Day the Earth Stood Still

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one of the best sci fi in history

by nanu86@optonline.net on 1/25/2003

As SCIFI's go not all are good. This one is considered one of the greatest. Not only by myself but critics throughout. I waited for years for this movie to come out on DVD. The time has come and can't wait. See for yourself...

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The is no way not to love this movie

by wilhitertoys@ptcruiserclub.net on 2/14/2003

Great cast, Phenomenal special effects even by todays standard,and a story line that could come true any day now. The ambience that this movie creates sucks you right into the events and makes you a believer. There is no way any movie buff could not love this movie. About time it came out on DVD, now, follow it with other titles as well that deserve this treatment.

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Product Overview

An alien lands and tells the people of earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40212404
UPC 024543050056
UPC 14 00024543050056
Format DVD
Release Date 9/10/2013
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Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Rennie,Michael
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Directors
Name Robert Wise
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Awards
Golden Globe (1952) The Day the Earth Stood Still, Winner, Best Film Promoting International Understanding,Bernard Herrmann, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Score
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review In the foreground of the original poster for 1951's science-fiction favorite The Day The Earth Stood Still, a menacing robot disintegrates an army while clutching a screaming, scantily clad woman. In the background, a massive, almost simian hand grips the planet Earth like a softball. The images are in line with the fantasy pulp magazines of the late '40s, and seem to set the film up as an epic interstellar battle between good and evil. Then the movie starts, and out comes a slow, talky story ostensibly about the need for a strong United Nations. There's some bait-and-switch going on, but the sucker job serves a purpose: The Day The Earth Stood Still is actually about misperceptions...Adapting a Harry Bates short story for their Cold War purposes, producer Julian Blaustein, screenwriter Edmund North, and director Robert Wise developed a semi-realistic fantasy about an alien visitor (Michael Rennie) who comes to warn Earth's leaders to cease warmongering, lest an interstellar peacekeeping organization be forced to put down the Earthling menace...As the movie idles toward a heavy-handed finale, the lack of gooey, It Came From Outer Space-style monster attacks is missed, but the pointed Christian allegory (Rennie's character goes by the name "Carpenter" while on Earth) and the careful pacing create the intended "thinking man's sci-fi" effect even today.
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Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 8
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Review Oscar-winning director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music), who died on September 15, 2005, at the age of 91, was arguably more of a talented craftsman than a genuine artist...Based on Harry Bates' short story "Farewell to the Master," The Day the Earth Stood Still is often seen as a religious allegory, with Klaatu as the Christ-like figure. It's also sharply critical of Cold War-era politics and the "shoot first, ask questions later" tactics of the military. Given that 20th Century Fox's head honcho Darryl F. Zanuck was a staunch conservative and unabashed "hawk," the film's negative portrayal of the American military is especially surprising. Yet it was Zanuck who greenlit the film and plucked Rennie from the London stage to play the aristocratic alien spreading the gospel of disarmament--or else...While The Day the Earth Stood Still is strikingly somber and literate, at least by the drive-in standards of most '50s-era sci-fi flicks, it's also a good, old-fashioned popcorn film that's greatly enhanced by Bernard Herrmann's classic theremin score. And then there's hulking robot Gort, who's become part of the pop culture pantheon, due largely to the following line of dialogue: "Klaatu borada nikto" (Translation: "Don't blow us to kingdom come"). Admittedly, The Day the Earth Stood Still is often didactic, and the production values look hokey, but otherwise it holds up incredibly well.
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Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Rennie,Michael
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Leonard Maltin Brilliantly acted... more timely than ever.
Angie Errigo, Empire ...a superbly crafted, landmark film which invested a much-derided -- and frequently ludicrous -- genre with a welcome degree of dignity and respectability.
Michael Booth, Denver Post ...its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic.
Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium A first-rate science fiction classic.
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan Absolutely among the top 5 sci-fi films ever. Keep going, Gort!
TV Guide Superb performances...restrained direction...just as relevant today as it was the day it was released.

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