The Day the Earth Stood Still might well be the day the major studios figured out fair business is good business. For example, the 2008 The Day the Eearth Stood Stull Blu-ray is available with the 1951 version of the same movie also on Blu-ray as well as with a digital copy disc of the 2008 version. This is finally giving customers and film fans a decent bang for their hard-earned buck.
Of course, the better of the two The Day the Earth Stood Still versions is the original with Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, and the original Gort. This Robert Wise directed version has something to say and says it well. Rennie is also very good as Klaatu and Klaatu is a much more interesting character. Getting Blu-ray for a black and white movie makes little sense unless it “comes with” as is the case here. This is especially true since the movie is presented in full screen.
Getting the 2008 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still on Blu-ray makes sense if you have the TV for it. Since this version is all special effects and they are all computer based, the SFX do look better, crisper, and pop more than on the regular DVD.
The Scott Derrickson version of this science fiction classic in 2:35:1 widescreen is a decent enough movie and might seem a bit better if you are unaware of the original. It is still a messy movie and Keanu Reeves emotes about as much as the plastic case the The Day the Earth Stood Still 3-disc Special Edition comes in.
The new version’s main weakness is the kid. In the Robert Wise version Klaatu gets to understand the earth through a child’s eyes and mind. In the Keanu Reeves version the kid (Will Smith junior) is just a spoiled brat whose major role is to remind the Connelly character she is not his real mother.
All in all though, if you are a fan of this science fiction classic and enjoy the new version, The Day The Earth Stood Still Blu-ray 3-Disc Special Edition is a very good deal.
The Blu-ray for the Keanu Reeves version is the first I have come across that uses the colored buttons on the remote. Yellow gets you storyboards, green gets you the commentary track, and blue gives you the Bonusview options.
Special Edition Three-Disc DVD Features:
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL special edition DVD is presented in widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound and Spanish and French Dolby Surround with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Packaged with the original 1951 version of the film.
Bonus features include:
• Deleted Scenes
• Re-Imagining “The Day” Featurette
• Unleashing Gort Featurette
• Watching The Skies: In Search Of Extraterrestrial Life Featurette
• The Day The Earth Was “Green” Featurette
• Commentary By Writer David Scarpa
• Still Galleries
o Concept Art
o Production Photos
• The Day The Earth Stood Still Digital Copy for portable media players
Special Edition Blu-ray Three-Disc Features:
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL BD is presented in widescreen format (2.45:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Cantonese Korean and Mandarin subtitles. Packaged with the original 1951 version of the film.
Bonus features include those above plus the following:
• Klaatu’s Unseen Artifacts: The Day The Earth Stood Still Picture-In-Picture Track
• “Build Your Own GORT,” BD-Java Game