CTHE Press Release: "Marooned"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Powerful and Realistic Space Saga of "Ironman One"

    Featuring Academy Award®-Winners Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman

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    MAROONED
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    Oscar® Winner - Best Special Visual Effects
    New to DVD on November 18

    * * * * Culver City, CA (September 8, 2003) - They are trapped in a spaceship with no power. *
    Outside there is no air and no heat. *Earth spins 200 miles below. *Three American astronauts
    face a desperate situation in the spellbinding science-fiction cliffhanger MAROONED, starring
    Best Actor Oscar®-winners Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird, Moby Dick) and Gene
    Hackman (The French Connection, The Royal Tenenbaums), premiering on DVD November 18
    from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

    * * * * After completing a daring five-month mission in space, the three-man spaceship Ironman
    One orbits Earth preparing for re-entry. *But a retro-rocket misfires, and the crew commander
    Jim Pruett (Richard Crenna - First Blood, The Sand Pebbles), scientist/astronaut Clayton Stone
    (James Franciscus) and pilot Buzz Lloyd (Hackman) are marooned in space. *Back on Earth,
    Charles Keith (Peck), chief of the manned space program, and senior astronaut Ted Dougherty
    (David Janssen) plan an incredible rescue ... while the whole world anxiously awaits.

    * * * * Based on the gripping and dramatic novel by Martin Caidin, written just one year prior to
    the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, MAROONED features the stellar supporting cast of Lee Grant
    (Shampoo, The Omen) and Emmy Award-winner Mariette Hartley (TVs "The Incredible Hulk,"
    "One Life to Live"), and was directed by Academy Award®-nominee John Sturges (Bad Day at
    Black Rock, The Magnificent Seven).

    DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
    * * * * Digitally Audio & Anamorphic Video
    * * * * Remastered in High Definition
    * * * * Widescreen Presentation
    * * * * Audio: *English (Dolby Surround)
    * * * * Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
    * * * * Scene Selections
    * * * * Interactive Menus

    Rated G
    Color
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 129 Minutes
    DVD Catalog # 10631 / UPC Code: 0-43396-10631-4
    Order Date: 10/16/03
    SLP: $24.95
     
  2. Joel Mack

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    "Hackman is ALWAYS good!"
     
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    Interesting fact: Supposedly after seeing this movie, Marilyn Lovell had a premonition of the accident that would happen on her husband's Apollo 13 flight. [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, right. I just love some of the scenes in "orbit" where it's the Sun and the rest of the starfield that move in relation to "Earth." And that hokey "sci-fi" spaceship used as a rescue vehicle. The movie was, in my opinion, mediocre at best.
     
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    I started a Thread on this subject on August 29th. Perhaps they should be combined?
     
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    Never saw this film. I know it was released as a "Roadshow Event" (my favorite genre) so I may check it out, but I have heard it is Dull, Dull, Dull. Any one have any comment on the film itself?
     
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    Exactly where was MiSTing the film in a theater full of paying customers promoted?

    Get a grip.

    The only watchable version of "Marooned" is the MST version...
     
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    Sorry, Jeff. I didn't mean to offend you (or any fan of the film), but I think it's lousy. Even as an easily-amused 8-year-old seeing it first-run, I thought it was bad. I saw it again about 10-15 years ago and my opinion didn't change. And it's from John Sturges, a director whose work I like very much (even Ice Station Zebra, for all its faults), so it's surprising.

    Joel is correct - I would never suggest doing the MST-thing in a public showing of a film, good or bad.
     
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    Please note who started the thread. It's his Forum, buddy!

    Also agree with Peter re the film itself.
     
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    The movie isn't bad as MST3K material goes, but that's not to say it's good. It suffers from a meanderign plot and horrible art direction. On pretty much every scene I just kept noticing design decisions that NASA would never make.
     
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    It seems obvious that I'm standing alone on my favorable opinion about "Marooned". It looks like Columbia is going to have really bads sales numbers for this title if so many people have such disdain for this film.

     
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    FWIW, the movie *did* win an Academy Award for Special Effects.

    And I don't believe the movie is "dull"; but I do agree that it's "dumb" in that NASA would not have made many of the decisions depicted in this movie.

    NASA would have already factored in the "Eye of the Hurricane" thing. There is NO WAY that that would ever have been a surprise to them.
     
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    Can anyone out there remember who played the lone astronaut in the TV version? I can...
     
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    Marooned isn't the best movie ever made but I think it's okay overall and didn't deserve the MST3K treatment.
     
  18. Jack Briggs

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    Jeff, "poetic license" doesn't include a serious plot flaw like that. Weather patterns are followed closely by the people who control manned spaceflights; the "eye of the hurricane" burst of illumination wouldn't occur as an epiphany. But still, though, a movie like this can be enjoyed in certain ways. I'm sure the movie will sell some copies.
     
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    I guess if people wish to get picky you can find plot flaws & other flaws in most every film. Oh well, despite the flaws whether they are large or small, I'll just buy my copy & make Columbia's day.
     

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