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Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray] by Director: Fred M. Wilcox (as Fred McLeod Wilcox)
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B0019NB9A2
Date: 27 November 2010 List Price $24.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com - Forbidden Planet / The Invisible Boy / MGM Parade - Episodes / The Thin Man - Robot Client / Show Article /

While Forbidden Planet is one of the all time Science Fiction classics, it was a film I had never watched in its entirety. In my defense, not only did it air at the most inconvenient times for me to watch it live, not on VHS tape, every time it aired, the film was so scratched, dirty, and faded that is was so painful to watch, the stations broadcasting the film should have been ashamed for perpetrating this torture on an unsuspecting viewing public. In fact I wonder how many other people never watched it for the same reasons as my own.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
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.

Running Time: 98 minutes

Blu-ray Disc contains:

Forbidden Planet (98:30)

BEHIND THE STORY
"Watch the Skies: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us" with Steven Spielberg (E.T., War Of The Worlds), George Lucas (The Star Wars Saga), Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), and James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens). (55:31)

"Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet" with Dennis Muren (Visual Effects Artist, E.T.), Joe Dante (Director, Gremlins), Leslie Nielsen ("Commander John J. Adams"), Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction Novelist), John Dykstra (Visual Effects Artist, Star Wars), John Carpenter (Director, The Thing), William Malone (Director, House On Haunted Hill), Bob Burns (Science Fiction Historian), John Landis (Director, An American Werewolf In London), Rudy Behlmer (Film Historian), Geoff Elliott (Theater Director, The Tempest), Anne Francis ("Altaira"), Earl Holliman ("Cookie"), Bill Warren (Author, "Keep Watching The Skies"), Robert Kinoshita (Co-Designer, Robby The Robot), Richard Anderson ("Chief Engineer Quinn"), Phil Tippett (Visual Effects Artist, Star Wars), Warren Stevens ("Lt. "Doc" Ostrow"), Bebe Barron (Composer, Forbidden Planet), and Ben Burtt (Sound Designer, Star Wars). (26:35)

"Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon" with Joe Dante (Director, Gremlins), Alan Dean Foster (Science Fiction Novelist), Ben Burtt (Sound Designer, Star Wars), Earl Holliman ("Cookie"), Rudy Behlmer (Film Historian), Steven Kotler (Author/Science Writer), William Malone (Director, House On Haunted Hill), Robert Kinoshita (Co-Designer, Robby The Robot), John Dykstra (Visual Effects Artist, Star Wars), Fred Barton ("Robby" Replica Builder), Leslie Nielsen ("Commander John J. Adams"), Anne Francis ("Altaira"), John Carpenter (Director, The Thing), and Professor Maja Mataric (Co-Director, USC Robotics Lab). (13:45)

TRAILERS
Forbidden Planet (1956) (3:41)
The Invisible Boy (1957) (2:30)

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE
"Deleted Scenes" (13:14)
"Lost Footage" (9:22)

EXTRAS
The Invisible Boy Movie -- The 1957 "sequel" to Forbidden Planet (89:29)

Excerpt from "MGM Parade" Episode 27 with Walter Pidgeon (2:17)
Excerpt from "MGM Parade" Episode 28 with Walter Pidgeon (4:00)

The Thin Man: "Robot Client" TV Episode (25:35)

(Source: Warner Home Video)

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