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4.0 out of 5 stars All in English except the cover, subtitles and menu., 17 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
This is a review of the German Import version of Robinson Crusoe on Mars DVD.
A rare cult Sixties Sci-Fi which I have not seen on Television since the Seventies.
It starts off quite seriously, with the first half of the film dealing with survival on a near airless fiery planet mars. In the second half Robinson meets his man-Friday and has to evade pursuing alien space ships, complete with sound effects borrowed from The War of the Worlds movie. The picture quality and sound on this transfer are good.

If you are worried about it being a German import, everything plays in English, including these extras:-

"Destination Mars" The Criterion collection 2007 (20min) - A look back at some recent history on the planet next door and the scientific assumptions behind Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
Trailer (3min 50sec).
Music Video (4min).
It is Region 2 PAL so plays on UK players.

The cover shows him holding a ray-gun, this does not appear in the film at all. If your still not convinced, it has a brief appearance by 1960's Batman Adam West and a cute little monkey, what more could you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction, 30 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
Always enjoyed it on the TV, and this DVD version is excellent. English dialogue is available on the disc. The extras are interesting, the 'Robinson Crusoe on Mars' music video has got to be seen/heard to be believed. All in all worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected gem, 9 May 2014
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For a 60s B-movie this is one of the best. Using desert locations as well as studio sets and with imaginative design this was promoted as a 'realistic' look at human survival on the Red Planet. Paul Mantee is the lone survivor of a two-man expedition to Mars who overcomes every obstacle thrown at him by the inhospitable environment. The film later strays thoroughly into space opera territory with the arrival of aliens and 'Man Friday' (Victor Lundin). The art design is strikingly realistic - Mars has a red sky decades before this was confirmed by landers. Paul Mantee is a strikingly modern-looking leading man and carries the film beautifully considering he mostly has the screen to himself. In many ways this film has been quite influential over the decades - Dennis Quaid's Enemy Mine from the 80s is practically a remake and the third Riddick film (made last year) owes a huge thematic and design debt to this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic (i.e. pre Apollo Moon landing) sci fi, 21 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
Despite being a German import, you can view the film in English.

Much as I recall from seeing it on TV many years ago, the film tells the story of an astronaut marooned on Mars.
His struggle to survive with only a monkey for a companion is quite well done (though Mars is now thought to be a lot less hospitable). Mission control provided him with survival training videos but he quickly realises how useless they are.
The film is at its best before the hero encounters aliens but is nonetheless enjoyable throughout.
There is also a notable appearance of Adam West ('60s TV's Batman) as another astronaut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you speak german? no? okay this movie have UK audio / spreek je duits? nee? wel deze film heeft UK audio, 16 May 2014
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
This DVD have UK audio with the option to kille the geman subtitles.. and still a good movie and no R2 NL subtitles
Op deze DVD kan men kiezen om de film in het engels te zien, en zonder verplichte duitse ondertiles.. maar geen R2 NL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60's B Movie Sci Fi, 1 May 2014
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G. A. Heiss "Gary Heiss" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
A rare film.. a treat!! Pretty simple and ultimately corny but engaging with OK special effects. Has a real attempt at something fresh...
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCI-FI HISTORY, 8 Feb 2014
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James Franklin Burzio (Suffolk, England, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
As one of the earlier colour Sci-Fi films this is quite high image quality for its age. It boasts the future Batman (Adam West)as Colonel Dan MaCready but it is Paul Mantee (Commander Christopher Draper who takes the lead part along with the monkey! Special effects are good for the day. One for the connoisseurs. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monkeying about on Mars, 16 Sep 2013
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Mr. W. S. Mcluckie "mcluck6" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
I first saw this when I was very young in the 60's and I loved it back then. Today, I still like it, although different parts of the film appeal. As a youngster I loved the adventure, the suspense, the Alien craft (like the "War of the Worlds", even down to the sound effects), the depiction of the planet AND - it's got a monkey in it!!!!! Now, the encounter with Batman in the cave is so weird / brilliant and the relationship with "Friday" is entertaining. The downsides are that the film has aged and some of the threads remain unresolved. Not as polished as the serious "Forbidden Planet" or the thought provoking "The Incredible Shrinking Man" or the light hearted "First Men In The Moon", but very quirky and interesting nonetheless. Definitely worth a watch if you have any interest in early Sci-Fi.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all ..., 15 May 2013
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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Robinson Crusoe Auf Dem Mars) [1964] (DVD)
A classic science fiction movie .

Not known enough in France for reasons of editorial policies.

This film continues his career in Anglo-Saxon environments where movie lovers of science fiction , know it well enough .
Unfortunately to discover it , it is necessary to know English (level of academic language may be quite enough , in this case).

I will not dwell on the history , that is generally alike what the title can allow, although you should think about Friday and about a little monkey who is masterfully exploited .

The scenario sound rational and realistic even if the science fiction`s golden age atmosphere affect a little , borders of those very beautiful images.
This is a must seeing film of science fiction and I personally recommend it , sincerely .

In my humble opinion this film is quite still a must , even nowadays , even considering different points of view.
That's pretty impressive because this film was made in 1964 .
But in this movie : marvelous sets, beautiful colors, a very good actor's game ....

These colors are very well-preserved and dvd images are gorgeous.

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Un grand classique de la science-fiction trop peu connu en France pour des raisons de politiques éditoriales .

Ce film poursuit sa carrière en milieux anglo-saxon où les amateurs de cinéma de science-fiction connaissent assez largement ce métrage .
Malheureusement pour le découvrir il faut donc connaître l'anglais ( un niveau de langue scolaire peut suffire assez largement , dans ce cas ) .

Je ne m'étendrais pas sur l'histoire qui est globalement fidèle à ce que le titre peut laisser entrevoir , encore qu'il faille penser à vendredi et à un petit singe qui est ici magistralement exploité .

Le scenario se veut massez rationnel et réaliste même si le coté âge d'or s'exprime un peu à la marge dans ces images assez superbes .
C'est un film qui vaut vraiment le détour et perso je le recommande .

C'est un cinéma de décors , excessivement exigent avec un jeu d'acteur qui est très exigent aussi et qui porte .
La thématique est humaniste sans être trop pralinée ( sans gros sabots larmoyants ) .

A mon humble avis ce film passe encore aujourd'hui et assez largement , haut la main , à tous points de vue .

C'est assez impressionnant car ce film date de 1964 .
Mais dans ce métrage : des décors somptueux , des couleurs extraordinaires , un jeu d'acteur soigné ....
Ces couleurs sont très bien préservées , en dvd l'image est somptueuse .
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