Monsters, John! Monsters from the id! Warners 'Forbidden Planet SE' R1, & R2 June '07
A few more details on those Forbidden Planet releases, coming in R1 November, revealed late yesterday. From 'USA Today':
Forbidden Planet will be released by Warner Bros. Nov. 14 in two DVD editions to mark its 50th anniversary. The two-disc special edition ($27) includes the restored film, three documentaries and other programs featuring Robby the Robot. A collector's edition ($60) comes with a Robby action figure and lobby cards.
Damn! I'm strangely tempted - though I think I'll resist - to own that 'Robby action figure'. I had one as a small child (well, didn't everyone?)
A little more courtesy of the HTF:
Originally Posted by Art_AD
Some Specs per Variety:
Warner Home Video is expected to announce today that what many film historians consider the most influential sci-fi film ever made will arrive Nov. 14 in two DVD editions: a two-disc special edition and an ultimate collector's edition. For both editions, the movie, in a new widescreen version, has been digitally transferred from restored film and audio elements, while the soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1.
Extras include commentaries, additional scenes, three documentaries and two subsequent programs featuring the movie's celebrated Robby the Robot: the 1958 MGM feature film "The Invisible Boy" and the "Robot Client" episode from TV's "The Thin Man."
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I guess Robby completists will have to shell out for a season of Columbo if they want to add that Mel Ferrer ep to their collection as well. Be interested to see what kind of quality that Robby toy is. There are several superb Japanese models (I have one!) available but they start at like $200 so if itís not just some throway tat I could be persuaded to add it to my pile of "stuff I should have grown out of decades ago"!
Iím assuming one of those commentary tracks will feature Leslie Nielsen? As one of the few surviving key players it is vital his memories of the production are captured. TheyĎre missing a trick not bundling a further set with the groundbreaking soundtrack. Most afficionados will have it already but it would have been nice to see it get a wider audience.
can't wait for this, one of my favourites when i first got into 50's sci-fi when i was young. Not sure about the collectors edition, if the only difference is the toy, it would need to be a damn good one to start me thinking about customs etc etc, not to mention another 'toy' to annoy the missus!
Fantastic News. I have no reservations about purchasing the collectors edition. Once I almost spent £250 at a collectors fair on a Robbie the Robot figure. A lot of money in the late 80's and me a poor student. I was £90 short and the seller wouldn't budge from his price by more than 20 quid. The figure was from the 60's and I've rarely seen them for sale but the last I saw one was 8 years ago and the asking price was £1450.
...and looking at that Amazon listing and related products, I never knew that Jack Dangers composed an alt. score for Forbidden Planet (which is embarrassing, since I used to be quite a big Meat Beat Manifesto fan). Has anyone got it?
Quite possibly one of the most influential sci-fi films of the last century, Warner Home Video revisits Forbidden Planet in a new two-disc 50th Anniversary Edition due on November 14th. The 1956 film arrives with a brand-new anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 track, each digitally restored and remastered from original CinemaScope film and audio elements. Bonus materials will include audio commentary tracks, additional deleted scenes, three documentaries, the 1958 MGM feature film "The Invisible Boy" and an episode from "The Thin Man" TV series ("Robot Client"), both featuring Robby the Robot.
Also available will be a Forbidden Planet: Ultimate Collector's Edition, featuring a Robby the Robot action figure, a portfolio of lobby card reproductions, a mail-in offer for a theatrical one-sheet and steelcase packaging. Retail is $26.99 for the two-disc set, $59.92 for the Collector's Edition.
Tin set looks cool. Nice and retro. The care being lavished on this is heartwarming to see but it does point out the iniquity of the equally beloved "This Island Earth" being tossed out onto disc within a few months of FP without even a trailer as far as Iím aware. How I wish that too was a Warners property.
Somehow I've managed to go my whole life never having seen a second of Forbidden Planet (a curious achievement given my fondness for sci-fi), so I can't resist this. The only question is whether I can keep myself from shelling out on UCE, and right now I don't fancy my chances ...
I guess Robby completists will have to shell out for a season of Columbo if they want to add that Mel Ferrer ep to their collection as well.
I just watched Mind over Mayhem again today and it's a pretty good Columbo. Ole' Robby is "MM7", built by a boy genius (did he stand on a stepladder?) and used by the murderer to provide an alibi. And in keeping with the sci-fi theme, Robert Walker Jr (Star Trek's Charlie X) also guest stars.