WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Forbidden Planet

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML104683
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $59.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1956
(LD Release Date): 05/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Fred McLeod Wilcox
(Screenplay/Written By): Cyril Hume
(Story): NA
(Music): Bebe & Louis Barron
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Cedric Gibbons & Arthur Longergan
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Ferris Webster
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Nicholas Nayfack

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The ’50’s science fiction classic, Forbidden Planet, is based on a futuristic story by Irving Block and Allen Adler about three lone inhabitants of a distant star called Altair-IV: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter Altaira (Anne Francis), and Robby the Robot, their super functional servant. Dr. Morbius is a fugitive scientist who has discovered the secrets of an extinct master race and has used the information to create a world of bizarre marvels. Flamboyant adventure and fantasy escalates when earthling Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew land their space vehicle on this distant planet plagued with monstrous illusion.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is properly framed at 2.35:1 and exhibits excellent contrast, vivid colors and natural fleshtones. It has a sort of animated look that is very sharp and clean with excellent color fidelity, great blacks and good shadow detail.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack was produced in Perspective Sound® and a handful of magnetic prints were made, but by 1972 only the optical 3 channel 1 ambience surround channel version still existed for screenings. The soundtrack is a good rendition of what Perspecta Sound reproduced as with excellent bass extension, and a sense of directionalized dialogue and special effects.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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