Its status in the sci-fi pantheon is both assured and well deserved and the iconic design is luminous on this new Blu-ray which is among the finest I’ve ever seen. The picture is sharp and colours rich, it is a feast for the eyes. The electronic score and special effects (in particular the Id Monster) may seem conventional now, but they retain, as does the whole film, a charm and a power to impress fifty four years later.
Following a rescue mission to the remote planet of Altair IV a crew captained by Leslie Nielsen come across Dr Morbius and his daughter Altaria and uncover the strange secrets of the planet in an incredibly fun and visionary sci-fi film, which is a must for all fans of the genre.
What sets this disc apart are the special features, which range from some priceless lost footage and a documentary of the Golden Age of Sci-fi with contributions from some of the filmmakers it inspired including George Lucas, James Cameron and Ridley Scott, to a host of features on Robby the Robot, a character on a par with Metropolis’ Maria and C-3P0.
It’s a must buy for fans of sci-fi, with a phenomenal transfer and a wealth of (truly) special features. Here’s the full list,
- Deleted Scenes and Lost Footage
- Two Robby the Robot features: Feature Film ‘The Invisible Boy’ / The Thin man TV Series episode ‘Robot Client’
- TCM Original documentary ‘Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950’s and us’
- Amazing! Exploding the far reaches of Forbidden Planet
- Robby the Robot – Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon
- Theatrical trailers of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy
The Blu-ray of Forbidden Planet is out today, and it’s at a ridiculously low price at the usual internet haunts, and well worth checking out.