Forgive my excitement and the length of this post but this announcement rocks!
One of the seminal SF pictures from the 50’s, this along with The Day The Earth Stood Still were two of my favourite movies as a kid – along with Jason and the Argonauts.
There are two configurations – a two disc set and a tin box set which includes many extras plus a Robby the Robot figure! This will be so mine.
This link has a picture of the Ultimate Set
Here is an Amazon link, no picture though:
Here is the Warner PR piece:
The Quintessential 1950s Sci-Fi Movie …
50TH ANNIVERSARY 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION and ULTIMATE COLLECTORS EDITION
From Warner Home Video November 14
Newly Restored and Remastered Film, in Widescreen and
Dolby Digital® 5.1, Has Six Hours of Bonus Features Including
Two Follow-Up Robby the Robot Films, Lost Footage, Additional Scenes, Three New Documentaries and More
Ultimate Collectors Edition in Unique Metal Alloy Collector’s Case
Contains Collectible Robby The Robot Action Figure,
Reproduction Lobby Cards Portfolio and Mail-In Movie Poster Offer
Burbank, CA (July 21, 2006) – Forbidden Planet, considered by many the most influential science fiction film ever made until the Star Wars era, goes into DVD orbit November 14 when Warner Home Video releases Forbidden Planet 50th Anniversary 2-Disc Special Edition and Forbidden Planet Ultimate Collectors Edition. The film, in a new widescreen version, has been digitally transferred from fully restored new film and audio elements. The remarkable electronic soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1.® The 2 Disc Special Edition will be available at $26.99 SRP; the Ultimate Collector’s Edition for $59.92 SRP.
A pioneering work whose ideas and style influenced countless cinematic space voyages that followed — Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost in Space, 2001: A Space Odyssey, among others — Forbidden Planet is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Earl Holliman and Richard Anderson. It also marks the motion picture debut of Robby the Robot. Fred McLeod Wilcox directed the Cyril Hume screenplay.
More than four hours of special features in the 2-Disc Special Edition include commentary, additional scenes, two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot plus three documentaries. Also of special note is the lost footage, which features preliminary takes of various special effects including the space ship and interior and exteriors. Very few people knew of the existence of footage, which, since the ‘50s, had bounced around to various stock houses and vaults, simply marked as “The Saucer Footage.” Star Wars special effects artist Dennis Muran, who had learned of the footage in the ‘70s, brought it to the attention of WHV which finally tracked it down in New York City.
The Ultimate Collectors Edition keepsake case includes the 2-Disc Special Edition as well as a collectible Robby the Robot replica with moveable limbs, Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy reproduction lobby cards portfolio, as well as a Forbidden Planet original theatrical poster mail-in offer.
Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew set out to investigate the
disappearance of a colony of scientists on the planet Altair-4. After landing, they discover only two survivors, Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his exquisite daughter Altaira (Anne Francis).
The Morbiuses live a surprisingly prosperous lifestyle, attended to by Robby the Robot, a super-butler who performs many amazing feats. But lurking in the background is an invisible force — which may or may not have been responsible for the disappearances of those scientists – and about which only Morbius knows the truth. But Morbius is not about to share his secret (or his daughter!) with anyone else.
DVD Special Features:
· Additional scenes
· Lost footage
· Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series
· Two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot:
o 1958 MGM feature film The Invisible Boy
o The Thin Man MGM TV series episode Robot Client
· Three documentaries:
o TCM original Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us
o All-new Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (featuring new appearances by Leslie Neilsen, Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Warren Stevens and more)
o Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon
· New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements
· Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
· Science-fiction movie trailer gallery
· Languages: English & Français
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.
Forbidden Planet 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition
Street Date: November 14, 2006
Running Time: 98 minutes
Forbidden Planet Ultimate Collector’s Edition