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The War of the Worlds (Special Collector's Edition)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring drama of a world in peril June 25 2005
I like all of George Pal's films, but I have to say this 1953 adaptation of HG Well's masterpiece is my favourite. It is a feast of sight, sound and colour with brisk pacing and subdued performances(unlike many genre movies of the period where overwrought acting seems to have been derigeur.) Latter day viewers might quibble with the occasional descent into cheesiness, but in the end, Pal's vision remains intact and viable. Leith Steven's eerie musical score is also an asset. It's just too bad that the dvd does not have the 4 track stereo soundtrack that has thus far only appeared on the laser disc version of the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Example of 50's Sci-Fi Films Feb. 28 2006
It's 1953 and the Earth is being attacked by aliens from Mars! That, in a nutshell, is the plot for The War Of The Worlds, one of the most popular and enduring Science Fiction classics to come out of Hollywood in the Golden Age of Sci-Fi (The 1950's).
The 53 years that have passed since this film was made have not dulled the impact or enjoyment of this film. The acting by the entire cast, including Gene Barry (as Clay Forrester), Anne Robinson (as Sylvia Van Buren) , Lewis Martin (as Pastor Dr. Matthew Collins), and Les Tremayne (as Major General Mann) still holds up today. In fact, I liked Gene Barry's character a lot more than I did Tom Cruise's character in Spielberg's 2005 remake. Despite the passage of time, the SFX are still good, but not as spectacular the effects of, for instance, Independence Day (1996)(which I didn't like as much as this, as it's an obvious rip-off of this film). The scenes showing the reactions of the people as they as they try to escape before the aliens attack-- desperately trying to find modes of transportation to escape--still packs a punch today. I especially enjoyed the suspenseful scenes leading up to and including when the alien is revealed to the characters of Gene Barry and Anne Robinson (the alien itself looks like a 50's version of Spielberg's E.T).
This is the second DVD release of this famous film (the first was in 1999) and it's got more than just the theatrical trailer this time around. It has a stunning digitally remastered copy of the film. The image is absolutely free of defects and grain. In fact, the image is so clear that you can see things you never saw before (check out the invader's ships during the invasion, you'll see what I mean) . The sound, in Dolby Digital--English 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here come the Martians! July 29 2004
This was a fav Sci-Fi film when I was a kid. Most Sci-Fi does not wear well, as time and progress moves too fast. I remember the old UFO British telly series, and it has "the future" as being 1980!! So most old Sci-Fi is more for fond memories.
I still love The Thing from Another World, with James Arness lumbering around as the seven-foot-tall carrot from outer space. One of the most terrifying movies as a kid, Invasion of the Body Snatchers just draws smiles. They are stylistic and fun. But few withstand the march of time. That why I was surprised by The War of the World. The special effects are not that shabby. Gene Barry alternates between laconic and hammy, and the tone of the movie is a little religious. Yet, all in all this is still a very entertaining film. Those Martians (hahahha!) pods coming down the street blasting away still has a high impact. Despite it's faults, I still enjoy this one, time after time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When worlds collide July 4 2004
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I am by no means a fan of science fiction movies but of the few that I do enjoy, "The War of the Worlds" is my favorite sci-fi flick. Devlin Emmerich's 'Independence Day" has nothing on this film despite having the state of the art special effects. "The War of the Worlds" was based on a radio program that legendary actor Orson Welles read one Halloween night and caused a lot of people to freak out because they thought what they were hearing were true. Dr. Clayton Forrester played by the handsome Gene Barry comes across a small town in California. He was called by the townsfolk to investigate the meteor that crash landed in their town. What Forrester soons discovers is that the meteor that crashed was no meteor. Chaos ensues when the aliens reveal themselves and their deadly intentions. For its time, "The War of the Worlds" had quite the special effects. It may not be as dazzling as that modern rip-off "Independence Day" and even the '80s tv series of the same namesake but it certainly had heart and was more entertaining. I remember first seeing the film in high school and enjoying every second of it, and ten years later I still enjoy watching "The War of the Worlds". Too bad Devlin Emmerich didn't have a backbone and had to ape the concept of this film for his atrocious "Independence Day". That just lacked originality. Nothing beats the original concept of aliens invading earth than "The War of the Worlds" in my book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Color Sci-Fi Classic May 15 2004
"The format is standard instead of widescreen...," says an Amazon reviewer of War Of The Worlds, one "lotus_scrum" of Phoenix, AZ. She also later adds, "Not the WORST looking dvd but the full screen format hurts it badly for me. If it gets a new release with widescreen, remastered sound and picture I'll give it a 5." None of which makes much sense, since the DVD has fine sound, and was NEVER shot in widescreen, since widescreen didn't exist back then!
