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The Martian Chronicles [DVD][1980]

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  • Actors: Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Nicholas Hammond, Darren McGavin, Roddy McDowall
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, Mono, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Icon
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2011
  • Run Time: 281 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003MVXH6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the mind of science-fiction giant Ray Bradbury springs what is perhaps his most epic vision. Capturing mankind's first venture into the colonization of another planet - and its tragic first contact with another species.

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Like many reviewers,i watched this mini series on the BBC back in the early 80s and it really got my imagination working,having just watched it again nearly 30 years on it has had the same affect on me all over again,it doesnt matter that its scientifically incorrect or that the special FX arent that good,you are taken along with the stories and characters,it grips your imagination.
The sound FX and music although a bit dated seem to still work really well,giving it a creepy but serene atmosphere.
I remembered every chapter from my childhood and it was great to see it hasn't diminished with time.Im glad i grew up in the 70s and 80s,this kind of series is what that time was all about,Space discovery,martians,a new frontier.If you remember this show,or like sci fi with a great story,buy the dvd now,its in 3 parts on 2 dvds and region 2 at last.
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This DVD I can recommend very highly. A very good transfer from the original and nice though eerie as it may seem soundtrack. It is a piece of music that sticks to mind. And I do remember watching this for the first time on BBC television around 1981-1982. Frightening if this actually did happen, Ray Bradburys imagination stretches far beyond in this TV mini series excellent adaptation of this book. "March 2007". How much more up to date can this be? Rock Hudson gives his best performance in this one. Roddy McDowell is great also as he travels with Father.

The third episode I thought wasn't the best and could have been better but actually watching it again a second and third time and especially at the end of the set brought a real meaning to this story where we find our friends from the Third Expedition, Wilder and a Martian discovering the truth about their lives and their planets. There is nothing quite like this at all. This DVD is a definate original must for the Sci-Fi collector. I now await an up to date movie of this book if ever there will be one. They can make great special effects these days but it is a pity that we have lost some of the finest actors of our time. Maybe some director out there (Past Present Future) can re-make this to become a box office hit. To me though this DVD is a hit in itself!
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I was compelled to buy this DVD as Martian Chronicles remains amongst my Top 10 SF novels and nostalgically remember watching this adaption with a typical 10 year olds sublime sense of wonder back in 1980.The script was written by Richard Matheson, closely adapted from Bradbury’s original poetic SF novel consecutively chronicling the tragic first contact between human colonists and a dying race of noble gold eyed Martians.

Contemporary hindsight has sadly relegated it’s ambitious predictions of an early 21st century manned Mars landing and colony to alternate history. However, some of its technical predictions like flatscreen tv’s and PC videophones proved surprisingly accurate. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover it was filmed in Malta, yet still successfully creates an aptly rugged romantic illusion of a Mars that never was.

On reflection, the plot of the Martian Chronicles never devolves into Star Wars fantasy style action and lurid laser battles. However, this lyrical SF fable can sometimes be surprisingly violent, but this is never gratuitous and is shown to crucially reflect the dark and light sides of our respective human natures, and is ultimately poetic allegory comparing Martian 1st contact to the discovery and ultimate genocide of native Americans by Victorian European colonists, whilst aptly addressing universal human issues of love, deceit,racial intolerance, religion and global nuclear warfare. It is frankly a rare conventional drama which attempts to engage both the heart and mind, that it has eloquently succeeded within the genre limits of science fiction critically justifies this novel and films classic status.
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A bit dated with the "cold war" theme and the futuristic technology but still has the Bradbury humour and wit. The allegorical theme is strong as one considers American history and parallels are not difficult to spot. My only minus is that the script writers have failed to overcome the slight disjointness of the book given that it is collection of related short stories. Some of the transitions are less than smooth. I am probably overcritical because it is one of my favourite books and films or miniseries struggle to live up to the original. Still a very enjoyable evening's viewing.
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Very good mini series,brought back lots of memories from the seventies.The dvd's could be improved with extra features which are sadly missing.Well worth the money,hours of enjoyment!
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If you want fantastic special effects, snappy dialogue and fast paced action then avoid the 'Martian Chronicles'...But if, like me, you like to be filled with a sense of mystical awe, curiousity and have your intellect stimulated, then this is for you. Although the acting is at times ropey and the pace is slow, this mini-series contains some truly magical moments- Never mind if the science is a bit off whack, it's the ideas that count in this classic Bradbury tale where many stories make the whole. I saw this way back in 1980 and was thoroughly entranced- I particularly like the fact that at the height of the Cold War these films pointed to an alternative to Mutually Assured Destruction, given to humanity by the beautiful and ethereal Martians, who either exist, or don't, are us, but also maybe themselves...The message still holds true, we only have one planet, and either we harmonise with It, or we perish...
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