The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) DVD

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Director Robert Wise turns a sci-fi film adaptation of Harry Bates' short story, "Farewell to the Master," into an examination of human nature and the soul of mankind in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951). Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, and Billy Gray play an alien, and the only two people on Earth who befriend rather than wish to fight him, realizing that he is likely the only thing that stands between the human race and total destruction.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: G
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 92 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Audio:
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
    SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
    FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Director: Robert Wise
  • Cast: Michael Rennie,Patricia Neal,Hugh Marlowe,Sam Jaffe
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Audio Commentary By Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer
    70-Minute Making the Earth Stand Still Documentary
    Movietone Newsreel (1951)
    Restoration Comparison
    5 Still Galleries
    Shooting Script
    Theatrical Trailer
  • Release Date: 1951

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4.9

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4.9

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (15)
  • Engaging characters (13)
  • Original (10)
  • High production value (8)
  • Great cinematography (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (16)
  • Adult viewers (9)
  • Perfect gift (8)
  • Younger viewers (7)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (12), Casual viewer (5)

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5.0

BOTH ARE CLASSICALLY WORTHY

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from Madera county CA

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        Comments about this product:

        Just glad both versions on DVD at such low price. Old 1951 version video tape, 35 years back, is worn out.

        Now up date date on disk, great. Remember, how long after WWII over when first version came out with its anti war message 1951. Earth choice to extend violence to others planets, will be reduced to incineration. SIMPLE.

         
        5.0

        Movie " The day the earth stood still"

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        from Maitland, FL.

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        Pros

        • Entertaining

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          Starting my own top 50 Movies that I have loved, some of these will be great to show my grand children and anyone who does not get the movies of a era where computers did not play a major part. TCM is the best channel hands down, it's always on in my house everyday! Can't imagine watching TV without it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Great Classic made greater thanks to no commercials!

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          from Las Vegas, NV

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          Pros

          • Better Than The Remake
          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • High Production Value

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          The film reminds me of life in the early 50's in Washington, D.C. The actual footage of 16th Street, Connecticut Avenue, the monuments, etc. add to the realistic feel of the movie.

           
          5.0

          one of the oldies but goodies

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          from Oldsmar FL

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          Comments about this product:

          An old classic black and white

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          All time classic Sci-Fi

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          from Cape Coral, FL

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • Perfect Gift
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about this product:

            One of my all time favorites, Great story, Shows that Sci-Fi does not need CGI and mayhem to keep you on the edge of your seat.

             
            5.0

            Great movie from that era.

            By 

            from Birmingham, AL

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • High Production Value
            • Informative
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • In The Car
              • Perfect Gift
              • Travel
              • Younger Viewers

              Comments about this product:

              It will make you wonder about the possibility of it really happening.

               
              5.0

              Great movie.

              By 

              from Ohio

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value

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                  Comments about this product:

                  This movie is my all-time favorite SciFi movie. I am not sure what they were thinking when they made a remake of it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A Classic

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                  from Dover DE

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                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Informative
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift
                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    I ordered two - one as a gift and one to add to my film library. The present was well received and appreciated not only for the film but the commentaries and interviews as well. Ditto for me as well. I found nothing wrong with this and although I am not a sci-fi fan per se, this is much more than that and has the message we all should heed!

                     
                    5.0

                    A Realistic Glimpse of the Future

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                    from Dover DE

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                    Pros

                    • 1951 Prophetc Events
                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Informative

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Friend Given His Favvorit
                    • Perfect Gift
                    • Special Effects
                    • Teach Effectivess Of Bw
                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    Movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was initially a present for someone I know - it is his favorite movie - I purchased two finally, one for him & one for me. I love the fact that it was never colorized and the special commentary, interviews, & the like - besides the movie & its message - made it all the better when viewing it at home. I caannot find any fault in the purchase or film & everyone should view it for its message!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Simple message about getting along

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                    from Waukesha WI

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                    Pros

                    • Entertaining

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home

                      Comments about this product:

