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‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ Returning To Theaters For 40th Anniversary
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which saw the crew of TV’s Star Trek make the leap onto the big screen. Now, Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures is bringing the film back to theaters nationwide for 2 days only this September.

Theaters nationwide will be showing the film on Sunday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 18, 2019, and will include a screening of the behind-the-scenes documentary short “The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture.”

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Blu-ray Review: The Curse Of The Cat People
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The Curse of the Cat People
Blu-ray
Directors: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise
Screenwriter: DeWitt Bodeen
Cast: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Eve March, Elizabeth Russell, Julia Dean, Sir Lancelot
Distributor: Scream Factory
Not Rated | 70 Minutes
Release Date: June 26, 2018

Directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise, 1944’s The Curse of the Cat People is a sequel to Jacques Tourneu’s 1942 film, The Cat People. The film marks Wise’s directorial debut, who would go on to direct classic films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Haunting, and The Sound of Music. Produced by the legendary Val Lewton (I Walked With a Zombie), the film is now available on Blu-ray for the first time thanks to Scream Factory.

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Blu-ray Deal: West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set
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West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set

Today’s Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is the West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set Blu-ray/DVD Combo box set for only $25.00 (that’s 64% off the list price of $69.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Wednesday, May 10, 2012, until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

This West Side Story Blu-ray/DVD collection includes bonus featurettes, an in-movie reviewing mode of all the dance sequences, select commentary on the music, and a tribute CD with 8 covers from the film done by people like Julie Andrews, Gloria Estefan, and more. The set also contains a hardcover book with rare photos, as well as 10 collectible postcards. Check out the full box set features below.

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Watch Vintage ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ TV Spots Restored In Glorious HD
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Daren R. Dochterman, a concept and storyboard artist and production illustrator, has worked on many notable feature films from recent years, from David Fincher’s breakthrough movie Seven to the 2010 sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy. But as a visual effects artist he supervised the updating of the effects work for the 2001 Director’s Edition DVD restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Most recently Dochterman has undertaken an ambitious high-definition reconstruction and restoration of the television spots from the original theatrical release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which he has been uploading to his YouTube channel.

You can watch the eight restored TV spots uploaded so far here below.

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13 WTF Moments From ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ Remake
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The Day the Earth Said WTF?!I finally got out to see The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. I made sure to see it in IMAX because from what I could tell from the preview footage, the special effects are amazing and would definitely be heightened by the IMAX experience.

I’m a big fan of the original 1951 film by director Robert Wise and not so keen on remakes, which is why I wasn’t running out to see this movie when it was released in early December. The story centers on Klaatu, an alien who comes to Earth wanting to speak to its leaders about their destructive behavior. In the original, made during the Cold War, Klaatu warns that unless the human race ceases its warmongering, they will be destroyed. In the remake, Klaatu also threatens the extinction of the human race, but because humanity has been deemed a threat to the Earth itself.

As far as the special effects and aesthetics go, this film from director Scott Derrickson does not disappoint. Klaatu’s glowing spherical spaceship landing in Central Park is such a sight to behold that I’m willing to let it go that people — including a woman with a baby stroller! — are just standing there watching it land … and then have to run for the damn lives.

But how does the film hold up beyond the special effects? Well, like I mentioned, I don’t really go for remakes, but I do understand the need to “update” storylines for modern audiences when a remake is done. So, the whole environmental aspect of it was expected. To be honest, the story really captured my attention, because I thought it was going in a certain direction, which it turned out NOT to be going in. About two-thirds of the way in, I thought, “Wow, they’re really pulling this off,” then we got to the end. WTF? In my opinion, it totally ruined the movie.

With that, here’s 13 moments from The Day The Earth Stood Still remake that made me say “What The Fuck?”

Warning — MAJOR SPOILERS

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DVD Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (Blu-ray)
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The Day The Earth Stood Still Blu-ray DVDThe Day the Earth Stood Still
Blu-ray Edition (1951)
Directed by Robert Wise
Starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Lock Martin, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray
Fox Home Entertainment
Release date: December 2, 2008

While it may not have the walloping humor of Dr. Strangelove or the technicality of 2001, The Day the Earth Stood Still is every bit as interested about atomic bombs, violence, and our galaxies infinite amount of possibilities. The movie is one of science fiction’s only films, certainly one of its great ones, that conceals a Biblical meaning of such heightened velocity. 2001 dealt with every nuance that life itself had to offer to the universe, where as The Day The Earth Stood Still deals with the coming of a life form from a distant planet and what he has to offer us. Here is an almost accurate testimony that mirrors what the Biblical book of the future — the book of Revelation — has in store for the entire world.

Robert Wise directed the movie and had guts to go after every single nation on planet Earth as he did it. Making the movie during the height of the Cold War in 1951 and with all the paranoia surrounding McCarthyism, Wise goes the cold route by not siding with any country. He makes planet Earth look like the extraterrestrials, and singles the planet out as being deaf, dumb, and blind. It’s one of the rare science fiction films that sympathizes with the visitors from the other planet rather than with the humans.

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‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ Original 1951 Film on DVD & Blu-ray Today!
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Fox Home Entertainment has released the 1951 science fiction classic The Day The Earth Stood Still as a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-ray, on sale today.

Both editions are packed with bonus materials, like feature commentary by director Robert Wise as well as content new to this re-release, like commentary by film and music historians, along with an isolated score track.

The big sell for me on this re-release, aside from the commentaries (love commentaries) is the “Making Of The Day The Earth Stood Still” featurette and “Decoding Klaatu Barada Nikto: Science Fiction As A Metaphor,” which is an audio presentation of the original short story.

The blu-ray edition also includes two new, exclusive-to-blu-ray extras “Gort Command!,” an arcade-style shooting gallery game and “Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score,” where viewers can re-score the film’s opening sequence.

Both editions contain an exclusive look at the upcoming remake starring Starring Keanu Reeves And Jennifer Connelly, out in theaters on December 12, 2008.

See below for a full list of features for the 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray editions.

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