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Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray]
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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 plays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to Planet Altair-4, home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), a dutiful robot named 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.
Two Follow-Up Vehicles Starring Robby the Robot:1958
MGM Feature Film The Invisible Boy and The Thin Man TV Series Episode "Robot Client"
TCM Original Documentary Watch the Skies! Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us
Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet and Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series
Theatrical Trailers of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy
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I had the previous Collector's Edition DVDs---one for THIS FLICK, and the other DVD for
Robbie The Robot follow-up with the little boy... AND ALL THE OTHER STUFF I got as
bonus material... except the little minnie Robbie... and all those postcard-size lobby cards,
Great price; video AND sound!
Wow! What a great upgrade!
Product info-the dvd is housed in a "book" type case. The "front cover" of this "book" is cardboard as well as the "spine" and the back cover is plastic. Thus, you'll need to handle it w/a little more care as it is not as durable as an all plastic case, a little disappointing here. Some of the special effects had (an) audio (track) that sounded a lot louder than the dialogue, at times during the movie I had to adjust the volume on my television. Am I the only one with this complaint?
Also, Star Trek TOS totally 100% took the transporters from this movie.
Altair 4 is a beautiful little green world 22 light years from earth. It was there some 20 years in the past that Dr. Edward Morbius, (Walter Pidgeon) his wife and crew of the Belleraphon began to explore this world. Millions of years ago it was the home of the Krell, a wise an noble race of beings that had been wiped out in a single night.
Commanded by John J. Adams, (Leslie Nielson) the space crusier C-57D and her crew arrives from earth to check on the situation here. They are greeted by a robot (Robby ) who is fluent in 188 languages and is more advanced than all of earth's sciences could have created, However, Morbius insistes it is only a useful toy.
Commander Adams meets, then falls in love with Morbius' daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) who has a way with animals and, except for her father, has never seen an earth man before. It then an unseen force begins to kill the crew of the C-57D one by one, just as it had on the Belleraphon crew 22 years in the past.
This film seems to be ageless, despite the 57 years of advances in technology. Gene Roddenberry was so impressed by it, he used it as a template for the series Star Trek. The film's development is far beyond the typical monsters from space as the 1950's film industry had been cranking out (ie. Creature From the Black Lagoon etc. etc.).
And so I find myself many years later buying a copy of the 50th anniversary edition and being excited about having it. I wonder how many generations of us will continue to enjoy the movie. Perhaps, in years to come, our descendants may actually visit the world of the Krell.
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