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The Day The Earth Stood Still original to make Blu-ray debut

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Preview by Jack Foley

NEARLY 60 years after it first mesmerised cinema-goers the original sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still is debuting on Blu-ray on April 20, 2009.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment the enthralling epic combines its plea for global unity with genre-defining special effects to create one of the most beloved and enduring science fiction movies of the twentieth century.

The fate of the human race hangs in the balance when otherworldly humanoid Klaatu (Michael Rennie, The Third Man) arrives on Cold War-era Earth as a harbinger of doom.

Sent by an alien species and accompanied by a giant and ominous robot, he has one mission: warn mankind that unless it ceases its violent behaviour the Earth will be destroyed.

Assisted by the brilliant Dr Helen Benson (Patricia Neal, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) Klaatu seeks to blend into society and find people wise enough to hear his message. With the future of Earth on the brink of destruction will humankind be able to prove its worth in time?

Widely regarded as one of the most influential and significant sci-fi films ever made, The Day The Earth Stood Still can now be seen at its very best when it descends onto Blu-ray this April.

Also released on April 20, is the ground-breaking 2008 version of The Day The Earth Stood Still, which stars Keanu Reeves as Klaatu and Jennifer Connelly as Helen Benson.

This exciting re-imagining of the original sci-fi classic is brought to life by innovative director Scott Derrickson and will take special effects to another dimension when it explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this spring.