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The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Director: Robert Wise Cast: Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie
, Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
, Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Robert Wise
The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Director: Robert Wise Cast: Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie
, Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
, Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Robert Wise

DVD (Black & White / Stereo / Mono / Thx)

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Though dated in many ways, The Day the Earth Stood Still is still a classic of the science fiction genre, and Fox obviously recognizes that with a wonderful DVD release. The image restoration shines through as this full-frame transfer looks better than ever. Detail is exact, as well are shadows. The black-and-white photography has superb depth and contrast throughout. Only some minor imperfections are evident, but there's never a significant distraction. Unfortunately, the audio is the weakest element of this disc. Both the mono and stereo English Dolby Digital tracks are recorded far too low, though the stereo track does have a slightly wider field. Considering how revered this film is, it's little surprise that it's been given the special-edition treatment, though many of the supplements are taken from the 1995 laserdisc release. The disc is divided over two sides, the first with the film and a fine interview/scene-specific commentary, hosted by director Nicholas Meyer, with Robert Wise, the director of this film. Also on this side, along with the theatrical trailer, is a 1951 newsreel with a short segment on this film. The second side of the disc contains some great material. First up is a 80-minute documentary that covers nearly every part of the production. It includes interviews with Wise, producer Julian Blaustein, actress Patricia Neal, and many others. Another real plus is a comparison between the many restorations this film has had, from 1993, 1995, and 2002; it goes to show you what care went into releasing this definitive DVD edition. Finally, along with a couple of other Fox genre titles, One Million Years B.C. and Journey to the Center of the Earth, is an extensive gallery section. Unlike most galleries though, this one is a real treasure, since it includes the complete script of the film, blueprints, posters, production photos, and much more. This is a fine disc that complements a great film.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2003
UPC: 0024543050056
Original Release: 1951
Rating: G
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [stereo, monaural, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 797

Special Features

Audio commentary by Robert Wise & Nicolas Meyer; 70-minute "Making the Earth Stand Still" documentary; Movietone newsreel (1951); Restoration comparison; 5 still galleries; Shooting script; Theatrical trailer; Full-frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Rennie Klaatu
Patricia Neal Helen Benson
Hugh Marlowe Tom Stevens
Sam Jaffe Dr. Barnhardt
Billy Gray Bobby Benson
Frances Bavier Mrs. Barley
Lock Martin Gort
Drew Pearson Himself
H.V. Kaltenborn Himself
Bobby Gray Actor
Harry Harvey Taxi Driver
Marshall Bradford Newscaster
Stuart Whitman Actor
Frank Conroy Harley
Carleton Young Colonel
Fay Roope Major General
Edith Evanson Mrs. Crockett
Robert Osterloh Major White
Tyler McVey Brady
James Seay Government Man
John Brown Mr. Bradley
Marjorie Crossland Hilda
House Peters MP Captain
Rush Williams MP Sergeant
Olan Soule Mr. Krull
Gil Herman Government Agent
James Craven Businessman
Harry Lauter Platoon Leader
Wheaton Chambers Jeweler
Dorothy Neumann Barnhardt's Secretary
George Lynn Col. Ryder
Freeman Lusk Gen. Cutler
John Burton British Radio MC

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Julian Blaustein Producer
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Addison Hehr Art Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Arthur L. Kirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leo Tover Cinematographer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A
1. Main Titles
2. A Fast Bogey
3. A Spaceship
4. A Spaceman
5. Examination
6. A New Tenant
7. Seeing the Sights
8. Visiting Professor Barnhardt
9. Curious About Carpenter
10. In the Spaceship
11. Carpenter's Confession
12. The Military Takes Over
13. Three Little Words
14. Goat's Task
15. Addressing Earth
Side #2 -- Side B
1. Main Titles
2. An Interesting Script
3. Casting
4. The Robot
5. The Gentle Giant
6. Art Direction
7. The Score
8. Grabbing the Audience
9. The Perfect Title
10. The Sneak Previews
11. Not Like the Other Movies
12. Political Overtones
13. Something Important to Say
14. A Classic Film
15. The Collectors

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