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Forbidden Planet S.E?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by DaveMK, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. DaveMK

    DaveMK Agent

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    A couple of years ago, it seems, people were talking about a Special Edition of Forbidden Planet, but I've seen no comments at all for quite a while. I mean Critereon had a nice SE laserdisc years ago with lots of deleted scenes no less. Not bad for a 1956 movie. But we are still stuck with a weak bare bones edition. Who owns this now? MGM, Warner or Critereon? Is that the problem? It's one of the last classic sci-fi movies not with at least a commentary track, let alone a restoration.
     
  2. CaseyL

    CaseyL Supporting Actor

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    Warner owns it, and as far as I know, it's due out this year
     
  3. Kevin M

    Kevin M Producer

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    If you do a search you will find many threads asking this question......unless something has popped up recently, the main question was "has there ever been anything official at all from Warner Brother confirming this SE was ever actually on schedule or was this fan gossip run rampant?" The basic answer was that there has never been anything officially announced from WB about this...only a photoshoped "cover" over at the Digital Bits and a few rumors...I hope it is true and some new news has surfaced but I personally have never been able to find anything concrete regarding this supposed SE.
     
  4. Haden

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    Oh really? So they're planning to announce specs and then release it sometime in the next... say... 2 days?


    No, it's not coming this year. It was rumored to, but clearly its not. Hopefully in 2005.
     
  5. Jim Barg

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    I'd harbor a guess that it'll probably be out in the spring of 2006 for the 50th anniversary, but I certainly wouldn't complain if it was out next year...
     
  6. Dick

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    Kevin is right - none of the many, many rumors was ever substantiated. Jim might be onto something - studios just love these anniversary editions, for whatever reason. In some cases we have to sit around waiting for the next anniversary-divisible-by-five-years to get a remaster, and FORBIDDEN PLANET certainly needs a remaster. Why not break the mold, Warner, and release a 49th anniversary special edition?
     
  7. StevenFC

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    Just call it the 50th anniversary. What's the difference? It doesn't have to actually be the 50th anniversary to celebrate it. After all it was probably made the year before it came out anyway. And I doubt that they'll release the DVD on the actual date that the movie was released. Anyway, it's just a number. What's so special about 50?

    But, I also expect to see it in 2006.
     
  8. Mark_TS

    Mark_TS Screenwriter

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    yes. just like magazines are cover dated a month/week earlier than the date they actually come out on, so too could a 50th Anniversary be released in 2005...getting ready for 2006..DONT WAIT, WARNER!
     
  9. Jim Peavy

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    Another vote for a SE of FP. Have held off buying the orig. bare-bones disc, not so much because it's bare-bones, but because I've heard the A/V quality is less than stellar. If FP looks less than stellar, then it needs a new transfer (if not a full blown restoration).
     
  10. Grant H

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    I'd definitely be interested. I've held off on buying the existing releases, even though it's a decent price at some places. I thought the last release was supposed to have been pretty decent though.

    Still, I'm sure they could really clean it up nicely today.
     
  11. Kevin M

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    The first release (MGM or WB, it's the same disc) wasn't that bad for a 1997/98 DVD I guess but it could be soooo much better now.
     
  12. Jay E

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    How I wish this film would come out in an SE! I'm hoping that Warner realizes how deserving this film is of an SE, it would also sell really well.
     
  13. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    how about getting Leslie Nielsen to sit downa nd record a commentary, certainly lots of fun

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Kevin M

    Kevin M Producer

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    Or Debbie Reynolds, or Bebe Barron discussing the primitive circuits that she and her late husband Louis hand made to create the film's musical "electronic tonalities".
     
  15. Steve_L_B

    Steve_L_B Stunt Coordinator

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    Actually, someone pointed out a while back that (according to Anne Francis' official website) a remake of this movie is in the works. Probably just a rumor, but with all the other remakes lately, I wouldn't be surprised. Anyway, it's not uncommon to release the original to DVD around the same time as the remake is released.

    -Steve
     
  16. Kevin M

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    Anne Francis.....uh....yeah, her too...:b

    Debbie Reynolds.....(slaps forehead)
     

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