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Tobor The Great Blu-ray Review


There’s a reason “Tobor The Great” is relatively unknown.

Concerned about sending humans into space, Dr. Harrison and Professor Nordstrom team up to create a robot (with ESP) to pilot the ship. Alas, this technical marvel becomes highly sought after by foreign spies. That’s pretty much the plot in a nutshell.

If you’ve never heard of the 1954 film “Tobor The Great” (“Tobor is robot spelled backward” you know), there’s a reason for that. It’s pure mediocrity. Helmed by director Lee Sholem whose credits primarily consist of TV episodes and serieals, “Tobor The Great” feels less like a piece of cinema and more like an extended serial complete with stock footage, stiff and overwritten dialogue, drab sets, a slow pace, and the obligatory climactic kidnap/rescue scene. As if that wasn’t underwhelming enough, the story also heavily features an annoying, overly curious boy genius named Gadge who has a connection with Tobor. It’s worse than it sounds.

Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of this entire movie is that all over the cover art is entirely misleading. The cover suggests this would be an intergalactic adventure, but it’s completely Earthbound which is disappointing to say the least. Off world action would have helped this movie tremendously.

The only real positive element here is the titular robot himself. Is he on the level of a Robbie the Robot? No, but it’s still a nifty cinematic creation (especially for the time period).


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s apparent that this B&W film has been remastered, but there’s certainly still some grain and wavy images present.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A flat but adequate track.

Extras include a scripted commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith and trailers for “The Magnetic Monster,” “Donovan’s Brain,” “Gog,” “Journey To The Seventh Planet,” and “Invisble Invaders.”

October 8, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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