Day the Earth Stood Still (Three-Disc Widescreen + Full Screen Edition)

Whenever I see that a movie I liked is going to be remade, I get a little worried.  Sometimes the remake is much better (Last House On The Left) and sometimes they are so much worse it’s painful (both remakes of The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers).  The moral of the story is that there is always anxiety when a remake comes up.  Now one of my favorite movies has been remade and it’s ready on DVD now!

Starting this April 7th, now available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes a dramatic and modern retelling of the original classic science fiction film.  The Day The Earth Stood Still – 3-Disc Special Edition is ready to crash right through your television screen and bring a whole alien world of danger into your living room.  Bring home this great remake today!

Klaatu is a humanoid alien come to Earth to save the planet from the infestation of humans.  Then he is attacked by overaggressive Americans and the military takes possession of his body.  When he manages to escape, then things really get crazy.  Now it’s up to one molecular biology professor and her young step-son to try and persuade the alien to not destroy humanity.  But when the robot Gort begins the attack, will it be too late?  This movie stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm and Kyle Chandler.

This three disc special edition is completely bogged down with special features.  It includes the original movie, which is awesome, a DVD of the new movie, a digital copy of the film for your portable media devices, three still galleries, a look at how they sought to reimagine the classic, how they made the movie green, an optional audio commentary from writer David Scarpa, a selection of deleted scenes, a featurette about our real search for intelligent life out there and a great look at how Gort was made and what he’s really all about.

I understand the need to change the impending doom from nuclear war to an environmental apocalypse, but it’s certainly not an original idea (see Al Gore and Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home).  I do think it is one of the most creative things that could be done with the original film in this time, but the reason that the original is so memorable is that it saw science fiction as a way to make a point, a way to warn us of the dangers of nuclear brinkmanship.  The original holds a firm place in my heart, so I was very resistant to the new movie until I ended up seeing it.  I was very impressed and surprisingly so.  The environmental twist works very well and Keanu Reeves, not very surprisingly, does indeed seem like a strange alien who is completely not used to the way things work down here on Earth.  Jaden Smith is great as the son in this film and it’s still strange to see John Cleese in roles where he’s not hilarious.  Also, Jennifer Connelly looks stunning in all the special features, but as in every movie she’s in, they end up making her look so severe that some of the beauty is lost.  It’s sad.  So, in conclusion, this movie was good and makes a great way to pass the time, even if you loved the original.

It’s Still a great movie experience.

This three disc special edition is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet – Follow me on Twitter

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