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La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) released on Blu-ray

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One of the most trippy animations ever to make it to the big screen is back - with La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) set to be even more trippy when it lands in high definition on Blu-ray disc.

René Laloux's mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi feature is a landmark animation, especially when couple with the much-sampled soundtrack by Alain Goraguer. What's it about? Well...

It's the story of 'Oms', human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called 'Draags'. The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt. I suspect you're none the wiser after that.

The new Blu-ray version offers up that all-new restored high-definition transfer, optional English subtitles with original French soundtrack, an optional USA dub track, a new 55-minute documentary on the director, two short films by Laloux (Les Escargots from 1965 and Comment Wang-Fo Fut Sauvé from '87), the complete soundtrack and a 56-page full colour booklet.

It lands on 26th July 2010 for around £16 - you can pre-order now. See a trailer below.

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