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War of the Worlds [Blu-ray] (2005)

Tom Cruise , Dakota Fanning , Steven Spielberg  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,170 customer reviews)

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 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 (1,170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BJO8KU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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

  • Editorial Reviews

    An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction thriller, freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann's parents' house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage. Also starring Tim Robbins, War of the Worlds was directed by Steven Spielberg, who had been planning the project for years, but set it aside until a wave of "alien invasion" films (led by Independence Day) had run its course.

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    35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is how you make an invasion from space movie January 4, 2006
    This is a really, really good movie. No, it's not a literal depiction of the H.G. Wells novel, but they never said it was going to be. It's sort of an "Inspired by" version. The basic elements of Wells' tale are here, placed into our time and world. To do that there have to be some changes.

    This has both advantges and disadvantages. The latter include that we know already how the story has to end (although apparently some reviewers have never read the book, judging by their comments), but if you're good enough, you can still create suspense and maintain interest throughout the whole picture. Spielberg and Cruise are good enough. To draw a parallel, in the TV show "Smallville", we Know he's going to grow up to be Superman. We Know he's not going to end up with Lana. We Knew the friendship with Luthor couldn't last. Still, they made the journey itself interesting. Same thing here, in spades.

    People have to understand this in order to review the movie fairly. Certain things about anyone doing the War of the Worlds just have to be there. Aliens; We're losing; An everyman who doesn't solve the situation, just survives it; TRIPODS! The 1953 version (which I enjoyed) didn't have them because the FX technology of the time didn't permit them to make them realistically. With what we can do now, any version that didn't have them would be unacceptable; Germs. Accept it, folks. The Titanic sinks at the end. Like it or not, Custer dies. Bruce Wayne is Batman. No one recognizes it's Superman behind Clark Kent's glasses. In Wells' story, we are saved by germs. Spielberg doesn't get to change that and still call it War of the Worlds.

    One clever thing that was done here was that everything was seen from the Earthlings' point of view.
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    256 of 332 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars ACTION MAN 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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    255 of 340 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good homage to both Wells' novel and Pal's movie! July 6, 2005
    H. G. Wells wrote the novel over a century ago and Steven Spielberg has done a fantastic job of incorporating some of the literary tale's elements into his version: the tripods and their ear-shattering "ULLA!", the heat ray, the retaining baskets, the growth of the "red weed," the demented "Ogilvey" (Tim Robbins), the devastating onslaught from the invaders, man's futile efforts to defend himself, and the final "solution," among other parts familiar to fans of the book.

    The director also paid tribute to producer George Pal's 1953 Technicolor classic by using a similar "probe" into the basement occupied by Cruise and daughter Fanning, the destruction of a church, an American setting, and a brief appearance by the earlier film's stars: Gene Barry and Ann Robinson.

    There are many tense scenes, making this film not quite suitable for younger audiences. The sound is loud and abrasive, befitting the on-screen destruction. Surprisingly, John Williams's score is quite subtle and, on occasions, is barely audible.

    Actingwise, Cruise, contrary to his behavior off-screen, asserts himself well as the estranged father of two kids who must now do all that he can to save his children, as well as himself. Fanning's strong performance shows why she is one of most popular child performers today. And Robbins is appropriately creepy as the man with the plan to bring down the invaders.

    While megahit "Independence Day" toured similar ground, "War of the Worlds" is more the work of a master storyteller and his name is Steven Spielberg.

    That alone makes it a film not to be missed!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    works great
    Published 10 days ago by J. Wieland
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    Great movie good cast
    Published 12 days ago by Dre Cole
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    Out standing movie. I love most things "War of the Worlds" steaming from H.G. Wells' book; like the radio broad cast in from the 30's, the 50's film and this one of course. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by The Light Side
    5.0 out of 5 stars The scariest alien invasion.
    One of the scariest movies I've seen in a good long while. I enjoyed Spielberg's limited approach to the alien invasion. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Jerry Hart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    10 points thank you!!!!1
    Published 16 days ago by MICTCHELL GONZALEZ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Close Encounters
    This relatively overlooked masterpiece of science fiction, the re-make of War of the Worlds(from the HG Wells great work and the earlier 1960's movie) was another Steven Spielberg... Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Beantown Jim
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This movie is awesome. The sound is awesome. Everything is awesome
    Published 18 days ago by R. Agudo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Its the movie - it worked.
    Published 27 days ago by Michelle Lochner
    2.0 out of 5 stars An unfortunate misfire from a great filmmaker.
    One of Steven Spielberg's weakest movies in years, this "adaptation" of H.G. Wells' famous shocker has none of the scary impact of Orson Welles' famous radio broadcast. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jonathon Turner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Big fan of spielberg
    Published 1 month ago by enrique becerra jr.
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    There is another version of WAR OF THE WORLDS set in the correct period.
    Best dramatic pretension of WOTW is Jeff Wayne's musical version. Not only is it very well done it's faithful to HG Wells, AND it's got Richard Burton.
    Dec 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 5 posts
    What were the red weeds for?
    They were growing the red plants, fertilized with human blood, as the first step in their environmental takeover of the Earth....Marsiforming versus Terraforming. Once enough of the Martian weeds were grown they could then introduce more complex alien flora and maybe even fauna; eventually... Read More
    Dec 7, 2011 by War-Rocket Ajax |  See all 4 posts
    Is the two disc version worth it?
    Widescreen version is definitely worth it. The features on the bonus disc were surprisingly light in my opinion (think it's less than hour of material- don't know why they didn't just put it on one disc). Interesting to see the design ideas behind the tripods, other than that I wouldn't... Read More
    Sep 22, 2008 by Robert S. |  See all 3 posts
    These negative reviews are hilarious!!!
    Agreed. This is a great science fiction film. I love the 1953 version of the story, too, but they cannot be compared. I dislike Cruise as an actor, but I like this film despite that fact. To me, that says a lot.
    Mar 24, 2007 by Richard Daystrom |  See all 21 posts
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