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Forbidden Planet (Widescreen/Full Screen)

Walter Pidgeon , Anne Francis , Fred M. Wilcox    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi July 4 2004
Like all good film science fiction, "Forbidden Planet" keeps its concepts simple but their ramifications grand, which is just one of the reasons it is a timeless classic. Made at a time when sci-fi was the junk that kept restless kids in theater seats on Saturday afternoons, this ambitious take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" nonetheless also aims for adults that grew up on the pulp fiction of the 1920s and 30s. (Its delightful production design is a seamless mix of colors, forms, and shapes familiar from those imaginative magazine covers.) The premise is Star Trek a decade before Star Trek, as a military cruiser commanded by the hard-nosed but humane J.J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen doing an effective melodramatic turn) visits a world populated by a secretive scholar (a wonderful Walter Pidgeon), his curious daughter (a sometimes grating Ann Francis), their robot butler (the epitome of mechanical men) and a mostly unseen terror (illustrated by topnotch Disney animators). Beyond great special effects and an innovative musical score, the film also engages a firm--if now familiar--science fiction plot, unlike so many of the noisy and expensive but ultimately overwrought and empty-headed sci-fi movies of today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction Classic Jan. 5 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely brilliant cult classic movie featuring a very young Leslie Nielsen. It is light-years ahead of its time, well made, highly watchable and definitely one for any sci-fi buff's movie collection.

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. :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Hypnotic illusions don't tear people apart!!!" April 27 2004
4.5 stars. Nearly fifty years later it is truly amazing how fresh this movie still looks and feels. I have always believed the primary component of any lasting film is a great story. As a child I was as mesmerized by this film as much as I was with "Star Wars." The script is both highly intelligent and highly entertaining, with much more humor and believable horror than one would expect from a 1956 film. The direction is polished and inventive, with arcing tracking shots and clever editing techniques strewn throughout the picture. The acting here is very good, with a defining performance from Walter Pidgeon as Doctor Morbius, and a surprising dramatic turn from later-day comic actor Leslie Nielsen. The supporting cast all shine, each one containing more depth of character than is normally given to secondary roles. There is a tidy ending where a chain-reaction is started by merely turning a disc then throwing a switch, with irreversible effects. A Master Race of beings create a machine 20-miles-squared that can be destroyed that easily? Not likely. Regardless, this is still one of the best Sci-fi films from the 1950s. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Fun Feb. 14 2004
By David
This is one of those movies that I love to watch over and over again. There's just something about the movie that draws me to it. The acting, for the most part, is laughable. Leslie Nielsen--back when he was still doing serious roles (how old is that guy?)--is particularly funny when trying to look his most serious. Just check out the expression on Nielsen's face when Morbius tells Nielsen of his premonition of death. You also have a young Richard "The Six Million Dollar Man" Anderson as the chief engineer and an equally youthful Earl "Police Woman" Holliman as the burbon-guzzling cook.
Walter Pigeon, in the role of Dr. Edward Morbius, a marooned scientist who has developed a god complex, is probably the only actor who plays his character to a high level of credibility. Rounding out the major players is Anne Francis, who plays Altaira, Morbius's "come hither" daughter.
Francis, too, gave me cause to laugh in this movie. She starts out as a 20-something, naive nature lover who's never kissed a man and, in the space of a couple of days, turns into a deliberately passionate woman who throws herself into the arms of Neilsen and spouts off lines like: "I'm ready to go with you, darling." Pretty funny stuff.
Now, I don't want you to think I'm trying to trash the movie. The story is excellent, although it was regarded as being too cerebral at the time of its release (with it's talk of "the Id"). Mindful of their viewing audience at the drive-ins of the day, moviemakers eventually placed emphasis on Robbie the Robot--Morbius's mechanical helper who can balance ten tons of metal shielding in the palm of one hand (and not tip over or sink into the ground!).
The story isn't all that complicated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars color and great cast including the robot make this a classic 1950's...
Not a low budget B movie.Special effects,color and great cast including the robot make this a classic 1950's sci-fi.The storeyline gets a little thin here and there.
Published 1 month ago by steve smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I saw it again after buying it recently and was not disappointed. The...
I saw this film as a child and remembered it with fondness and scary recollections. I saw it again after buying it recently and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BM - BC Canada
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic SF movie
I've always loved Forbidden Planet from the first time I saw it on television.

By today's standards, the pacing is slow, the fx are a little silly looking, and there's a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rosanne Levi
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
The colour and clarity in the tranfer to blu ray is one of the best i have ever seen.A must have for the sci-fi lover!
Published 4 months ago by Benny Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I was looking for this one to fill out my collection. a little cheezie but I knew this going in.
Published 6 months ago by Gordon Rickards
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a Goodie
This was purchased for a friend who enjoys sci-fi movies & was very happy to know I had found this particular movie for him.
Published 6 months ago by Tania
4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Planet
I rated this movie 4 because this movie had me watch and interested what would happen next, I enjoy the actors in this movie, Walter Pidgeon Leslie Nielsen to great actors who play... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and growndbreaking
Saw this on late night tv when I was a kid. And researching now as an adult and film lover, you realize just how amazing this film is. Great transfer, great film!
Published 9 months ago by Paul Morse
4.0 out of 5 stars Fordidden Planet
Just as I remembered it when I saw it for the first time years ago. Brought back memories. Very enjoyable
Published 9 months ago by FJ Maggio
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic digitized copy of the original!
I was expecting a copy that looked like an old movie. This Blu-ray copy made it seem (almost) like a contemporary film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rip Van Reader
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