The Day The Earth Stood Still (DVD)

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (DVD)

Beginning with a documentary style that immediately hooks the viewer, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, based on the Harry Bates short story FAREWELL TO ...

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Excellent

ProGood idea, interesting, a 1950s classic

ConsNothing of significance

RELEASED: 1951, Cert. U RUNNING TIME: Approx. 92 mins DIRECTOR: Robert Wise PRODUCER: Julian Blaustein SCREENPLAY: Edmund H North MUSIC: Bernard Hermann MAIN CAST:- Michael Rennie as Klaatu Patricia Neal as Helen Benson Billy Gray as Bobby Benson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW A...

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Good

ProReasonably exciting, nice to look at and some good...

ConsA child that needs gagging or disintegrating - eit...

This is a review of the film only. Summary Year of Production: 2008 Director: Scott Derrickson Screen writer: David Scarpa Total Running Time: 99 Minutes UK Certificate: 12 Region 2 DVD Release Date: 20/04/2009 The Day A Sci-Fi Legend Was Born It has to be said that there is an inescapable charm...

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Good

ProBetter than you have heard

ConsBland

Star - Keanu Reeves Run Time - 104 minutes Certificate - 12A Genre - Sci-Fi Country - USA ------------------- Remaking classic B-Movies is rather irritating enough at the best of times as the whole appeal of them is the dated quirky special effects and clunky acting. The only reason this one was...

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Not for me

ProJaden Smith shows promise.

ConsPoor writing, direction, lead performances and eff...

A series of mysterious orbs appear all around the globe and an alien named Klaatu appears from one of them. He claims he is ‘a friend to the earth’ but scientists and government officials scramble to unravel the mystery behind his appearance, which causes global upheaval. An ordinary woman...

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Satisfactory

“Whose Earth Is It Anyway?”

published 29/12/2008

ProSome good acting/moving moments

ConsGenerally dull

Having not been to the cinema in some time, my sister and I decided after a hectic day of sale-raiding to spend the evening watching a good film. As we knew very little about the films being advertised, we were relying on a trailer I had seen for the film The Day The Earth Stood Still, which gave...

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Good

ProSomewhat interesting story premise

ConsReeves' acting not really credible

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 sci-fi movie remake of a 1950s film. This version stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Jaden Smith. PLOT The US government is having a bit of a panic (as you would) about an unknown object hurtling towards the earth REALLY fast (think faster than the...

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Not for me

ProNone except lots of violent special effects for th...

ConsComplete travesty, dumbed-down remake of an intell...

Starring: Keanu Reeves as Klaatu Jennifer Connelly as Helen Benson Kathy Bates as Regina Jackson Jaden Smith as Jacob Benson John Cleese as Professor Barnhardt There is an excellent review on this film written recently here on Ciao from the point of view of someone who had never seen or heard of...

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Excellent

ProThis film is close to perfect and the DVD has a gr...

ConsI don't like the cover. Other than that, there ar...

I'll get the bad news out of the way first. The bad news is that the cover of this DVD is not as good as it could have been. It shows a close up of Gort looming over a picture of Earth, while he unleashes his "death ray". It's not a terrible cover, but it's a bit too ordinary for a classic film...

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Satisfactory

ProActing, delivery, misplacement of fx

ConsQuality of the special effects, the message

When I first saw the trailer for this, I must admit: I expected good things of it. It was only once the poor reviews started seeping through that I explored a little further and found out that it hadn't really been received very well following its initial box office success. Undeterred, I...

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Good

ProIt's watchable

ConsIt doesn't ever seem to really get going

A group of us went to see this film and the reason we saw this was because we were too late t see 'Body of Lies' - I was a bit sceptical about it after hearing not so great reviews that day on the radio but, since we all have unlimited cards anyway and we had missed the original choice of film we...

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Not for me

“The Day The Earth Got Bored”

published 15/12/2008

ProShowy visual effects

ConsIncredibly preachy message and too slow to get any...

This review contains SPOILERS! Keanu Reeves plays a man whose DNA is sampled in 1928 in the Karakoram Mountains in India (no, its never explained why) and used in the "present day" (conveniently allowing for the film makers to not let the film feel dated by setting a specific year) to create a...

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Good

ProNone that I can think of.

ConsIt's not the original.

I'm not a great fan of remakes and The Day The Earth Stood Still doesn't do much to change my opinion. It left me feeling let down to be honest. A lot of these films rely too much on effects and neglect a decent story. Just for the record the original was released in 1951 and starred Michael...

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Excellent

ProGood movie, good acting, good value, brilliant

ConsNone

This film was made in 1951 and was produced by 20th Century Fox. The film has a very politic and deep theme running throughout the film telling you the viewer that the way forward is not with war or nuclear weapons but peace, co-operation and humanity. Robert Wise the Director (Star Trek The...

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Excellent

“Klaatu Barada Nikto”

published 02/01/2001

ProIntelligent

ConsA little heavy handed at times

In an era obsessed with bug eyed monsters and alien invaders, The Day The Earth Stood Still stands out as a landmark film simply because it DOESN'T follow the heard. Instead what we get is an intelligent film that hammers home the nuclear disarmament message (but doesn't alienate it's audience)...

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Super

“Dont annoy the Robot.”

published 01/01/2006

Progreay sci-fi classic

Consnone

If you're a fan of classic black and white Sci-Fi films, then this is a must for anyone's collection. A 1950's classic it won an award for 'Best Film Promoting International Understanding, no bad thing so soon after the WWII. Also winner of 'The Golden Globe' 1951. I really enjoyed this film, and...

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Product Information : The Day The Earth Stood Still (DVD)

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Beginning with a documentary style that immediately hooks the viewer, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, based on the Harry Bates short story FAREWELL TO THE MASTER, becomes as much a human interest story as it does a sci-fi B-movie classic. The film soberly 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 ignorant, panicky 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 250 million miles 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, Helen Benson (Patricia Neal), and her inquisitive son, Bobby (Billy Gray). 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. Made during the cold war--when Americans were obsessed with the destructive capabilities of the atomic bomb--THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, thanks to its beautiful pacing, excellent dialogue, and haunting score by Bernard Herrmann, is still a treat for contemporary audiences.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT; CINRAM LOGISTICS, BOULEVARD ENTERTAIMENT, 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Release date: 18/04/2005, 03/03/2003, 27/02/2006

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: 0101101009, 08738 DVD, 0873801004

Composer: Bernard Herrmann, Bernard Herrmann

Producer: Julian C. Blaustein, Julian C. Blaustein

Barcode: 5039036020428, 5039036011877, 5039036025935

Screenwriter: Edmund H. North, Edmund H. North

Sound: Bernard Herrmann

Music Director: Bernard Herrmann

Art Director: Lyle Wheeler, Addison Hehr

Director of Photography: Leo Tover

Production Designer: Lyle Wheeler, Addison Hehr

Editor: William H. Reynolds

Languages

Main Language: English

Hearing Impaired Language: English, German

Dubbed Language: Spanish, French Canadian, Italian

Subtitle Language: Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Professional Reviews

Review: Rating: B (Entertainment Weekly, 1995-07-28)<br><br>Rating: B (Entertainment Weekly, p.71, 28/07/1995)<br><br>

Technical Information

Sound: Dolby 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital

Special Features: Special Edition, Feature Length Commentary By Robert Wise And Nicholas Meyer, Movietone News Of The Premiere And Events Of 1951, Restoration Comparison, Theatrical Trailer

Aspect Ratio: 1.33 Full Screen, 1.85 Wide Screen

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