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

Keanu Reeves , Jennifer Connelly , Scott Derrickson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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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, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (520 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SMC9IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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A renowned scientist (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is - a friend to the Earth. Now she must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving - but it may be too late.

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230 of 277 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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186 of 231 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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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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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 First Rate Sci-Fi Remake
This is definitely one of the better modern day Sci-Fi remakes, the special effects, including GORT was
truly first rate and well done, creative,
while... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by sunaj
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reboot of the original
A good reboot of the original. Which also comes with a HD copy of the original BW version of the first movie.
Published 2 days ago by Robert W. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewatch this, perhaps from another perspective.
I recommend every "awake" person to watch this again after years of not viewing. I watched from the perspective of the visitor and clarity of this planet and humanity is... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Voila
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it's at least as good or better than the original
I think it's at least as good or better than the original. Different story line but still great points. My only problem is the timing seems out of place. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Tom Mahan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Blue ray movie! perfect condition.
Published 21 days ago by DBM
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This movie completely misses the primary point of the original movie.
Published 23 days ago by Danielle Dupuis
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah...
Do yourself and save your money. If you seen the original movie that was once called best movie ever made and compare it this sad remake, you will thank me for saving you the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hope54
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN MOST!
I'm not exactly sure why this movie got such a low ratings, I saw the original 1951 version and didn't think it was that great, perhaps because it was low tech, or maybe because I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by I-Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice comeback
Nice to see again a well reminded thrilling film. Good to recommend this film to whom have never seen such a theme
Published 1 month ago by Reynaldo h. Mendoza
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What is wrong with the picture on the 1951 version.
Was there widescreen in 1951? No there wasn't. You are viewing the the film in it's orginal format.
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1951 Version of Film.
Makes me glad I did not buy the original on its own in December when it was released. Don't know whether to be glad for the inclusion, or upset over the "double dip". I am sure people who actually bought the original in the last 4 months are not going to be happy that they can now get... Read More
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Chronicles of Riddick/Pitch Black Blu-ray quality?
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