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War of the Worlds [Blu-ray]

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A dock worker trying to piece his life together finds a new definition of survival when an alien attack commences in his New York backyard. After the initial devastating attack, the survivors try to mount an offensive against their enemy only to find that the oldest of all weapons may be their only hope.

Special Features

  • Revisiting the Invasion
  • The H.G. Wells Legacy
  • Steven Spielberg and the Original War of the Worlds
  • Characters: The Family Unit
  • Previsualization
  • Production Diaries
  • Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens
  • Scoring War of the Worlds
  • We are Not Alone
  • Galleries
  • Theatrical Teaser Trailer HD

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin
    • Directors: Steven Spielberg
    • Writers: David Koepp, H.G. Wells, Josh Friedman
    • Producers: Colin Wilson, Damian Collier, Kathleen Kennedy, Paula Wagner
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
    • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      PG-13
      Parental Guidance Suggested
    • Studio: Dreamworks Video
    • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
    • Run Time: 117 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,294 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003BJO8KU
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "War of the Worlds [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on July 25, 2005
    The War of the Worlds is a great novel and Spielberg is a director of exceptional talent and accomplishment, so I had been hoping for a lot from this film. In the event, I have got part of what I was hoping for. Very occasionally, a novel can be 'walked' straight on to the screen (The Big Sleep, with a script by Faulkner, is a striking case), and I found myself wondering whether this novel might not have benefited from the same treatment. Some of Spielberg's changes are perfectly reasonable, others less so in my own opinion. It makes perfectly good sense to bring the action forward by a century into the present day, for instance. I suppose there's no harm either in changing the main actors from Wells's scientist with a wife and a brother to a dysfunctional American family, as this may provide enhanced 'human interest' or some such benefit for all I would know. Again, I have no real problem with the way the film combines the roles of the curate and the artilleryman in the book into the single persona of the former ambulance-driver, and I can well understand that Spielberg would have thought it prudent to tone down the socialistic elements in this aspect of the story in order to avoid setting off the wrong types of reaction in American audiences. What I do have a major problem with is the appearance of the Martians themselves. I'm sorry to report that these have far too much in common with a certain wretched TV series. The author's own description is one that stays in the memory, to say the very least, and Wells's Martians look the way they do for very clear reasons that he provides. What was gained by going downmarket in the way Spielberg chooses to do? Nothing that I can think of except perhaps better audience figures from harking back to that ghastly broadcast series.Read more ›
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    I notice a lot of folks spend more time reviewing the movie than the actual quality of the disc. So here goes:

    I have approximately 350 + Blu-Rays and this is by far the worst quality disc I have ever seen! Seriously, I have never seen such a grainy picture in my life. I played the movie on my 65" Panasonic (brand new) and was extremely disappointed. I ended up turning the movie off about 45 minutes in. Don't waste your dollars on this. If you're wondering what kind of player I was using, it is an OPPO BDP-95 which is an audiophile grade player that is better then 99% of players on the market so I'm sure this horrible picture quality wasn't due to my player.
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    I am not rating the movie itself which I liked.

    I am rating the quality of the disk which was terrible. I have an Oppo DVD player and have watched hundreds of Blu-ray DVD's and have always been quite happy with the picture quality. The picture quality on this Blu-ray was not that much different than regular DVD.
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    The hero, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), does the sort of running and hiding and desperate defending of his children that goes with the territory, and at one point even dives into what looks like certain death to rescue his daughter.There's a survivalist named Ogilvy (Tim Robbins) who has quick insights into surviving: "The ones that didn't flatline are the ones who kept their eyes open." And there are the usual crowds of terrified citizens looking up at ominous threats looming above them. The problem may be with the alien invasion itself. It is not very interesting. We learn that countless years ago, invaders presumably but not necessarily from Mars buried huge machines all over the Earth. Now they activate them with lightning bolts, each one containing an alien (in what form, it is hard to say). With the aliens at the controls, these machines crash up out of the Earth, stand on three towering but spindly legs and begin to zap the planet with death rays. Later, their tentacles suck our blood and fill steel baskets with our writhing bodies. To what purpose? Why zap what you later want to harvest? Why harvest humans? And, for that matter, why balance these towering machines on ill-designed supports? If evolution has taught us anything, it is that limbs of living things, from men to dinosaurs to spiders to centipedes, tend to come in numbers divisible by two. Three legs are inherently not stable, as the movie demonstrates when one leg of a giant tripod is damaged, and it falls helplessly to the ground. The tripods are indeed faithful to the original illustrations for H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, and to the machines described in the historic 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast.Read more ›
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    You can take or leave the movie. I think it's kind of so-so.

    Having seen it in the theater and as the owner of many Blu-ray DVDs, I was shocked at how terrible this film is on Blu-ray.

    This is the WORST Blu-ray I own, and I refer to the quality not the movie content.

    The picture is often washed out, it is grainy, it totally lacks the kind of detail one expects to see with Blu-ray. I would say this is at the level of watching it on a CRT TV from a VHS player.

    This product was totally disappointing. I'd advise you to just purchase it on regular DVD as there is no qualitative difference with the Blu-ray product.
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