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

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5.0 out of 5 stars The War of The Worlds (1953) on Blu-ray??? July 30 2014
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 things like the visible wires that hold up the Martian invader's ships taken out to make the film more realist. Hopefully we'll see this Sci-Fi classic sometime soon on Blu-ray!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! March 30 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War of the Worlds: ground breaking sci-fi June 10 2004
H.G. Wells, is one of the first the introduce readers with the idea of aliens from mars taking over the earth, and triggered many writers later to write books involving martians. In the masterpiece, Wells introduces many ideas and masterfully blends them into his story.
England is in trouble as cylinders of metal carrying martians constantly crash on the earth every 24 hours. Each cylinder carries a walking tripod, that has a heat beam attached, a beam that melts and burns anything it hits. As more aliens come, they bring gasses that can kill a human just when they inhale it.
All seems lost for the main character as he tries to dodge martians, and return to leatherhead, where his wife has taken refuge. He is forced to hide from the martians byhimself, for almost everyone is dead.
Hope of survival is almost noting for humans, when they find out the martians have developed flying machines, to promote their world wide destruction, but something happens to the martians......
This is a great book and I am very pleased that I took the time the read it, even though some parts were very slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation of the H.G. Wells Novel Feb. 14 2004
By David
This movie is one of the standard bearers for early science fiction. The film is well-scripted and acted, and the special effects are quite good considering the age of the film.
Gene Barry plays the central character of the movie, Dr. Clayton Forrester, a scientist from Cal Tech. He and two buddies are fishing nearby when the initial Martian invasion ship lands (crashes) nearby. By the way, that must have been a heckuva landing the Martians had to endure when their 'meteors' touched down.
The movie details humanity's efforts to halt the apparently unstoppable murderous Martian invasion force. No pretenses about peaceful coexistence or some sort of misunderstanding here, folks. The Martians want our planet and are willing to kill every man, woman, and child on it to get it. As such, the military is portrayed in a pretty good light in this film (unlike many others). After all, when the alien's first club out of the bag is lethal force, then you pretty much have to go with the flow.
In the end, with atomic weapons having failed to stop the invaders, mankind appears doomed. Saving the day, however, is the most unlikely of allies (and, no, I ain't talking Russia).
Overall, a well-paced sci-fi/thriller with a basic premise that never fails to entertain when it is well done--as it is here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its allegorical with religious thematic elements Feb. 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Many 50's sci-fi movies are allegorical, and this one is no exception, especially considering its explicitly religious thematic elements.
You start out with an unimaginable menace, first addressed by fools fitting for the opening scene of a Shakespeare drama. These fools are vaporized. Then the "Pastor" a religious representative tries to deal with the invaders by offering peaceful contact. His disintegration follows, to the sound of one of the most wonderful and horrifically memorable sound effects of all time. Then the army gets a crack at it, ending up pulverized amid a miserable retreat. Then the air force, the flying wing, and atomic weapons are all found ineffective. Nothing can stop the invaders. The scientists organize for a last-hope-for-mankind effort to find some way to stop them. But this effort falls apart amidst confusion and mob violence. For some inexplicable reason the now defeated scientist seeks the woman who had been traveling with the Pastor. He seeks her by going to one church after another until he finds her. All hope is lost, and everyone in the church is merely awaiting their own final moment of destruction. But wait, the menace itself decays. Mankind is saved. But how? By who's intercession?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wires And All- It's A Classic! Dec 24 2003
Yep, you can definitely see the wires holding up the martian ship models. This is a minor annoyance, as the movie is spectacular anyway. Mars has indeed invaded the earth, arriving in "meteors" that unscrew to reveal the horrid death-machines within! Gene Barry and Ann Robinson are our heroes, battling against time and the seemingly indestructible alien army. The military proves itself useless in it's attempts to defeat them. Even the Atom bomb fails to dent these awful marauders! Watch as tanks, guns, and soldiers are eviscerated! Gasp as a preacher tries to reason with the martians, only to be reduced to holy ashes! Witness buildings, bridges, entire cities blown to pieces! This is the one and only WAR OF THE WORLDS! I loved this movie as a kid and now my son watches it with me. A true sci-fi classic! Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for sci-fi lovers Oct. 14 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I was born 2 years after this movie's release, and my family did not have a color TV, so my earliest memories of this movie would have been from watching "Chiller Theatre" on a Pittsburgh TV station in black and white. Even on the small screen this movie just blew away all of the other contemporary sci-fi movies. Eventually I was able to view the movie in color, but still on TV. Years later I acquired the VHS version and was able to appreciate the movie in vivid color and sound. This movie is now 50 years old and is still one of the finest of its genre even when compared with its contemporary competition. Along with the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the original Invaders From Mars, Forbidden Planet, and the original Thing, this is simply a "must have" for any sci-fi afficionado.
It just doesn't get any better than this.
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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 14 days ago by James Jay
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 18 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Example of 50's Sci-Fi Films
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2006 by Christopher Jackson
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
4.0 out of 5 stars New edition nov.1st 2005
Nobody is foolish enough to pay over 100$ for this film when a new edition is to come out november 1st this year.
Published on Sept. 18 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring drama of a world in peril
I like all of George Pal's films, but I have to say this 1953 adaptation of HG Well's masterpiece is my favourite. Read more
Published on June 25 2005 by Dan Penwarn
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