La Planete Sauvage [aka Fantastic Planet] [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] 
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Animated 1970s science fiction classic based on a novel by Stefan Wul. There is a sharp class division on the planet Ygam. The ruling race, the Draags, subjugate the smaller, humanoid species, the Oms, and use them as slaves and pets. Terr (voice of Eric Baugin), a young Om, is orphaned when his mother is killed accidentally by a group of careless Draag children. One such child, Tiwa (Jennifer Drake), takes pity on the helpless Terr and adopts him as her pet. However, as he grows older Terr becomes discontented with life as Tiwa's plaything and runs away. Finding refuge with a number of 'savage' Oms in the wilderness, he attempts to spark a revolt that will eliminate the Draags' monopoly on power.
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Fantastic Planet tells the story of "Oms", human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called "Traags". The story takes place on the Traags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escapes enslavement from a Traag learning device used to educate the savage Oms and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 ›
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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 1 month 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 4 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 6 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 11 months ago by vykr
There are levels on which this is an amazing piece of work. There are also ways in which it's clumsy, even trite. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Theo
Surreal; not sure if I prefer the subtitled French version or the English dubbed version.Published 23 months ago by Davros-UK
This was a gift for a friend. He loves world cinema and was very pleased to get it.Published 24 months ago by Robyn Cain