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Criterion Collection: Robinson Crusoe on Mars [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Don't be put off by this film's rather juvenile title, this film like a football match is a game of two half's.
The first half (And my favourite.) tells the story of an American astronaut (Paul Mantee) trying to stay alive in the hostile environment of Mars, although the Mars in this film has a breathable atmosphere!
A little realistic touch I like, is when the stranded astronaut sees his ship (which is full of supplies) still orbiting, presses the destruct button and it takes several seconds for the radio signal to reach the ship, these days it probably would be instantaneous so as not to confuse the audience.
The Death Valley locations look a realistic backdrop for Mars too.
Plus; soon to be TVs Batman Adam West has a role.
The second half is only slightly less imaginative then the first, as it tells the more conventional story of invading aliens and their slave labour workforce.
After escaping the Alien's clutches and rescuing one of the slave workers (The man friday character in the Defoe original.) they head for the polar ice cap. Interestingly the aliens are flying the spaceships used in the 1953 film War of the Worlds! Did they leave Mars for another planet, or am I just overthinking things?
The ending may be a bit ambiguous (the capsule that lands for them is only a one man capsule?) but I like it like that.
Some films give the audience too many easy answers.
Overall opinion, a good updated retelling from a classic novel, which many scholars consider the first novel publised in English.(1719)
A futuristic retelling of Daniel Defoe's classic story, Robinson Crusoe on Mars has gained a beloved cult reputation ever since its debut in the years leading up to the space race. As a mingling of speculative science-fiction with an extraordinary visual design, it proved to have a significant influence on fantasy filmmaking on both the big and small screen.
Paul Mantee plays American astronaut Kit Draper, stranded (with his pet monkey in tow) on the Red Planet after an emergency crash landing. Now he must find ways to adapt and survive, physically and emotionally, in the alien landscape – but he may not be as alone as he thought...
Shot in magnificent Techniscope, ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars’ is a landmark for fans of genre cinema, and remains a uniquely charming and thrilling adventure, filled with contemplative humanity and wild imagination. Eureka Entertainment Ltd are proud to present Byron Haskin's ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars’ in a Dual Format edition for the first time in the UK.
FILM FACT: Exterior locations were shot mostly at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park, California. Special effects by Lawrence Butler and Academy Awards® winning matte artist Albert Whitlock gave the film the benefit of "big-studio resources usually lacking in movies about outer space." Albert Whitlock provided the matte paintings used in ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars.’ "Some scenes of spacecraft in motion were created with the kind of flat animation seen in official NASA promotional films.Read more ›
This is an old film and for that reason the technology shown is somehow dated - the world progressed a lot since 1964. But after the first five minutes I completely forgot to pay attention to it and I simply followed the adventures of Commander "Kit" Draper, as his spaceship crashed on Mars, leaving him stranded there, with a little monkey named Mona as only companion.
As one of the previous reviewers already mentioned, this film is indeed divided in two parts. The first one describes Draper's painful quest for basic survival, beginning with THE problem - how to solve the issue of oxygen supply. Mars atmosphere in this movie is somehow richer in oxygen than in reality, but not enough to allow a human to survive for an extended period. Other basic problems include shelter, heating, water and food. And other challenges. This first part of the film is really excellent.
The second part begins with Draper rescuing from a certain death Friday, who in this film is a human looking alien from Orion Belt. The two men learn progressively to speak their languages and become friends. Later, together with Mona, they will have to face their toughest challenge yet, which will include exploration of some of the most dangerous places on Mars. This part of the movie is a little bit weaker, but still very good.
The description of Mars in this film is excellent, although COMPLETELY different from the real life Red Planet.Read more ›
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old sci fi movie I hadn't seen in a long time thought I buy itPublished 3 months ago by paul in the uk
Excellent old style Sci-Fi that was well thought out and filmed.Published 3 months ago by Stephen Howe
I watched this because I was of course reminded of it by 'The Martian', which has the same theme. I once had it on VHS video, so needed to get the DVD to re-watch it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. A. Hardy
I have never seen Robinson Crusoe on Mars before, well until now, and I must say i really enjoyed this film. And this was one hell of a mad whacky film and a whole lot of fun. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CAPTAIN CLEGG
Great movie! I had seen it on TV at school in long time ago.
Great transfer and sound quality! Read more