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Forbidden Planet: 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1956] [1957]

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  • Actors: Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Jack Kelly, Earl Holliman
  • Directors: Fred McLeod Wilcox
  • Writers: Cyril Hume
  • Producers: Nicholas Nayfack
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 490 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000O3HFYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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American sci-fi adventure starring Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis. In the 23rd century, Altair IV is a planet populated only by the scientist Dr. Edward Morbius (Pidgeon), his daughter Altaira (Francis) and a droid named Robby the Robot. Morbius' obsession with discovering the secrets of the underground cities of the Krell and its long-dead inhabitants led him to kill all of his fellow explorers. However, his research is once again threatened with the arrival of another expedition, whose leader, Commander Adams (Nielson), is not deterred by the doctor's efforts to keep him away from either his adopted home or his daughter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for its special effects.

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Ahead of its time in many, many ways, Forbidden Planet has been cemented in its role as a science fiction classic over the past few decades, to the point where its 50th birthday is being marked with this special DVD release.

What’s more, the iconic film has never looked better. The print of Forbidden Planet has been buffed up to a terrific standard, and while it’s a cliché to report that it’s never looked better, we challenge anyone to disagree.

The film too is just as compelling. Set in the 23rd century, on a far and distant star Professor Morbius, his daughter and Robby the Robot are seemingly alone, until a space craft from Earth arrives. This sets events in motion that bring a real human core to a genre where such a factor, right to this day, is often lacking.

But it’s not just that which makes Forbidden Planet continually worthy of attention. The special effects, for instance, are astounding given the era in which the film was made, while the ideas and ambition that underpin the production are equally of merit. At heart, though, it was and is an utterly compelling movie, which has had a long and profound influence on the genre as a whole.

This 50th anniversary edition also comes armed with extra features, notably several documentaries. But after all these years, it’s still the film that’s the star, and you simply wouldn’t wager against it enduring for another 50 years after this. --Jon Foster

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