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Robinson Crusoe On Mars Criterion Remasterered DVD

  • Catalog #: 19DR104

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110 minutes
Dolby Digital Mono 1.0


Special-effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy-film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown. When his spaceship crash-lands on the barren wastelands of Mars, U.S. astronaut Commander "Kit" Draper (Paul Mantee) must fight for survival, with a pet monkey seemingly his only companion. But is he alone? Shot in vast Techniscope and blazing Technicolor, Robinson Crusoe on Mars is an imaginative and beloved techni-marvel of classic science fiction.

New, restored high-definition digital transfer

 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," a new video featurette by Michael Lennick detailing the science behind Robinson Crusoe on Mars

 Excerpts from Melchior's original screenplay

 New music video for Victor Lundin’s song "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"

 Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos, production designs, and promotional material 

 Theatrical trailer

 PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker and space historian Michael Lennick, a "Brief Yargorian Dictionary" of Melchior’s original alien dialect, and a list of facts about Mars included with his original screenplay

Robinson Crusoe on Mars is presented in its original Techniscope aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are normal for this format. This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit 4K Datacine from the 35mm 2-perforation A/B interpositive struck from the original negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System. To maintain optimal image quality through the compression process, the picture on this dual-layer DVD-9 was encoded at the highest-possible bit rate for the quantity of material included.

The soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from a 35mm magnetic full coat master three track, and audio restoration tools were used to reduce clicks, pops, hiss, and crackle. The Dolby Digital 1.0 signal will be directed to the center channel on surround sound systems, but some viewers may prefer to switch to two-channel playback for a wider dispersal of the mono sound.

Commander Christopher "Kit" Draper  Paul Mantee
Friday  Victor Lundin
Colonel Dan McReady  Adam West
Barney, the Woolly Monkey  Mona
Directed by  Byron Haskin
Screenplay by  Ib Melchior and John Higgins
Based on a story by  Daniel Defoe
Produced by  Aubrey Schenck
Executive producer  Edwin F. Zabel
Director of photography  Winton C. Hoch
Art direction  Hal Pereira and Arthur Lonergan
Production designer  Al Nozaki
Assistant directors  Robert Goodstein and Arthur Jacobson
Makeup supervision  Wally Westmore
Makeup artist  Bud Bashaw, Jr.
Technical advisor  Edward V. Ashburn
Edited by  Terry Morse
Process photography  Faciot Edouart Special effects by 
Butler-Glouner, Inc., Lawrence W. Butler Sound recording by 
Harold Lewis and John Wilkinson Music 
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