Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet
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DVD Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages and Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
  • Rated: G
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Dual Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
  • Additional Products:
    • 8-Page Booklet

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 09/16/1994
"...Sci-fi classic....[Nielsen does] a man's-gotta-do-what-a-man's-gotta-do..." -- Rating: A-
USA Today - 08/01/1997
"Filmed in CinemaScope and color and given a lofty sci-fi budget for its day....[A] perennially popular outer space variation on Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST..."
Premiere - 12/01/2006
"[A]n irresistible blend of the sublime and the silly....[With] magnificent galazy scapes...[and[ colorful futuristic interiors..."
Ultimate DVD - 08/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "FORBIDDEN PLANET is a feast for the eyes....This definitive Science Fiction movie has really never looked better..."
Empire - 08/01/2008
"Over 50 years on, FORBIDDEN PLANET still looks like the future....An oddity that would change the face of science-fiction on film."
Total Film - 11/01/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sci-fi landmark....[With] ambitious FX and an innovative electro-score..."

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A dutiful robot named Robby speaks 188 languages. An underground lair offers evidence of an advanced civilization. But among Altair-4's many wonders, none is greater or more deadly than the human mind.

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 the green-skied world that's home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis)...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.

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Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film. Spacemen travel to a planet ruled by Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. The good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Eastmancolor. Shot in CinemaScope.
  • "Electronic tonalities" by Louis and Bebe Barron.
  • Joshua Meador, who worked on the special effects team, was loaned to MGM by Walt Disney Productions.
  • The story is loosely based on Shakespeare's classic play "The Tempest."
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Censors.

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Rating 5.0 Space Opera Tour-de-Force Movie Lover: from Sunny Isles Beach, FL -- October, 28, 2005

This really classic (in color!) SF film posits "What if we put a planet's entire energy output at the disposal of a machine which could convert enrgy to matter in any form which our mind could imagine?" What happens is totally unexpected, and leaves our "forbidden" planet a lifeless enigma upon which the ill-fated Belerophon expedition lands to encounter murderous disaster. A rescue ship is eventually sent to encounter two survivors, Dr. Morbeus and his daughter Altaira, and their super-dooper house-helper, Robbie the Robot (which was to make later appearances in several more SF films). Morbeus has stumbled upon the advanced technology of the long-dead Krell master race. The arrival of the rescue ship (strongly resented by Morbeus) triggers brutal murders of its crewmembers. Is it Morbeus' all-powerful Robbie, following orders, or something more sinister than we can imagine? Well-written and well-directed, with some chilling special effects which still stand well, even after all these years.

Rating 5.0 Hooked on Freud Movie Lover: from Trumbull, CT -- September, 22, 2005

Yes, everyone knows by now that "Forbidden Planet" was based on William Shakespeare's "The Tempest". But "Forbidden Planet" adds a heavy dose of psychology in the Hollywood style, with enough sexual tension, denial, self-loathing, transference, etc. to cause Freud to cry in his bier, so to speak. That being said, this is one heck of a wonderful picture! Leslie Nielson is our intrepid interplanetary hero who must deal with the xenophobic Dr.Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), repair his spaceship, solve a couple of gruesome murders and romance Morbius' knock-out of a daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis). We are confronted by a mysterious alien civilization and its strange machines, unremitting tension, an unseen and deadly monster, clever special effects, and a steller cast that make for one grand space opera! One of the top 10 sci-fi pictures.

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