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The Martian Chronicles [DVD]
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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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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.
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!
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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Classic spooky yet slightly quirky sci-fi by Ray Bradbury that captured the imagination of all 40 plus adults. Good sound track too and made you think.Published 1 month ago by maff
Absolutely brilliant this adaptation has stood the test of time and must be viewed by any enthusiast of the sci to genre.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Production "of it's time" but purchased it for it's thought provoking content.Published 4 months ago by Klondike Pete
This is the series I remember as a teenager and wanted to see again - fabulous. While special affects are bit wobbily and old fashioned the writing an acting soon take over and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sally F.
I'm glad I bought this dvd, interesting story if not a little disturbing. I remember seeing it early 80's and maybe its dated or I built it up more than what it was but it wasn't... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer