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Format: DVD
Sku: 40212404
UPC: 024543050056
UPC 14: 00024543050056
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Widely acclaimed as one of the most influencial sci-fi films of the 1950s.|Winner - Golden Globe - 1951.
An alien lands and tells the people of earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

"Brilliantly acted... more timely than ever.  Leonard Maltin
"...a superbly crafted, landmark film which invested a much-derided -- and frequently ludicrous -- genre with a welcome degree of dignity and respectability.  Angie Errigo, Empire
"...its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic.  Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A first-rate science fiction classic.  Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Absolutely among the top 5 sci-fi films ever. Keep going, Gort!  Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Superb performances...restrained direction...just as relevant today as it was the day it was released.  TV Guide

Editor's Note
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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/10/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 92 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2005005
Video UPC UPC: 00024543050056
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Billy Gray
Video Cast Info Michael Rennie
Video Cast Info Tyler McVey
Video Cast Info Hugh Marlowe
Video Cast Info Frank Conroy
Video Cast Info Frances Bavier
Video Cast Info Drew Pearson
Video Cast Info Sam Jaffe
Video Cast Info Edith Evanson
Video Cast Info Patricia Neal
Video Cast Info Lock Martin
Video Cast Info Edmund H. North - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Bernard Herrmann - Composer
Video Cast Info Leo Tover - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Julian C. Blaustein - Producer
Video Cast Info Addison Hehr - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Lyle Wheeler - Production Designer
Video Cast Info William H. Reynolds - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - Director


Golden Globe (1952)
Video Award Name The Day the Earth Stood Still, Winner, Best Film Promoting International Understanding
   Video Award Name Bernard Herrmann, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Score

Memorable Quotes

"Klaatu Barada Nikto"----Alien (Michael Rennie) to his robot guard, Gort (Lock Martin)

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Rating: B 07/28/1995 p.71

Entertainment Weekly
"...Today's sci-fi filmmakers could learn a thing or two from an old black-and-white gem that has the here and now written all over it..." 04/11/2003 p.61

USA Today
"...One of the classiest sci-fi staples ever..." 07/28/1995 p.14D

"Outstanding for its religious symbolism, overt anti-war message, and one of the coolest robots in cinema history..." 05/01/2005 p.139

The Onion A.V. Club 8 of 10
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. - Noel Murray 8 of 10
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. - Tim Knight

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Product attributeActor:   Rennie,Michael
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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