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Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

DVD - 2006
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Leslie Nielsen plays the commander who brings his space cruiser crew, and Robby the Robot, to the green-skied world that's home to Dr. Morbius and his daughter, and to a mysterious terror.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Fiftieth anniversary two-disc special edition.
ISBN: 9780790792149
0790792141
Call Number: DVD FOR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (98 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,Dolby
video file,region 1
Bib Control Number: 503918

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Forbidden planet has been referenced in many movies and shows. The biggest influence can be seen in Star Trek. It is a retelling of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." A rescue party is sent to find the lost crew of the Bellerophon, they find one survivor and his daughter. They also meet Rob... Read More »

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akirakato
Dec 14, 2020

Introduced in this film is Robby the Robot, which seems like the first spin-off toy that I had seen quite often when I was a kid. Now I come to know where these toys came from.
Amusing and interesting!

🚀A space ship, the C-57-D, lands on planet Altair IV to contact Professor Morbius and his gorgeous and naive daughter Alta. But the ship is attacked by an invisible being, which can be seen only in Disney-animated outline when it's hit by energy beam weapons. The plot is basically a murder mystery, solving what the killer is and where it came from. Great technology is on view, especially the matte paintings of the Krell civilization remains. The robot Robby has all the funny lines, and became a star himself, appearing in other movies and on TV. It's said to be based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest," with Robby as Ariel, etc., but you decide. Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Earl Holliman, and the voice of the Man of a Thousand Voices, Paul Frees. Ground-breaking, and highly recommended by the American Mothers Science Fiction Appreciation Society.

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NeoNoir
Sep 30, 2020

Impressively directed by Fred Wilcox - "Forbidden Planet" (set in the 23rd century) is definitely one of my very favorite SyFy films from the fabulous 50s that features some really first-rate, old-school visual effects.

Introducing "Robby the Robot" (in his first screen appearance) - "Forbidden Planet" is a pure "techno-horror" delight that also includes the very first all-electronic musical soundscape in film history.

With all of its engrossing action set on the far-off planet known as "Altair-IV" - "Forbidden Planet" is sure lotsa SyFy fun that, literally, soars clear across the galaxy, from one end of the universe and beyond.

🤖 This is an intelligent, well written science fiction movie with a big budget and skilled actors. Robbie the Robot alone is worth the price of admission. He speaks with the voice of the Man of a Thousand Voices, Paul Frees, and can synthesize whiskey on request, already in pint bottles! The plot says a lot about how we all have evil within us, so it's not entirely a space opera shoot-em-up, and indeed, it's all set on one planet, until the very end, so literally, not much space flight from one end of the universe to the beyond is involved. Give some attention to the 'electronic tonalities' by Bebe and Louis Barron, the first electronic music for a motion picture. Highly recommended by the American Mothers Science Fiction Appreciation Society.

szeigman Jan 28, 2020

This is one of the 1st high class Sci Fiction movies starring an A actor in Walter Pigeon, introducing Leslie Nelson and Ann Frances, Earl Holliman, leaving the monsters and giant insects behind for real future technology. Here we have the 1st representation of hyper drive, lazar phasers, wireless communicators. beam teleport, robots, and intelligent aliens ever presented along with the worlds 1st mechanical frequency music score all wrapped up into well produced screenplay about family, love, jealousy, and redemption.

Made in 1956 this is intelligent Science Fiction . Except for lack of gratuitous sex, violence, and atrocity this movie production and story is still modern today having remained current while outliving it's competition. It was and remains perhaps the most innovative prescient Sci Fiction movie ever made. The ones that followed copied it.

You like exciting thoughtful sci-fi? Borrow!

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N13m4nd
Dec 02, 2019

This marvelous old movie tells an entertaining and thought-provoking story in which humans encounter the technology of an extinct alien race, and is fun to watch for its own sake. But for a modern viewer, it’s also fun to look for the science fiction trends this very influential film initiated. An intrepid cruiser captain leading his crew through encounters with aliens and philosophical quandaries, for example, will be familiar to Star Trek fans. As for the cast, Leslie Nielsen plays the stalwart hero, in the first phase of his acting career before he went on to become one of the world’s greatest comedy stars. And the Robbie the Robot created for this movie became a sort of a star himself, either as the same “character” or when the suit was re-used as other robots for several Twilight Zones and other productions. Last but not least, Forbidden Planet is a visually rich experience because it came from the era when color filming was still fairly new and colors were bright and vivid, and because the Disney studio loaned out some of its animators to create the film’s monster. It was a time when special effects were less of a technological feat and more of a work of art, making for a viewing experience quite different from modern science fiction. And adding to the alien mood, there’s the eerie, one-of-a-kind soundtrack produced entirely by analog electronic instruments. Forbidden Planet is one of those rare things which really is as good as you’ve heard it to be.

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candlesticktroughs
Mar 02, 2019

This is one of the seminal works of Science Fiction on film./ Observe how the career of Leslie Nielsen evolved from this, one of his early workings.

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KathyO59
Mar 02, 2019

Watching this movie brought back memories of watching it as a kid. It showed what we thought space travel and alien planets was back then. Adults over 50 will reminisce but under 40 will be bored! Still love Robbie!

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messala2
Feb 27, 2018

Lost the Oscar for Special Effects to the Ten Commandments, a worthy winner. Louis and Bebe Barron got rooked out of an Oscar nom for their transcendent electronic score because they weren't music union members.

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raymontez
Jan 30, 2018

All time classic movie
you will enjoy watching it.

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