The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

DVD - 2009
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Klaatu has traveled across the universe to warn Earth's inhabitants of an impending global crisis, as scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor's appearance.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2009.
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD DAY 29.98
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 16, 2018

A pathetic remake of the 1950s classic. Relying upon special effects rather than plot and character development, the film is a complete mishmash. The suspense and the message of hope in the original is entirely missing and the CGI robot is nowhere near as threatening as the Gort of the original.

Jul 04, 2018

Directed by Scott Derrickson in 2008 loosely based on the 1951 film of the same name, this American SF thriller depicts the imminent end of the earth and the struggle of the mankind to survive.
This version replaces the Cold War theme of nuclear warfare with the contemporary issue of humankind's environmental damage to the planet.
Although you definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief, the story appears interesting enought for you to view the whole movie to the end.
The special effects seem unrealistic but don't damage the storyline.
I enjoyed the flick to the hilt.

Jun 22, 2018

Gobble gobble! This remake of a wonderful original, is a turkey, richly emblematic of the hard vacuum of creativity in modern Hollywood.
Keannu Reeves as the alien is as laughable as Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Michael Rennie must be cringing in his grave, or rather smiling in relief as he realizes his primacy in the role is utterly unthreatened.
The rest of the movie is as inept. A bigger shinier Gort robot? That's just embarrassing. (No i don't know what would've worked, but even i know this doesn't.)
And the John Cleese noble scientist defending humanity- "Cut us a break- we'll rise to the occasion, save ourselves and the planet any day now, honest!"? Tis' to laugh.
Imagine aliens landing in Germany at the height of Nazi power and hearing "good" Nazis protesting their essentially humanist life-loving values, promising changed behavior... Snort!

Sep 11, 2017

A timeless message for us all, a must see!

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"There must be security for all or no one is secure."- Klaatu, to the world's leaders at the conclusion of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Here is the ne plus ultra for sci-fi movies. It does not pander to the child in us like E.T. It does not befuddle with dazzling images like 2001. Though it does present a threat from outer space, it does not take the form of a drooling, acid-for-blood whatsis with razor fangs and a taste for human flesh. Instead, it proposes that there are indeed humanoid lifeforms in existence off the Earth with, dare I write it, powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men (though Klaatu can't fly and is in no way bulletproof).

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is intelligent, engrossing and damn scary. Director Robert Wise (yup, he directed WEST SIDE STORY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and, unfortunately, the first STAR TREK movie), with the invaluable aid of Edmund H. North's fine script, utilizes a spare, noirish style to deliver a powerful statement about man's capacity for self-destruction. Only 92 minutes long, the film says volumes without sermonizing about a serious topic. And it does so most entertainingly. It makes the fantastic seem not only plausible but very likely.

Bernard Herrmann creates a persistent mood of uneasiness with the vibrating eeriness of his Therimin-driven music. Michael Rennie's urbane spaceman radiates a barely contained bemusement and contempt for the violence prone humans he faces. In this early role, Patricia Neal displays how gifted she was at conveying subtle emotional shifts. Through the eyes of Billy Gray we see wonder, puzzlement and terror as only a child can experience them but without condescension.

Lastly, in all the annals of sci-fi moviedom few can match the unstoppable power of Gort. Klaatu barada nikto..... (And please don't waste your time with the utter failure that is the 2008 Keanu Reeves remake; just revel in the enduring excellence of the original).


May 20, 2017

I saw the original when I was a boy and even then I knew it was a classic. The remake was about as awful as it gets. Michael Rennie was a great actor and played the spaceman part to a tee. Do not get the original version mixed up with "the Reeves" version. The latest version stinks

May 01, 2017

This film was ok.
We watched it in order to make a comparison to the 1951 version; you should check that out if you haven't already.
We liked the original version much more.

Feb 09, 2016

Travelling at warp-speed (that's 4000 mph.) and taking a 5-month, 250 million mile journey to get here, The Day The Earth Stood Still's story has Klaatu, the very distinguished and cool-headed alien, arriving in Washington, DC in order to deliver his dire, top-priority message to all of us naughty-naughty Earthlings.

After being observed for many years by other outer-planetary civilizations, it has been determined that (through the discovery of atomic power) we Earthlings, with our unbridled destructiveness, have become a very-very serious threat to the overall peace and security of the other planets which exist in this endlessly vast universe.

Klaatu must now address all nations of the Earth and somehow convince one and all to cease with these violent ways, or else face some mighty devastating consequences.

You can bet that if Klaatu's firm words of warning can't induce us Earthlings to reconsider our ways, then, believe me, Gort, the all-powerful robot, definitely has his own special brand of persuasion that doesn't take "No" for an answer.

Trust me - In spite of its obvious flaws, The Day The Earth Stood Still is, without question, a classic Sci-Fi/Thriller that's really worth a view.... And "Klaatu barada nikto!" to you, too!

P.S. - This film's 2008 remake was an absolutely despicable desecration of the highest order.

Vincent T Lombardo Sep 19, 2015

I am not a fan of science fiction, but I LOVE this movie! It is riveting! The cast, screenplay, and even the special effects are great. It also provides food for thought.

Aka_Aka_Aka Feb 05, 2015

*My 2 favourite movie quotes* - "You don't seem to know much about anything, do you, Mr. Carpenter?".... (and).... "Klaatu barada nikto!"

When it comes to the Sci-Fi sub-genre of "Alien Visitation" flicks, I honestly don't think that they get much more intelligent and thought-provoking as this sparkling gem from 1951.

If there are other such "Alien Visitation" flicks out there (other than E.T.) that do promote this satisfying level of genuine intelligence in their stories, then I would sure like to hear about them. (Please feel free to message me with their titles)

Impressively directed by Robert Wise, The Day The Earth Stood Still actually did manage to deliver quite a seamless and evocative blend of the ordinary melded very nicely with the fantastic.

This is the sort of motion picture that really gives the viewer the pleasant opportunity of actually getting to know (and, maybe, even like) its characters. It's true.

Trust me - In spite of its flaws, The Day The Earth Stood Still is, without question, a classic Sci-Fi/Thriller that's certainly worth its weight in gold.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Sunnchilde Nov 29, 2011

"Are you aware of an imminent attack on the planet Earth?" "You should let me go."


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