Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray]
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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. Leslie Nielsen plays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to Planet Altair-4, home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), a dutiful robot named Robby…and to a mysterious terror. 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.
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Now, sure, these days we have CGI and all that good bananas, so you have to remember that this was made nearly sixty years ago and, yes, it looks like it. But considering the technical limitations that they had to struggle with, it's a bloody masterpiece! Seriously, I can't believe they were doing effects work like it then and clearly these pioneering boys blazed the trail for Jurassic Park's digital dinos, Gollum, Avatar and so on that we enjoy today.
Story-wise, it's a kinda riff on Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and Walter Pidgeon turns in a very solid performance as the main antagonist (even if subconsciously) notwithstanding the fact that the script—and his character in particular—seems to spend the time over-explaining stuff. But it's nonetheless highly watchable and an enjoyable ride.
I should point out that Forbidden Planet is not a restored version like the *superb* recent Jaws or slightly less jaw-dropping Lawrence of Arabia, but the image quality on Blu-Ray is very good nonetheless and the colors are pleasingly vibrant. Also, the disc contains a bunch of special features including deleted and lost footage, documentary material and a couple of additional Robby The Robot flicks, bringing good value to the package.
If you love movies, sci-fi, filmaking or man-in-suit robots, this movie is a must have. Highly recommended, add to cart. :-)
The film looks great on Blu-Ray, some great bonus features include an (all too short IMO) "Making Of" doc that contains interviews with an almost-complete cast, the designers of "Robby the Robot", and the musicians behind the unique score. Also included are some deleted scenes and rare lost footage, incredible for a 54 year-old film! There is a Turner Classic documentary of 50's Sci-Fi featuring directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron. Fun stuff.
The only drawback is no commentary track. What a shame. With the cast assembled for the documentary, why no commentary ? Sad, with the passing of Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis that this will not be possible in the future.
Otherwise, a must-own.
Most recent customer reviews
que de beaux souvenirs , les décors pour le temps sont merveilleuxPublished 3 months ago by bigdan911
A true classic, Forbidden Planet is a watershed for SF movies. The first to show humans making interstellar flight, a year before Sputnik 1 was launched. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David R Townend
A ground-breaking sci-fi movie that still packs more punch and peril than almost any of today's newer movies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Space1999!
One of my old favourites. Right up there with The Man From Planet X. The first scary Sci Fi I watched. Still enjoy watching them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CanblueON
This may be the first science fiction movie I ever saw, about 50 years ago in black and white on the late movie show! My father let me and my brother stay up late to see it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Len the Sound Guy
Who doesn't love friendly robots?! Robbie is the star of this show and steals every scene he's in. Walter Pidgeon's stilted performance seems appropriate for the character he's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hale & Hardy