Writer/director William Malone joins the Damn Dirty Geeks to salute the science fiction legacy of FORBIDDEN PLANET, MGM’s 1956 influential entry in the genre starring Walter Pigeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen and the iconic robot character Robby the Robot.
A prominent horror writer and director himself, Malone’s own credits include MASTERS OF HORROR, FEARDOTCOM, THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and more. Yet Malone’s fascination with science fiction and horror began long before his career did, with three classic films influencing him in his youth: FORBIDDEN PLANET, TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Bill and the Geeks spark off a great discussion on all three landmark films.
William Malone on FORBIDDEN PLANET
Then the DDG let Malone shine as he regales us and listeners with his tales of recreating Robby the Robot and rescuing some priceless movie memorabilia from FORBIDDEN PLANET from the trash heap — and sadly how some items were lost to time forever.
Fans will revel in this deep-cuts discussion of classic 1950s sci-fi with Bill Malone and the Geeks — a fantastic show recorded in late 2016 and now unleashed upon Earth to conquer it!
We tried researching an answer to the lingering question: why isn’t Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA available on Blu-ray yet? Unfortunately, no definitive answer was found. We can confirm that a major restoration of the film was completed for the film’s 2012 two-disc DVD special edition (linked for purchase below), and at that time most people assumed this restoration would finally herald an HD Blu-ray release. But it never happened, and the two-disc DVD is the closest fans have gotten so far.
More about Harper Goff, the legendary designer of Disney rides and attractions: not only was Harper the Art Director of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, he was an uncredited member of the Art Department on classic films in the 1930s and ’40s including CASABLANCA, SERGEANT YORK, THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, CAPTAIN BLOOD and others.
BLU-RAY AND DVD RECOMMENDATIONS:
Join Robby the Robot on Altair IV in MGM’s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet [Blu-ray]
Prepare for a night of murder and madness in William Malone’s House on Haunted Hill (1999) [Blu-ray]
Log in for terror in William Malone’s Fear Dot Com
Battle a giant squid in Walt Disney’s live action classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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