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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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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.
The simplicity of the robot is its most ominous feature and I liked that his size (although somewhat larger than the average man) does not in any way represent the extent of his power. I thought the alien Klaatu was perfectly depicted as an intelligent being superior to man in many ways but with an understanding of the value of interacting with others on a personal level.
Black and white filming has its advantages as there are numerous seamless cuts to stock footage integrated with actors in a variety of settings, making it seem that scenes were filmed around the world and throughout Washington. The variety of complex scenes depicting the world standing still will surprise you [and I will always remember the key exceptions]. The play of the shadows was also exceptional in the black and white format.
This is not an action flick but is heavy on character and emotional states -- not only the individuals who are the main characters but look at the faces of people in the crowds or gathered around the TV or radio, and listen to the chatter at the breakfast table. Very well done. This is an outstanding film not to be missed.
ought to live with each other on this planet, we were meant to be our brothers keeper be they black, yellow or white. We need to stop looking at each other longitude and latitude and national origin in my book I care less what color your house is, be it black, yellow, red, brown or white (I am referring to the bodies in which our souls are housed) for those that believe that they have a soul. As the actor said in his final remarks not until all are safe individually none of us are safe and that is a fact cold hard facts. I love everyone that I meet along life's perilous journey because I don't see bodies nor skin color I see souls eternal souls that will live for all eternity. In closing I want to entreat all my fellow human beings that read this review to see this movie with an open mind and think about the safety of our children and our generation that is yet to come long after we are gone, to prepare a better world for them in which they can coexist regardless of their race, color, creed or national origin and in so doing we will leave a good legacy for them for which they will be eternally grateful.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of the best of the '50s sci-fi films. This is not a B-Movie, but a big affair by a major studio with a brilliant script, classic director (Robert Wise!), great cast, lots of great location footage, beautifully shot, and with nifty special effects... okay, maybe the robot Gort can't move around very well, but at least he looks damn cool! It's really night-and-day compared to the public perception that the decade only offered threadbare cheapies.
The film looks spectacular in HD, and the extras are really engrossing, covering not just the film, but the film's place in history as both an anti-nuclear plea as well as it's influence on later UFO true-believers.
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