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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1: ; Commentary by screenwriter David Scarpa; Deleted scenes; Re-imagining the Day documentary; Unleashing Gort featurette; Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life featurette; The Day the Earth Was "Green" featurette; Still galleries (concept art, storyboards, production photos); ; Disc 2: Digital copy of The Day the Earth Stood Still for portable media players; ; Disc 3:; Original 1951 movie on DVD
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 024543569664
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen and Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 86,691

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Klaatu
Jennifer Connelly Helen Benson
Jon Hamm Dr. Michael Granier
Kathy Bates Regina Jackson
Jaden Smith Jacob, Jacob Benson
John Cleese Professor Barnhardt
Kyle Chandler John Driscoll
Robert Knepper Colonel
James Hong Mr. Wu
John Rothman Dr. Myron
Sunita Prasad Rouhani
Juan Riedinger William Kwan
Sam Gilroy Tom
Tanya Champoux Isabel
Rukiya Bernard Student
Alisen Down Laptop Woman
Lloyd Adams Agent Driver
Mousa Kraish Yusef
J.C. MacKenzie Grossman
Kurt Max Runte Civil Engineer
Daniel Bacon Winslow
Brandon T. Jackson Target Tech
David Lewis Plainclothes Agent
Technical Credits
Scott Derrickson Director
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Paul Harris Boardman Producer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
David Brisbin Production Designer
David Clarke Set Decoration/Design
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Gregg Landaker Sound Mixer
Mindy Marin Casting
Steve Maslow Sound Mixer
Todd Masters Makeup Special Effects
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Sheila K. Millar Set Decoration/Design
Tish Monaghan Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Ochotta Set Decoration/Design
David Scarpa Screenwriter
Erwin Stoff Producer
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Wayne Wahrman Editor
David Wechsler Asst. Director
Pete Whyte Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Day the Earth Stood Still: 2008 Version
1. 1928 (Main Titles) [5:23]
2. In Federal Custody [6:27]
3. Impact Location [3:53]
4. The Object Lands [5:37]
5. Shot Down [2:45]
6. Nothing to Fear [4:29]
7. Property of the U.S. Government [2:55]
8. Taking Time to Adapt [2:45]
9. Run! [3:29]
10. You Should Let Me Go [3:49]
11. Observing Human Behavior [2:46]
12. A Huge Risk [3:05]
13. Any Other Ideas? [1:32]
14. To Save the Earth [2:14]
15. An Unreasonable Race [3:17]
16. All Over the World [4:46]
17. The Spheres Ascend [1:39]
18. It's an Ark [5:38]
19. Not So Different [4:06]
20. On the Brink of Destruction [2:15]
21. In Control [4:34]
22. Eaten Alive! [4:12]
23. Let Me Try [2:18]
24. Everything Is Transformed [3:11]
25. Just Give Us a Chance [:02]
26. At the Precipice [2:12]
27. The Earth Stands Still [5:06]
28. End Titles [3:47]
Disc #2 -- The Day the Earth Stood Still: 1951 Version
1. Main Titles [2:00]
2. Something Real [3:24]
3. They've Landed [2:31]
4. Peace and Good Will [4:36]
5. The Future of the Planet [2:19]
6. Impatient With Stupidity [2:56]
7. Mr. Carpenter [3:41]
8. In Grave Danger [4:04]
9. Sightseeing [3:32]
10. A Real Screwball [1:52]
11. Calling Card [1:20]
12. A Fun Day [2:30]
13. There Is No Alternative [3:00]
14. Jittery [2:49]
15. Learning the Truth [5:06]
16. Waiting Up [6:13]
17. What a Brilliant Idea [4:46]
18. Dead or Alive [1:12]
19. Turning a Deaf Ear [1:38]
20. Remember Those Words [5:29]
21. A Message for Gort [3:03]
22. Unimaginable Power [4:28]
23. Resurrected [:27]
24. A Simple Choice [3:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Day the Earth Stood Still: 2008 Version
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Audio: Commentary by Writer David Scarpa
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Equipment Is Issued to the Scientists
         Helen and Granier Discuss the Shot
         Extended Version of Klaatu Behing Wheeled Down the Hallway
      Re-Imagining the Day
      Unleashing Gort
      Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestial Life
      The Day the Earth Was "Green"
      Commentary by Writer David Scarpa: On
      Commentary by Writer David Scarpa: Off
      Still Galleries
         Concept Art
         Storyboards
         Production Photos
      Theatrical Trailer
      Gort Art Contest Winners
         Play
Disc #2 -- The Day the Earth Stood Still: 1951 Version
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio: English Mono
      Language and Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Language and Audio: Spanish Mono
      Language and Audio: French Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review of Day the Earth Stood Still

