Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Album Releases: FANTASTIC PLANET (1973) - Criterion Collection


Product Description: Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue natives (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

Find out more about this product after the jump (order links, extras, trailer etc.)

Fantastic Planet (1973) Movie Image 1

Film Details

  • Starring: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

  • Director: René Laloux

  • Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 72 min

  • Studio: Criterion

  • Rating: R

DVD / Blu-Ray Details

Fantastic Planet (1973) Criterion Blu-ray Cover
Fantastic Planet (1973) Criterion DVD Cover

  • Available Editions (click links to order):
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.67:1

  • Release Date: June 21, 2016

  • Language: French / English (Dubbed)

  • Fantastic Planet (1973) Movie Image 2

  • Audio Formats:
    • Blu-Ray: LPCM Mono, Dolby Digital Mono
    • DVD: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Subtitles: English SDH

  • Special Features:
    • Les escargots (1966), an early short film by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor
    • Laloux sauvage, a 2009 documentary on Laloux
    • Italiques: Roland Topor Special, a 1974 French television program on Topor’s work
    • Archival interviews
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Brooke

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