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Aside from its philosophical message, the film also boasts memorable imagery--notably the giant robot Gort--a much-quoted catchphrase in "Klaatu barada nikto", and one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most admired scores, featuring the theremin and other electronic instruments that must have sounded very otherworldly back in 1951. The result is a bona fide landmark in cinema SF with a central message about "weapons of mass destruction" that's still uncannily relevant today.
On the DVD: The Day the Earth Stood Still has been splendidly restored for its DVD incarnation from the original 35 mm print, and the results are demonstrated in the "Restoration Comparison" feature. Also included is a fascinating 1951 newsreel showing Klaatu receiving a certificate of merit amid stories of Communist threats, the Korean war and beauty pageants ("Pomp and pulchritude on parade in Atlantic City"). Best of all is an absorbing commentary track with director Robert Wise in conversation with Nicholas Meyer (both men have Star Trek movies on their CV). --Mark Walker
This one makes me chuckle... Just because it's full of things that used to terrify me as a child, & now seem so silky.Published 14 days ago by Nanny McGregor
It used to get shown regularly early evening in the 60s and 70s and hence the growth of the legend I guess. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mario
What can I can, a classic if ever there was one.
Saw the remake, what a disappointment.
Some would say that this is where it all began for sci-fi, maybe it wasn't, but... Read more
Another classic movie. Liked the remake but still wanted the original to add to my collection.Published 1 month ago by Dianna Midgley
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