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Forbidden Planet [P&S] [DVD] [1956]

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  • Release Date: 12/07/2010
  • Rating: G

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (24 out of 24)

    Special Features

    • Additional scenes
    • Lost footage
    • Excerpts from the MGM Parade TV series
    • The Thin Man TV series Robot Client
    • Science-Fiction movie trailer gallery
    • Closed Captioned


    Forbidden Planet
    MGM's first big-budget science fiction film, Forbidden Planet, combined state-of-the-art special effects with a storyline based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the 23rd century, Cmdr. J.J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) guides United Planets cruiser C-57-D on a rescue mission to faraway planet Altair-4. Twenty years earlier, Earth ship Bellerophon disappeared while en route to Altair-4. Only the ship's philologist, Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), survived; in the intervening decades, Morbius has created an Edenlike world of his own, for the benefit of himself and his nubile young daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis). His private paradise is zealously guarded by Robby the Robot, a piece of technology far in advance of anything on Earth. When Adams and his crew land on Altair-4, Morbius announces that he has no intention of being rescued and returned to Earth. When Adams attempts to contact home base, he finds that his radio equipment has been smashed by some unseen force. Holding Morbius responsible, Adams confronts the scientist, who decides to tell all. At one time, according to Morbius, Altair-4 was populated by the Krel, a wise, intellectually superior race. Using leftover Krel technology, Morbius has doubled his intellect and gained the ability to shape a new world to his own specifications. Forbidden Planet was a big influence on future sci-fi outer-space efforts, especially Star Trek. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Walter Pidgeon
      Walter Pidgeon - Dr. Edward Morbius
    • Anne Francis
      Anne Francis - Alta Morbius
    • Leslie Nielsen
      Leslie Nielsen - Commander John J. Adams
    • Warren Stevens
      Warren Stevens - Lt. "Doc" Ostrow
    • Jack Kelly
      Jack Kelly - Lt. Farman

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      Here is a true classic and a film that boasts so many firsts! Forbidden Planet was the first sci-fi film made with an 'A' movie budget, the first film to use an all electronic score and the first film to show sci-fi's potential for greatness. Forbidden Planet also introduced movie-goers to Robby the Robot. The story follows the crew of the Spacecruiser 57D on a relief mission to a lost colony. There, the crew meets the lone survivor and his daughter and later learns some of the secrets of a lost civilization and battles a terrifying invisible monster. The visual effects, many of which were done by Disney animators, and sets all look great. This was all state of the art in the mid 1950's and it still holds up. The scenes in the alien city are still mindblowing and the battle with the only partially visible monster is truly exciting. This is one sci-fi movie that really gives you the feeling of being in another world. I love the 'electronic tonalities'. Both the music and the sound effects are eerie and unforgettable and add to the broad canvas that is Fobidden Planet. Robby the Robot is cool. He was the first robot to be portrayed as a character and is a forerunner of movie robots to come in later years. He actually looks like a working robot! The HD transfer is fantastic, especially when you consider the age of the film. A defenite improvement over the DVD. Most of the scenes are sharply detailed and clearly defined with only a few source material problems owing to the age of the film. The extras include documentaries on the film itself and 1950's sci-fi films and even about the development of Robby the Robot. There's also a 'Thin Man' episode that featured Robby the Robot and the movie 'The Invisible Boy' which also featured Robby. 'The Thin Man' episode is entertaining, but 'The Invisible Boy' is boring! Forbidden Planet is the movie that set the stage for so many great sci-fi movies to follow and remains one of the most influential films ever made. This is a truly essential Blu-Ray for any sci-fi fan or for any interested in cinema history. Forbidden Planet stands with the likes of 2001 and Star Wars as one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Blu-ray of a classic science fiction movie!


      If you are a fan of "Forbidden Planet" (or just science fiction movies in general) and own a Blu-ray player, then you must get this disc! Picture quality is superb, especially considering the film is over 50 years old. There are a number of special features, including another complete feature film, "The Invisible Boy", featuring Robby the Robot. However, all the special features are presented in standard definition, not HD. But that is fairly minor, considering that the main attraction is presented in stunning Hi-Def! If you haven't seen "Forbidden Planet before, then you're in for a real treat-- and you'll get a kick out of seeing the film that influenced "Star Trek" and many other science fiction movies and TV series!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Among best Sci-Fi video effects films ever made


      As one of my all time favorite sci-fi films, I would give it 10 stars if I could. Super Disney annimation was 30 years ahead of it's time comparable to Star Wars and Avatar breakthrough technology of it's time in 1956. Mind expanding story line of the extinct Krell race advanced technology from the book "The Tempest". Outstanding visual effects and first movie ever with great all synthesizer sound effects. Characters include highly advanced Robby the robot, Anne Francis, her father, the captain and crew and...the invisable monster from the IDD. Has a sci-fi fan cult following, join in, a must see movie for all ages.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must Have for Sci Fi Fans


      If you have never seen this movie and are a Sci Fi buff this is a must have for your collection. The story line is extremely engaging and imaginative. You will be very impressed with the special effects considering this movie was made over fifty (thats 50) years ago. I have had this movie in my collection one way or the other (TV recording, VHS and now DVD) for the last 20 years. When I pull it out and watch it, I am amazed all over again by the story line and special effects.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great classic


      This is a GREAT classic with terrific FX for its time . Although this movie was produced in the mid-fifties the story line , color and FX are stunning for an early made Scifi flick . Probably one of the best produced Scifi movies for its time that still carries over to today . Sure its not going to be as GFX pretty as newer CGI movies but its still stunning to look at . This should be in every true Scifi buffs collection . HIGHLY recommend .

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good film


      I watched this film because I'd heard it was an adaptation of The Tempest. It turns out it is an incredibly loose adaptation but is still credible in it's own right. Certainly, check out this film if you are interested in classic science fiction. It also has an interesting example of the portrayal of women in sci-fi at the time. It really is a great film that has not stood the test of time entirely, but certainly has not become obsolete.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Classic


      I remember my parents taking my brother and I to see this movie at a drive-in and it really peaked my intrests. When I recieved it in the mail, I watched it and it took me back to that drive in. Its well done for its time, the color is good and the storyline is good also. I watched the whole thing straight thru. I would reccomend this to everyone. Worth buying.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic SciFi


      No Science Fiction collection is complete without Forbidden Planet. First movie to use electronic music instrument for soundtrack (Theremin) forever linking scifi and electronic music. Special effects animation was done by Disney and is top notch. Weaving of Shakespeare's The Tempest into storyline adds the cerabral with the action making a compelling storyline.

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