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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Walter Pidgeon , Anne Francis , Fred M. Wilcox  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly
  • Directors: Fred M. Wilcox
  • Writers: Allen Adler, Cyril Hume, Irving Block, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Nicholas Nayfack
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF9B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forbidden Planet" on IMDb

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This 1956 pop adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest is one of the best, most influential science fiction movies ever made. Its space explorers are the models for the crew of Star Trek's Enterprise, and the film's robot is clearly the prototype for Robby in Lost in Space. Walter Pidgeon is the Prospero figure, presiding over a paradisiacal world with his lovely young daughter and their servile droid. When the crew of a spaceship lands on the planet, they become aware of a sinister invisible force that threatens to destroy them. Great special effects and a bizarre electronic score help make this movie as fresh, imaginative, and fun as it was when first released.

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A dutiful robot named Robby speaks 188 languages. An underground lair provides astonishing evidence of a populace a million years more advanced than Earthlings. There are many wonders on Altair-4, but none is greater or more deadly than the human mind. Forbidden Planet is the granddaddy of tomorrow, a pioneering work whose ideas and style would be reverse-engineered into many cinematic space voyages to come. Leslie Nielsen portrays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to the green-skied Altair-4 world that's home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), the remarkable Robby...and to a mysterious terror. Featuring sets of extraordinary scale and the first all-electronic musical soundscape in film history, Forbidden Planet is in a movie orbit all its own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away from the Ultimate Edition November 28, 2006
Format:DVD
Forbidden Planet is an incredible movie and no Sci-Fi fan should be without it. The transfer on the 50th Anniversary and Ultimate Collector's Editions is incredible. I've never seen the film look so bright, crisp and vibrant. The included documentaries and bonus footage are very entertaining and not to be missed.

A word of warning though, the Ultimate Collector's Edition is a bit of a rip off. The included Robby the Robot toy was the main reason I bought this set and it's much smaller (and less detailed) than the images lead you to believe. I haven't opened mine, but it looks like it's not even articulated. Definitely not worth the extra money I had to pay. The lobby card reporductions are nice, as is the tin case, but unless you plan to display these it's hard to justify the added cost.

Be smart, skip the Ultimate Collector's Edition and buy the 50th Anniversary Edition. You'll get just the exact same transfer and bonus material without the cheap toy and lobby cards.
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115 of 127 people found the following review helpful
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There are now out *four* different versions of the 50th Anniversary edition of "Forbidden Planet": 2 standard (480i) DVD sets and 2 HD-DVD sets. Both formats are available as either a super-deluxe, Ultimate Collector's Edition set offered in a thick, green and red engraved hinged metal box, as well as a standard 2-disc sleeved set. Both come with lots extras, especially the metal Ultimate. I highly recommend them to everyone if you're so inclined toward lavish DVD sets. Being a longtime "Forbidden Planet" fan and collector, I'm planning on buying the other three variant sets, too, because, well, I'm obsessed with FP and by now have lost all sense of proportion when "collecting" this terrific film.

The Ultimate Collector's Edition metal box set is described on its' outer, partial card stock cover--and be careful when removing this as it's tricky and can be easily torn--as being made of a "unique metal alloy." (Hmm. Indestructible Krell metal perhaps???) Frankly, this deluxe set is everything I had hoped it would be, though I do have some quibble(see below). Overall, though, it's a beautiful package. One of the best super-deluxe DVD sets ever produced. It even includes a proper *gunmetal gray* 3.5" Robby (not black, as some supposed "film experts" have asserted for years) and a set of smallish FP lobby card reproductions in a printed sleeve. As an extra bonus for this release, you also get Robby's other 50s science fiction film "The Invisible Boy" and a set of smallish lobby card repros for it, too.

At last this science fiction masterpiece (classic just isn't good enough) has gotten the super-deluxe treatment--and complete digital restoration--it has long deserved. The digital picture and 5.1 sound are a marvel. FP has never looked or sounded this good--ever!
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249 of 285 people found the following review helpful
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It's funny, me being a fan of science fiction and movies in general, why it is that it took me so long to get around to watching Forbidden Planet (1956). Part of it is I feel as if I've already seen the film, as clips from it are usually always shown whenever someone does a documentary on science fiction in film, as it's just such an influential and amazing piece of work. Now, I've heard that this movie is loosely based on Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, but since I've never read it, I can't comment on comparisons between the play and the film. The film stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, and Robby the Robot (Yes, the robot gets a screen credit. If you look on the Internet Movie Database, you'll find it's even listed as an actor).

