Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) Blu-ray Review

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 39.7 GB
Film Size: 26.2 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A

Video
Fox has included a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation for The Day The Earth Stood Still. The video presentation is quite strong, despite a few darker-lit scenes and ugly grain. There are shots where the grain looked a bit excessive, and noticeable enough to take away from certain scenes. Otherwise the presentation is sharp and filled with detail. Textures are impressive, and special effects look fantastic. This is a fantastic presentation overall, and will certainly please viewers. 8.5

Audio
Fox has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track was a very nice audio experience. Surround use was fantastic and quite dynamic, and dialogue was clear as could be. The film's audio effects weren't always as impressive when compared to other films I have viewed recently. Certain scenes will have your room shaking and immersed. While other scenes will sound a bit underwhelming for what could have been. This track is not bad by any means, I've just heard better. 9.0

Extras

Disc 1:

Klaatu's Unseen Artifacts: The DayThe Earth Stood Still Picture-in-Picture track
This Picture-in-Picture track is a making of mode. It features pre-visualization, special effects footage, photos and more. The track is active during the majority of the film, so I would say they did a good job.

Build Your Own Gort (BD-Java Game)
A fun and interactive game with limited options, but fans of Gort with a bit of free time should enjoy this for at least a couple of minutes.

Deleted Scenes (1:57) (HD)
Two deleted scenes, and one extended scene are included. Deleted scenes are usually cut for good reason, and these fit the typical mold.

Re-imagining The Day (30:06) (HD)
Thoughts from the cast and crew on the original, and their attempt to make a remake that lived up to the original film. It features footage from both the original and remake, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. It's interesting for sure, but this film can't compare to the original.

Unleashing Gort (13:52) (HD)
Director Scott Derrickson discusses Gort, and how he used the original film as a starting point. They talked about the different stages of designing Gort, and they realized they had completely went off course. They then went back and designed a Gort more similar to the original.

Watching The Skies: In Search Of Extraterrestrial Life (23:08) (HD)
Interviews with astronomers and staff from The Planetary Society on certain theories and advancements in technology, etc.

The Day The Earth Was 'Green' (14:04) (HD)
Commentary from the crew on how they made the film green, with a message to the public as well. If you are interested in how they made the world a better place while filming this movie, then by all means check it out. It is interesting, but quite preachy.

Commentary by Writer David Scarpa
I checked out the commentary for about 10 minutes, which was more than enough. David Scarpa just wasn't that interesting, nor did he say much.

Still Galleries
The still galleries available include concept art, storyboards, and production photos.

Theatrical Trailer (1:48) (HD)

Disc 2:

Digital Copy of The Day The Earth Stood Still (iTunes and Windows Media compatible)

Disc 3:

Original 1951 movie on Blu-ray (Read our review)
The extras have been excluded for this release, but the film still maintains the same 1080p transfer and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track.

Blu-news Summary
The Day The Earth Stood Still is a film that starts of great, and gets worse and worse as it goes on. I a few people over while watching this film, and the reaction was quite mixed. There were a couple of people that thought it was pretty good (having never seen the original), another who thought it was mediocre. There were also quite a few that thought it was overall pretty bad, including me. I thought the film really started off great, I loved the mystery aspect provided, and it left me on the edge of my seat. As the film progressed, I was no longer on edge, and I ultimately was left underwhelmed. The film isn't completely awful, but it could have been so much better.

The Blu-ray release itself is great, with very nice additional features. Had the original not been included, I would have said 'Rental At Best.' But thanks to the inclusion of the original (which is truly fantastic), I would say this package is 'Recommended.'

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