New Release: Robinson Crusoe on Mars Blu-ray

Criterion delivered a Blu-ray edition of the 1964 science-fiction fantasy movie Robinson Crusoe on Mars on Jan. 11, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $39.95. Criterion’s DVD edition of the film was issued back in 2007.

Special effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, TV’s The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy film lovers everywhere with Robinson Crusoe on Mars, a gorgeously designed journey into the unknown.

The film tells the story of U.S. astronaut Commander “Kit” Draper (Paul Mantee), who must fight for survival when his spaceship crash-lands on the barren waste of Mars, a pet monkey his only companion. But is he actually alone?

Shot in Techniscope, the movie comes to Blu-ray with a restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.

These special features are on the Blu-ray:

  • commentary with screenwriter Ib Melchior, actors Paul Mantee and Victor Lundin, production designer Al Nozaki, Oscar-winning special effects designer and historian Robert Skotak, and excerpts from a 1979 audio interview with director Byron Haskin
    “Destination Mars” featurette by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick detailing the science behind the film
  • music video for Lundin’s song “Robinson Crusoe on Mars”
  • stills gallery
  • theatrical trailer
  • booklet


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