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The Day the Earth Stood Still (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Michael Rennie , Patricia Neal , Robert Wise  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Format: AC-3, Black & White, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (700 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G7PWYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Day the Earth Stood Still (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Classic 1951 Science Fiction tale about a visitor from another planet who arrives to save the Earth. Includes commentary by director Robert Wise along with several film historians, "making-of" featurettes, an isolated film score, Fox Movietonews from the 1951 premiere, and much more.

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427 of 442 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember back when nothing "happened" in movies? May 29, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Watching this recently, it amazed me how little action there is in this movie, and yet it remains as captivating and enthralling as ever. There are none of the set pieces we have come to expect in modern genre films: no explosions, no gory deaths, one small chase scene. Tension is developed through character development and the wonderful performances of Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie, with some wonderful supporting work from Sam Jaffe and Frances Bavier (Mayberry's Aunt Bea!)
There are very few special effects: the odd tank disappears in a glow of light, but other than that, this is a film driven by character development. Taut direction by Robert Wise, straightforward writing from Edmund North and impressive cinematography by Leo Tower create an intelligent, literate, adult science fiction film that appeals to all ages.
Special mention must be made of Bernard Herrmann's haunting score. One of the first film scores to use Leon Theremin's eerie and eponymous electronic instrument, which unfortunately became a genre cliché, the music adds immeasurably to the tense and unsettling atmosphere.
Modern audiences may find the film's message heavy handed and obvious, relying on 1950's atomic paranoia and the absolute power it brought. In fact, Klaatu's proffered peaceful solution borders on totalianarianism. But these are minor considerations considering this is a simple story stunningly told.
The DVD contains many interesting extras of interest to film buffs and collectors, including a shooting script, extended discussions on the evolution of the film from idea to release, and an odd look at the people fascinated with collecting 1950's sci-fi film props and paraphernalia.
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267 of 285 people found the following review helpful
By stryper
Format:DVD
First and foremost, this is a review for the 1951, black and white, 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 2-disc, special edition DVD and NOT for the remake (Gort! Keanu barada nikto :)

Okay so here's the lowdown; as I now have both this new edition and the original single, flipper disc, version, and having watched all of the bonus features on the new 2-disc set, I can tell you this: keep the old disc!

Why, because the 73 plus minute, making of, on the original disc is gone, replaced with a new 23 minute fluff piece that only skims the surface of the story, of the making of this film.

Gone are the lengthy on camera interviews with the producer, director and female lead, replaced instead with film historian's inane babble, with the odd snippet of voice recordings of the director and producer, taken from the 73 plus minutes, making of, from the original disc (without the on camera picture).

Also gone, is the very interesting, "Collectors", segment, tacked onto the end of the original making of, which had several prominent collectors showing off such treasures as the original flying saucer model and Gort statue, used in the actual film, with anecdotes about the film, and where the props they now owned, had ended up after the filming.

As for the extra stuff added to the 2-disc set, nothing is worth the non-inclusion of the original making of from the first disc (most of the new stuff has nothing to do with the film, but instead conveys the political tensions of the world at that time, which, although slightly of interest, is not worth upgrading for).
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159 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! August 16, 2002
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In many respects THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is a very dated film. Obviously a comment on Cold War paranoias, it has little in the way of special effects or high-class production values, Edmund H. North's script is surprisingly talky, and it captures the very clunky look of late-1940s/early-1950s America to an uncomfortable degree. Certainly few involved in the project took it very seriously--even leading lady Patricia Neal admitted that she and Michael Rennie had tremendous difficulty keeping straight faces while spouting "Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!" But strangely, against all the odds, the film continues to speak, capturing the imagination of each new generation that sees it.

The film's enduring power seems to arise from its very simplicity, which lifts the story of a visitor from outer space from mere sci-fi pulp to the level of a parable. As frequently noted, the film contains significant religious symbolism. It is easy to read the visitor as Christ, the woman who befriends him as Mary Magdalene, the man who betrays him as Judas, and the message the visitor brings as both call to repentance and opportunity for redemption--and whatever one's actual religious beliefs, the film taps into these archetypes to create a very effective modern morality tale that works on several levels. At the same time, the film makes a surprisingly acid comment on American and international politics, small minded bigotry, and media hysteria that still rings true today. And the film has surprising visual power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
My kids are so spoiled by today's CGI in movies, that I find the need to show them older movies, point out how the special effects were done and note that the special effects were... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Fauxfyr
4.0 out of 5 stars Will never AGE!!
Although old and in B&W, this SciFi Classic will never age in EXCELLENCE!! Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal
are great but GORT steals the show
Published 8 days ago by bbmac
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES FROM THE 50'S
THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN REVEALED & A CLEAR POINT HAS BEEN MADE. WHY BOTHER WITH ALL THE OTHER CLASSIC 1950'S MOVIES? Read more
Published 9 days ago by Joel H. Laskin
5.0 out of 5 stars rating
The day the earth stood still was a movie before its time. It was well acted and made a lot of sense. I think it was one of the best movies I saw as a kid.
Published 11 days ago by larry c.
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the new version see the original classic!
I really was disappointed at the new version of The Day The Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves. Mainly because of the wooden almost robotic performance by Reeves. Read more
Published 16 days ago by submariner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories.
The year was 1958. At my junior high school during a 30 minute lunch they played a movie in the auditorium. It took about five days to see a full film. Read more
Published 18 days ago by S. Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
Since I live in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, it was great to see old footage of the city as it was in the 1950s. Great story, too!
Published 19 days ago by MaryJ
4.0 out of 5 stars An okay movie!
My boyfriend LOVES this movie, he really into sci-fi, while I can take it or leave it! But for the price it was worth it!
Published 20 days ago by Martina
5.0 out of 5 stars The Day the Earth Stood Still
My husband and I thought that this film was great. I know that it was science fiction, but it had a moral. The acting was superb and the music was eerie which created the mood. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Norma S. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars 50's sci-fi greatness
The Day the Earth Stood Still , has always been a favorite mine . Still in black and white , the way it was meant to be !
Published 22 days ago by Randy Dickerson
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Fullscreen or Widescreen?
Hello There,

The IMDb lists the original aspect ratio as being 1.37 :1. So as near as I can make out, it wasn't filmed in a widescreen format.

Widescreen movies didn't really come into their own until 1953 or so. There were some widescreen movies done in the late 20's and early 30's, but with... Read more
Oct 17, 2008 by General Malaise |  See all 14 posts
Odd that the two main actors are not listed
This is a common, annoying "feature" of Amazon. For many films, they seem to have an alphabetical list of actors, and just list the first few, regardless of whether they play a major role or not. With this title, for example, they only go as far as actors whose last name starts with...
Dec 2, 2008 by Patrick F. Conolly |  See all 5 posts
Broken Extras
I currently have this disc from the library, and the interactive theremin game does work on my Panasonic player. Perhaps you need to do a firmware update on your machine?
21 days ago by TopFlight |  See all 4 posts
Region free?
The information Amazon lists on this DVD says it is Region 1
Feb 4, 2009 by AH-1Z |  See all 2 posts
WHY ARE THOSE WIRES STILL THERE?
There are wires because "Gort" the robot was played by Lock Martin, a man with a real case of "giantism". Along with this condition comes a less then average amount of strength. He really could not carry or hold Patricia Neal, therefore she was was held up by wires during that... Read more
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