Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles”, 1980
I had no idea Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” had been adapted as a miniseries. I knew parts of it were done for TV here in NZ in the ’80s and early ’90s but not about the three feature length episodes I found on YouTube. Apparently Bradbury was less than excited when he saw what Richard Matheson and the rest of them did with his book. No matter. I still like the look of it and I have a LONG attention span when it comes to sci-fi on the idiot box.
I’m in for a busy evening…
The Martian Chronicles is a television miniseries based on Ray Bradbury‘s The Martian Chronicles and dealing with the exploration of Mars and the inhabitants there. The series starred Rock Hudson, Darren McGavin, Bernadette Peters, Roddy McDowall, Barry Morse, and Maria Schell. 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).
Bradbury found the miniseries “just boring”.
EDIT: I did have these movies embedded here but they’ve disappeared from YouTube. Do a search and you may well find copies elsewhere.
LATER: It was good but I’m disappointed Matheson & co left out “Usher II”. Bradbury’s riff on “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” is my favourite part of the book.
Here’s the adaptation that was done in 1990 for “The Ray Bradbury Theater” – of course I’m going to have to watch it now.