Ahead of its time in many, many ways, Forbidden Planet has been cemented in its role as a science fiction classic over the past few decades, to the point where its 50th birthday is being marked with this special DVD release.
Whats more, the iconic film has never looked better. The print of Forbidden Planet has been buffed up to a terrific standard, and while its a clich?o report that its never looked better, we challenge anyone to disagree.
The film too is just as compelling. Set in the 23rd century, on a far and distant star Professor Morbius, his daughter and Robby the Robot are seemingly alone, until a space craft from Earth arrives. This sets events in motion that bring a real human core to a genre where such a factor, right to this day, is often lacking.
But its not just that which makes Forbidden Planet continually worthy of attention. The special effects, for instance, are astounding given the era in which the film was made, while the ideas and ambition that underpin the production are equally of merit. At heart, though, it was and is an utterly compelling movie, which has had a long and profound influence on the genre as a whole.
This 50th anniversary edition also comes armed with extra features, notably several documentaries. But after all these years, its still the film thats the star, and you simply wouldnt wager against it enduring for another 50 years after this
* Deleted Scenes and Lost Footage.
* Feature Film: The Invisible Boy.
* 'Robot Client' Episode from The Thin Man TV Series.
* 'Watch The Skies! Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us' documentary.
* 'Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet' documentary.
* 'Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon' documentary.
* Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series.
* Science-Fiction Movie Trailer Gallery.