The Day the Earth Stood Still G

From out of space... A warning and an ultimatum
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DVD Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer
  • Making the Earth Stand Still Documentary
  • Shooting Script
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English, French & Spanish
  • Subtitles in English & Spanish
  • Rated: G
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 4, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1951
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Dual Side - Dual Layer
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Mono - French
  • Side 1:
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary - 1. Robert Wise - Director, Nicholas Meyer - Science Fiction Filmmaker
    • Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Additional Footage - 1. MovieTone News Segment
  • Side 2:
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurettes - 1. Making of Featurette
    • Restoration Comparison
    • Trailers:
      1. ONE MILLION B.C.
  • Text/Galleries:
    • Photo Galleries (6)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Klaatu Barada Nikto"
  - Alien (Michael Rennie) to his robot guard, Gort (Lock Martin)

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 55


User Ratings: 34,214
Rating: 4/5 -- Embora soe ingênuo e mesmo datado para os dias de hoje, permanece interessante graças à figura enigmática e superior de Rennie e à ameaça representada pelo impassível Gort.
Cinema em Cena
Jan 11, 2009
The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic. Full Review
Denver Post
Oct 5, 2007
Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly
Jul 28, 1995
Like most of Robert Wise's work, this slickly constructed 1951 science fiction film settles squarely in the middle of its genre, better than some and worse than others. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 4, 2007
Rating: 2.5/5 -- It is comforting, of course, to have it made plain that our planetary neighbors are much wiser and more peaceful than are we, but this makes for a tepid entertainment in what is anamolously labeled the science-fiction field. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's as much Christ parable as science fiction film... yet its message is delivered less like a sermon than a threat. Full Review
Jan 13, 2017
Rating: 5/5 -- A sci-fi classic that still resonates. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 2, 2011

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A spaceship lands in Washington D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary (Michael Rennie) it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to call for violence. But one young woman and her son (Patricia Neal, Billy Gray) befriend him...and soon realize that they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction.

Product Description:

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). Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message, and the government's witch hunt for the alien. Made during the cold war--when Americans were obsessed with the destructive capabilities of the atomic bomb--THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, thanks to its beautiful pacing, excellent dialogue, and haunting score by Bernard Herrmann, is still a treat for contemporary audiences.


Production Notes:

  • THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995.
  • Lock Martin, who plays Gort, was discovered at Graumann's Chinese Theater, where he was an usher. The filmmakers needed a tall, strong man, so they hired seven-foot-tall Martin. However, the costume he had to wear was so restraining that he was unable to lift Patricia Neal for an important scene, so wires had to hold her up. The wires are clearly visible in the final cut of the film.

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Day the Earth Stood Still Movie Lover: from Whiting, IN US -- May, 11, 2008

One of my favorite movies. I never get tired of of watching this movie. Its fantastic.

Day the Earth Stood Still Movie Lover: from los angeles, CA US -- March, 8, 2008


Klattu: "Resistance is futile!" Movie Lover: from Skiatook., OK US -- November, 19, 2006

This is a must for any Sci-Fi collection!
Klattu come from who knows where and basicly says 'You know, if you guys want to kill each other that's fine with us, we don't care. But here's the deal, you start trying to involve us or bring your petty problems to our turf, we will have no alternative but to simply solve your problems for you by vaporizing the entire human civilization. Remember, the universe dosen't revolve around your petty little lives.'

This movie looks great on a large screen HDTV, even to the extent that you can see some of the wire holding Miss O'Neal up when Gort holds her.

There are some nice extras added with this move too.

Not In My Backyard! Movie Lover: from Teaneck, NJ US -- June, 9, 2006

Well, as the review title says - it says it all. Some alien race out there doesn't like the idea of their barbaric neighbor (guess who?) toying around with nuclear weapons with a background of constant wars, hatred, distrust, etc. Can you blame them?

Hey Earthlings, if you can't get your act together, we'll just destroy you before you destroy yourselves (and probably us too!).

So, of course we have a love interest and a robot to boot, but hey, these are the 50's, right? The good ol' military, when we were the strongest power on Earth - who are these aliens and who do they think they are, landing one of their saucers in Washington DC and threatening us like that!?

We're Americans, and we won't take it!!! Well, looks like we had to - and there's a lesson to be learned (and probably still needs to be learned), from this. Boy, do we really need Michael Rene badly now!

Klaatu barada Nikto!

The Day My Mouth Stayed Still Movie Lover: from Sunny Isles Beach, FL -- October, 28, 2005

This honest-to-goodness SF classic excellently casts Michael Rennie as an interplanetary emissary, sent to Earth to warn it to "settle down" and stop using nuclear weapons or be burned to a crisp. The convincing factor is an ominously threatening robotic cop called Gort, which has the frightening power of mass destruction never envisioned by us earthlings. No super-dooper digital special effects here, just enough to get the point across... these two are NOT to be taken lightly and they do NOT suffer fools gladly. For SERIOUS SF fans (those who demand credible science in their fiction), this is an all-time classic with a fine early co-performance by the celebrated Patricia Neal (The Fountainhead with Gary Cooper, and Day of Infamy with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas).

Sci-fi At It's Best Movie Lover: from Trumbull, CT -- September, 21, 2005

Classic sci-fi "message" film that comments on trust, honor, tolerance, compassion, relationships and good ol'1950's paranoia. Marvelous story line repleat with subtle humor, fear, suspense...and even an Einstein-esque Sam Jaffe before his Dr. Zorba role on Ben Casey (anyone remember Ben Casey? No?). The film's opening sequence is top-drawer perfection. Special effects are believable and restrained, serving mainly to accentuate the plot line. If not the best sci-fi film ever made, certainly among the top 10.

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Product Info

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  • UPC: 024543050056
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