Robinson Crusoe On Mars (Criteron Collection)
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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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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.
A futuristic retelling of Daniel Defoe's classic story, Robinson Crusoe on Mars has gained a beloved cult reputation ever since its debut in the years leading up to the space race. As a mingling of speculative science-fiction with an extraordinary visual design, it proved to have a significant influence on fantasy filmmaking on both the big and small screen.
Paul Mantee plays American astronaut Kit Draper, stranded (with his pet monkey in tow) on the Red Planet after an emergency crash landing. Now he must find ways to adapt and survive, physically and emotionally, in the alien landscape – but he may not be as alone as he thought...
Shot in magnificent Techniscope, ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars’ is a landmark for fans of genre cinema, and remains a uniquely charming and thrilling adventure, filled with contemplative humanity and wild imagination. Eureka Entertainment Ltd are proud to present Byron Haskin's ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars’ in a Dual Format edition for the first time in the UK.
FILM FACT: Exterior locations were shot mostly at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park, California. Special effects by Lawrence Butler and Academy Awards® winning matte artist Albert Whitlock gave the film the benefit of "big-studio resources usually lacking in movies about outer space." Albert Whitlock provided the matte paintings used in ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars.’ "Some scenes of spacecraft in motion were created with the kind of flat animation seen in official NASA promotional films.Read more ›
Loved this movie as a kid and getting it on BlueRay was great.
The picture and sound are the best that I have seem this movie in.
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Well made. High quality special effects and a very well written story. Great actors.Published 4 months ago by timothy jones
Robinson Crusoe On Mars (Criterion) (Blu-Ray) Suprised Criterion remastered 'cause they usually only do art or cult films. Read morePublished on April 10 2011 by Marcia
item reviewed: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), Criterion Collection DVD edition (2007)
This was a joy to find available once again. Read more