The Day the Earth Stood Still invades this December

Before the Keanu Reeves remake lands on the screen this winter, the folks at Fox will be releasing the original Day the Earth Stood Still in both a special edition DVD and Blu-ray releases this December 2, 2008. Full press release included.


Academy Award®-Winning Director Robert Wise’s Original Masterpiece
Lands Onto Blu-Ray Disc And DVD December 2
From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Packed With Out-Of-This-World Bonus Material, This Special Edition Includes
New Commentaries, Featurettes, Games And More

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – The fate of the world hangs in the balance when a mysterious alien and his robot land on Earth in The Day The Earth Stood Still, debuting as a Special Edition Blu-ray Disc (BD) and two-disc DVD on December 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by two-time Academy Award®-winning* director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, West Side Story) and starring Oscar®-winner** Patricia Neal (Hud) and Michael Rennie (Les Miserables), this 1951 classic story of hope and peace is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential and thought-provoking science-fiction films of all time and can now be seen like never before – in high definition.

The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition BD will contain two never-before-seen, high-definition exclusive features: “Gort Command,” an arcade-style shooting gallery game and an “Interactive Thermin: Create Your Own Score,” where viewers can re-score the film’s opening sequence. Both the BD and DVD versions of The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition feature all-new and exclusive bonus materials including legendary composer and Academy Award®-winner*** Bernard Herrmann’s isolated score; film and sci-fi featurettes – including a “Making Of The Day The Earth Stood Still” and “Decoding Klaatu, Barada, Nikto; Science Fiction As A Metaphor” – an audio presentation of the original short story; commentaries from Robert Wise and other film and music historians; and more.

Arriving in time for the theatrical release of its 2008 remake starring Keanu Reeves (Street Kings, The Matrix) and Academy Award® winner**** Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition Blu-ray Disc will be available for $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada and the two-disc DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.98 U.S. / $21.98 Canada. Pre-book is November 5.

* 1962: Best Director (West Side Story); 1966: Best Director (The Sound of Music)
** 1964: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hud)
*** 1941: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (The Devil & Daniel Webster)
**** 2002: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (A Beautiful Mind)

A spaceship lands in Washington D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to calls for violence. But one young woman and her son befriend him…and soon realize that they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction.

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition BD release will be authored in BD-Java with AVC (MPEG 4) compression on a single-layer 25 GB disc presented in full screen format (1.33:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and Spanish/French 5.1 Dolby Digital audio with English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and French subtitles. The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition BD includes the following special features:

· New & Exclusive To BD: Interactive Thermin: Create Your Own Score
· New & Exclusive To BD: Gort Command: Interactive Game
· Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer
· New: Commentary by Film & Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman
· New: Isolated Score Track
· New: The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin
· New: The Day The Earth Stood Still Main Title Live Performance By Peter Pringle
· New: The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still
· New: Decoding “Klaatu, Barada, Nikto”: Science Fiction as Metaphor Featurette
· New: A Brief History of Flying Saucers Featurette
· New: The Astounding Harry Bates Featurette
· New: Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still Featurette
· New To Disc: Race To Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written And Produced By Edmund North
· New To Disc: Farewell To The Master: A Reading By Jamieson K. Price Of The Original
Harry Bates Short Story
· New: Interactive Pressbook
· Fox Movietonews from 1951
· Theatrical Trailer
· Advertising Gallery
· Behind-The Scenes Gallery
· Portrait Gallery
· Production Gallery
· Spaceship Construction Blueprints
· Shooting Script

DVD Specs:
The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition DVD is presented in full screen format (1.33:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish and French Mono, plus English and Spanish subtitles. The Day The Earth Stood Still Special Edition DVD includes all of the above bonus features, with the exception of the two noted BD exclusives.

Street Date: December 2, 2008
Pre-book Date: November 5, 2008
BD Price: $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada
DVD Price: $19.98 U.S. / $21.98 Canada
BD Catalogue Number: 2255466 U.S. / 2255467 Canada
DVD Catalogue Number: 2255321 U.S. / 2255322 Canada
Total Running Time: 92 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

Both versions will be available at Amazon.

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