He's the lone survivor of a lost civilization...thrust into ours! A giant storm tosses ashore a being, who is both human and a creature of the deep. Mark Harris is the name given him by the astonished scientists who study and protect their remarkable find. Harris is equally astonished: a fish out of water eager to learn about us.
Patrick Duffy (a year before beginning his legendary run on Dallas) plays the Atlantean in the origins movie that (along with three more films) preceded the cult-fave Man from Atlantis series. In this adventure, Harris uses his amazing underwater abilities to save mankind from a madman's (Victor Buono) plot to launch missiles from all the world's nuclear submarines!
Yesterday the website for the Warner Archives, the studio's manufacture-on-demand (MOD) home video project, made a new DVD title available without any advance notice to us. It's the first (of four) telefilms that aired in the first half of 1977, prior to the 13-episode run of the regular hour-long weekly series that was broadcast on NBC from Fall 1977 to Spring 1978.
Stars included a pre-Dallas
Patrick Duffy, a pre-Doogie Howser
Belinda Montgomery, and a post-Batman
Victor Buono. The show came from Herb Solow's production company, and Solow was Executive Producer, and Bob Justman was also a producer (Solow and Justman were both behind-the-camera veterans of Star Trek
). The humans on the show kept up with the titular character (Duffy) by means of their cool-looking submarine, the Cetacean
The first ("pilot") telefilm, simply titled The Man From Atlantis
, is now available to order
as an MOD item from the Warner Archives website (and will not be made available in stores). It's presented in full frame video, English mono audio, and runs 96 minutes long The cost is $19.95, and it only ships to addresses in the USA. Below we've got an enlarged look at the site's low-res image of the box cover. Hopefully there will be enough interest in this MOD release to warrant the addition of the other three telefilms, and all of the episodes as well. If we hear anything about it, we'll let you know, so stay tuned!
Our thanks to longtime reader James Smith III for making sure we knew about this release. Patrick Duffy fans, of course, may also be interested in today's announcement of Dallas - The Complete 12th Season
(Duffy's seen on the box cover, along with Larry Hagman and Linda Gray). Here's the Man From Atlantis
cover art we promised:
UPDATE: A studio contact has now provided us with a high-resolution look at the front cover (so we can better see his webby hands). Enjoy!