Ahead of its time in many, many ways, Forbidden Planet
has been cemented in its role as a science fiction classic over the past few decades, to the point where its 50th birthday is being marked with this special DVD release.
Whats more, the iconic film has never looked better. The print of Forbidden Planet has been buffed up to a terrific standard, and while its a cliché to report that its never looked better, we challenge anyone to disagree.
The film too is just as compelling. Set in the 23rd century, on a far and distant star Professor Morbius, his daughter and Robby the Robot are seemingly alone, until a space craft from Earth arrives. This sets events in motion that bring a real human core to a genre where such a factor, right to this day, is often lacking.
But its not just that which makes Forbidden Planet continually worthy of attention. The special effects, for instance, are astounding given the era in which the film was made, while the ideas and ambition that underpin the production are equally of merit. At heart, though, it was and is an utterly compelling movie, which has had a long and profound influence on the genre as a whole.
This 50th anniversary edition also comes armed with extra features, notably several documentaries. But after all these years, its still the film thats the star, and you simply wouldnt wager against it enduring for another 50 years after this. --Jon Foster
Altair-4 is a planet populated only by the scientist Morbeus (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis) and a droid, Robby the Robot. Morbeus' obsession with discovering the secrets of the underground cities of Krel and its long-dead inhabitants have led him to kill his fellow explorers. However, his research is once again threatened with the arrival of another expedition, whose leader (Leslie Nielson) is not deterred by Morbeus' efforts to keep him away from either his adopted home or his daughter. This sci-fi reworking of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' gained an Oscar nomination for its special effects and has since accrued cult status.