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Set in the "distant future" of 1980, The Phantom Planet is a glorious sci-fi trip.  Dean Fredericks plays an astronaut sent by the government to investigate a mysterious asteroid.  Before he can say "B-movie cliché", his ship is caught in a meteor shower, his partner floats away and a tractor beam begins to pull him in.  Soon Fredericks is shrunk down to the same size as the asteroids tiny inhabitants, and that's where the fun starts!  The Phantom Planet finds our hero put on trial, caught in a love triangle, and conscripted to fight the terrifying alien menace that is the Solorite (led by character actor Richard Kiel), all before he can return home. A hilarious journey into the future of the past!

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  • Actors: Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter
  • Directors: William Marshall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DE29S8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phantom Planet - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!" on IMDb

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Surfink on October 25, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Phantom Planet is a generally-overlooked but thoroughly enjoyable slice of early-60s SF cheese. Not really good enough to be a "good movie," not really bad enough to achieve Trash status; but I could watch this one every six months without getting tired of it. Dean Fredericks in the lead makes a quite unappealing, unsympathetic `hero,' lending a strange atmosphere to the movie right off the bat. Francis X. Bushman (the silent Ben Hur) and Anthony Dexter (fallen far from 1951's Valentino) lend kitsch appeal, and Coleen Gray and Dolores Faith, as the `mute girl,' provide potential love interest for drippy Fredericks. If you watch this with the mindset of a 10-year-old there's lots of fun and clever ideas and effects: the shrinking thing, passable outer space/rocketship sequences, the disintegrator floor panels and duel of death, the flaming Solarite death ships, etc. And the sad sack monster, played by clumsy giant-for-hire Richard Kiel (`Jaws'), has to be one of the most lovably moth-eaten, pathetically unthreatening creations to grace any B-flick; kind of Paul Blaisdell-meets-Harry Thomas at the thrift store. You could probably suspend your disbelief and really enjoy this movie on a comic book level, or have a few friends over and laugh yourselves silly. Highly recommended.
For long-time fans of this movie, Image's DVD delivers a fine print of the film: sharp and detailed, great tonal scale, virtually spotless save for some very light speckling and a rare blemished frame. You'll never need to worry about upgrading from this one. It blows my VHS TV prints right off the map. Unfortunately, there is no trailer for the feature, and the only other `extra' is the chapter stops. There are five trailers included in an `easter egg,' but they're the same ones as on every other Image release. Considering all the movies in their catalog, they could dish out a few new ones already! A minor gripe though, and if you love this movie you'll want this disc anyway.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "tvrepairman" on October 3, 2000
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This film is no classic but it is a fun one i remember as a kid. I saw it late night of course and enjoyed it then and i have seen it since and realize that you should take it as it is and not look for extreme quality acting but if you are a sci fi fan and enjoy old flicks then you will have fun with this one. Break out the popcorn and gather the kids for a good viewing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Crawford on June 11, 2008
Format: DVD
I watched this with my son (9), who enjoyed the story and laughed at the clunky special effects. He dutifully listened to my stories about seeing it and similar films - he is at the age where he accepts my reminiscences instead of rolling his eyes like his sister does at 13 - and we talked about the space age, etc.

I quite enjoyed this for what it made me remember. But, as with my son, for other viewers it is only of passing interest, like background TV. Thus, I think it is headed for oblivion or of interest only for film historians once those who watched it as kids are no longer around.

The story has a nice sense of possibility, like we all felt during the space race and which is rather humdrum today. The hero, while not very charismatic, is open-minded and a lonely explorer, hence his vulnerability to the charms of the mute girl. He encounters an advanced civilization that has chosen a primitive lifestyle, on a planet fleeing strange enemies and with an unimaginable technology manipulated by what looks like broken wine glasses. He even makes friends from a natural enemy. Then, restored to his colleagues, he wonders if it was all a dream. It ends on a hopeful note for exploration. I liked it then and still do now.

Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2006
Format: DVD
Capt. Chapman (Dean Fredericks) lands on an asteriod which is unexpectedly inhabited by six-inch tall humans. When the atmospheric properties reduce him to their size he not only finds himself working to save their civilization but ensnared in several romantic complications and rivalries as well. While it sounds slight, the plot is actually cohesive and many of the concepts involved are unexpectedly ambitious--but as it happens, the 1961 PHANTOM PLANET has a less-than-B-movie budget, and the result is a film that alternates between being interesting in terms of ideas and often hilariously bad in execution.

Some of the special effects are pretty good for 1961, but then again some of them are ludicrous beyond belief. The space sequences are reasonably done until the asteroid appears on screen; depending on how you look at the thing, it might be a clump of trail mix or a deep-fried chicken nugget. The sets and costumes are adequate until the monster of the piece appears on the scene; even by "B" movie standards it is pretty silly stuff. And then there is the cast.

The most interesting of the actors is Francis X. Bushman, one of the great stars of the silent era and perhaps best recalled as Messala in the 1925 version of BEN-HUR--a film in which he gave a noticeably stagey performance. By 1961, however, Bushman had shed such mannerisms, and he gives a performance here that leads you to suspect he could have had a more distinguished career in sound film if he had gotten the breaks and the scripts. The rest of the cast, however, ranges from merely adequate to down right atrocious, with leading man Dean Fredericks a case in point.
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