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Forbidden Planet Blu-ray Review

4 October 2010 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Forbidden Planet is Shakespeare in space, director Fred Wilcox threw The Tempest into the sci-fi genre at a time when the grand masters of science fiction were honing their craft and delivering some of the most influential stories and ideas, shaping the imaginations of filmmakers such as George Lucas, and it is as powerful and vibrant today as it was in 1956.

Its status in the sci-fi pantheon is both assured and well deserved and the iconic design is luminous on this new Blu-ray which is among the finest I’ve ever seen. The picture is sharp and colours rich, it is a feast for the eyes. The electronic score and special effects (in particular the Id Monster) may seem conventional now, but they retain, as does the whole film, a charm and a power to impress fifty four years later.

Following a rescue mission to the remote planet of Altair »

- Jon Lyus

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Review: 'Forbidden Planet'

17 September 2010 10:23 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Last week, Warner Home Video released six of their science fiction films on Blu-ray for the first time. While all were greatly appreciated by genre fans to one degree or another, it can be safely said that the most eagerly awaited one is also the best one of the set. MGM’s Forbidden Planet is clearly a class act and the loving restoration is evident in just how fabulous the movie looks in high definition.

The 1956 was one of the studio’s last major releases before its decline in quality, and it was also their first real attempt at science fiction. All the resources that made their musicals shine brightly were brought to the feature production and as a result, this is the single best science fiction movie made that decade. Its influences go far beyond imagination considering the enduring popularity of Robby the Robot and how much the film »

- Robert Greenberger

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Disembodied Actress Eugenia Paul is Dead

21 June 2010 6:32 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Actress Eugenia Paul was featured in a handful of films and television productions in the 1950s. She co-starred with scream queen Allison Hayes in the 1957 voodoo horror film The Disembodied as native girl Mara.

She was born Eugenia Popoff in Dearborn, Michigan in 1935. She trained as a dancer before settling in Hollywood in the early 1950s. Paul appeared in small roles in a handful of films in the 1950s, including Lost in Alaska (1952) with Abbott and Costello, The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954), The Ten Commandments (1956), and Gunfighters of Abilene (1960). Paul was better known for her work in television, starring as Senorita Elena Torres opposite Guy Williams in early episodes of Disney’s Zorro in 1957.  Her other television credits include episodes of Sky King, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Lone Ranger, and The Thin Man.  She retired from the screen in the late 1950s after her marriage to Robert Strauss, the heir »

- Harris Lentz

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