Attention SciFi junkies. The Day the Earth Stood Still is being reissued on DVD (again). This "special edition" will come out on BluRay and regular DVD on Dec 2., just in time for the holiday season. More from The Digital Bits Web site:
The 2-disc DVD (SRP $19.98) will include the film in its original full frame (1.33:1) aspect ratio, the original audio commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer, a new commentary by film & music historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman, an isolated score track, 8 featurettes (The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still, Decoding "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto": Science Fiction as Metaphor, A Brief History of Flying Saucers, The Astounding Harry Bates, Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still, The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin, Race to Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written and Produced by Edmund North and Farewell to the Master: A Reading by Jamieson K. Price of the Original Harry Bates Short Story), video of a live performance of the film's main title music by thereminist Peter Pringle, an Interactive pressbook, the vintage Fox Movietonews from 1951 short film, the film's theatrical trailer, multiple still galleries (for advertising, behind-the-scenes, portraits, production, spaceship construction blueprints) and the film's shooting script. The single-disc Blu-ray edition (SRP $34.99) will include all of the above along with the film in 1080p full frame with DTS-HD audio and 2 exclusive bonus features: the Interactive Thermin: Create Your Own Score option and the Gort Command interactive game.
Sorry, stuffed "collectible" beanbag toys of Gort, Michael Rennie, or Hugh Marlowe not included (darn).
Excellent film, I'm just sick of buying reissues every time they come out. Not only do we get extras, now BluRay is the carrot on the stick. Have you seen how many times they've reissued An Affair to Remember on DVD (BluRay aside, the letterboxed, Cinemascope version is the best BTW)? How about the Hitchcock films? Ok, end rant.
Hot tip from the comments portion of the blog: Robert Montgomery should be showing up on What's My Line on GSN in October sometime:
Episode #345, first aired: January 13, 1957
Game 1: Muriel Fleit, Mary Barber & Myrtle Berne (as Mystery Guests and the panel is blindfolded) - "Secretaries to Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf & Dorothy Kilgallen)" (salaried; they won $50)
Game 2: Robin Roberts - "President of Frozen Shrimp Company" (he is the President of the Gold King Frozen Shrimp Co; he is also the pitcher of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team; from Philadelphia, PA; he won $50)
Game 3: Robert Montgomery (as Mystery Guest) Bennett Cerf guessed his identity at $25
If you're really good at figuring out the current episode playing vs. the order 345 is in, you can figure out the air date on GSN. I'm not that talented...
Props to funny radio people, one of which is a new favorite: Robert Q. Lewis. Before his television shows, radio shows, game shows, and movie appearances (shew), Robert Q. was a disc jockey. My favorite tidbit: he played David Rose's song The Stripper (you'd know if if you heard it) for 45 minutes nonstop on his music show. Want to request a song on the show? Not that day - you got The Stripper instead.
It's January 1955 and what's Robert Montgomery doing? Producing his television show Robert Montgomery Presents on NBC, working on The Desperate Hours, and advising President Eisenhower on his various television and radio appearances. Busy guy.
This New York Journal-American article by James L. Kilgallen talks about Bob's various roles of the time and offers a number of interesting tidbits of information. For instance, how many actors do you know who had an office in the White House? (and Reagan doesn't count)
I haven't posted a radio show in a while, so there's no better time than the present.
Today's show comes from Lux Radio Theater, December 13, 1948 - the presentation of The Seventh Veil starring Ingrid Bergman and Robert Montgomery. The show appears to be the same story released as a feature film in 1945 starring James Mason and Ann Todd. I haven't seen the film, so I'm unable to provide any comparisons of the two. However if you have, please let us know what you think. One hour - 13.5 MB MP3
Since I don't care for witting story summaries, I'll just pull it from the radio show itself: the story of a musician and the man who loves and dominates her. Now get listening!