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The Day the Earth Stood Still [2 Discs] [DVD]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 15)

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    Synopsis


    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Keanu Reeves tops this adaptation of the seminal 1951 sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still with this 20th Century Fox production. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) helms the story of an alien traveler, Klaatu (Reeves), who heads to Earth along with his bodyguard robot, Gort, to deliver a warning of planetary destruction if the people of the world fail to stop laying waste to the environment. Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Kathy Bates co-star in the David Scarpa-penned film. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps Klaatu (Michael Rennie, in a role intended for Claude Rains), a handsome and soft-spoken interplanetary traveler, whose "bodyguard" is Gort (Lock Martin), a huge robot who spews forth laser-like death rays when danger threatens. After being wounded by an overzealous soldier, Klaatu announces that he has a message of the gravest importance for all humankind, which he will deliver only when all the leaders of all nations will agree to meet with him. World politics being what they are in 1951, Klaatu's demands are turned down and he is ordered to remain in the hospital, where his wounds are being tended. Klaatu escapes, taking refuge in a boarding house, where he poses as one "Mr. Carpenter" (one of the film's many parallels between Klaatu and Christ). There the benign alien gains the confidence of a lovely widow (Patricia Neal) and her son, Bobby (Billy Gray), neither of whom tumble to his other-worldly origins, and seeks out the gentleman whom Bobby regards as "the smartest man in the world" -- an Einstein-like scientist, Dr. Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe). The next day, at precisely 12 o'clock, Klaatu arranges for the world to "stand still" -- he shuts down all electrical power in the world, with the exception of essentials like hospitals and planes in flight. Directed by Robert Wise, who edited Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) for director Orson Welles before going on to direct such major 1960s musicals as West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965), The Day the Earth Stood Still was based on the story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Keanu Reeves
      Keanu Reeves - Klaatu
    • Jennifer Connelly
      Jennifer Connelly - Helen Benson
    • Jon Hamm
      Jon Hamm - Dr. Michael Granier
    • Kathy Bates
      Kathy Bates - Regina Jackson
    • Jaden Smith
      Jaden Smith - Jacob Benson



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

    80%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Poor example of a classics remake

      Posted
      spacejunkie1

      I was very disappointed that the plot for this movie did not stick to that of the original classic movie. The acting, special effects, and the imagery were very good; however, they did not make up for a disappointing theme and/or plot. The main theme of the original classic was centered on the violence in the world at that time. The threat of nuclear war being extended into space was something that Klatu's federation of planets could not tolerate. Klatu's mission was to communicate with world leaders to make peace with one another and to stop all world violence, first of all, and then back that up with the ultimatum stating that if earth continued on its present course of violence it would be reduced to a burned out cinder. The original character Klatu was an exterrestrial human being and not an alien lifeform living in a cloned human form. This new version changes all of that for the worse by making it a political statement about the earth's enviornmental problems rather than the message it originally intended to convey. I strenously object to these changes and I feel that it is a tragic mistake to remake classics for this purpose. I perfer that all of these classic movies be remade in a manner that is true to the orginal plot without remaking them into a comedy or as some sort of politcal statement, contrary ot its original script. There are several recent original movies which have focused my attention on the urgent status of our enviornment and my favorite one is "The Day After Tommorrow". The enviornment message is for new movies. This film maker had crossed the line when the plot and storyline departed from the orignal. In my opinion this movie is not a remake of the orignal movie and should not be counted as such. I'm sure that there are science fiction screen writers out there who could do a much better job of writing a better, more up-to-date, and more accurate version of the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still" rather than this newer Pseudo or counterfeit version. My advice to Hollywood is that they should never butcher or desecrate a classic film in this manner ever again.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Remake of Hollywood Classic

      Posted
      Anonymous

      When I heard that Hollywood was going to do a remake of the 1951 Classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, I was thrilled. 50 plus years have passed and the technology that Hollywood has now is so advanced. I thought that with current Special Effects and CGI that this is going to be a Blockbuster movie. Instead Keanu Reeves probably got paid 20 million dollars and Hollywood turned out a dud. This could have been a Blockbuster if Hollywood would have been more creative. It's worth watching once, that's it. But if you want this DVD for you collection, wait. It won't be long before this DVD is in the Bargain basement DVD bin at a store near you.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Twist On Old Classic

      Posted
      Gunner59
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      This is an updated version of the old B&W version of the same title. I like the neat twist at the end which is significantly different and refreshing from the original. Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer the original which is why this got four instead of five stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Some things should never be remade !

      Posted
      Blackbelt2
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      A perfect example of a movie that should never have been remade. Murky , unsatisfying remake of a classic that was better left untouched ! Only saving grace is that a copy of the Michael Rennie 1951 original is included in this 2 disc set.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Buy

      Posted
      Leslie
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      I love that both the old and new version are included. Personally, I like the old version better. The new version is ok, just not the same though. It is a good buy for what you get!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding movie!!!

      Posted
      kjwtechno

      This was a outstanding movie with great CGI and a nice plot. It did not follow the exact same story line of the original movie and it was very fresh. Plus you get the original film on DVD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I was a little let down

      Posted
      NaThom

      I remember seeing previews for this in the theater and thinking it looked great! It was a good movie but the modern special effects are all that made it better than the original.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My purchase pleasantly surprised me

      Posted
      GGGirl
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      I did not realize when I ordered this disc, that I was going to get both the original version of the movie I ordered and the remake. That was a nice surprise.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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