The Day the Earth Stood Still

(2008)

A remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic about a humanoid alien named Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.

‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ Moves Up to DVD and Blu-ray on April 7th

You can bring a Keanu Reeves remake home in both formats this April. The Day the Earth Stood Still heads up to DVD and Blu-ray on April 7. The film will be released in a barebones two-disc edition, with the second disc being the original 1951 film ($29.98 SRP), a three-disc special edition with Digital Copy ($34.98 SRP) and the three-disc Blu-ray edition with Digital Copy. All of these releases will include the 1951 original film, for a limited time. The film stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.

The Day the Earth Stood Still was released December 12th, 2008.

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WORST of 2008: A Look Back at This Year's All-Time Lows!

Worst Sci-Fi Flick: It's really quite a toss up between The Day the Earth Stood Still and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Though Keanu came with some pretty blank and impressive moves as Klaatu in this end of year thriller, it proved to be quite a boring, incoherent mess. The film came on like a directionless hobo, wandering all over the place, yet never really going anywhere. This was as pointless as remakes get, and I really haven't seen one this poorly executed since John Moore jumped behind the lens of 2006's The Omen. It was like watching someone feverishly pump air into a slashed tire only to ride away on a flat, flip smacking the pavement as they don't even make it out of the driveway. After some odd bits of character development, it shifts grinding gears to become a "sort of" disaster movie. It's a jarring jolt of sudden stupidity that, while upholding the thematic elements of the original film, makes you not want to go anywhere near it for quite sometime. Though things start off promisingly with a well-made prologue and an exciting alien arrival scene, I can precisely pinpoint the moment things went completely off the rails and never recovered. And nope, it wasn't the ridiculously computer-painted Gort that presents itself in the first fifteen minutes, either. I am talking about Kathy Bates. Seriously. What the heck was she doing in my Keanu Reeves sci-fi holiday extravaganza? This was the worst kind of miscasting. Its like she wandered off the stages of Tyler Perry's latest family face drubbing and accidentally stepped into Day's studio barn while they were shooting. No one questioned her presence because she's Kathy Bates. No one wanted to speak up and state the obvious. She is like a cancerous growth on this pristine film stock. She arrives in her Sears Gold Collection evening wear (no, really, she wears the same cheap, ugly jacket throughout the entire duration of the day in the title) and pretends to be some sort of authoritative voice. Her presence completely ruins the entire movie. I haven't seen one actor do this much of a disservice to a single film in a very long time. Except for maybe Jabba the Hutt's Uncle Ziro, a drag queen lizard that sounded like Truman Capote doing an impersonation of Richard Simmons. Seriously, folks. This was the moment that proved, without a doubt, that George Lucas has totally lost his mind. Ziro makes Jar Jar Binks look like a welcome dinner guest, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars makes The Star Wars Holiday Special look like a winning masterpiece. Yes, this was a sad year for science fiction. In deed.

And that's it for our Worst of 2008 list. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a shower and wash this past year off my skin. It's making me itch. And my brain is starting to tingle in a massive stroke sort of way.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: Audiences Drop $31 Million on ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

Four Christmases managed to stay strong in second place, taking in another $13.2 million. The Reese Witherspoon/Vince Vaughn Christmas comedy is fast becoming the surprise hit of the winter, with $87 million in grosses over the course of the last three weeks. Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic simply titled Milk added 229 theaters this week, which enabled it to crack the top ten with $2.6 million in ninth place.

Next week, Klaatu will have to contend with Mikey Rourke's award worthy turn in The Wrestler, the animated kiddy flick The Tale of Despereaux, Will Smith's mysterious Seven Pounds, and the Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly Remember ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

The Day the Earth Stood Still opens this Friday, December 12th, 2008.

The Day the Earth Stood Still was released December 12th, 2008.

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‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ Screens in Space

20th Century Fox is hosting an intergalactic film screening, set to beam The Day the Earth Stood Still into deep space, which will be a first for motion picture. Check out the studio's press release:Twentieth Century Fox makes history by transmitting the first motion picture in to deep space, making The Day the Earth Stood Still the world's first galactic motion picture release. The first deliberate deep space transmission of this highly anticipated science fiction thriller will begin this Friday, December 12, 2008, to coincide with the film's opening day on Planet Earth. If any civilizations are currently orbiting Alpha Centauri, they will be able to receive and view the film approximately four years from now in the year 2012.

In a time when global movie launches are now commonplace, Fox is raising the bar by spearheading, with Deep Space Communications Network located at Cape Canaveral, the ultimate in "wide release" platforms. As millions of Earthbound movie fans get their first look at The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, the film will be zipping through space at 186,000 miles per second to a heretofore untapped possible consumer base orbiting the three star system, Alpha Centauri.

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SET VISIT: Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly Prepare Us for ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’!

Director Scott Derrickson and his cast take us behind-the-scenes of this upcoming sci-fi remake.

New International Trailer from ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

You've got to see this footage that is shaking up the internet.