The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 release info. In the 21st century, earth begins the colonization of mars. Sep 29, 2015 the opening credits to nbcs the martian chronicles 1980 adapted from the book by ray bradbury and one of the finest scifi miniseries of the 80s. Tv miniseries adaptation of ray bradburys classic short story collection about the human colonisation of mars is ruined by a lumbering. The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 caught up with this one again, and i gotta say for the times, and for a bradbury its not a bad adaptation. The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 classic horror. One feels that the mini series would have worked far better in not trying to tell the martian chronicles as a single sixhour, threepart drama but as a series of individual halfhour episodes along the lines of the excellent the ray bradbury theater 198692 anthology tv series. Nbc soon shelved the miniseries and did not air it until january 1980.
In this 3 12hour tv miniseries, adapted from the book by ray bradbury, space pioneers must travel from earth to the red planet to found a new. It is mostly recalled now for excruciating special effects and the classic mauling it received form the arch tv critic of the the time, clive james. The martian chronicles complete miniseries 2 discs bluray. The martian chronicles is a television miniseries based on ray bradburys. It was aired on nbc in january 1980 in three episodes with a total running time of just over four hours nearly five hours on the dvd version. The martian chronicles is a television miniseries based on ray bradburys the martian. The series starred rock hudson, darren mcgavin, bernadette peters, roddy mcdowall, fritz weaver, barry morse, and maria schell. At one point, shortly before the miniseries scheduled release, bradbury found himself the sole representative of the production at a press conference. He played herod agrippa in the bbcs 1976 television adaptation of i, claudius. Rock hudson headlined this threenight madefortv event, and its really saying something that i dont think i ever heard anything good or bad about it until now. The opening credits to nbcs the martian chronicles 1980 adapted from the book by ray bradbury and one of the finest scifi miniseries of the 80s. Tmc color scheme four the martian chronicles tv mini series 1980 loved this. January 27, 1980 screenplay by richard matheson directed by michael anderson in 1979, the martian chronicles was made into a three part miniseries.
Jul 05, 2018 over the years, the chance to see the martian chronicles became even more rare than the appearance of said martians in the movie itself the chance to finally get a look at this vaguelyrecalled mini series many, many sols later, through grownup eyes has proven to be far more rewarding than my first goround all those years ago. The martian chronicles 1980, was a much mocked and forgotten tv mini series attempting to modernise and adapt a much loved ray bradbury classic story of martian colonisation. The martian chronicles tv mini series 1980 trivia on imdb. The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 the martian. With each passing year, this 1980 miniseries becomes more for those who have read ray bradburys landmark novel. Probably another chapter might have been needed for the martian chronicles mini series to have gotten in all of what ray bradbury had to say in his epic science fiction work about first contact. Mars has huge alien cities and the first astronauts from earth pitch up in seventies leisure suits in this 1980 tv mini series. I never read the novel nor did i catch the miniseries back in 1980. The martian chronicles tv mini series 1980 on imdb. Capturing mankinds first venture into the colonization of another planet and its tragic first contact with another species the martian chronicles is a stunning achievement that will take you from the edge of your seat and to the stars. It is a reminder of what might be affected by people moving to mars. Thanks to star wars, sci fi was on the radar for every tv network going then.
The martian chronicles complete miniseries 2 discs kino. The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 caught up with this one again, and i gotta say for the times, and for a bradbury its not a bad adaptatio the martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 classic horror film board classic horror film board. The martian chronicles part 1 the expeditions recap youtube. On three consecutive evenings in the fall of 1980, nbc television presented a sixhour miniseries based on bradburys classic novel of life on mars, the martian chronicles, adapted to the screen by richard matheson, a writer long associated with imaginative television the twilight zone, kolchak. The martian chronicles 1980 miniseries cinemorgue wiki. Ray bradbury was probably also freaked out watching his great book being turned to mush. The martian chronicles complete miniseries 2 discs blu.
The martian chronicles tv mini series 1980 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. In 1980 ray bradburys classic science fiction tale the martian chronicles was adapted for a tv miniseries. The mini series itself would rate maybe a 2, but were here to rate the dvd, not the movie so the picture quality, even on the dvd version, is excellent and the sound is good. Martian chronicles,theoriginal soundtrack recording. The world premiere release of stanley myers score for the 1980 television mini series of ray bradburys the martian chronicles.