    Decent movie, could have been better with a more detailed focus on the origin of the lifeforms but overall a good movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Insulting

    If you think a squid has more value than a human being, if you think a bureaucratic busybody alien should solve all of our "problems", if think that anyone in a uniform is a dunderheaded moron, if you think that crabgrass is more valuable than a baseball diamond, if you think remakes are just gee swell mister, if you think any movie is improved with a wooden lead and a whiney, disrespectful, ungrateful brat, then this movie is for you, you pathetic spongebrained drone. Kathy Bates, James Hong, and John Cleese I love you dearly, but never do this again, or I will look upon you like I do Steve Martin after his Pink Panther foray. This film is an abject failure on every level, and an embarrassment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hey, Hollywood, is this how it goes?

    I can only speculate that something like this is the thought process behind remaking classic movies: "Hey guys, I just saw a GREAT old movie I think we should revisit. It's called 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.' What's that? Never heard of it. Neither have I. But it's great. What's that? Oh, I don't really remember what it's about, but I remember the DVD cover. There is this robot guy, and he shoots lasers! FRICKIN LASERS! It is so hardcore. What's that? No, theres more to it. There is this other guy, who is NOT a robot, but hes from space. And theres a lot of talking, and stuff. What? Yeah, yeah, the robot blows stuff up. But here's what I'm thinking. The guy right, not the robot, he's an alien, right? So let's cast a soul-less cardboard mannequin to stand there looking all brooding and serious. Then the robot, ok, let's make him EXTREME. Like, instead of being vaguely human like, he turns into a giant swarm of robot bugs. And instead of the movie having a poignant message about man's inevitable path towards self-annihilation, we'll just destroy stuff! Yeah! Like the alien bug robot guy just flies around, wiping things out, and shooting evil lasers, and causing a ruckus! Oh, yeah, yeah, sure...of COURSE there will be a hard rockin' soundtrack and some product tie ins. THIS IS GOING TO BE HUGE!"

    I hate Hollywood.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    The Overview on this pages is for the original film, not the rem

    The Overview on this pages is for the original film, not the remake released in 2008 (which the cover/director/cast listing is for).

    I enjoyed this movie very much, and found it thought-provoking and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    SCI FI AT IT'S BEST

    This was a great movie in many ways. I had to add it to my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reeves is great

    The movie remake is great. The portrayal of Klatu by reeves is the best.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I have a 6 letter review for this movie: BORING. And I haven't even seen the supposedly amazing original to compare it to. Keanu Reaves is just retarted in this movie and just got paid a butt-load of money for playing a role that any nut-job off the street could have pulled off. And my apologies, but Will Smith's son was annoying as heck (I will hold out that he was just cast into a roll that wasn't meant for him - or, Dad just needs to help develope his acting skills). The only things that at least tried to save this bland movie were Kathy Bates, John Cleese, and even Jennifer Connley. And the couple of special effects shots there were made you wonder if they really made it in 1996 and decided after twelve years to just release the darn thing. Still, when the movie was over, I turned to my wife and all I could say was, "That felt like I just ate a sugarless cookie without frosting."

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    KEANU REEVES IS BACK

    AGIAN KEANU REEVES IS BACK WITH ONE THE BEST SCI-FI THE WAY HE CAME TO EARTH WAS A+ THE ACTION IS UNTHER STORY WITH BODY GARD WITH THE POWER THAT HI HAS THE END IS UNTHER STORY ALSO
    ANY ONE WANT TO SEE SCI-FI ACT FOR KEANU REEVES SEE THIS MOVIE
    I THINK THE PRESIDENT TAKE ACTUION BY HIME SELF IT'S A LIFE OF ALL HUMEN
    AND NEED STRONG ARMY,BUT STILL A+ MOVIE TO ME

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravo to Alfeetoe

    Sorry, but that review was not only accurate, but more entertaining then this movie. Thus movie gets 1 star, but that review gets 5 stars. LoL

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hope the two extra discs hold something special

    This remake turned a classic movie in a trainwreck of a random plot with terrible scripting. I honestly hope those extra two discs include something magical to make it worth the purchase for anyone who makes the mistake of buying it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    What's deadlier? The aliens or the boredom?

    I am one of Keanu's biggest fans, and I walked in to this film wanting badly to like it, critics be damned!

    By the time the film finished, I realized that Klaatu's red laser beam was a highly concentrated form of boredom so powerful it would slay the characters in the film and my fellow audience members.

    If you really want to see this film, get the $1 rental at Redbox instead, or just buy the (way, way, waaaay) better original!

    On a personal note ... are there no other iconic cities on this planet of ours other than New York? The idea of destroying New York in another "disaster" movie is about as creative as another New York-set LAW AND ORDER series!

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