The Day the Earth Stood StillDirector: Robert Wise
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Though dated in many ways, The Day the Earth Stood Still is still a classic of the science fiction genre, and Fox obviously recognizes that with a wonderful DVD release. The image restoration shines through as this full-frame transfer looks better than ever. Detail is exact, as well are shadows. The black-and-white photography has superb depth and contrast throughout. Only some minor imperfections are evident, but there's never a significant distraction. Unfortunately, the audio is the weakest element of this disc. Both the mono and stereo English Dolby Digital tracks are recorded far too low, though the stereo track does have a slightly wider field. Considering how revered this film is, it's little surprise that it's been given the special-edition treatment, though many of the supplements are taken from the 1995 laserdisc release. The disc is divided over two sides, the first with the film and a fine interview/scene-specific commentary, hosted by director Nicholas Meyer, with Robert Wise, the director of this film. Also on this side, along with the theatrical trailer, is a 1951 newsreel with a short segment on this film. The second side of the disc contains some great material. First up is a 80-minute documentary that covers nearly every part of the production. It includes interviews with Wise, producer Julian Blaustein, actress Patricia Neal, and many others. Another real plus is a comparison between the many restorations this film has had, from 1993, 1995, and 2002; it goes to show you what care went into releasing this definitive DVD edition. Finally, along with a couple of other Fox genre titles, One Million Years B.C. and Journey to the Center of the Earth, is an extensive gallery section. Unlike most galleries though, this one is a real treasure, since it includes the complete script of the film, blueprints, posters, production photos, and much more. This is a fine disc that complements a great film.
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Cast & Crew
|Patricia Neal||Helen Benson|
|Hugh Marlowe||Tom Stevens|
|Sam Jaffe||Dr. Barnhardt|
|Billy Gray||Bobby Benson|
|Frances Bavier||Mrs. Barley|
|Harry Harvey||Taxi Driver|
|Fay Roope||Major General|
|Edith Evanson||Mrs. Crockett|
|Robert Osterloh||Major White|
|James Seay||Government Man|
|John Brown||Mr. Bradley|
|House Peters||MP Captain|
|Rush Williams||MP Sergeant|
|Olan Soule||Mr. Krull|
|Gil Herman||Government Agent|
|Harry Lauter||Platoon Leader|
|Dorothy Neumann||Barnhardt's Secretary|
|George Lynn||Col. Ryder|
|Freeman Lusk||Gen. Cutler|
|John Burton||British Radio MC|
|Claude E. Carpenter||Set Decoration/Design|
|Addison Hehr||Art Director|
|Bernard Herrmann||Score Composer|
|Arthur L. Kirbach||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Harry M. Leonard||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Thomas K. Little||Set Decoration/Design|
|Edmund H. North||Screenwriter|
|William H. Reynolds||Editor|
|Fred Sersen||Special Effects|
|William Travilla||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lyle Wheeler||Art Director|
|Darryl F. Zanuck||Executive Producer|
1. Main Titles
2. A Fast Bogey
3. A Spaceship
4. A Spaceman
6. A New Tenant
7. Seeing the Sights
8. Visiting Professor Barnhardt
9. Curious About Carpenter
10. In the Spaceship
11. Carpenter's Confession
12. The Military Takes Over
13. Three Little Words
14. Goat's Task
15. Addressing Earth
Side #2 -- Side B
1. Main Titles
2. An Interesting Script
4. The Robot
5. The Gentle Giant
6. Art Direction
7. The Score
8. Grabbing the Audience
9. The Perfect Title
10. The Sneak Previews
11. Not Like the Other Movies
12. Political Overtones
13. Something Important to Say
14. A Classic Film
15. The Collectors
Languages: English Stereo
Languages: English Mono
Languages: French Mono
Languages: Spanish Mono
View the Film With Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer: On
View the Film With Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer: Off
Movie Tone News 1951
Side #2 -- Side B
Making the Earth Stand Still
Scene and Set Photos
Construction Blue Prints for the Ship
American and British Pressbooks
Posters, Lobby Cards, Spaceship Model and Gort
One Million Years BC
Journey to the Center of the Earth
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A great Blu-Ray DVD with 30% off at the store, 10% off with my member discount, and 15% off with my BN coupon that I received in the mail. I found it amusing watching the docs at Walter Reed smoking away. High def Black and White was very impressive.
