DVD SHOPPING BAG- The Day the Earth Stood Still Blu-ray (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Source: Mania.com

 

This week a whole new generation of people will be inundated with “Klaatu Barada Nikto”. Of course, there are those of us that know that these are the names of three of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge guards but we all know that these are the infamous words from Army of Darkness. In all seriousness, these words from The Day The Earth Stood Still are as sacred to any Science Fiction fan as “In the beginning” is to someone of religious faith. In an era that was running rampant with the “red scare” (that’s communism for those of you too young to remember) Hollywood capitalized on our fears and made the Reds aliens from another world. The Day The Earth Stood Still landed on us and took all those fears, ideals and power we didn’t understand to another level. Its delivery was terrifying but at its end it delivered a simple message. If we all don’t work together everyone on planet Earth will face annihilation.
 
Now the remake is arriving this week. It seems almost like blasphemy to remake the holiest of science fiction films but nonetheless it will be with us now. The best part about re-makes is that the studio always breaks out the original and adds some great special features. Mania Columnist Tim Janson will be reviewing the standard DVD this week but I thought I would break down the new Blu-ray only special features for you.
 
The Day The Earth Stood Still on Blu-ray has two perfect special features that capitalizes on unique aspects from the film. The first is the “Interactive Theremin”. Here you are able to create your own piece of music and apply it to the iconic film using this strange device. The scene that they give you is Gort’s first appearance out of the ship. With over thirty notes to score the scene the “Interactive Theremin” can be both terrifying and comedic. Personally, I found that giving Gort an ominous John Williams Jaws theme only added to my overall experience.
 
The only other special feature exclusive to Blu-ray is “Gort Command!” You are given Gort’s perspective and have to eliminate American Soldiers that are a threat. It has a retro cool look and some charm even though it is incredibly clunky. Then again, Gort wasn’t really dashing around the scenes in the film.
 
Both of these special features mark a great direction to where Blu-ray can take us. These small steps will one day lead to better, more interactive special features. The “Interactive Theremin” is my favorite of the two and what an incredible way to introduce the next generation of music movie fans and musicians to this odd instrument from another time.
 
The Day The Earth Stood Still comes in its original picture ratio of 1:33: (Full Frame). The picture quality, despite it being black and white has brilliant details. Shadows cut across the rooms and light penetrates like never before. Grains and textures that were once lost are alive and almost touchable. You feel as if you are standing on the baseball field looking at the ship for the first time, that you are looking back to the door witnessing “Mr. Carpenter’s” dark arrival in Bobby’s boarding house. The Day The Earth Stood Still is a must have for fans of science fiction and for Blu-ray.
 
THE BLU-RAY BONANZA
 
A Battle of Wits (A Jacob Cheung Film) [Blu-ray]
 
American Pie [Blu-ray]
 
The Dark Knight (+ Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
-Movie with Focus Points (picture in picture)
-Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene
-Batman Tech
-Batman Unmasked
-Gotham Tonight
-Digital Copy
-The Joker cards, concept art, poster art
-Production stills, trailers, TV spots
-Record your own commentary track
 
The Dark Knight: Limited Edition with Batpod (+Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
 
Diebuster: The Movie [Blu-ray]
 
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [Blu-ray]
 
Dumb and Dumber [Blu-ray]
 
From Dusk Til Dawn [Blu-ray]
 
Gunbuster vs. Diebuster: Aim for the Top! - The Gattai [Blu-ray]
 
Gunbuster: The Movie [Blu-ray]
 
Horton Hears a Who! [Blu-ray]
 
I Am Legend (Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
 
Jet Li's Fearless [Blu-ray]
 
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray]
-Lost Bloopers
-Audio Commentaries
-Deleted Scenes
-Lost on Location
-Freighter Folk
-Transforming Hawaii
-Gun Tracking
-The Music of Lost
 
The Mask [Blu-ray]
 
Red Cliff (Hong Kong Version) [Blu-ray]
 
The Rundown (aka Welcome to the Jungle) [Blu-ray]
 
Sin City [Blu-ray]
 
Slither [Blu-ray]
 
Super Troopers [Blu-ray]
 
Thirteen Ghosts [Blu-ray]
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
A Viking Saga: Son of Thor
 
Absolution
 
Anamorph
 
Bad Boys
 
Blue Blood
 
The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
 
The Dark Knight (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
 
The Dark Knight (Full-Screen Single-Disc Edition)
 
Holy Hustler
 
Idleheist
 
In Hell
 
The Man Who Came Back
 
The Quare Fellow
 
Sleeper
 
Total Western
 
ANIME
 
Attack Girls' Swin Team Versus the Undead
 
Code Geass Leouch of the Rebellion: Season 1, Vol. 4
 
Code Geass Leouch of the Rebellion: Season 1, Vol. 3
 
Code Geass Leouch of the Rebellion: Season 1, Pt. 2
 
Dragon Ball GT: Season One
 
Hunter x Hunter, Vol. 1
 
Lyrical Nanoha: Season Set
 
Rozen Maiden Traumend: The Alice Game v.3
 
Tokyo Majin: Season 1, Part 1
 
Wedding Peach: Season 1
 
CARTOONS
 
Horton Hears a Who (Widescreen and Full-Screen Single-Disc Edition)
 
Horton Hears a Who! (Amazon.com Exclusive DVD Gift Set with Plush and Audio Storybook CD + Digital Copy)
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Jackass: The Movie - with Digital Copy
 
School of Rock - with Digital Copy
 
Zoolander - with Digital Copy
 
Criterion Collection
 
Europa - Criterion Collection
 
HORROR
 
100 Tears
 
The Bloody Ape
 
Chamber of Horrors/Brides of Fu Manchu
 
Circulation
 
Craig
 
Die Zombiejager/Murder Island
 
The Shuttered Room/It!
 
TV LAND
 
Deadwood: The Complete Series
 
Gunsmoke - The Third Season, Vol. 1
 
Happy Days - The Fourth Season
 
Lost - The Complete Fourth Season
 
Rawhide - Season Three, Vol. 2
 
The Wire: The Complete Series
 
The United Kingdom notable Releases Visit Amazon UK
 
The Dark Knight - 2-Disc Batmask (Ltd Edition Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk)
 
Equilibrium [Blu-ray] [2002]
 
Hellboy 1 & 2 Steelbook [2004]
 
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2 Disc Special Edition) [2008]
 
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army [Blu-ray] [2008]
 
Star Wars - The Clone Wars [2008]
 
UNDENIABLE CLASSICS
 
It Happened One Night (Remastered Black & White)
 
The Last Of The Mohicans [1936]
 
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remastered)
 
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
 
BOX SETS
 
I Am Legend Ultimate Collector's Edition
 
Murnau, Borzage and Fox Box Set
-Lazybones (1925)
-Street Angel (1928)
-7th Heaven (1927)
-Sunrise (1927)
-Lucky Star (1929)
-They Had To See Paris (1929)
-City Girl (1930)
-Liliom (1930)
-After Tomorrow (1932)
-Young America (1932)
-Song O’ My Heart (1930)
-Bad Girl (1931)


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