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Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (Sous-titres français) [Import]

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bernie Casey, Christopher Connelly, Nicholas Hammond
  • Producers: Charles M. Fries
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002CR03Q
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Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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This disappointing when I saw it on TV way back but thought I might feel differently about it now. No such luck. Bradbury was a philosophical writer rather a master of dialogue or action, so is difficult to covert to the screen. It requires imagination equal to Bradbury's and good writing, both sadly lacking here. Richard Matheson often uses Bradbury's dialogue word for word but what was okay on the page sounds false when spoken. And either the designers were totally lacking in imagination or the studio making the series was operating on a shoestring. Although we are supposedly in the next century everyone is wearing the fashions of the mid-1970s and the sets are similarly uninspired. The Martians, shown brifely, appear as bald-headed humans, clad in diaphanous sheets, and later as three globes of light. A big name cast (for the era — anyone remember Gayle Hunnicut?) is totally wasted, so that several (Darren McGavin and Barry Morse are most guilty) overact embarrassingly in a desperate attempt to inject comedy where it just isn't present in the script. Rock Hudson alone manages to maintain some dignity although he doesn't have much to do except wander, ruminating among the ruins of Martian civilization which are supposedly awe-inspiring, but due to the designers' lacklustre work look much like the hunks of stone you see in ruined Norman castles. Wouldn't be so bad except Rock and others wander thoughtfully through them over and over again — looking awestruck, saying nothing.
I challenge anyone to stay awake through the last of the 3 parts!
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The 1980 television adaption of Ray Bradbury's book, The Martian Chronicles, spanning 293 minutes, in three parts, The Expeditions, The Settlers, and The Martians, stars film great, Rock Hudson, Darren McGavin(The Night Stalker), Bernie Casey(The Gargoyles, Revenge of the Nerds), Roddy McDowall(Planet of the Apes) and Fritz Weaver(Marathon Man, Tales from the Darkside), to name a few. The mini-series attempts to encapsulate the saga of Bradbury's jaunt to Mars and how Earth people would greet Martians upon first contact and visa versa. The British(Fries Entertainment) production lacked in impressive special effects compared to theatrical releases of the time(Star Wars, Logan's Run), but made effective use of makeup and contact lenses for the Martians, as well as an other-worldly, spiritually soothing soundtrack for the title's name-sake, although much of the music sounds dated by today's standards. MGM's 2 disc set seems to be devoid of any extras, similarly to MGM's recent and slightly disappointing DVD release of the apocalyptic tele-movie, The Day After(1983-Jason Robards;The UK version of The Day After has a running commentary track with director, Nicholas Meyers), but hopefully will maintain the color and crispness of the VHS three-tape set(Fries Classic Collection), not to be mistaken by other incarnations recorded at EP, and should actually be improved upon with the DVD format. The Martian Chronicles is slated to be released on DVD in its original mono soundtrack with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Despite any extra material, MGM, however, has thankfully authored this film to DVD for posterity, and I look forward to adding it to my collection.
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When I first watched this movie some 20 + years ago, I turned it off. The science in the movie was just that bad. In the 1940's when the book was originally written, it was passable, now it is nearly cult classic folly. When you add to it the slow moving drama and mediocre acting from a 1970's has been cast, it is a turn off.

However, much of science fiction is moralistic, making a statement about human society in a way that shelters the author from criticism. In that regard, this movie was good science fiction. There are several major theme points. These are brought out by the opening flashback scenes shown at the beginning of each episode. The theme is that people are selfish. They "see nothing but their own dreams." They can't respect other people's point of view. This is shown in the colonization of America, er ah Mars, and in politics both domestic and on the world stage until we bring ourselves to ruin. A Martian eventually dies as everybody wants him to be a different person.

At one point two monks are talking when one says, "Can't you see the human in the inhuman?" A theme reference to the human aspect of inhumanity. Other memorable lines are "I finally get to meet a Martian and I shot him." And when the Martian gives Rock Hudson the secret of living, "Anyone with eyes can see the way to live."

By the third episode, Earth and Mars are nearly completely dead. A man named Benjamin is alone and manages to meet Bernadette Peters, perhaps the last woman in existence. In a dark comedy moment, Bernadette is more concerned about how she looks, even though there is no one to look at her, than say the destruction of civilization. She didn't go back to Earth because they wouldn't let her take all of her clothes.
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I first saw this 15 years ago and I had been looking for it since. Its very focused on the cold war era, and the fears and predictions of the future. It is still true today that change in the way things are done needs to come and change good or bad is inevitable.
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