The Evolution Of Gort

The Day The Earth Stood Still is out on DVD on Monday, and the Blu-Ray version has a very special extra feature: Build Your Own Gort. The feature uses elements from early Gort design concepts, based on the artwork of conceptual designer Aaron Sims . 20th Century Fox has given SFX kind permission to reproduce some of those concepts here along with more of Sims’s work for the film.

First up, a couple of early designs for Gort:


Now some ideas for Keanu's more alien look:

The alien is shot!

The sphere in Central Park (click to enlarge):

The Day The Earth Stood Still is out on 20 April on DVD (£19.99) and Blu-Ray (£24.99). Extras include:

Blu-ray Disc:
• Build Your Own Gort – interactive feature for viewers to create their own unique Gort using elements from early Gort designs
• Picture-in-Picture Bonus View – allows a special insider’s look into the alien invasion!
• In-Movie Features – access commentaries, picture-in-picture track, and storyboards at any time during the film
• Deleted Scenes – your chance to view three scenes that did not make the final cut of the film: Equipment is issued to the scientists; Helen and Granier discuss the shot; Extended version of Klaatu being wheeled down hallway
• Re-Imagining “The Day” – a look at the making of this re-imagined version of the film
• Unleashing Gort – take a peek at the process involved in creating Gort’s new look
• Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life – scientists talk about possible real world scenarios for first contact with aliens
• The Day the Earth Was “Green” – Fox’s first green production; details from this environmentally conscious set
• Audio Commentary with Screenwriter David Scarpa

DVD:
• Deleted Scenes (as above)
• Re-Imagining “The Day” (as above)
• Unleashing Gort (as above)
• Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life (as above)
• The Day the Earth Was “Green” (as above)
• Audio Commentary with Screenwriter David Scarpa