Battle of the Worlds NR CC

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(39) IMDb 4.3/10
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Scientists race against the clock in an attempt to stop a collision between an alien planet and Earth.

Starring:
Claude Rains, Umberto Orsini
Runtime:
1 hour 25 minutes

Battle of the Worlds

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Antonio Margheriti
Starring Claude Rains, Umberto Orsini
Supporting actors Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent, Jacqueline Derval, Renzo Palmer, Carlo D'Angelo, Carol Danell, Jim Dolen, Joe Pollini, John Stacy, Aldo D'Ambrosio, Massimo Righi, Giuliano Gemma, Annamaria Mustari, John Karlsen
Studio Westchester Corpor
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This usually results in a very subtle blurring, or ghosting from the previous frame.
ThatGuyAgain
The planetoid causes a near catastrophe with one of our spaceships, and then mysteriously goes from being on a collision course with earth to an orbit about earth.
Lonnie E. Holder
There are some interesting visuals and revelations as a result, but hardly enough to warrant anyone sitting through this miserable dreck to get to that point.
cookieman108

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Greg Horn on July 8, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Ok, it's a cheap B flick, and I've yet to find a really good copy of this movie, but I still love it. The movie simply works. The odd, erie music, the cardboard acting, the budget effects, all get pulled together in a fine Friday night sci fi space movie thanks to a great performance put in by Claude Rains. He really makes the movie, his acting simply transforms a typical 2 start budget sci fi into a 4 star gem. A must see for classic sci fi fans!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ThatGuyAgain on February 19, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite low budget sci-fi films from this time period. I'd be proud, happy and thrilled to see a true widescreen or letterboxed transfer of this movie, regardless of the video quality. Alas, this DVD is not widescreen, but instead a very poor video transfer from an old washed out, pan & scanned 16mm TV film print. The source used for this DVD release came from an old tape, which is evident from the occassional video glitches. It's also obvious the tape copy was dubbed down a few generations before this DVD was mastered. Again, I could forgive all that, IF it were a true widescreen transfer. This pan & scan copy was MATTED to create a 16x9 aspect ratio. You could do the same thing by viewing a pan & scan movie and using your player's zoom function to fill your 16x9 screen. Of course you'll lose a big chunk of the top and bottom, and the picture will look terrible. That's exactly what we have here. Even reduced to letterboxed format on a regular 4x3 TV, it still looks terrible. Let's critique the video and audio quality, shall we? The picture is very soft, as a matter of fact it looks out of focus. This could be due to a 16mm dupe film print, or the video being dubbed down too many generations, or very likely both. The original film source has faded colors and contrast, and the hue has shifted far into the red. Quite often there are halos around areas with high contrast. The DVD mastering shows a great deal of video artifacts, probably caused by picture filtering, to eliminate film grain and video noise. The original video transfer used a very poor quality telecine. (film projector and video pick-up) Quite often, during cuts from one shot to the next, you see the frame division between the 2 shots fly up the screen. This is caused by different frame rates.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Huffstutler on April 14, 2007
Format: DVD-R
"Battle of the Worlds" is not the best 'B' movie and probably can be rated as a 'Z' movie, but it is still a cult classic. Cheezy Flicks prided themselves on owning thousands of titles so where are they? And if they think so much about getting them out on disc, why is this version absolutely un-watchable? The print looks like it was dragged behind a car and the colors are washed out and as usual, they have cut off the film company credits and replaced it with their own. So far the best version for print quality and color is the one Alpha has though it is not properly framed.

I guess we will never know because Cheezy Flicks has been cited releasing bootleg versions of films that are not in the public domain and don't have the rights to release. They haven't released anything new since 2005 and will not answer e-mail. Too bad as other companies like Dark Sky Films are doing what Cheezy Flicks should have and the follow-up film entitled "War Between The Planets" on their label is stunning! Maybe they will pick up Battle as well? One can hope but stay away from Cheezy Flicks version by all costs.

It is sad that Alpha has taken this title out of its current catalog. Their version is the best copy out there. Not full of lumps and bumps, scratches or blemishes and colors "are" colors. The framing is a bit off (over scaled).

Don't bother with the Cheezy Flicks version at all... a total waste of money! There are several budget versions out there but Alpha's is the best I have seen thus far. If you like this movie and have an opportunity to find one in bargain bins or offered as a used copy, buy Alpha's.

Eric
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on March 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A rogue planet hurtles toward Earth. Alien saucers emerge and engage toy rocket ships from Earth. The hostile planet has its own electronic super-brain. Irascible Prof. Benson (Claude Rains) tries to communicate with the "other" before Earth can blow-up the galactic interloper. The best visual display is the brief scene early in the film of forty-something Mrs. Collins bulging out of her tight swimsuit. Great cheeks. After that, the outer space FX suffer in comparison. What Claude Rains, of all people, is doing in this Italian sci-fi flick is a puzzle. This movie was produced in the same era as Rains' appearance as irascible Professor Challenger in "The Lost World." Perhaps, the producers wanted to exploit the popularity of that other '60s popcorn flick among pre-teens. Today this movie is of value only for determined fans of the esoteric delights of low budget flicks. The rest of the cast is as boring as they are obscure. The script is ambitious, but tends to go off in various directions that make continuity elusive. The rest of the film is too pretentious and somber to be good camp. Although, viewing an aging Claude Rains in a space suit complete with a bubble-glass helmet verges on comic. From this point forward, you are on your own. ;-)
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