The first time I saw Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Byron Haskin, Criterion DVD) was in the Cedar V Theatre, a Quonset-style, single-screen movie house on Lynn Valley Road in North Vancouver: 25 cents for a science-fiction double bill in 1965. The Cedar V was torn down years ago, but certain scenes from Robinson Crusoe on Mars remain vivid in my memory. It was a near-perfect Saturday matinee movie, complete with stilted dialogue, cheesy sets and implausible science (the marooned astronaut finds that he can breathe the Martian atmosphere for fifteen minutes at a stretch). Who would have expected this B-movie to receive the Criterion royal treatment: a pristine new transfer, an audio commentary track featuring the screenwriter and main actors, and sundry supplementary materials? The booklet that accompanies the DVD includes a brief Yargorian dictionary, which (despite the fact that it does not include the Yargorian phrase for “Can you please direct me to the nearest spaceport?”) could come in handy the next time you’re marooned on Mars.