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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 mu...Read more
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (DVD, 2003, Fox Studio Classics)

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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).

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  • Edition: Fox Studio Classics
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 024543050056

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD
Display Format:Fox Studio Classics

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Director:Robert Wise
Leading Role:Michael Rennie
eBay Product ID: EPID3435433

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"Outstanding for its religious symbolism, overt anti-war message, and one of the coolest robots in cinema history..."
Uncut - Peter Hogan (05/01/2005)

Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly - Steve Daly (07/28/1995)

"...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..."
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Bernardin (04/11/2003)

"...One of the classiest sci-fi staples ever..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (07/28/1995)

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Timeless Sci-Fi Thriller

Created: 29/05/07
------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​--------The first memories of this movie were as a child in the 50's...a simpler time, but not without "threat" to our security. Talk among the adults then was whether to build the fallout shelter in the backyard or just be wiped out like the majority of the population. There were conversations overheard and sometimes directly explained to us about the pros and cons of fallout shelters. Could a person turn away his friends or extended family? Would people bombard the shelters overloading them? Would neighbor turn against neighbor? Would a family want to come out to find themselves alone? The timing could not have been more perfect for this movie. A spaceship enters our living rooms via the tv..and right there in black and white..we are introduced to a superior messenger and his most convincing robot. Fear triggers shots at Michael Rennie, as he walks down the runway of the space ship, to deliver his most important message. During medical treatment, Rennie realizes that hopes of a peaceful meeting with all world leaders is blocked by suspicion and ignorance. So, he escapes into the world, finds allies in Patricia Neal, her son, Billy Gray, and a leading scientist. To further gain the attention and respect from earthlings, he and his robot (still convincing to me) shut down power all over the world for 30 minutes. But, to show his intent of no harm, places like hospitals are spared the power outage. World leaders gather to find that other civilizations on other planets have been watching the earth. But, now that the violence has esculated and with a possibility of our violence reaching other races, then we are given the choice...stop now or be eliminated. Now, as a child, I saw the reasoning in this and ended up liking Rennie and his robot. I still do. Three generations watched this movie in our home the night of it's arrival. We all loved it. The message is timeless and sound. This movie is a must have for our DVD library. Thank you. ------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​------------------------------​-----
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Everything about this film is top notch!

Created: 04/10/07
This movie makes most of today's special-effects- heavy blockbusters look amateur. Everything is top notch in this one. Michael Rennie is very convincing as the alien visitor who shows compassion for the people of Earth who are advancing too quickly in war technology for their own good. Patricia Neal is also good in her role of mother to a son who spends time with the mysterious stranger Mr. Carpenter. The special effects in this film were beyond anything seen at the time and continue to be impressive to this day, considering that this film was made in 1951. They are not too flashy; they are subtle enough that viewers are not distracted and they will actually make you think more about the power that the giant robot Gort wields. The phrase "he could destroy the world" holds special meaning when you see him melt weapons and revive the fallen Klaatu. This film also has several amusing scenes, such as when Klaatu offers to pay to see a movie. This one is also full of suspense. When the Earth stands still, it's truly an impressive sight. On top of all of that, you have the impressive soundtrack by the legendary Bernard Hermann and some great DVD extras, including some nice news reel footage from the period. Buy this to see a truly great example of film-making. This is definitely not just for sci-fi fans.
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"A little demonstration..."

Created: 07/09/10
This is still a great movie! The original to do it right. There are not any mistakes to this well thought out film. The plot is simple, a flying saucer enters earths atmosphere and lands at a park in the middle of Washington DC. The visitor presents a warning to the leaders of the world to stop their wars. Expecially in light of the advances in rocketry that may lead to the spread of war, even into the universe. Either join the forces of peace or be eliminated. But before he presents his warning and greetings our visitor is shot upon presenting a gift offering that is misunderstood as a weapon by military authorities. The G.I. Joe's soon realize that they picked on the wrong alien. With a sudden musical cresendo, by Bernard Herrman, the screen cuts to the 9 foot tall robot "Gort" standing at ships edge. At a towering sight, Gort has only one defense, a cycloptic laser eye. This is truely an enjoyable movie. It is well acted and is presented in a realistic way by the great Robert Wise.
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Mandatory Element for a Classic Sci Fi Movie Collection

Created: 07/11/10
I highly recommend any Sci Fi Buff include this Classic in their movie collection. Based on the premise that others in the Universe could intervene in the affairs of earth should we be seen as a potential threat to the peace-loving denizens of the galaxy. The response of our government to the visit from and the message of Klaatu seemed all-too reallistic to me--in fact our response could be worse. The film has excellent performances by Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and even "Aunt Bea" from her well known role in The Andy Griffith Show.
We all could learn valuable lessons from this film-it remains to be seen if we will.
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The Day the Earth Stood Still

Created: 25/07/08
Without a doubt, one of about 8 all time incredible sci-fi shows that started it all folks. These shows were the star wars of their day, and more than influenced the writers and director's of this day. We could use this story right NOW in the world. Watching it makes you feel like there is hope, because war would be a thing of the past if you want to live in any way at all. Other shows of this era which have good themes and story-lins are...."War of the Worlds"...(Original version)...."This Island Earth"...."When Worlds Collide"...
"Crack in the World"....."Metropol​is"...(very early)...."Colosus-the Forbin Project"....And probably the all time Greatest..."Forbidden Planet". Having any or all of these is affordable and lays most if not all of the groundwork for the sci-fi you see today. Do yourself a favor, and own them all, you won't regret the cost or the time to own them.
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