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The Day the Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

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  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SMC9IK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 9 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
This was never going to be an easy re-make, the classic much loved and respected 1951 Robert Wise film still ranks as one of the best science fiction offerings even today.

It could be argued that a reboot attempt was overdue, and I held out some hope as Keanu Reeves is a good actor and has some grounding in the science fiction arena (nobody would complain about the Matrix being a good film and his solid acting in that) Reeve should be a perfect match for the emotionless Klaatu main character, but sadly there are quite a few problems with the film that go beyond cast members.

The storyline is broadly based on the 50's film, some diversion (mostly for the bad) but pacing is a problem, and the script is frequently rather bland and predictable. Worse, leaving aside the not to get attached to Klaatu, you can never connect or feel anything for the other cast members, nor really care much about them. For some reason they also decided to throw John Cleese in as Professor Karl Barnhardt, whilst I have a lot of time for Cleese (in comedy roles) his presence here is poorly judged.

SFX wise, despite the big budget it not quite up to the level you would expect even if they unloaded $80 million on the film it's far from bad but lacks that wow factor the deep wallet suggests.

It would be fair to say the 50's version had it's flaws the familiar cheesy soundtrack (but it worked so well) even the older GORT despite the obvious costume was more memorable, the script was good, the story had real meaning and was well structured. This newer version lacks just about every aspect that made that film work. A real shame, I struggled to sit through this version and it's sadly one that won't be getting viewed very often. A film can work even with flaws, but this is a film without any soul, and lacking in character or connection for the viewer.

A real let down, pass this one and head straight for the older version
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
I approached this film with an open mind and having watched Darren Aronofky's Noah the previous day was struck with the almost identical theme of man ruining Earth and having to be eradicated from the planet. The collecting of living species into various spheres present around the planet is very biblical as is the judgement of mankind's behaviour, in this case by Keanu Reeves' Klaatu, a representative of a group of alien races concerned at the destructive nature of mankind. In the original 1951 film the conceit was the need to stop the potentially aggressive military expansion of the human race whereas in this film it is the need to ensure the survival of Earth, a unique planet in danger of being destroyed by man. The first half an hour of the film was promising - the arrival of the alien spaceship, the expected hostility and suspicion about the alien being, the human race seen through an alien's eyes (the highlight of the film for me was the conversation between Klaatu and another alien observer who had been present on earth in human form for 70 years). However, as the film progressed the screenplay seemed dull and uninspiring, relying too much on special effects as poor characterisation and plotting resulted in lamentable acting. A thoroughly disappointing film which I will not be watching again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of those cases of an okay remake of a much better film: not terrible, but lacking the power and humanity of the much-loved classic it is attempting to update. Not that it isn't an interesting attempt to use the same plot to address a new generation's version of the eternal fear of the sky falling on their heads, changing the threat of nuclear war to the destruction of the environment. The opening isn't altogether convincing but it does take a relatively realistic approach to how the government would react if an alien object were discovered to be on collision course with the Earth, keeping the public in the dark and shanghaiing the top scientists in their field to assess the aftermath. But the collision doesn't happen and, after much scene-setting and attempts at creating an atmosphere of mystery and unease, Jennifer Connelly's scientist finds herself on the run with Keanu Reeves' alien who's here to save the Earth - which isn't necessarily a good thing for us...

It's not particularly badly written or directed, but it just lacks that spark to make it anything special. Where the original tapped into 50s paranoia, this never manages to hook onto a 21st century one effectively enough to add to the stakes for the audience and, more crucially, lacks a real human heart to make us care about the fate of its central characters let alone humanity as a whole (if anything Jaden Smith is such an odious kill-crazy tyke you'll be giving Armageddon serious consideration). Which is a pity, because there are some genuinely good ideas here and a couple of interesting moments that hint at a better film, not least James Hong's scene as a melancholy long-term visitor or an underdeveloped sequence with John Cleese's biologist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 6 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I was wondering quite why I felt different about this film than its predecessor, and then I saw a review on here that mentioned the key word, with which I fully agree. It's more cynical. And bleak emotionally.
While I found the original's Klaatu fascinating and engaging, somehow Keanu's good effort here doesn't work well for me, his alien emissary not quite getting the feeling across to me. Jeniffer Connelly is great as the emotional core of the film, and the new Gort robot is a very nice re-imagining of an old classic. The shiny spheres that pop up everywhere which can be seen in the advert are an extremely nice special effect, and the air of threat is believable to a degree. Somehow the tension isn't built up properly though. There's a cynical air to it all, and a degree of apathy from everybody but Connelly. While I did like the original a lot, I by no means lionise it, so I was perfectly happy to see a newer, better done model come along. However, this is the first modern remake I've seen in the last few years where I've actually thought "I wish they'd left it alone."
If you haven't seen the original, this makes for well designed, pretty well written and acted sci-fi drama, which is reasonably faithful to the same story. The effects are great and the drama is good. It's worth watching.
If you have seen the original, you may feel this came off somewhat flat, like I did, and wish they'd poured in a bit more energy. Or even, dare I say it, changed it a bit more.
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