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Robinson Crusoe On Mars (Criteron Collection)


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  • Actors: Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West, The Woolly Monkey
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Daniel Defoe, Ib Melchior, John C. Higgins
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck, Edwin F. Zabel
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Sept. 18 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SFJ4K4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,426 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Special-effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy-film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown. When his spaceship crash-lands on the barren wastelands of Mars, U.S. astronaut Commander "Kit" Draper (Paul Mantee) must fight for survival, with a pet monkey seemingly his only companion. But is he alone? Shot in vast Techniscope and blazing Technicolor, Robinson Crusoe on Mars is an imaginative and beloved techni-marvel of classic science fiction.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lt. Zott on Jan. 21 2009
Format: DVD
Much like 'The Day The Earth Stood Still', this superb sci-fi movie was not truly appreciated until decades after it first came out.

Admittedly, liberties are taken with several fundamental laws of physics. But in every other way, this is a wonder-full classic film that takes itself just seriously enough, while retaining a sense of optimism and humour in the face of some pretty grim adversity. Credit for this is due to the atypical-for-the-genre muted performances by all (even the monkey!), the beautiful cinematrophic elements, and well-paced direction.

Everyone in front of and behind the camera was at their best on this film, the writing and dialogue (or lack of it for much of the film) are faceted and intelligent, and what got done with the tiny SFX budget is a miracle. I find myself getting totally involved, no matter how many times I've seen this film.

When all the news seems dark, and everyone is turning to hopeful optimism while confronting difficult times ahead, this film pays tribute to the human will, spirit and determination to overcome the obstacles life always brings with it.

This movie can be enjoyed by and is suitable for all family members.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 10 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Robinson Crusoe On Mars (Criterion) (Blu-Ray) Suprised Criterion remastered 'cause they usually only do art or cult films. Plot simplistic, science iffy, but for 1964 the colour is phenomenal. Watch it for the colur, not for the acting or the plot. Watch it if you like "B" scifi from the 50's and '60's. Do not buy it if you want an intricate storyline or great acting. I regret the purchase. Somehow it was better in the '60's when i was "stoned immaculate". Journey to the Center of the Earth w/ James Mason had equally great fantasy and colour, but it also had great acting and a more believable story. Rentthis one first.
DVD: restored hi-def digital transfer; uncompressed monoral sound.
Special Features: audio commentary w/ screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Manteee and Victor Lundin, oscar-winning special effects designer Robert Skotak, and excerpts from '79 interview w/ director Byron Haskin. Destination Mars, video featurette. Music video w/ Lundin's song. Stills gallery. Trailer. Plus booklet by Melchoir w/ glossary of alien dialect and facts about Mars from his original screenplay.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's been 40 years since I watched it on TV. Somewhat dated but still very good.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Daystrom on Oct. 4 2007
Format: DVD
item reviewed: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), Criterion Collection DVD edition (2007)

This was a joy to find available once again. Criterion was also the last company to release RCOM on laserdisc in the early 1990s, but it has been out of print since then and very costly to buy used. We have been treated to a host of bonus features, including music, audio commentary, and a featurette on the making of the film. The widescreen aspect ratio restores the original film to its colorful glory.

If you enjoyed films like Marooned (1969) with its realism, or Enemy Mine (1985) with its tale of a man crashed on an inhospitable planet, then this will appeal to you.

Language: Eng. only, Eng. subtitles. No foreign-language options.
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