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The Day the Earth Stood Still (Three-Disc Special Edition) (2008)

Keanu Reeves , Jennifer Connelly , Scott Derrickson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese
  • Directors: Scott Derrickson
  • Writers: David Scarpa, Edmund H. North
  • Producers: Erwin Stoff, Gregory Goodman, Marvin Towns Jr., Paul Harris Boardman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Day the Earth Stood Still (Three-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Disc 1: Widescreen Feature

**Commentary by Writer David Scarpa

**Deleted Scene:
*Equipment is issued to the scientists
*Helen and Granier discuss the shot
*Extended version of Klaatu being wheeled down hallway

*Re-Imagining "The Day"
*Unleashing Gort
*Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life
*The Day the Earth was "Green"

*Concept Art
*Production Photos

Trailer: Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: Digital Copy

Disc 3: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (Full Screen) PS DVD

**English: Mono, 5.1 Dolby Surround
**Spanish & French: Mono

Impressive special effects are the key selling point for this big-budget remake of Robert Wise's classic 1951 science fiction parable about an alien visitor who delivers a chilling ultimatum to the leaders of the world. Keanu Reeves, who seemed ideal at first blush but ultimately turns into another case of miscasting, steps in for Michael Rennie as intergalactic watchdog Klaatu, who with his robot Gort (now super-sized), promises global destruction unless the powers that be unless drastic measures are undertaken regarding the Earth's environmental issues (or so one assumes). Jennifer Connelly is largely wasted in the Patricia Neal role of scientist/single mom assigned to study Klaatu, who offers a somewhat chilly father figure to her son (a grating Jaden Smith). Connelly isn't the only fine actor in the cast left standing idle while director Scott Derrickson's effects team constructs eye-popping scenes of wholesale mayhem; Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Rob Knepper are all adrift in the aimless script by David Scarpa, which never even fully explains why Klaatu is so bent on blowing us to smithereens. That lack of focus, as well as the B-movie quality of the dialogue (say what you will about the effects in the Wise version, but the film was polished from top to bottom), all help to cement what science fiction fans have been muttering about the film since its inception; the original film needed no high-tech updating --Paul Gaita

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230 of 278 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FX Do Not A Picture Make December 14, 2008
There is a reason why the original DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) is a classic and the remake (2008) is not. The FX of 1951 were minimal, but the emphasis on plot, acting, allegory, and scripting combined (as they so rarely do) to produce a film that is watchable even after many viewings. Where Keanu Reeves sleepwalks through his role as Klaatu, Michael Rennie invests his with a riveting performance as a pseudo-human who slowly and naturally learns what it means to be human. Hugh Marlowe in the original is totally believable as the weasly love interest for Patricia Neal. Marlowe's sliminess paired off well with Rennie's saintliness. In the remake, there is no one, except perhaps in a collective sense, who can distract the audience long enough to see Reeves as anything more than a mobile pained automaton who is only slightly more interesting than Gort.

Rennie causes the earth to stand still in a manner that emhasizes his godlike powers. His assumed name of Carpenter further allies himself as one who must suffer, die, and be reborn himself so as to save humanity from itself. Reeves arrives on earth determined to exterminate human life as a prerequisite for maintaining it in its supposed pristine state. His argument that John Cleese artfully exposes that Klaatu's own race avoided self-immolation only after arriving at a precipitous tipping point is exposed as a sophomoric inability to connect one moral thread of one race to a similar thread of another.

In the original, director Robert Wise uses deliberately blurred camera angles to present Rennie as one whose true nature can be only slowly revealed. Recall Rennie's introduction when he arrives at the boarding house to seek a room.
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187 of 233 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Two Hours My Brain Stood Still December 13, 2008
Okay. I really like sci-fi movies. Even some stupid ones that are just about the action and a shoot-em-up storyline. I also like some of the thinking-person sci-fi bits too though. Technically, I am the target audience for the Keanu Reeves / Jennifer Connelly film THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. I really wanted to like it too. I tried hard, but as the plot progressed, I found myself throwing my hands in the air and shouting, "Are you kidding me?" at the movie screen. I've always read about people who said that they got up and walked out during a movie, but I never actually knew what that felt like until I watched this film. But, knowing that I paid a hard-earned ten bucks to see it, I stayed through to the end, gritting my teeth and just telling myself that maybe -- maybe -- it would redeem itself. But no. It never did.


