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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) DVD
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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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Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: G
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 92 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • 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
  • 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
Reviews
19 Reviews
4.8

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4.8

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Pros

  • Entertaining (15)
  • Engaging characters (14)
  • Original (11)
  • High production value (8)
  • Great cinematography (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At home (16)
    • Adult viewers (10)
    • Perfect gift (9)
    • Younger viewers (8)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie buff (11), Casual viewer (5)

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    4.0

    The Day The Earth Stood Still

    By Mona

    from St. Cloud, MN

    About Me Movie Buff

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about this product:

      This is a 1951 science-fiction movie. It is in glorious Black & White. The visual effects was decades before computerized kind. Just watch the story, do not criticize how it was made! I like these kind of movies, that make you think and imagine outside-the-box.

      I'll introduce the characters below.
      Michael Rennie, the extra-terrestrial alien emerges from his space craft, about to give a gift to the people of planet Earth, it is "shoot first, ask questions later". He recovers and escapes, panic.
      Patricia Neal, a courting widow with son living in a rooming house in Washington, DC.
      Billy Gray, her son and friendly type (from future TV program "Father Knows Best).
      Hugh Marlowe, the boyfriend and determined to make a name for himself.
      Sam Jaffe, a top scientist in USA.
      Frances Bavier, fellow roomer, makes remarks about the scary situation (from future TV program "The Andy Griffith Show").
      Gort, the robot with powers to vaporize objects into dust with his ray-eyes plus his size and strength, (actor unknown/not listed).

      Scenes that I like are below.
      Rennie has sophisticate drugs to be healed within 24 hours and escapes locked doors. Changes into ordinary clothing from stolen luggage and checks into a rooming house.
      Makes friends with Gray, they have a beautiful day together, plus trying to see Jaffe, he left a calling card!
      Jaffe summons Rennie, he asks for a small demonstration of power, but not destructive yet scare, he will summon a conference for him.
      Marlowe accidentally gets a hold of aliens money, diamonds, he goes to to have them analyzed.
      Neal, is brought into the conspiracy, she does her best to assist Rennie. He gives her the magic words for Gort, "Klato - Verando - Nitto".
      The rest of scenes that I like are withheld.

      I'll leave the ending for you to discover. The message still applies today, 65 years later.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Classic made greater thanks to no commercials!

      By LofLV

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Buyer

      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

      By Connie

      from Oldsmar FL

      Verified Buyer

      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

      By Nunya

      from Cape Coral, FL

      Verified Buyer

      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 Old Man

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Casual Viewer

        Verified Buyer

        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 The Paul Newman of Ohio

          from Ohio

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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

              By Liz the Movie Fan

              from Dover DE

              About Me Movie Buff

              Verified Buyer

              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

                By Liz the Movie Fan

                from Dover DE

                About Me Movie Buff

                Verified Buyer

                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

                By No nickname

                from Waukesha WI

                About Me Casual Viewer

                Verified Buyer

                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

                  By Jimbo

                  from Upper Arlington, OH

                  About Me Casual Viewer

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    By OriginalTinkerBell

                    from Nebraska

                    About Me Movie Buff

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      By SVGinSA

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Casual Viewer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Original

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • At Home
                        • Perfect Gift

                        Comments about this product:

                        Very Clear Picture

                         
                        5.0

                        I never get tired of watching this movie

                        By Star trekker

                        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

                          By Goose

                          from Austin Texas

                          About Me Movie Buff

                          Verified Buyer

                          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 John

                          from Rocky River OH

                          About Me Movie Buff

                          Verified Buyer

                          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 SkyGal

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Avid Moviegoer

                            Verified Buyer

                            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

                              By Retired Miami Cop

                              from Chesapeake, VA

                              About Me Movie Buff

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • 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 kazoo23

                                from Indianapolis, IN

                                About Me Movie Buff

                                Verified Buyer

                                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 Vince

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Movie Buff

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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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