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The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD) by Robert Wise (Director)
Review by Charles Mohapel
20th Century Fox DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001EZE5BK
Date: 02 December 2008 List Price $19.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Watching the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951, you see just how much the movie was a product of the times (including the witch hunts headed by Senator Joseph McCarthy) and amazingly how few special effects there actually are in this classic of Science Fiction. Another thing that struck me is how relevant the antiwar message is 57 years later, perhaps even more so today. Back then the Soviet Union and its nuclear arsenal was the Boogeyman; now it's terrorists of all kinds and we're afraid of them getting their hands on pieces of that same nuclear arsenal.

Marshall McLuhan once said "The medium is the message." If that is true, in this case, Cinema's message got lost in the translation.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: 12/02/2008
Run time: 92 minutes
Rating: NR

From IMDB: An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. Written by Bruce Janson {bruce@cs.su.oz.au}

A flying saucer orbits the 1950s Earth. It lands in Washington, DC, on the Mall. The lone occupant steps out and is shot by a jumpy soldier. Gort, a large and very powerful robot appears to save him and is able to melt tanks with the slightest bit of his power. The wounded alien orders Gort to stop his rampage and is taken to a hospital from which he escapes in order to learn more about this planet, even moving in as a boarder with an Earth family. When they begin to suspect him, he reveals himself, along with the news that Gort is a member of a race of super-robot enforcers invented to keep the peace of the galaxy that will destroy the Earth if provoked. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

(Source: 20th Century Fox)

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