I will admit I knew next to nothing about the movie. All I did know was that the earth was being threatened, and that this was a remake of a 1950's sci-fi classic. But what I never expected was the way the director used this story as pure propaganda. The whole message of the movie centered around aliens coming to earth to try and save those life-forms (aka animals) who had not damaged the earth. The aliens decide that humans need to be wiped off the face of the planet -- allowing evolution to start its process all over again -- because humans have senselessly been destroying the planet.

The government is portrayed as trigger-happy idiots who just want to blow things up -- no matter the cost. Kathy Bates is literally a dressed up "hand of military vengeance." Even when she tries to argue with the unseen president, who is obviously supposed to be George W.
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95 of 119 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, preachy, and way too much "cute kid" April 11, 2009
I've been beaten to the punch by a lot of really fine, insightful reviews. I'll only add that, like so many movies we seem to see today, this is one that could have been so much better.

It is poorly paced, and miserably directed, with such an imbalance of emphasis between Klaatu's heavy-hearted, planet-wide mission, and the irritating, recurrent focus on the "cute kid" character (Jaden Smith) who becomes as welcome in the story as an insect at a picnic.

Jennifer Connelly is wholly unbelievable as a "world class" super-scientist, but at least the director resisted the temptation to create some smarmy love-affair concoction between she and Klaatu. Given how uninteresting the rest of the story was, I was afraid that he might resort to such a technique to breathe life into this otherwise prosaic rendering of the original science fiction classic.

The special effects... well, yes, they were good. It's 2009. The special effects always ought to be good. But as we've all known for a long time, good special effects do not necessarily make a good movie.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was a fine sci-fi movie April 8, 2009
Obviously, a lot of people have been harshing on this movie, a remake of the 1950s sci-fi classic, "The Day The Earth Stood Still." Some of the reviews and comments are well-thought out, although many seem to come mostly out of people who either A) loved the original and consider any adaptation to be sacrilege B) see an opportunity to appear clever by trashing something mainstream and big-budget Hollywood or C) just want to make fun of Keanu Reeves.

Now, on the face of things, I would be a perfect candidate for any of these criteria. In general, I loathe Keanu's career and I can be as altie and retro-purist as anyone. However, I enjoyed this film a lot more than I expected to. I think they did an excellent job updating the material and the film's core message for the 21st Century. In addition to criticizing the human propensity towards violence, they also introduce environmental concerns, and yet they do so with a relatively light touch. The special effects are generaly quite good, and are used in the service of the story, not as an end in and of themselves. Most surprisingly, Reeves is pretty good in the role of Klaatu, the stiff-lipped emissary of an intergalactic federation with its eye on the human race.

I liked it. A couple of things kept me from giving this film a full five stars rating, though... Although the first two-thirds hummed along at a nice clip, the ending seemed abrupt and vaguely unsatisfying... In part this lack of emotional connection may come, not from Reeves, but from his costar, child actor Jaden Smith, who is uniquely irritating and uninvolving. He's a really bad, flat actor, and the emotional work that his character is supposed to pull -- convincing a skeptical, superpowered alien that the human race is worth saving -- largely falls into a vacuum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There was a good message but it didn't flow seamlessly - it felt ...
I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but Amazon doesn't let you give a half a star apparently. There was a good message but it didn't flow seamlessly - it felt like their were scenes... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Shana L. Kuehn
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Published 8 days ago by Robert J. Banuelos
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Published 10 days ago by Stivens
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood hipster politics spoil a classic story
The problem with this film is not the acting or the effects, and even the scientific consulting was rather good. Read more
Published 14 days ago by D. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars i say we rename it GORT . AND START OVER.
ok its not the original movie. they tried. it was a c+ for effort. the kid in the movie is what killed it. i dont like him as an actor !! the rest of the cast was ok. Read more
Published 20 days ago by LARRYMOVIEMAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A poor remake of the excellent 1951 original, though I appreciated its ecological slant.
Published 22 days ago by wmcq
1.0 out of 5 stars The Day the Earth Stood Still was nothing like the Original Movie
Why oh Why, does Hollywood keep doing remakes of older Classic Movies. This movie
was boring and nothing can hold up to the original movie with Michael R. in it. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Devils.Advocate666
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The original movie was better, this is pretty good
Published 1 month ago by Michael Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See for Sci-Fi fans
This remake of the original 1951 sci-fi classic is very well done. Keanu plays the part of Klaatu perfectly. The special effects are awesome and the supporting cast is excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Benson
1.0 out of 5 stars Story dragged on and the plot was melodramatic, cliched ...
Story dragged on and the plot was melodramatic, cliched, and had no real emotional punch. A lackluster movie at best
Published 1 month ago by Robert Girard
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