Fantastic Planet 1973 Criterion Collection
A race of giant blue humanoid aliens called the Draags have visited Earth, a devastated post-apocalyptic world with few traces of civilization left. The Draags do encounter humans though, living as savages, and take some back to their homeworld Ygam. To them, humans are the size of mice and the Draags fail to recognize human intelligence, so they keep humans as pets called Oms (which sounds exactly like "Homme", the French word for "Man").
Some of these Oms escape though, and start breeding in the wild. As the Draag life-cycle is much slower than the human one, soon these wild Oms have reached alarming numbers and become annoying pests. When the wild humans start to steal food, the Draags begin to devise ever more cruel ways to exterminate them like you would vermin.
The story centres on one Om, Terr ("terre" = "earth"), who as a baby is given to the young Draag Tiwa as a pet, acquires knowledge by listening in to the information bracelet Tiwa uses for learning, and then escapes to join the Oms living in the wild. Terr is then ultimately in the position to help his fellow Oms escape the Draags’ plan for their total extermination — "de-omisation", they call it.

Director: Rene Laloux
Cast: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin
Country: France, Czechoslovakia
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi


• Laloux and Topor Short Films:

1. Les temps morts (1965) - Dead Times is a strange and somewhat disturbing film about man's fascination with killing and Death. In French, with optional English subtitles. (10 min, 1080i).

2. Les escargots (1966) - The Snails is about a farmer who has a difficult time growing lettuce and gets attacked by giant snails. Without dialog. (12 min, 1080p).

• Laloux sauvage (2009) - a documentary film by Florence Dauman (Argos Films) exploring director Laloux's life and legacy. The film features an extensive interview with the director. In French, with optional English subtitles. (27 min, 1080i).

• Italiques: "Roland Topor" - presented here is an archival episode of the French television show Italiques, directed by Roger Boussinot, which offers an in-depth look of the work and legacy of illustrator Roland Topor. The episode was broadcast on August 8, 1974. In French, with optional English subtitles. (54 min, 1080p)

• Roland Topor - presented here is an excerpt from an archival episode of the French television show Pop deux, directed by Marianne Lamour, in which the legendary illustrator Roland Topor discusses his work and some of the absurdities of his chosen profession. The episode was broadcast on August 25, 1973. In French, with optional English subtitles. (4 min, 1080p).

• Trailer - original trailer for La planete sauvage. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080i).

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:12:11 | 7.21 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais, English
Subtitles: English

Download La planete sauvage / The Savage Planet / Fantastic Planet (1973) DVD9 Criterion Collection:


BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:12:15 | 44.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais, English
Subtitles: English

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