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directed by William Marshall
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Snappy Video presents 'The Phantom Planet' (1961) a fun and sometimes campy Sci-Fi film from 1961. Captain Frank Chapman (Dean Fredericks) is sent on a mission to discover a series of recent lost ships in space, and finds himself shrunk to six inches and on the asteroid planet of Rheton, put on trial by its tiny inhabitants! Will Frank Chapman ever be able to leave the planet? Will be fall for the beautiful Liara (Coleen Gray) or the more plain but also beautiful mute Zetha (Dolores Faith)? Will jealous Rheton inhabitant Herron (Anthony Dexter) beat him in the Duel? Will he help Sesom (Francis X. Bushman), the leader, battle the Solarite invasion? All these questions will be answered along the way!  The Phantom Planet is presented courtesy of Snappy Video in a new digital scan from a rare 35mm print, digitally cleaned up for this new edition. BDR disc.


A strange science fiction film starring Fredericks as an astronaut forced to crash land on an asteroid and make repairs. When he breathes the air on the asteroid, he shrinks to six inches tall and discovers a whole race of little people who have made the asteroid their spaceship. Resigning himself to the fact that he's going to stay small for awhile, the astronaut makes friends with the tiny people and helps them in their battle against the evil "solarites" (ugly, cannibalistic monsters) led by Richard Kiel. After defeating the monsters, Fredericks once again dons his space suit, breathes Earth oxygen, and returns back to normal size. He leaves the asteroid and heads back to Earth. Believe it or not, a 79-year-old Francis X. Bushman (noted for romantic leads in silent films as well as playing Messala to Ramon Navarro's title part in BEN HUR, 1926) plays the leader of the little people.

Excerpt from TVGuide located HERE

Posters and one comic book...

Theatrical Release: December 13th, 1961

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Review: Snappy Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Disc Size: 19,498,495,428 bytes

Feature Size: 19,447,873,536 bytes

Average Bitrate: 28.31 Mbps

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles Spanish, None
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Studio: Snappy Video


Disc Size: 19,498,495,428 bytes

Feature Size: 19,447,873,536 bytes

Average Bitrate: 28.31 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


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Blu-ray  Release Date: July 6th, 2017
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 15



NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.


ADDITION: Snappy Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray (March 2018): Snappy Video's 1080P BD-R presentation is actually quite decent claiming to be taken from a 'rare 35mm source'. Well, this sci-fi 'dog' from the early 60s is exported in HD in 1.78:1 - I'm unsure what about this Public Domain title is theatrically correct - even the title card/font. But this looks far better than all the SD versions I've seen in the past. Contrast has some nice layering in the higher resolution and detail, generally, pleasing with a few sequences below par.


Snappy Video use a linear PCM 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) that supports the, lower grade, sci-fi effects - and there is an uncredited score with Caliban and Ariel by Desmond Leslie played frequently. The audio suffers a bit but is a step above the lossy treatments it's had on DVD to-date. There are optional Spanish subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray disc.   

The only extra is a stills gallery.

Snappy Video have given us a BD-R Blu-ray of one of the most 'so-bad-it's-good' sci-fi gems from the early 60's - still very worthy of our listing. The Phantom Planet has one of the extravagantly obvious monsters of its era and it has one of my favorite Noir honies Coleen Gray. For fans of the 50s-60s, more innocent, campy-nostalgic, science-fiction memorables - this kinda amounts to a 'must-own' - even as a BD-R. Wouldn't it be marvelous of have this film get the Criterion-treatment? it's not as far-fetched as you might think - if we consider their Monsters and Madmen DVD set from 2007. We can hope.

 Gary Tooze

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