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

3.2 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

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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.)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SMC9IK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A renowned scientist (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatus claim that he is a friend to the Earth. Now she must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving but it may be too late.

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By Mr Baz #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER 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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Ok. This is a difficult one. I love the original film. Yes it's black and white and a bit dated and the acting is a bit wooden, but the direction by the great Robert Wise and the story is a classic, and then there's GORT, one of the best robot creations in sci-fi and the classic line "Klaatu barada nikto".

So was it ripe for a remake? In my opinion "yes" as the production values of today could work wonders for the storyline. If they had `remade' it that is! And that is where it goes wrong. This isn't a bad film, it's actually better than I expected after some of the negative reviews I'd read, but it could have been a `Great' film, a modern classic, but it missed the core of the story by a mile and then some!

In the original Michael Rennie is Klaatu who comes to Earth to warn us of impending doom and is shot at by typically overzealous American soldiers. In this version Keanu Reeves is Klaatu but now he's a DNA clone of someone who was killed in the 1920s on a mountain? Go figure. Whoever came up with that concept I don't really know but they must have been on drugs!

Then we have the spaceship. A huge `flying saucer' in the original with an interior, controls, knobs, switches, the whole kit and caboodle, but a huge giant glowing sphere in this version which appears to have no controls, no interior, nothing which tells you it can travel through space or navigate or land anywhere!

But the biggest travesty is GORT. He looks great. Much taller than in the original, a truly GIANT robot. But what does he do in this? Hardly anything is the answer. And when he does decide to kick some human butt he suddenly turns into a swarm of metal insects which proceed to devour everything in its wake. Why?
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I had high hopes for this remake, but having stupidly failed to make the connection between the intro set on a mountain in India and goodness knows how long spent watching CGI created by interns and respected actors committing career suicide, i've decided to donate this one to charity. And I apologise to the charity concerned in advance.

I agree with the other one-star commenters: go get the original, and give this turkey a wide berth!
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Who did they pay to write this script? In a Nutshell the story line is as follows: Aliens Appear, we make first contact and then shoot one, we make it better, women scientist helps it escape, Alien (Keanu Reeves) calls the women scientist up for help, She meets him only to find out his plan is to save the planet by removing the human race, she asks why and tells her because we are destroying the planet and its one of very few that can support human life in the universe. Women Scientist now tries to stop him, Killer bugs are then released in swarms to wipe out humanity, Alien then feels guilty and stops them while killing himself in the process, Aliens go home...

Other negatives points, rubbish CGI, as others have touched on in previous review the ability to construct a full working lab in one day around the defender alien robot!, Keanu Reeves acting is shocking and thats being nice, really annoying kid who must have got some tips from Keanu and his acting school...

All in all more Hollywood trash..
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2010
Format: DVD
The original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL had a huge impact on those of us who watched it; we used to go around spouting "Klaatu Barada Niktu". Wisely the remake elects to have a different story-line which also allows it to avoid THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH territory. The Fifties was alive with the fear of the atomic bomb, the remake has a more ecological element to it, but the moment the US Government is involved (as ever with Hollywood) we know it's all going pear-shaped. It is of course always unwise to question the realism of Sci-fi story-lines but I had to say this one looked a bit wooly. The cost of the new way of life was kept quiet (but I sense it's no iPods for anyone) and the lamentable level of reconnaissance by the higher civilisation indicates they too have a Civil Service. But all in all it passed the time well enough aided by a nicely out-of-it Keanu Reeves, the luminous Jennifer Connolly and the horrid cute kid. I doubt its effect will equal the original.
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