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.
Forbidden Planet was not the first Sci-Fi film I remember seeing, that honor goes to Star Wars. Since Star Wars ignited my lifelong love of space films though, Forbidden Planet has been a regularly watched part of my yearly film watching schedule. It is an amazing retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and is a huge inspiration for Star Trek. That alone should make you want to watch it often, but the film is more then those things. It is visually stunning, with a credit sequence that will give you chills, it is well acted and had an amazing budget and it looks like every penny of it went on the screen.
Their are very few golden age films that I can say, I NEED to own in HD. Movies like Casablanca, Rear Window and now of course Forbidden Planet. If you like this film you will find it really satisfying to see a movie that you have only ever seen on dusty big screens and on scratchy VHS done this clean. Combine that with a wealth of extras and you got a recipe for a great Sunday afternoon AND evening of film watching. Why an afternoon and evening? Check out these extras:
* The 1957 feature the Invisible Boy (89 minutes)
* A 25 minute episode of the Thin Man television show that has Robby in a guest role.
* 13 minutes of deleted scenes
* 9 minutes of rare test footage
* 2 excerpts from MGM Parade
* The 55 minute “Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us,”
* The 25 minute “Amazing!: Exploring the far reaches of Forbidden Planet”
* The 13 minute “Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon”
* Trailers for Forbidden Planet (3 minutes) and the Invisible Boy (2 minutes).
So be prepared to be a couch potato all day on this one.
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