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Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Byron Haskin

 
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1964
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #404

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. Robinson Crusoe on Mars 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 vast Techniscope and blazing color, this is an imaginative and beloved marvel of classic science fiction.

Cast

Commander Christopher "Kit" DraperPaul Mantee
FridayVictor Lundin
Colonel Dan McReadyAdam West
Barney, the Woolly MonkeyMona

Credits

DirectorByron Haskin
ScreenplayIb Melchior and John Higgins
Based on a story byDaniel Defoe
ProducerAubrey Schenck
Executive producerEdwin F. Zabel
Director of photographyWinton C. Hoch
Art directionHal Pereira and Arthur Lonergan
Production designAl Nozaki
Assistant directorsRobert Goodstein and Arthur Jacobson
Makeup supervisionWally Westmore
Makeup artistBud Bashaw Jr.
Technical advisorEdward V. Ashburn
EditingTerry Morse
Process photographyFaciot Edouart
Special effects byButler-Glouner, Inc. and Lawrence W. Butler
Sound recording byHarold Lewis and John Wilkinson
MusicVan Cleave

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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
  • Excerpts from Melchior’s original screenplay (DVD only)
  • Destination Mars, a video 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
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Lennick as well as Melchior’s “Brief Yargorian Vocabulary” (a glossary of original alien dialect) and a list of facts about Mars, both from his original screenplay

    New cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Film Essays

Robinson Crusoe on Mars: Life on Mars

By Michael LennickJanuary 11, 2011

In my dreams, Mars keeps changing: gone are the verdant Barsoomian fields explored by John . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Mars in Techniscope

August 06, 2012


Film Essays

Robinson Crusoe on Mars: Life on Mars

By Michael LennickJanuary 11, 2011

In my dreams, Mars keeps changing: gone are the verdant Barsoomian fields explored by John . . . Read more »