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Robinson Crusoe on Mars (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1964)

Paul Mantee , Victor Lundin , Byron Haskin  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West, Mona
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047P5FUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robinson Crusoe on Mars (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring cast and film historians
  • Destination Mars, a video featurette
  • Music video for Lundin's song "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Lennick

  • Editorial Reviews

    Special effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown. Robinson Crusoe on Mars tells the story of U.S. astronaut Commander “Kit” Draper (Paul Mantee), who must fight for survival when his spaceship crash-lands on the barren waste of Mars, a pet monkey his only companion. But is he actually alone? Shot in vast Techniscope and blazing color, this is an imaginative and beloved marvel of classic science fiction.

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    146 of 151 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci Fi gets the treatment! June 25, 2007
    Format:DVD
    Robinson Crusoe On Mars is one of those films that makes you long for yester-year.

    For those who love the older science fiction films with their wide eyed view of the future of science and space, or those who just love a good solo adventure into the wild, this is one of the more well made films from the Sci Fi 60s (the film also has an appearance from the soon-to-be TV Batman, Adam West). With a wonderful imagining of Mars and some War Of The Worlds like space ships (no wonder as Worlds Byron Haskin helmed this as well) this film is a great addition to any movie buffs library. If you like Forbbiden Planet, this will be right up your alley.

    Criterion had offered this on Laserdisc and has been an expensive re-sell on Ebay over the years (between $100 and $200). But now you can own a much better transfer of the film with a few extra features! I have been awaiting this DVD release from them for a long time so this is my Criterion disc of the year!
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    89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Robinson Crusoe On Mars...On DVD!!! July 29, 2007
    Format:DVD
    I must echo my fellow reviewers on this one: "Robinson Crusoe On Mars" on DVD....FINALLY!!! This has been a longtime favorite movie of mine. I used to watch it all the time on TV as a kid, and I still love it now. As the title suggests, this 1964 sci-fi classic is the "Robinson Crusoe" story set on Mars, with the tale of one astronaut's survival on an alien world. Like "2001," "Forbidden Planet," "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Solaris" (the original "Solaris," NOT the god-awful remake with George Clooney), "Robinson Crusoe On Mars" is an *intelligent* sci-fi movie. It's well-written, beautifully shot, expertly directed by Byron Haskin, and acted quite strongly by a very effective trio of actors: Paul Mantee as the stranded astronaut, Victor Lundin as the alien whom our hero names Friday, and Adam West (of "Batman" fame) as a fellow astronaut (even though West's role is basically a cameo). And the movie also features THE most adorable little monkey in the history of cinema, Mona. I'm absolutely delighted to see this sci-fi classic get the DVD treatment at last. And the fact that it's being put out by Criterion is even better! (They also did a marvelous job with "Solaris" too, I must admit.) "Robinson Crusoe On Mars" is one of the sci-fi greats, a very special movie that anyone, even non sci-fi fans, can enjoy. I can't wait to get it!
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    52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! July 10, 2007
    By Kathy
    Format:DVD
    Information on this disc straight from Criterion's website

    Special Features:

    - New, restored high-definition digital transfer

    - Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin, production designer Al Nozaki, Oscar-winning special effects designer and Robinson Crusoe on Mars historian Robert Skotak, and excerpts from a 1979 audio interview with director Byron Haskin

    - Destination: Mars, a new video featurette by Michael Lennick detailing the science behind Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    - Excerpts from Melchior's original screenplay

    - New music video for Victor Lundin's song "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"

    - Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos, production designs, and promotional material

    - Theatrical trailer

    - PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick, Melchior's "Brief Yargorian Dictionary" of original alien dialect, and a list of facts about Mars from his original screenplay

    The Transfer:

    "Robinson Crusoe on Mars is presented in its original Techniscope aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are normal for this format. This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit 4K Datacine from the 35mm 2-perforation A/B interpositive struck from the original negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System. To maintain optimal image quality through the compression process, the picture on this dual-layer DVD-9 was encoded at the highest-possible bit rate for the quantity of material included.
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    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I am writing this review to tell everyone just how good this film looks on Blu-Ray. As far as I can see today, there are no other reviews here for the Blu-Ray version of the film (I saw just one review from a guy who seems to think the aspect ratio on Blu-Ray is wrong....it's not....in fact it looks more accurate than the DVD in terms of the anamorphic transfer).

    Before I give a few details, I feel I have to say that I just love this film. The 5-star rating is for the film. I also give the Blu-Ray top marks (4+) considering the source material. I have enjoyed this movie since I was a kid and saw it on TV in the late 1960s and 70s. So, naturally, I have a rather soft spot in my heart for the film itself. The day I found it on LaserDisc (about 1990 I think) was a happy day indeed. I bought the DVD when it was released a few years and I was happy with it, too. The Criterion material is almost the same on each three versions (not exactly the same, but I won't recount the details here because if you want to see this move in all its glory, then you will want the Blu-Ray regardless of its lack of a few extras that were on the LaserDisc).

    The really good news is that this film has never looked so good! I bet it even looks better than it did when it was projected in theatres over 47 years ago. Yes, the film stock is a bit grainy (just as it was in the DVD format) due to the film stock used in 1963. The picture is much clearer, brighter, and has far better color fidelity than the DVD. The transfer of this old film onto this modern high-resolution format (1080p/24) is rather amazing, I must say. I will even admit that seeing it look this good brought a lump to my throat when I thought of all the times I watched it on a small black and white TV.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting update of a classic tale
    I loved this movie and saw it first run at the theater. It was the time of Gemini and the Space Race and it seemed so plausible.
    Published 11 hours ago by Janet E Quistberg
    3.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie with old science
    I remember watching this movie in the 70's. Movies like this sparked my imagination of the galaxy. I was delighted to see it finally available on Amazon Prime (in the ever... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by The Spin Doctor
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie!
    It was great to see this movie sci-fi classic again. This is one of my all time favorites.
    The special effects were great for its time and and even for this time.
    Published 2 days ago by Tota14
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    Excellent Syfi for something so old. hen it gets a little cheaper I will buy it. Right now its still a little to expensive.
    Published 2 days ago by Suzanne Keith
    5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past.
    Great movie I remember watching as a kid. A Movie that is still fun to watch 20 plus years later.
    Published 8 days ago by Marc
    4.0 out of 5 stars First Time Without Commercial Interruptions
    I've seen Robinson Crusoe on Mars several times but this was the first time without all the ads. It is not by any stretch of the imagination 2001: Space Odyssey but it was still... Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars great classic movie...
    Great classic movie... the special effects was done bt the master Byron Haskin who done war of the worlds. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Terence
    4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Release Gives This 60's Trip To The Red Planet Great...
    This is no joke: as a huge fan of science fiction films, I’d heard plenty about ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS throughout the years. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Edward Lee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Si-Fi
    These old movies are great! Great stories and great acting... Fun to watch. Hope you enjoy these oldies as much as I do...
    Published 17 days ago by bill dizon
    3.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of when I was a kid!
    Loved it when I was a young boy, and watching it as a 55 year old man, made me remember the youthful exuberance I experienced then when I first saw this "fairly decent for its... Read more
    Published 21 days ago by gordonwaite
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