The War of the Worlds (Special Collector's Edition)
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The DVD transfer is excellent. The picture is sharp and clear. The color is strong and rich, as Technicolor should be. Like most people, I had only seen this movie on television and it never looked as good as it does on DVD. The picture resolution is so good that you can easily see the wires supporting the Martian war machines. The sound does not measure up to the standard of the video. It is mono and there are cracks and pops on the sound track during the early part of the movie, though I didn't notice them as much in the later scenes (but that may simply be because I was caught up in the excitement of the story). The disk provides only a trailer as supplemental material (I don't consider scene selection to be a special feature, it should be standard on any DVD). The disk is formatted in TV standard but that is not significantly different from the movie's original ratio, since it was not shot in what we now call widescreen.
Although I would have liked to see more supplemental material, this is still a fine DVD of a nearly fifty year old movie that has not received the special treatment of movies like The Wizard Of Oz.
Directed by Byron Haskin (whose behind-the-camera film career includes cinematography and special effects), "The War of the Worlds" begins when a meteor lands in the hills outside of a small California town not far from Los Angeles. Shortly after a scientist from a nearby university, Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry), comes to investigate the meteor, the meteor opens to reveal several deadly Martian machines whose weapons and defenses are unmatched by anything that man can muster. (In H.G. Well's original novel, Clayton Forrester is a reporter and the meteor lands in England.) In the nearby town, Dr. Forrester meets Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) and her uncle Matthew Collins (Lewis Martin), a local church pastor. For 1950's special effects technology, the Martian machines and their weapons are done very well. Instead of rising on mechanical legs as envisioned by H.G. Wells, they rise on invisible electromagnetic energy allowing them to float above the ground. Over the course of the film, more meteors land around the earth harboring more seemingly unstoppable Martian machines, and a romance develops between Dr.Read more ›
The War Of The Worlds is based on the story by that name by the , Father of Science Fiction, H.G. Wells, at least in the english language. It's about an invasion of Earth by what is thought to be Martians with superhuman talents and weapons. This story was made famous by Orson Wells on his Halloween special on October 30, 1938 when he reenacted it on a CBS radio show as if it were true, using actual street names and place names to make it more realistic. People panicked grabbed their guns and hid their children. Gene Barry plays the protagonist in the movie with Ann Robinson as his "love interest" (got to have a pretty girl).
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I received this item on time and in perfect condition as usual. A great movie from back when movies were more original. A must have for your collection!Published 2 days ago by Dennis Brady
this one is STLL the best plus the THE MERCURY THEATRE BROADCAST.awsomePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just like I remembered it from when I was a kid, and the original broadcast was a extra bonus feature. if you like old movies, better get this onePublished 19 days ago by Glenn DeVolder
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I saw a movie when I was younger that depicted making the radio show. It actually stared Orson Welles if my memory serves me correctly. I have never seen that movie again and want to. If I knew the name I could do a better search. If you find it I would sure like to know the name of it.
Oct 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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I wish it could have had better effects. I always wanted a War of the Worlds true to Well's time period. Maybe someday.
Jan 29, 2012 by Jerome Bush | See all 2 posts
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