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The Day the Earth Stood Still
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It is a double-sided disc:
*Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer
*Movie Tone news of the premiere events of 1951
*Making The Earth Stand Still documentary
*6 Still galleries
*Trailers: Journey to the Center of the Earth, & One Million Years B.C.
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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.
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The Day The Earth Stood Still is one of the best movies I have ever seen; it excels in every department of movie making - acting, music, editing, rhythm, cinematography and more. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
An absolute classic. I can watch it and watch again -- and again, again..........Published 1 day ago by Dr. Gary Hatcher
A science fiction classic that tackled the militarism of the cold war.Published 1 day ago by T. Kara
I have seen the newer version of this movie, but I like this older version much better.Published 2 days ago by Andrew J. Wagner
I loved this movie when I first saw it many years ago and I possibly like it even more now.Published 2 days ago by D. Carr
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|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
Jan 7, 2009 by Primogen | See all 12 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
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?
Apr 1, 2014 by TopFlight | See all 4 posts
|Fullscreen or Widescreen?||
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
The information Amazon lists on this DVD says it is Region 1
Feb 4, 2009 by AH-1Z | See all 2 posts
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