- Actors: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly
- Directors: Fred M. Wilcox
- Writers: Allen Adler, Cyril Hume, Irving Block, William Shakespeare
- Producers: Nicholas Nayfack
- Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: Sept. 7 2010
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 160 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0019NB9A2
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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.
Deleted Scenes and Lost FootageTwo Follow-Up Vehicles Starring Robby the Robot:1958 MGM Feature Film The Invisible Boy and The Thin Man TV Series Episode "Robot Client" TCM Original Documentary Watch the Skies! Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us Two Featurettes: Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet and Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series Theatrical Trailers of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Leslie Neilson - damn he was hot when he was younger. And he's Canadian!
the sexual tension with the one female citizen of the forbidden planet is so hokey! She is just, not into it, the kissing isn't doing a thing for her
Then, when you EXPECT it to happen, the dashing captain gives her a big, grabs her by the arms, draws her close and lays one on her!
Robbie the robot, classis, the invisible monster that kills the crew
This is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. It introduces Robby the Robot, and sets the groundwork for many movies to come.
You may also get a kick out of seeing Leslie Nielsen as a very young man - I almost didn't recognize him!
There are a few odd things going on, of course, since no one knew anything about space travel. But some in the crew act like buffoons, as if they're in McHales Navy or something! Not very realistic with today's knowledge of professional astronauts. Imagine a dumb kid soldier wanting gallons and gallons of booze to get drunk on... and a robot complying... hardly!
The special effects are great in this movie, even considering it's age. The invisible monster trying to get through the force field is amazing!
There are also a lot of things in this movie for the cerebral amongst us... the story of the history of the planet is fascinating!
This is a must see sci-fi movie!
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. :-)
As well, this Blu-Ray has the 2nd movie to feature Robby the Robot, The Invisible Boy, plus deleted scenes and trailers for both movies. Three featurettes on the making of Forbidden Planet round out the collection. If you love SF movies, get this.
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