The story is about a spacecraft sent to learn what exactly happened to a previous spacecraft and its' crew, which had been deployed many years prior, and has since not been heard from in some time. This current mission is under the command of Commander John J. Adams (Nielsen), and soon find themselves on approach to the destination planet of the now lost ship. On their arrival, they get an ominous message, from the planet, issued by a member of the original crew, Dr. Edward Morbius (Pidgeon). Despite his warnings, they land and are soon met by a robot named Robby, who escorts them to Morbius' rather posh abode. Here we learn all the members of that fated crew have been killed off, except for Morbius and his daughter (whom Morbius had when he procreated with another member of the original crew), Altaira (Francis), by some unseen, yet completely nasty, force, to which Morbius and his daughter seem immune.
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50th Anniversary Edition is a HUGE disappointment! November 14, 2006
Format:DVD
It saddens me to write this, as Warners did an awesome job at least in packaging this 50th Anniversary Edition of FORBIDDEN PLANET... it's what is included (and NOT included) that leads me to give this Special Edition only 3 stars at best. I hate to nit-pick, but considering that I and many others have waited since the original 1998 DVD release for a full-blown re-do from Warner Brothers, this new release leaves a lot to be desired.

First off: NO COMMENTARIES! At all! Historian Rudy Behlmer is on hand for the documentary, but no commentary??? Not even with Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, or any of the still-living actors seen in the "Amazing" documentary? How about one from at least all the modern-day special effects gurus who are also seen on the documentary? Simply unforgivable.

Second: The main documentary, "Amazing!" is a scant 25-30 minutes long! Haven't I been reading for months that this doc would be "feature-length?" Sorry folks... feature-length, to me, means AT LEAST 70 minutes long. Actors that you could have sworn had long passed, like Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman and Warren Stevens, are given scant face-time, and Anderson literally only gets about 10 seconds!!! This is "Oscar Goldman," for cryin' out loud! Oh sure, the modern-day directors, FX masters and writers fall all over themselves about the special effects and Robby the Robot, but where's the human element in all this? How did the principal actors all get involved in the film in the first place? What were their feelings during the production towards the material? Did they know it was good, or did they think it was cheesy? Did they all get along, or were all the male actors vying for the attention of Anne Francis? How was the director (Fred McLeod Wilcox) to work with...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great find for this movie!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What can you say. It's a classic. Wonderful to have it in Blu-Ray for the collection. Makes it feel that much more real.
Published 8 hours ago by Katfloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
This is a clasic,
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Published 1 day ago by Stephen Montoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic scifi!
What can I say, just a fantastic scifi! Way ahead of its time with special effects! You can see how this led to Star Trek and later Star Wars. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jeffpb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great flick!
Published 5 days ago by Keith Sturgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars I want a Robi the Robot!
50's sci-fi is cool! I liked the way they handled some of the trickier technical details; like deceleration from light speed. Read more
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Published 7 days ago by Nancy Keiser
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Love it
Published 7 days ago by deidre fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic SCI-FI. ..A MUST HAVE!!!
This one was worth it just to watch Anne Francis!
Ground breaking classic for its era. Add Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, and amazing for its time ROBBY THE ROBOT you have... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tony Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie made better.
The colors are natural looking and not the bright, garish colors usually associated with science fiction films of this era. The extras are worth the price of the disc alone.
Published 10 days ago by William Proctor
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I have the HD DVD 1080p version (released for the 50th anniversary in 2006) and really enjoyed the film and the many, many extras, considering it is a 54 year old film. I am presuming that the blu-ray version is a clone of the HD DVD version in terms of features. The film looks crisp and clear.... Read More
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Thanks: I just added this wonderful tin collectors set. It might not even ever get played? But thank you, all of you fans who have said all the words I am not blessed with being be able to say. This will be a so welcomed addition to my 1600+ movie collection. So happy to have this real classy... Read More
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The film that Roddenberry admitted inspired his Star Trek :TOS classic!
Captain Adams is totally Captian Kirk. In fact, I bet Nielson would have got the Kirk part if he had auditioned instead of Shatner.
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