Still a great movie. A little too long of a preview, but not a problem.
Please watch this one and not the awful Keanu remake (which ruined the whole idea). Maybe the Biblical Carpenter will be pleased.
This movie was the prototypical 50's film. BUT the ending was ''unsuitable'' for a U.S. audience of the time. The studio then changed the ending to the OPPOSITE of the author's story. Why it continues to be a ''classic'' is a mystery. Maybe in the ''extra material'' they explain, but that doesn't save it. I read the story when it first came out (a long time ago), and when I saw the movie I was shocked to see what they had done. Love it at your own risk, because the author wrote a powerful story that was butchered for ''commercial'' reasons.
Awsome, superior to a lot of other sci-fi films. Not as good as Forbidden Planet, but sooooooooo close.
This is one of the best SciFi movies ever made. The idea is excellent, acting was great, special effects were good at that time. It was just a really good movie and I do recommend it. The remake probably sucked major butt, with Keanu Reeves' terrible acting. Watch the old one on cable and save a few bucks, it'll be worth it.
This is the best Sci Fi film ever made...other films may have more modern special effects...but this film is solid with a great cast and just the right amount of effects. Worth the watch.
A true original in Sci Fi: good acting for the time, great story with intellect, and an alien that is a mix of ''Father Knows Best'' with ''It's a Wonderful Life''. While it was filmed in the formative years of Sci Fi with its limitations, it truly is one of my favorite movies.
I always found it strange that the military left just two boneheaded men to guard the ship and Gort. Then, when they get knocked out by Gort, guess what? STILL, only two are left to guard the most incredible event in human history. Alas, such was the state of 50's Scif-fi. Does this make it a bad movie? Not really. It gave new sensibilities to the way we looked at fantastic fiction and Sci-Fi. Still, the end result remains one of fascism, albeit for alturistic reasons. This theme has been sung many tunes over the years, but this film remains a cornerstone in forming a more enlightened, yet controversial esthetic. It truly is a classic. Klaatu Barada Nikto!
ONE OF THE BEST SCI FI MOVIES MADE.
One of the greatest sci fi movies ever made. A tremendous movie for it's day. The new one starring Keanu Reeves, regardless of how good it is, will never measure up to the original.
I first saw this movie back in the 60's and have watched it repeatedly since then and have yet to tire of it. It is truly a movie to see over and over again.
This has to be one of the best sci-fi movies ever. I've always loved this movie. I've got it on VHS, and I've watched it so many times, I ''swear'' it's going to wear out....
My father forced me to watch this film when I was younger, and now even in my 20's I still thank him for it. Even when I was a child the graphics were outdated but it forces you to pay attention to the story. If possible have your children watch this film because to this day it still gives me a warm feeling to say to my father with a wink, "Gort, klaatu barrada nikto"
Performance by all actors was terrific! Clearly a Cold War film. I'm in my fifties and, unfortunately, the next youngest generation has NO idea what I mean by, 'Klatu, barrada, nicto!' I find that amusing.
Suprisingly, and refreshingly this film avoids all the UFO cliches in exchange for something more important. America's massive hysteria over UFO's is deflated and asked to be replaced with a much more reasonable scenario. The outcome is a movie that is compelling and engrossing!
As a Sci Fi buff, this is a classic!!! The message Klatu delivered was poignant, and can easily compared to what is transpiring with current world affairs.
First of the really good ones, with good acting and a serious moral to the story. A true Must Have for all collectors of ''The Essentials''.