Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
One U.S. astronaut pitted against all the odds beyond this earth!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 11, 2011
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin, production designer Al Nozaki, oscar-winning special effects designer and Robinson Crusoe On Mars historian Robert Skotak, and excerpts from a 1979 audio interview with director Byron Haskin
- Destination: Mars, video featurette by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick detailing the science and dreams behind the film
- Music video for Lundin's song "Robindon Crusoe On Mars"
- Stills gallery
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Byron Haskin|
Rating: 3/5 -- There's lots to appeal to fans of adventure stories and the film has a distinctive visual style that adds to its character. Full Review
Eye for Film
Rating: 52/100 -- Almost distractingly, faithful to the original novel despite its radically different setting, the film is a pleasure mostly because of its vivid Technicolor backdrops. Full Review
Rating: 8/10 -- Dated on many levels, but the film represents a fascinating slice of scientific history. Full Review
In creating a work of spiritual, rather than physical, focus, Robinson Crusoe on Mars becomes more than just another post-50's sci-fi flick. Full Review
House Next Door
The crucial link between The Ten Commandments and 2001: A Space Odyssey Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Altogether too sober, but well made.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The real Mars may be nothing like it appears in this movie, but it sure does make you want to visit anyway.
An entertaining interpretation of the classic Defoe story about an astronaut and his monkey.
In this innovative retelling of Daniel Defoe's classic, the intrepid adventurer is a marooned astronaut who crash lands on Mars with his pet monkey in tow. He meets a runaway slave from an exotic planet, and the three use all their ingenuity and resources available to stay alive.
Aliens | Science-Fiction | Space Exploration | Animals | Animal Heroes | Recommended | Stranded / Castaway | Theatrical Release
- Shot in Technicolor and Techniscope, in Death Valley, California.
- Technical adviser was Edward V. Ashburn.
- Film was originally released June 17, 1964 in Rhode Island; wide release in New York City August 27, 1964.
- Barney the Wooly Monkey played Mona.
- The Voyager Laserdisc #CC1336L includes original promotional artwork, the theatrical trailer, and audio commentary on the alternate track.
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