This 50s science fiction classic is based on Irving Block and Allen Adler's futuristic story about three lone inhabitants of a distant Forbidden Planet: Dr. Morbius (Pidgeon), his daughter Altaira (Francis), and Robby The Robot. Dr. Morbius is a fugitive scientist who has discovered the secrets of an extinct master race and has used the information to create a world of bizarre marvels. Flamboyant adventure and fantasy escalates when earthling Commander Adams (Nielsen) and his crew land their space vehicle on the monstrous illusion-plagued planet.
Special features are the same as found on the standard-definition disc and include: 13 minutes of deleted scenes, nine minutes of lost footage, two old MGM excerpts, a 25-minute February 28, 1958 TV episode of The Thin Man: Robot Client, and theatrical trailers. Also, The Invisible Boy DVD is a bonus feature that comes with this Special Edition. Special features on The Invisible Boy include three featurettes: Watch The Skies!: Science Fiction, The 1950's and Us (55 minutes), Amazing!: Exploring The Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet (27 minutes), and Robby The Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon (14 minutes).
The VC-1-encoded 2.38:1 HD DVD picture looks very good for its age, with vibrant colors and good shadow delineation. Black levels are not incredible, but they are impressive for the age of this film. The image can be quite three-dimensional and details are adequately well resolved. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds more like a Dolby Surround release, although the new audio codec does make it sound relatively natural. This is just not an exciting release, but is good for its age. (Danny Richelieu)