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Robinson Corrusso(sp) on Mars DVD?


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted December 15 2001 - 11:06 PM

Since the only thing close seems to be a Criterion LD of it on Ebay at $150. Yeah right. Anyone heard a DVD release date yet?

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Robert George

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Posted December 15 2001 - 11:36 PM

Paramount owns the rights to Robinson Crusoe On Mars. The only video release of this film ever in the US was the Criterion laserdisc and they had a legal tangle with Paramount after that came out. I'd love for Martin Blythe to prove me wrong, but I have a feeling this is one that has been exiled to video purgatory. Damn shame, too. Classic science fiction and I know there is a decent film element around because Criterion's transfer was very good.

#3 of 12 OFFLINE   alan halvorson

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Posted December 16 2001 - 01:28 AM

Hey Scott - that $150 (current) auction is mine! High demand, very low supply. Many months ago an auction of this title claimed that the film elements were destroyed in a fire. I have never heard of this anywhere else and I very much doubt it is true.
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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Mike Friedrich

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Posted December 16 2001 - 05:21 AM

~ I loved this film from the first time I saw it as a child. I had a P&S Vhs copy that I relied on for years, and even that was hard to get since it was seldomly broadcasted. Then I went to the first ever Laserdisc Exstravaganza at Paramount Studios where I finally got a hold of the Criterion release. I couldn't wait to get home to see it since I never got to see it in OAR in all those years.

I really hope Paramount will put this timeless classic on Dvd so others can enjoy it the way I finally got to after waiting so many years.




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#5 of 12 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted December 16 2001 - 07:14 AM

I'd like to see this again. It's a shame Paramount is showing little interest in it. Anchor Bay would probably kill to get ahold of RCoM. That's a hint, Paramount. What have you got to lose?

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted December 16 2001 - 07:42 AM

I've seen stuff appearing on DVD that I never expected to see. First Spaceship on Venus, Black Hole, DefCon4,Roswell, Day the Earth Caught Fire, When Worlds Collide, etc. Perhaps we could see this appear some day on DVD.

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Posted December 16 2001 - 08:01 AM

If Criterion did a LD release of this couldn't they reacquire the rights to a DVD release if they wanted to?

#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted December 16 2001 - 08:40 AM

I don't think Paramount is playing ball with independents at all these days so Criterion might not be able to reacquire this title. And that is a shame.
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#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted December 16 2001 - 05:08 PM

"This film is scientifically accurate!" As it says on the laserdisc jacket from the films original artwork. I have this laserdisc from Criterion and I checked the price I paid at the time. It was $99.95. At the time, I thought it was kinda high, but at the same time, I felt it would be a good buy and a great film to have. If it's $150.00 on eBay, it might be a good buy, if it is in pristine condition. On the other hand, maybe Alan and you can negotiate a deal. Nelson

#10 of 12 OFFLINE   alan halvorson

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Posted December 16 2001 - 07:30 PM

My copy is no longer available for negotiation - it went for $227.50! I have never seen one go higher (mine was sealed, so it was perfect). I have a feeling that whenever this appears on dvd, the extras from the Criterion disc won't be included. So if you own the LD, I recommend hanging on to it (I had two copies).
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#11 of 12 OFFLINE   Rachael B

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Posted December 16 2001 - 07:54 PM

About two years ago copies of CRUSOE routinely sold for $50 to $75 on e-bay. I bought one for 50-somethin' dollars and considered it a bargain compared to the original list price. I wanted a copy of it for years on end, but even at Ken Cranes' 20% discount it was stille $80. When you see so much tripe and shite go to press on DVD, it's maddening to see an intresting film like this one orphaned! Is it possible there is a personal vendetta on the owners of some of these films, like this one? Does Paramount think any sci-fi that competes with TREK is a bad thing, maybe? Are there lawsuits involved here? There must be a film-aholic on this here forum who could discount, certify, or dismiss these theories? It ain't me babe! Anybody....?
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#12 of 12 OFFLINE   Richard Gallagher

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Posted December 16 2001 - 09:08 PM

When the old Camelot chain decided to discontinue laserdiscs, I picked up two copies of ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS for $50 each. I sold the extra to a guy who was looking for a copy, but I guess I should have held onto it!
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