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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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047P5FUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,555 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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    151 of 156 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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    95 of 102 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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    38 of 39 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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    54 of 59 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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie remembered when it came out in 1964.
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    Published 26 days ago by submariner
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    Had this movie coppied on tape many years ago. Finally found it on DVD after all these years. Great movie. Hope others can enjoy this classic as well.
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