                      Enjoy watching a movie that is simple and not completed. Do not have to spend time taxing my brain. Did that too much during the day. The movie is dated and relates to a time that I understand.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Classic Sci-Fi at it's best

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                      from Upper Arlington, OH

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Cinematography
                      • Original

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • At Home

                        Comments about this product:

                        I remember this as a little kid being scared to death of Gort. And of course that classic phrase uttered by Patricia Neal.... "Klatu - Verada - Nicto".... I'll remember till I die. Had to have this one for my collection.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Stands the Test of Time

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                        from Nebraska

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                        Pros

                        • All-star Cast
                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • Original

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Adult Viewers
                          • At Home
                          • In The Car
                          • Perfect Gift
                          • Travel
                          • Younger Viewers

                          Comments about this product:

                          This is the Original Adaptation of Harry Bate's Short Story. The All-Star Cast is Superb. I have seen the colorized version of this and still prefer the black and white version better.

                           
                          5.0

                          Very Clear Picture

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                          from San Antonio, TX

                          About Me Casual Viewer

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                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters
                          • Entertaining
                          • Original

                          Cons

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                            • At Home
                            • Perfect Gift

                            Comments about this product:

                            Very Clear Picture

                             
                            5.0

                            I never get tired of watching this movie

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                            from Kingman, Az.

                            About Me Movie Buff

                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • High Production Value
                            • Informative
                            • Original

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • At Home
                              • I Often Invite Friends

                              Comments about this product:

                              The message that is given by Klatuu is just as meaningful today, if not more so. It is to bad that the second version was so disappointing. I would have liked to see the writers and director do a better job and I thought the second version was too violent.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Classic Si Fi

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                              from Austin Texas

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                              Pros

                              • Timeless

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers

                              Comments about this product:

                              I saw this movie as a child and still feel great each time that I see it!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              You will be startled and entertained at

                              By 

                              from Rocky River OH

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                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • High Production Value
                              • Original

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Adult Viewers
                                • At Home
                                • Perfect Gift
                                • Younger Viewers

                                Comments about this product:

                                Michael Rennie makes a perfect Klaatu and Patricia Neal puts depth into her part. Chilling in parts but it also keeps you engaged to the film. An excellent score by Bernard Hermann.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                A Classic

                                By 

                                from Phoenix, AZ

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                                Pros

                                • Still Relevant

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • At Home

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  Interesting to see how people in 1950s reacted vs. today. The people of the US still like to shoot first and ask questions later. Compare and contrast to today's political climate.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Time Stands Still

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                                  from Chesapeake, VA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Engaging Characters
                                  • Entertaining
                                  • Great Cinematography
                                  • High Production Value
                                  • Informative
                                  • Original

                                  Cons

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                                    • Adult Viewers
                                    • At Home
                                    • Perfect Gift
                                    • Travel
                                    • Younger Viewers

                                    Comments about this product:

                                    I loved this movie when I was a kid; now I can show it to my grandsons.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Forget the remake.

                                    By 

                                    from Indianapolis, IN

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                                    Pros

                                    • Engaging Characters
                                    • Entertaining
                                    • Great Cinematography
                                    • High Production Value
                                    • Original

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • At Home

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      This is the only "The Day The Earth Stood Still" that should be on TV. The remake is terrible. This still stands up after 60 years and it's message is timeless.

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Still a Sci-Fi Classic

                                      By 

                                      from New Jersey

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                                      Pros

                                      • Engaging Characters
                                      • Entertaining

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Adult Viewers
                                        • At Home

                                        Comments about this product:

                                        I think that what makes this film such a classic is the lesson it tries to teach, about warring humanity. WW2 was over, and we were then engaged in the Korean struggle. The mission of the alien - and the film - was to help the viewers' minds see the consequences of war. But it doesn't come over as an overt pacifist film. Patricia Neal and Micheal Rennie were outstanding, as was Sam Jaffe. The only fly in the ointment was Hugh Marlowe's lackluster character.

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