Not Rated Dir: Lee H. Katzin | Warner (Archive) | 1h 36min
Plot: What’s it about?
Warner Archive Collection continues their line of eccentric releases from the Warner vaults with the release of Man From Atlantis. This was originally a television movie that served as a pilot for a television show of the same name. This is not the first time that Warner Archive has released a television movie. Bad Ronald is a television movie that they released on Blu-ray last year and I assume they had enough success with that release to keep these type of releases coming. Intrigued by why they chose this film out of the amazing wealth of material they have, I watched the movie last night.
A man (Patrick Duffy) washes up on the shore covered in seaweed. A man and his son find him and get him to the hospital. When the doctors examine him there are some strange differences in the man. His eyes are unique and his hand is discolored. Meanwhile, across town a woman named Dr. Merrill attends a party with her doctor friend. The man in the hospital has “forgotten how to breathe,” so the doctor and Dr. Merrill come to visit the patient. She looks into his lungs and forces them to release the patient to her. They take an ambulance to the ocean. When she puts him into the water he is able to breathe again. His hands return to a normal color. After all the tests come back it seems that the man might just be the last man from Atlantis. The admiral agrees to fund any research regarding his abilities. They decide to call the man from Atlantis Mark Harris. The research shows that the man is faster and can jump higher than a dolphin in water. He also can go down at least 30,000 ft underwater with no effect. Mark starts to learn English. The government decides that they need to use Mark’s abilities for their own purposes. His first mission is to help find a submarine that has disappeared. Soon he is on an adventure that involves underwater intrigue and a villain with an underwater lair with plane for world domination.
This is about what you would expect.
I love the eccentric nature of Warner Archive’s releases. That said, I am still puzzled over why they would choose to release this television pilot over some of the classic films they hold in their vault like Days of Wine and Roses. It is hilarious to think that this swam like a dolphin man to first place ahead of those titles.
Overall, this is not something that I think is really worth your time. There is definitely a camp vibe to it, but this film is really only something that will appeal to die-hard collectors of that era or people who grew up watching it.
Video: How’s it look?
The video transfer presented in 1080p in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 looks very good for what it is. Most of the time the movie has solid fine detail but there are moments where it definitely looks like what it is – a television movie from 1977.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Man from Atlantis has been given a good DTS-HD MA 2.0 track. Like the visuals of the film, this mono track is fairly flat. This is no fault of Warner but more a fault of the product itself. These recordings were mastered quickly for a television movie, so adjust your expectations accordingly. I enjoyed the music by Fred Karlin used for the movie.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains no bonus materials.
The Bottom Line
Man from Atlantis is going to appeal to a very select audience. For the rest of us, it is a confusing release. Technical aspects are solid, but I would only purchase this release if you are already a fan of this project.