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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu-Ray
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monsters, John! Monsters from the Id....
This is such a classic it really deserves thorough restoration and release in original widescreen format (preferably in region 2 DVD).
A military earth space cruiser on routine deep space mission arrives on distant Planet Altair 4 to check on the progress of the human colonists. After a mysterious warning they land to discover only two survivors of the expedition -...
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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
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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
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Mr. N. Morgan "Green Knight" (High Wycombe, UK) - See all my reviews
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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
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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.

The disc has deleted scenes as many DVD's do, however it must be something of a rarity to have quite a substantial amount for a film this old, I expect masses of deleted scenes from modern films but not here and yet here they are, and very welcome they are too. If the presentation of deleted scenes was not suprising enough then the 10 minutes or so of lost footage certainly is. Here is material that comprises alternate takes and scenes without the effects added and different sound effects for the Id Monster etc, this is brilliant stuff that, as a caption says has been hidden in various film vaults for 50 years before being unearthed and I am glad it was, it is pure gold dust. There are three documentaries, detailing the making of the film and one about 50's Sci-Fi films in general and another about Robby the Robot and are all fascinating. The movie trailer is present as are trailers for various other films of this nature.

The two remaining special features actually have nothing to do with Forbidden Planet other than the fact that they feature Robby the Robot, they are follow up vehicles using the prop which was very expensive and MGM obviously wanted to get their money's worth out of it.

They are the entire film of The Invisible Boy made the year after Forbidden Planet and an episode of the 50's TV series The Thin Man, entitled Robot Client. Both are Black and White but as they are nothing to do with the featured film I won't go into details about them, nice though they are to have.

So there we are, a film that influenced in some ways virtually every piece of Sci-Fi entertainment that followed it in both Film and TV, and is an absolutely essential purchase for fans of this type of thing and in movies in general.

Buy this now!
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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
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Mr. Phillip Heeks "philce3k" (England) - See all my reviews
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent special edition, 25 Jun 2008
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The transfer and sound are just great, lots of special features, among them the - mostly laughable and weird, but sometimes thrilling and visionary - full-length feature "The Invisible Boy" by Herman Hoffman. One 50-minutes-documentary is worth pointing out: "Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us", containing in-depth-commentaries by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first great space opera, 29 Dec 2006
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It is a crime against humanity that this film is only available in Region 1. It is treasure that deserves to be more widely appreciated.

It is impossible to overrate this film in terms of its importance to the development of the science-fiction genre. All the key qualities that made 'Star Trek' a phenomenon are here - but nine years early: interstellar travel is a given; advanced technology without responsibility always leads to disaster; people, including aliens, are (mostly) good even if sometimes misguided and Man may not play God for fear of dire consequences. It is great stuff, with an ensemble / crew not hugely different from the Enterprise's, including an action-hero captain and a cerebral science officer and some SFX that have stood the test of time rather well. This was a massively expensive film to make and it shows. Forgive some corny dialogue, dubious broad comedy and romantic scenes and there is little to complain about. Even the 'tonalities' that serve instead of music still give the desired 'other worldly' effect. At heart, this is a tremendously imaginative film with a strong SF pulse - not a lame reworking of Shakespeare.

If you have not seen this film and enjoy the SF genre, you owe it to yourself to seek it out. It is not an exaggeration to describe it as one early masterpiece of the genre. Unlike 'Metropolis' and 'Things to Come' it rejects the Earthbound and socio-political for the kind of 'Boldly going...' that defines much modern SF. Without this film, modern space sagas would not exist - it is the granddaddy of them all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monster from the Id, 13 July 2007
This film has a simple, scary core: the unconsciousness is given the power to take physical form and kill. What gives the unconsciousness this power here is a vast machine, an artefact from an ancient, technologically-advanced alien species. The film does well in keeping its secret core hidden. After a second watching everything slots into place, and elements that were previously mysterious make sense.

The film also explores the dangers of power, and the concept of self-destruction through arrogance and attainment of that power.

To a small extent this film is based on Shakespeare's `The Tempest'. However, apart from one particular piece of dialogue, involving the officers lying about each other in order to win over the girl, the adaptation is very loose. The set-up is similar: a man (Morbeus/Prospero) and his daughter (Altaire/Miranda) go and live alone (on an island, a planet, wherever). In Shakespeare Prospero's two `servants', Caliban and Ariel can be equated to some extent with the `Monster from the Id' and Robbie the Robot, but it's not an easy fit. It would be an interesting subject for an essay (as is `My Own Private Idaho' and its relationship to Shakespeare's second instalment of history plays).

