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My Favorite Martian
     

My Favorite Martian

Director: Donald Petrie, Jeff Daniels, Christopher Lloyd, Elizabeth Hurley

Cast: Donald Petrie, Jeff Daniels, Christopher Lloyd, Elizabeth Hurley

 

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Donald Petrie's big-screen adaptation of the sci-fi sitcom My Favorite Martian comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release.

Overview

Donald Petrie's big-screen adaptation of the sci-fi sitcom My Favorite Martian comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and a production featurette. Fans of family entertainment might want to give this disc a look, but there isn't much here to interest others.My Favorite Martian stars Jeff Daniels as Tim O'Hara, once a newspaper man and now a struggling television producer in Santa Barbara. Tim has a crush on vapid news reporter Brace Channing (Elizabeth Hurley) while overlooking his feelings for Lizzie (Daryl Hannah), a technician working at the station. Driving home one night, Tim wanders upon the crash landing of a spaceship from Mars. The Martian inside (Christopher Lloyd) has come to Earth searching for a fellow Martian who had been lost here 35 years ago. After the crash, he hides on the beach and shrinks his spaceship to the size of a toy to avoid detection; Tim finds the ship anyway, and takes it home. With little choice, the Martian, aided by his sentient and very neurotic spacesuit, follows Tim home and reveals himself. Tim sees the alien as his ticket to the big time, but the Martian, now masquerading as Tim's Uncle Martin (thanks to some Martian gum that transforms his appearance to that of a human) thwarts Tim at every turn. Just as he gets the video he needs for his story, O'Hara develops a friendship with his planetary neighbor and new "Uncle." The two suddenly find they are racing against the the clock -- a government team, led by a wacky scientist (Wallace Shawn), hunts Martin down, and the spaceship (a rental) is on a timed sequence to self-destruct if it cannot be repaired in time. Along the way, Tim loses his infatuation with Brace and finds his true feelings for the loyal Lizzie. Martin might also find his lost friend on Earth, just as he has found new ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
UPC:
0717951002846
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Production featurette; Theatrical trailer; French language track; Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Widescreen [1.85:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels Tim O'Hara
Christopher Lloyd Uncle Martin
Elizabeth Hurley Brace Channing
Daryl Hannah Lizzie
Wallace Shawn Coleye
Christine Ebersole Actor
Michael Lerner Mr. Channing
Ray Walston Armitan
David St. James Prescott

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Robert J. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Norval D. Crutcher Sound Editor
John Debney Score Composer
Martha M. Elcan Asst. Director
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Jerry Leider Producer
Robert Shapiro Producer
Sheri Stoner Screenwriter
Marc Toberoff Producer
Sandy Veneziano Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
   Bonus Material
      Theatrical Trailer
      Film Recommendations
      Production Featurette
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
      Captions
   Play

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