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5.0 out of 5 stars And about time too!, 31 Mar. 2007
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This review is from: Forbidden Planet: 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1956] [1957] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 15 Nov 2013 12:29:22 GMT
Bignose says:
Mostly agree, but I'd replace Them with Invasion of the Bodysnatchers.

Posted on 19 Oct 2015 13:12:57 BDT
Count Arthur says:
Could not agree more, this film is brilliant as are your other selections. This laid the foundation for so many Star Trek episodes: the barren landscape, the long-dead Alien Race, a really fit bird and a mad scientist. It's Sci-Fi Jim and just as we know it.
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