The film is in turns slow and meditative (the first approach to the planet, awaiting Robby's first appearance), exciting and scary (the flight from the monster at the end), funny (Robbie supplying booze to the ship's cook) and erotic (anything involving Miranda and her unnatural innocence). It is always intellectually stimulating. The landscape of the alien planet is beautiful, and the depiction of the alien artefacts astounding. Robbie never impressed me, but you can't deny his influence. Another pleasure is to be found in witnessing a young, handsome, serious and almost unrecognisable Leslie Nielson in the lead role.

One of the best sci-fi movies of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the start of Star Trek and more, 8 April 2008
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This is the Epic that gave the look to Star trek, Creatures from the ID and Robby the Robot. The story is basically Shakespear's The Tempest. In it a space ship comes to investigate what happened to a science team but they find a single suvivor and his daughter, I won't go into it too closly as it will just seem like a Star Trek episode but what makes it better than Star Trek is the FX the attack by the creature from the ID is brilliant and Robby the robot is great, there is action, comedy, romance and a great writter (shakespear). The best Star trek story ever made that came over a decade before star trek????

The special features are great and the DVD looks brilliant. One for all Sci-fi Fans, Star trek fans, classics movie fans, animation fans if not everybody. If you don't have this DVD then you are missing out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which would you take home - the robot or the girl?, 26 April 2011
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This review is from: Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray] [1956] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Few sci-fi movies capture ordinariness in the strange and wonderful worlds that they create but The Forbidden Planet does so in a masterly fashion. This is a great film and a game-changer in the history of sci-fi. When you watch sci-fi and think "those are great special effects" then that is a sure sign that the film has failed because if it was a good film then you would not be looking at the technicalities you would be engrossed in the characterisations and the plot. The Forbidden Planet has a superb plot so the effects are just a part of staging the story. Having said that the effects here are primitive by today's standards - the dust cloud left by the speeding vehicle being perhaps the least convincing. Yet at the same time the animations used for the monsters and the portrayal of the underground world can stand alongside what could be done today. When they edited this film they realised that, given their limitations, the effects should not be pushed too far and so the whole piece benefited from understatement forced by the basic contemporary working methods. So many modern films could so learn from that same tempered approach. The creators of Forbidden Planet got pretty much the right balance between delivering you to another world and keeping your feet firmly planted in the basics of life, love and ambition. Also; luckily for us looking back from the second decade of the 21st century Forbidden Planet was made in colour.

In terms of portraying an extraordinary world in ordinary terms Forbidden Planet was not equalled until Star Wars in 1977; 21 years later. However where the Forbidden Planet scores over Star Wars and the best of the genre, but also by some huge distance over lesser sci-fi, is in the sophistication of the plot. In one of my favourite scenes the writers find the most imaginative way of portraying the enormity of the available power that the vast underground machine can deliver. Sci-fi films, like action movies, too often fall into the trap of straightforward goodies where everything about them is super-wholesome and worthy pitched against baddies that are completely evil. The main plot here is so much more interesting and real than this classic reduction. OK; so there is not enough dialogue to really explore the ideas properly but in terms of direction it is spot on. The characterisations are also somewhat one-dimensional because they have to share the film with this wonderful plot and with all the explanation necessary in any sci-fi. However this helps make this an easy watchable film. It may be based on Shakespeare but it does not demand the endurance that the great bard's work often can.

As for the packaging here on the Blu-ray; you get a very good rendition of the film in HD alongside a good set of extras. A couple of documentaries rub shoulders with pretty much all of the work Robby the Robot ever did (I think). The other Robby vehicles are eclipsed by the main feature of course and no more than a curiosity for me but the documentaries are great at reminding you of the context of the film and giving some insight into its creation. For the Robby stuff; contrast "let's write a film that explores man's inner struggle from the primitive and the power of the mind" with "can we do something with this darn robot - after all it cost a fortune to build". Outtakes feature too and this all adds up to give you a reasonable backdrop - the kind of material you want to see as extras on the Blu-ray or DVD release.

Anyway; that is my humble opinion on what I consider a must-have addition to my collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great., 28 Mar 2011
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This is a great film, always enjoyed watching this film over the years, on tv. The special effects of this film, are way ahead of it's time, they are just amazing.

The picture quality of the blu ray is very good, but not perfect as it should be, there is a small, and I will say small ammount of grain still present, only at times, on the picture, but I am being critical here, as it is very good. The sound quality is very good.

The extras on this disk are great too, there is another full movie, The Invisable Boy, now some may not like this film, whether you like, or dislike, the fact they have given this film free on this disk, so no complaints here, there are many more very good extras too. The price we paid was very good, go for this film on blu ray, you will not be disappointed.
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