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DVD SHOPPING BAG- The Day the Earth Stood Still Blu-ray

Blu-ray Bonanza Continues!

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

Blu-ray Gort in the Day the Earth Stood Still
© Mania.com/Robert Trate


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.
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hanso 12/9/2008 3:31:42 AM

The Dark Knight Lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dbrock06 12/9/2008 6:40:17 AM

Does anyone know if there is going to be any deleted scenes on the Batman Blue Ray disc?  I am dying to see more Heath Ledger footage.  He was ridiculously good as The Joker.

redhairs99 12/9/2008 7:12:14 AM

It's interesting that on a day where the biggest movie of the year comes out on DVD that this DVD shopping Bag column only barely mentions it, almost in passing.  Just a quick listing showing that The Dark Knight is available today.  I'm not saying that The Day the Earth Stood Still is not a classic.  It is definitely a classic.  Just weird that Dark Knight is not the focus of the article, telling us DVD buyers who has which editions and with what bonus gifts, and what cover art.

syxxblade 12/9/2008 7:39:30 AM



EVERY site out there is reviewing that DVD today.  EVERYONE knows its coming out.  NOBODY needs to push it for sales.  I think its cool that this site is showcasing something else instead.  Being a fan of the original DTESS, I'm more than a little excited to see this version.  I'm kind of hoping it's actually a continuation of the original story in a way, as it seems like the message from the original movie wasn't heeded, and this looks to be their warning now coming to fruition.

"Stop your violent ways, or we will stop it for you.  Our system isn't perfect, but it works.  You have been warned."

irascible 12/9/2008 8:20:19 AM

dbrock - I am sure this is #1 of at least 4 incarnations of this DVD (whether blu-ray or not).  This is the "let's cash in for x-mas" edition and they'll at least be 1other for the "buy the Trilogy" edition once the 3rd one comes out....  The extra Heath will be down the line I'm sure if it's not in this version.

hanso 12/9/2008 8:34:52 AM

There’s a reason why it’s being covered everywhere else, its big news and it should be covered here. However, if I’m not mistaken last week’s Blu Ray column talked about The Dark Knight along with some of the other comic book movies.

From everything I’ve read, there is very little stuff on Heath Ledger and his Joker performance on this current release of The Dark Knight. It sucks, plus I’ve already seen most of the stuff being released with the film (both History channel specials and the Gotham News bits).

Irasicible is right, the Ledger stuff will be on the inevitable future TDK release right before the next Batman film and then some more stuff for the Trilogy release. I hate myself for knowing I will end up buying each release.

TheLastCleric 12/9/2008 9:45:24 AM

I'm of the mind that the most critically and financially successful comic book adaption of all time deserves more than a cursory nod as well. Truth be told, the marketing for this hasn't been as saturated and overexposed as one would expect for the second highest grossing film of all time but whatever.

What irks me is that the UK is getting the Blueray of Equilibrium before us. Now that's a film that deserves a bloated, special features-laden HD edition.


silversurfer 12/9/2008 11:10:33 AM

I don't know that we really need it for right now....I agree that at some point if and when the third one is done, there will be a box set that will make all of us salivate, and we'll all buy it, because there will be things on it that make it worthy of buying it...we'll all get this one and grimace because we all know that we're all going to buy the box set, when it comes out.

TDTESS is a classic film and should've gotten the props it did, we all know what TDK is has done and that it won't be topped. Still this is a great movie, and one of the best, and is the genere movie of the moment. TDK is and will be timeless.....actually, I think that the timing of the remake comes at a time where we can really appreciate it.....

...and yes Hanso....The Dark Knight Lives!!!! 

themovielord 12/9/2008 4:06:18 PM

Guys, I turned in my review of the Dark Knight already (on Blu-ray). It will be up Wednesday with the Comics (only fitting right!?) ~ Robert`

Dazzler 12/10/2008 4:25:40 AM

I have never seen the orig.  Maybe it will be on tv? 



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