illustrated Man'? Also Bradbury, also short stories and was made theatrical.

#11 of 35 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted October 21 2003 - 06:42 AM

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 of 35 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted October 21 2003 - 07:34 AM

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 of 35 OFFLINE   Chuck Wood

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Posted October 21 2003 - 08:14 AM

Thank-you Herr Briggs!!Forgot what country I was living in. Gestapo Spank!

#14 of 35 OFFLINE   Mark Bendiksen

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Posted October 21 2003 - 08:27 AM


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 of 35 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted October 21 2003 - 10:56 AM

And Chuck, "you've got mail."

#16 of 35 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:36 PM

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.Posted Image
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#17 of 35 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 21 2003 - 10:13 PM

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.

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#18 of 35 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted October 22 2003 - 05:34 AM

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.
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#19 of 35 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted October 22 2003 - 05:40 AM

Can someone give me a summary of the movie w/spoilers?
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#20 of 35 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted October 22 2003 - 05:43 AM

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.Posted Image


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.
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