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Forbidden Planet (50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition) [1956] [DVD] [1957]

Walter Pidgeon , Leslie Nielsen , Fred McLeod Wilcox    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Jack Kelly, Earl Holliman
  • Directors: Fred McLeod Wilcox
  • Producers: Nicholas Nayfack
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O3HFYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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.

What’s more, the iconic film has never looked better. The print of Forbidden Planet has been buffed up to a terrific standard, and while it’s a cliché to report that it’s 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 it’s 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, it’s still the film that’s the star, and you simply wouldn’t wager against it enduring for another 50 years after this. --Jon Foster

Product Description

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.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu-Ray 18 Oct 2012
By heavy_t
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
There a million reviewers out there who can do more justice to reviewing the film itself than I can, suffice to say that for me it is a superb film, and this is the consensus among most people that see it. I want to use this review to point out what a great Blu-Ray this is. As usual Warner Bros. has upgraded to Blu-Ray with love and attention to detail. First of all the picture quality: it's sharp, and the colours are vivid, but it hasn't been over processed to within an inch of its life, and a bit of realistic grain is still present. The film really pops out at you, and you will be amazed that a film from 1956 can look so good on your home TV. I had seen this before on TV and VHS, but this was like seeing the film for the first time. It really looks gorgeous!

It's worth mentioning the extras as well, as you get a whole second feature film: The Invisible Boy (1957) which also featured Robbie the Robot. While clearly a lower budget production (it is b/w) and not of the same ambitious and thought provoking scale, it is still an interesting addition, and quite a bonus to get a film which is unlikely to get a Blu-Ray release in its own right. This also looks to have been restored as well, although it is not of the same eye-popping quality as the main feature. There is also a 55-minute documentary, Watch the Skies, about the explosion of sci-fi films in the 1950s, as well as an episode and some clips of TV programmes from the era that also featured Robbie the Robot. Deleted scenes and trailers for both films round this off.

A superb Blu-Ray release.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And about time too! 31 Mar 2007
By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE
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Of all the 1950s sci-fi films that were made (and there were many of them!) in my opinion just four stand head and shoulders above the rest: "This Island Earth", "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "Them" and this one - "The Forbidden Planet." This is one film that has been crying out for a DVD release ever since the DVD was invented! Now at long last it looks like it's going to happen - well maybe - its release has been postponed three times already!

Whilst not wanting to give too much away about the film's storyline, it is loosely based on William Shakespeare's "The Tempest", and the film shows clearly what can happen when "mind over matter" (or should I say over energy) is allowed to get out of hand.

Containing some of the best sets and visual effects around in its time, these still cut the mustard even in today's CGI world. In fact, one set (the Krell power plant) still fills me - a fifty-something - with wonder every time I see it!

Louis & Bebe Barron's haunting and disturbing electronic music score really adds to the film (for which they got paid very little apparently) and enhances the atmosphere and suspense.

There is also a considerable amount of humorous parody in the film as well - e.g. Robbie's response to Altaira's request for yet another dress!

This film is a definite "must have" for any sci-fi film buff worthy of their salt - and I can't wait to get my copy! Let's hope the release date isn't postponed AGAIN!!

Highly recommended!
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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly The Greatest Sci-Fi Film Ever Made! 19 Jun 2007
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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Forbidden Planet has gone down in history as being perhaps the greatest Sci-Fi movie ever and it probably is, everybody knows that it was the inspiration on Gene Roddenberry's part for the creation of Star Trek and I suspect George Lucas was similarly influenced too.

Forbidden Planet was the first film that made Sci-Fi "cool" if that is the right word, it also looked as if some money had been spent on it and the script was given respect by the actors that gave it their all and played the parts for real.

The effects detailing the landscape of Altair 4 and the massive Krell machine under the planet are quite simply astounding, on each occasion that I have seen the film I have always been amazed at the sense of scale and depth that is portrayed on screen, which is even more apparent now with the footage being restored and released onto DVD. It has often made me feel as if I could actually be on the surface of the planet and traversing the many miles of the huge machine.

The idea of "Monsters from the Id" was not entirely original at the time the film was made, as it does in some ways have a bearing on Jekyll and Hyde, but the idea of having a race so advanced as to build a planet-sized machine capable of creating solid matter through thought was inspired at the time, and the concept of the Krell being destroyed by their own dark side manifested by the machine was thought provoking material and showed the dangers of absolute power.

The film has been lovingly restored and is a godsend with the special features making it even more so.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UTTER MASTERPIECE WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME 18 July 2007
what in heaven's name is "grahamapplin129" talking about in his review?!!!
how can a dvd that features the superbly remastered version of the film, loads of deleted scenes, loads of lost footage, THREE documentaries, trailers and even a bonus film be considered unspecial and vanilla?
what did he want - a life-size Robby the Robot?!!!

everyone else here has said it for me. quite staggeringly brilliant film with imagination and effects way ahead of its time. puts most modern (past ten years) sci-fi movies to shame.
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