Exclusive Clip Shows Why Keanu Can't Fill Original Klaatu's Boots

Michael Rennie, stoic actor and first to don the silver spaceman duds in the 1951 classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, has left Neo some mighty big space boots to fill. Don't take our word for it — just check out this exclusive clip from one of the featurettes from the new TDTESS DVD re-release, and find out what went into making Rennie the definitive Klaatu.

Original director Lewis Gilbert discusses how Rennie's seriousness and creepy-yet-handsome appeal made him the most compelling actor for this role.


Check out that icy demeanor, it may have said "cool" in the script but Rennie is chilly. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to see this kind of movie in the 50s. I would have seriously wet myself. No wonder the reboot is all CG destruction and mayhem in the trailers, they have to live up to Rennie and just the sheer shock that was seeing a space ship land on the Earth before it was done one million times after the first TDTESS. The re-release of TDTESS both on Blu Ray and on DVD are out tomorrow, December 2.

Features On The Special Edition BD Release Include:

• New: Exclusive First Look At The New Movie The Day The Earth Stood Still Starring
Keanu Reeves And Jennifer Connelly
• New & Exclusive To BD: Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score
• New & Exclusive To BD: Gort Command!: Interactive Game
• Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicholas 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; Audio Only
• New: Interactive Pressbook
• Fox Movietonews from 1951
• Original Theatrical Trailer & Teaser Trailer
• Advertising Gallery
• Behind-The Scenes Gallery
• Portrait Gallery
• Production Gallery
• Spaceship Construction Blueprints
• Shooting Scrip

While the Gort shooting game sounds like fun I'm probably going to purchase this just for the A Brief History of Flying Saucers.

The Day The Earth Stood Still remake opens next week on December 12th.


Mr. Reeves has a lot of things, but he hasn't got Rennie's cheekbones. Sharpilicious!

I'll go see the new version. It looks good. Just as preachy as the original, so it's keeping with tradition.

I absolutely loved the original, and have no high hopes for this remake, but.... I saw that Aliens Versus Predator in Colorado stinker Hollywood brought out last year so this is sort of a step up for me, no matter how bad it is.