I went through the Forbidden Planet extras this weekend and enjoyed them immensely. And I watched the film itself for the first time in years. My only disappointement is the lack of a commentary—especially in view of the fact that so many participants are still living.
And, after what I've read here and elsewhere, I'm glad I didn't pay twice the price for the UCE.
BTW, a mate of mine who does not have a multiregion player has been waiting since April 2005 for this to be released on R2; that's when he pre-ordered it from Play. It's seemingly just been put back to November 2007
Puzzling that a UK R2 has yet to appear (especially since it's been up at Play for well over a year now), and even more puzzling because the tin has been released in Germany by Warners. Thanks to Christian Liemke for these pictures showing, language differences apart, it replicates the R1 tin even down to the slip for the mail in - US only! - poster.
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The Cinemascope image looks ravashing in HD, with preternaturally eye-popping color throughout. The picture is extremely crisp and attractive, with no sign of blocking. Edge enhancement is noticeable only during a brief segment in the Krell underworld. Textures are excellent, and black levels are deep and rich. Robby's various shades of silver, grey and black are rendered impeccably, with subtlety and clarity. There is very little to complain about here, other than HD makes Francis' swimsuit during her supposedly nude swim even more obvious.
This review states that the HD version isn't anamorphic, is this a mistake as the SD version is 16X9 enhanced?
I watched the new DVD last night - somehow I'd never seen a single frame of Forbidden Planet previously, despite being a big sci-fi fan, and I enjoyed it tremendously. What struck me most of all was how well the special effects hold up today; from the spaceship shots, through to the crew fighting off the monster attack, they were really top-notch for a 50s film.
Extras for the UK SE are going through the BBFC now...
Well spotted. Finally it looks like we're going to get it. I've held off getting the R1 edition in the hope that Warner UK pull their finger out.
I wonder if we will get the tin set as well or just the 2-disc release?
My copy of the double sized Cinefantastique, FORBIDDEN PLANET special arrived today and 'special' is bang on, it's sumptuous with a wealth of articles and images from the film. It's not a magazine I ever bought, occasionally I used to dip into it at WHSmiths, but I don't recall it ever being that great a magazine, but this is an excellent accompaniment to the DVD.