The Day the Earth Stood Still
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The Day The Earth Stood Still depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves--or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh) to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt for the alien.
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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The remake is not exactly the same but is also good because of the special affects.
About 11 years later I was 21 and went into the U.S. Secret Service and I got to see some of the actual
locations where that film was made. Especially since I worked at the White House and I could see the
Ellipse just south of the White House.
Billy Gray is an excellent actor and played Jim Thorpe(later Burt Lancaster) when Thorpe was a young boy.
Michael Rennie is the perfect Klaatu as is Patricia Neal as Mrs. Benson and all the others.
Being former law enforcement I sometimes wondered what it would be like if we had a GORT too?
I know there are Aliens here, but I don't think they woudl want to harm the Earth as it is a plethora of Life that
we still know nothing about.
I watch this movie every few months and it never fails to satisfy my need to be chilled by dialogue, story and music. No CGI. No blood and guts. And best of all - no environmental polemics!
The smooth simplicity of the saucer rendered it timeless even as much more recent, highly detailed movie spacecrafts appear much more dated. Combine a compelling script, flawless direction, excellent acting and effective special effects and you have the perfect template for the 1950s sci-fi movie genre.
I showed it to my young nephew and he loved it, especially the part where Gort's ocular death ray predated the metal robot in "Thor" by over 60 years. This film also helped him to develop a more mature attention span that doesn't require constant explosions and special effects to hold his interest. He got into the acting and the building tension, and really related to the Billy Gray character.
Added in Feb 2017...
Well, I finally had the time to view this BluRay version of one of the best SciFi films ever made. Now I have a "region free" Sony BluRay player. With this player I can play discs from anywhere, especially GB. However, this particular FOX disc has been formatted to ONLY play on what it calls a region A player. Therefore it will NOT play on my region free. Bummer! What's going on? I paid for the disc and I should be able to play it! Another collusion between disc makers and disc players?????? Not happy