Friday, August 6, 2010
MAN FROM ATLANTIS (1977) Opening Titles
Like The Six Million Dollar Man and Logan's Run, 70s sci-fi didn't have to be set in outer space for me to enjoy it. Spaceships were the best, of course, but submarines were cool, too, so I was also a big fan of Man from Atlantis.
I had at least the first two Marvel comic books, and still own my paperback novelizations of the first two TV movie pilots. (In fact, I re-read the first one a few months ago - not bad!) We had a pool when I was a kid, and I really got pretty good at mimicking Patrick Duffy's dolphin-like swimming style.
Belinda Montgomery (and still did, when she was Doogie Howser's mom in the 80s), thought the Cetacean submarine was incredibly cool, and the theme music (as heard in the video clip above) is one of my favorite sci-fi themes of all time.
I'm sure that most of the episodes were pretty hokey (there's a clip on YouTube with a guy in a giant seahorse costume that's goofy as hell), but I'd still love to have the whole show on my DVD shelves, next to all my other 70s childhood favorites.
I know that the pilot film is available from Warners Archive, but it's just a bit beyond my budget these days. I'd like to get it - I'm very curious as to whether it holds up at all. Of course, it would have to be pretty damned awful for me not to enjoy it - as we all know, my tastes are pretty much exactly what they were when I was thirteen.