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The Day the Earth Stood Still [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese
  • Directors: Scott Derrickson
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MYKVQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,544 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Epic action and mind-blowing effects rock the planet in this thrilling reinvention of the 1950s classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. Keanu Reeves is Klaatu, a being, whose arrival on Earth triggers an unstoppable series of events that threaten all of mankind. In a desperate attempt to save humanity, governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor's appearance. When a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson find themselves embroiled in Klaatu's plan, they become the world's only hope to stave off apocalyptic annihilation.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
The Day the Earth Stood Still [DVD: 2008].

DVD Info.
Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 99 minutes

Budget: $80 million
Box office: $233,093,859

Cast.
Keanu Reeves as Klaatu
Jennifer Connelly as Helen Benson
Jaden Smith as Jacob Benson
John Cleese as Professor Karl Barnhardt
Jon Hamm as Dr. Michael Granier
Kathy Bates as Regina Jackson
Kyle Chandler as John Driscoll
James Hong as Mr. Wu
Brandon T. Jackson as Target Tech

Trivia.
1)In the original movie, Gort was 8 feet tall. In the remake, he is now 28 feet tall.
2)In The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Klaatu instructed Helen to say the famous line "Klaatu Barada Nikto" to Gort in the event of his death, which she did. In this film, Klaatu himself says the famous line to Gort shortly after arriving on Earth, after being shot by the army.
3)Jaden Smith's dad Will Smith turned down the lead which became Keanu Reeves' for The Matrix (1999).
4)Jennifer Connelly was Scott Derrickson's first choice for the role of Helen Benson.

What's The Story.
Klaatu, a alien being, whose arrival on Earth triggers an unstoppable series of events that threaten all of mankind, In a desperate attempt to save humanity, governments & scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor's appearance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 9 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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