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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008) (Blu-ray)

movie-april-2009-earth-stood-stillSynopsis

Dr. Helen Benson (Connelly) answers a knock on her door to discover the FBI is taking her into custody.

She is taken to a secret meeting place where there are scientists from many different fields, and they are told that an asteroid will strike the earth, specifically Manhattan, in about two hours.

No one can figure out a way to stop the asteroid, but when it is time for the object to strike, it slows down, and lands. It is a spacecraft rather than an asteroid.

A creature emerges, but the military shoots him. Then, a robot, named Gort and about 20 feet tall, comes out of the craft and shuts down all the military weapons there.

The wounded creature is taken to a lab, where a shell of protein falls off, leaving what appears to be a human. He tells him his name is Klaatu. The military interrogates him, but he escapes, and Helen takes him to meet a scientist, Dr. Barnhardt (Cleese), for possible solutions.

In the meantime, the military is hunting Klaatu down with every tool they have. His message is that the earth will be destroyed unless they change their violent ways of behavior.

 

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 44 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 26.4 Mbps
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese
  • Directed by Scott Derrickson
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is a remake of the original 1951 version of the same title and characters. Unfortunately, the 2008 version is just another giant monster movie with lots of CG. Not much different than The Hulk or Spiderman series. The 1951 version had real character and depth. The 2008 version does not, but it is still entertaining and worth the rental.

Technical

The image is very sharp with no visible edge enhancement, and the surround sound is good.

Extras

These include Klaatu's Unseen Artifacts, Build Your Own Gort, Deleted Scenes, Re-imagining the Day, Watching the Skies in Search of Extraterrestrial Life, a Digital Copy for your Video iPod, and the original 1951 version in Blu-ray format.