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Forbidden Planet: 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Released on 18 June 2007

Featuring: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis & Leslie Nielsen

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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In the year 2257, and Altair 4, a distant colony, has three inhabitants; Professor Morbius, his bewitching daughter, and a dutiful robot, named Robby, who speaks 188 languages. When a space cruiser from Earth lands on the planet a deadly secret is revealed that could spell doom for all on the planet...

Forbidden Planet is the granddaddy of tomorrow, a pioneering work whose ideas and style would be reverse-engineered into many cinematic space voyages to come. Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed into this landmark science-fiction film, which featuring sets of extraordinary scale and the first all-electronic musical soundscape in film history, Forbidden Planet is in a movie orbit all its own!

  • Deleted Scenes (13 mins)
  • Lost Footage (10 mins)
  • Two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot:
  • Feature Film The Invisible Boy (85 mins)
  • The Thin Man TV Series Episode Robot Client (25 mins)
  • Three Documentaries:
  • TCM Original Watch The Skies! Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (55 mins)
  • New Documentary Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (26 mins)
  • Robby The Robot: Engineering a Sci Fi Icon (14 mins)
  • Excerpts 27 and 28 from the MGM Parade TV Series (6 mins)
  • Science Fiction Movie Trailer Gallery featuring The Time Machine, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Them!, The invisible Boy and Forbidden Planet

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 Brilliant!!

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As has been said, FINALLY they've gotten round to putting a decent DVD together to honour this classic movie by, this basically began the whole respectability of good sci-fi in our cinemas and brought them into the A list, it was the first ever use of purely synthetic 'tones' in a soundtrack, and has many stunning top notch special effects, props, robots, backdrops, you name it, for many this is the beginning of modern sci-fi and for some reason for SOOO long you couldn't even get a copy of the basic film in region 2!!

I got this in Region 1 when it first came out and may have to sell that and get this Region 2 version now it's been released here as mine doesn't play perfectly on my multi-region DVD, but I can tell you it is FANTASTIC, a sci-fi lovers dream, and my heartfelt congrats to whomever put this together, it is PERFECT!

The extras are STUNNING, they have to be seen to be believed!

If this is your kinda thing, then this is your next must-buy!

 Yet another Classic

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OOOhhhh! Flipping through the channels...surfing the cable and ...WOW! What is this? Cool! C57D, a flying saucer with, YES it's Leslie Nielsen as a boy! I mean, Captain! Forbidden Planet, was MGM's high-budget, risky venture at making the one of the finest Color Sci-Fi classics in the 50's. Unlike many of the low budget movies of the genre, FP remains to this day a very entertaining and captivating film. I have to say, that it changed my life as a kid, because it gave me the desire to explore more books about Sci-Fi. Monster movies are my favorites, and speaking of monsters, the one in FP is on the top of my list of BEST MONSTERS (those you really don't want to ever meet in a dark...even a well lit alley). Yes, AVP (Aliens Versus Predator) may be wonderful, but this monster beats every monster movie monster, by leaps and bounds!

The story: Based on a screenplay by Irving Block and Allen Adler (Fatal Planet), it takes its inspiration from Shakespears' THE TEMPEST. In a nutshell, Spacemen come to rescue a lost group of colonists, only to find that most have died long ago. Only Dr. Morbius (Walter Pigeon) and his daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) remain. They tell Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) that 20 years ago, when they first landed, some invisible power killed everyone but Dr.Morbius and his wife (now deceased from natural causes). Soon, we find that the good Doctor has discovered that the KRELL, a once powerful race of aliens, lived below the surface of Altair-4 (where they are) and they created a machine that is 20x20x20 miles square (thats 8000 cubic miles of Klystrons and Relays...and they never stop self repairing themselves!). Well, before you know it, the Monster is back...and people are dying...and well, the big, bad disintigrator beams from the ship's main weapons are simply NOT stopping it! I LOVE THIS MONSTER!

I must mention that this was the first movie with ROBBY THE ROBOT. ROBBY was based on Asimov's Robots Rules of order, and for the most part was just a big lovable teddy-bear. He could never hurt anyone, but watch how Morbius proves this by having Robby point a "BLASTER" at the Commander! The way Nielsen clinches his fists was so telling!. Sure, the robots in I ROBOT are very cool, but they can't make diamonds like ROBBY can.

The sets were beautiful, the saucer flies perfectly (notice the shadows and the dust when it lands). So much here that you simply must watch very closely to the detail, it really is worth it. Speaking of detail, the Monster was pretty easy...because it was MOSTLY invisible. Joshua Meador (on loan from Disney Studios) made the animation of the monster. It is Crude by comparison to the new Computer Generated Animation (CGA), but for its time it was AWESOME! The monster, by the way, is powered by 2700 thermo-nuclear reactors, and can recreate itself, microsecond after microsecond! NO! IT CANNOT BE DESTROYED! (You thought ALIENS were tough! HAH!)

Well, there is a little love story going on with the Commander and Altaira, and Daddy doesn't like it. Go Figure! Anyway, I won't give it all away, just GET IT AND ENJOY!

 A TRUE SCIFI CLASSIC!!!

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If you have never seen this film, you will be amazed to see that it is over 50 years old.
Star wars was a break through movie of the seventies, this film is in the same category for the fifties, the special effects are astounding.
The similarities in the story to Star Trek is also strong, space ship crew landing on alien world, mysterious character in Morbius, beautiful girl needing rescue, captain ending up with girl and what must be the first time in film the phrase "reverse the polarity".
There are so many things about this film that work, the electronic music, robbie the whiskey brewing robot (i know of a Robbie robot builders club), the brilliant Krell machines and best of all the creature from the id (genius).
A must have DVD for all sci-fi fans and a must see for any film fan.
the extras are also interesting, with deleted scenes and lost footage.

 Truly 'A Masterpiece' in Sci Fi History

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A star ship crew are sent to investigate a planet where a colony of scientists have failed to keep contact.

When the crew land they find that all but two of the scientists have died with Dr Morbius and his daughter Altaira, the only living survivors.

Driven by suspicion, Dr Adams attempts to uncover the truth surrounding the deaths of its planets inhabitants.

This is a truly wonderful film and is by far one of the best science fiction films from the 50's/60's.

For once, this is better than the region 1 version as it comes with lots of extras including the 'Invisible Boy' which was 'Robbie the Robot's' second film.

Film Quality 10/10; Picture Quality 10/10 (Digitally Remastered)

 Almost Perfect

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Classic sci-fi, ahead of its time, in terms of effects if not plot. The acting can be rather stagey at times, but that just adds to the appeal. All-in-all the finest space movie of the 50s, not bettered until the release of '2001' .

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ActorsWalter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens & Robby the Robot
DirectorFred M. Wilcox
CertificatePG
Year1956
Screen2.40:1 Widescreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; French
Duration1 hour and 35 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.