And as President of the Widescreen Watchers Association, I should know. Here is the release date of the first movie shot in widescreen, which happened to star Marilyn Monroe: How To Marry A Millionaire - November 5, 1953.
And here is the release date of the standard movie in question starring Gene Barry: War Of The Worlds - August 26, 1953.
As you can see, War Of The Worlds could hardly have been presented in late August - almost 3 months before the process was first tried in early November! In addition, although many films started being shot in widescreen in 1954, several studios were slow on the uptake and did not make their films mainly in widescreen until late 1955 or early 1956. From Here To Eternity (1955), shot in standard screen, is a prime example of that.
What all of the above means in regard to this particular film is that nothing was cut off of the picture, so to paraphrase Flip Wilson, "what you get is all there was to see."
It's a beautiful film (although perhaps corny by today's computerized Matrix standards) and the use of color is rich and vibrant. Once you've seen it you'll never forget it. It's Pal and Haskin at their best.
I also recommend other such color sci-fi classics as Forbidden Planet, When Worlds Collide, and The Time Machine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1950s Science Fiction
This film is a fictional account of an invasion of the Planet Earth by beings from Mars. The film was produced in the 1950s and it is interesting for the vehicles (both Automotive... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roller
5.0 out of 5 stars The War of The Worlds (1953) on Blu-ray???
One of my favourite Sci-Fi movies. I would like to see this on a re-mastered Blu-ray re-release. I know some purist fans would disagree, but during the re-mastering I like to see... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eddy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - I remember going to the movies with ...
Great movie - I remember going to the movies with my parents when I was a kid and seeing it - The special effects are still great even by to-days standard.
Published 3 months ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
What more can I say - this is the original and the re-mastering was beautifully done. Great movie, and for 90 minutes, definitely worth the cost.
Published 6 months ago by CallMeAndy
3.0 out of 5 stars Film des années 50
Il ne faut pas s'attendre à voir des prises de vues comme aujourd'hui ce dvd date de 1953, pour cette raison il est certain que la façon dont le film est... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anfou CSOB
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated special effects, but well ahead of its time
War of the Worlds (1953)
Directed by Byron Haskin
Starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Les Tremayne

Paramount Pictures | 1953 | 85 min | Rated G | Released... Read more
Published on July 4 2011 by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Head for the Hills, the MARTIANS ARE COMING !!!!!!!
As a sci-fi mega fan, I know good science fiction and I would strongly recommend this Oscar winning classic to any sci-fi mega fan. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2010 by geeks`n freeks
2.0 out of 5 stars War of the Worlds (1953)
Interesting but seems kind of hokey compared to today's sophisticated special effects however, for science fiction buffs certainly a classic for your collection.
Published on Feb. 9 2009 by Beasley in To.
4.0 out of 5 stars Paramount does this 50s Sci-Fi Classic proud.
I sat down and watched this newly re-released version of the 1953 Sci-Fi classic not really expecting what I'd see. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2005 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars War of the Worlds(1953) (Special Collector's Edition) buy it
This review is aimed directly at The War of the Worlds (1953) (Special Collector's Edition), I also have the earlier released copy on DVD as well. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2005 by D. Cooke
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