Fantastic Planet [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Case - Slim U.S style plastic blu-ray case.
Disc - 25GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Region B locked.
Video - 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame (small black bars appear at the sides of the picture), Colour, 1080p/24fps.
Audio - Original French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and dubbed English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.
Subtitles - Optional English.
Soundtrack (selectable from the Blu-ray menu, not an additional CD)
Laloux Suavage (25 minute documentary about the films director Rene Laloux)
Short films (all in French with optional English subs):
Les dents du singe (1960) - Monkey's Teeth
Les temps morts (1964) - Dead Times
Les escargots (1965) - The Snails
Comment Wang-Fo fut sauve (1987) - How Wang-Fo Was Saved
La prisonniere (1988) - The Captive
Censorship? - No censorship or cuts made to the film on this disc. BBFC - PG certificate (animated violence and nudity)
'La Planete Suavage' is a highly imaginative, and beautiful film. Its basically a science-fiction retelling of David and Goliath, and the story is simplistic and easy to follow. I enjoyed this film as its very bizarre and unconventional. The picture quality is not going to blow you away as this is not Disney Pixar animation remember and its 37 years old. It looks good though, with a small slightly noticable amount of grain present, and the colours are strong (essential for animation on Blu-ray!). I rented the dvd release a while back, and can honestly say the Blu-ray is a big improvement. The audio is excellent, with the 70's style music (with wah-wah guitars) sounding very effective and the dialogue is very clear.Read more ›
The movie also speaks to a radicalised generation. Despite its quite literally 'fantastic' setting it is very much about revolution. Don't forget that Paris had been in flames in 1968 during the student uprising and Hippy culture still prevailed per se.
The designs for the movie are amazing and the dubbing surprisingly good for a change if that is how you wish to view it. Whilst the animation itself may seem tiresomely primitive to those brought up on CGI, for me it is a reminder of a more intelligent age - Miyazake excepted -when the animated movie could also have soul.
This isn't just the story of one man though and the film is also a clever way to explore an alien way of life as we get explanations of their behaviour from the viewpoint of a captive human. It's clear that the Draag are aware that we Oms have capabilities beyond that of feral animals. They refer to our native ancient planet as once productive and with organised society. The film touches on many themes, but the most prevalent seems to be the power of education. The Draag consider themselves a higher life form as they have great intellect compared to the tiny Om creatures who are considered to be vermin and subjected to pest control. The balance of power starts to tilt though when the Om who narrates the story gains knowledge himself and starts to share it, he kickstarts a social evolution.
Animation is a great way to portray alien worlds and this French animated film creates a landscape which often appears like a Terry Gilliam animation from Monty Python - but it certainly looks alien. The world is littered with strange animal and plant life with a standardised colour palette ensuring that everything feels natural and part of the same eco-system. Those more familiar with modern day CGI may find the animation a bit crude, segments are reused and repeated and the hand drawn images don't have fluid movement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Certainly has stood the test of time once you settle into the f it is slightly offbeat soundtrack and a feel possibly influenced by 60's Czech animation. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I saw an excerpt from this back in 1973 and have only just found it again. At a time when to me, animation was Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry, this blew my mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Harrex
Obscure and underrated French animation. I love this movie I have since I saw it 20 years ago. So to find a remastered Masters of Cinema version on Blu-Ray is magic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lokii
Amazing edition, chock full of interesting extras and a few shorts by René Laloux. Includes English dub (funny) and the original French language track with English subs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David O. Legaria Rdz
Quite simply, wonderful! The image is sharp and clean -wonderful colours and character detail. The music is a fantastic collage of weird electronica and captivating melodies: not... Read morePublished 12 months ago by vykr