The martian chronicles is a typical 70s80s slow moving mini series that would play better as a 23 hour movie rather than a long, drawnout 5 hour mini series. The martian chronicles 1980 mini series hcf rewind. This miniseries has some great moments as well as a few flaws. Black, john cassady briggs, bernie casey major jeff spender, nicholas hammond captain arthur black, richard heffer conover, barry morse peter hathaway, richard oldfield captain nathaniel york, anthony pullen shaw edward black, burnell. James faulkner born july 18th, 1948 played the bald martian, mr. The martian chronicles television mini series original air date. The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.
The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 plot summary. The martian chronicles 1980 opening credits youtube. The martian chronicles 1980 based on the works of ray bradbury, the martian chronicles may well be the most idiotic miniseries ever aired on american television. With rock hudson, gayle hunnicutt, bernie casey, christopher connelly. Its not the tackiest that would be lace, which is great fun, its not the most boring that would beoh, hell, theres way too much competition to pick just. To survive, mankind must find another place to live. Kino lorber studio classics blasts off into the crazy surreal cosmos of this scifi miniseries. David lustig, robert beatty general halstead, phil brown mr. Jul 12, 20 rock hudson speaking with martian terence longdon. It exhibits visually the beauty of the original martian race and their wisdom, gained from everything our earth people would also go through before they became as advanced. The martian chronicles miniseries, rich in the poetic language and imagery that is bradburys trademark, details a vision that is unique to its authorso unique that matheson is slow to accept credit for the excellence of his chronicles script. I first saw the martian chronicle mini series on a vhs tape at my compound in riyadh saudi arabia when on an overseas deployment in 1988.
The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 trivia imdb. With a music score reminiscent of gerry andersons series and costumes of a similar type you feel you are back in time rather than in the future world of the novel. Tv mini series synopsis before it was a tv mini series, the martian chronicles was a 1950 science fiction short story collection by ray bradbury that chronicled the colonization of mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated earth, and the conflict between aboriginal martians and the new colonists. Sep 25, 2015 recap of part one of the 1980 tv mini series the martian chronicles based on the novel by ray bradbury.
Earth sends its first manned probe to mars in 1999, and a jealous martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. The martian chronicles complete miniseries 2 discs. This was first a mini series on bbc, in three segments. We must remember that this film was made only shortly after jerry goldsmith with alien and john williams with star wars established a reasonable standard for science fiction film music. V in fact, if i hadnt listened to bradburys interview from fahrenheit 451, i would be clueless still.
Ray bradburys martian chronicles tv mini series score. The parallels to living in a small us colony isolated from an alien culture with surrounding scenery very similar the environment portrayed in the tv adaption really hit home. The martian chronicles dvd, 2004 for sale online ebay. Ray bradburys work was adapted into this lengthy three part mini series for tv back in 1980 as the martian chronicles, broken down into three chapters part 1. Kino lorber studio classics blasts off into the crazy surreal cosmos of this scifi mini series. In 1988 he portrayed one of the biggest enemies of sherlock holmes, stapleton, in granada televisions production of the hound of the baskervilles. The martian chronicles is a three part miniseries based on a ray bradbury novel. When one reporter asked him what he thought of the miniseries, he responded candidly, booooooooring. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile martian natives and later because of the selfdestructive earthmen. The martian chronicles tv miniseries 1980 full cast.
It was aired on nbc in january 1980 in three episodes with a total. Earth sends its first manned probe to mars in and a jealous martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. I was 8 at the time, but never caught this one on t. It certainly wasnt like star treks first contact to say the least. The martian chronicles is a television miniseries based on ray bradburys the martian chronicles and dealing with the exploration of mars and the inhabitants there. The martian chronicles dvd 1980 dvd although its full of interesting ideas, my word this tv version of bradburys scifi classic feels dated.1489 1326 36 1460 892 120 1299 995 422 322 222 857 1567 1575 357 79 199 806 1550 738 1410 1277 129 172 1385 577 726 490 1554 1370 1095 91 291 891 911 726 318 534 1125 1129 496 536 1271 1018 706 1208 1404