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War of the Worlds (1949) [VHS] (1953)

Gene Barry  |  G |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Gene Barry
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: CIC Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 2, 1996
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300215539
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The original invasion from 1952.

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161 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for special edition: release 11/05 November 6, 2005
War of the Worlds has been on DVD before, but it's much better in this special edition, restored and presented, thankfully, in full frame, as it was shot. The print quality is just beautiful, and the movie looks as good as it's ever looked. Special features are also of a high standard: especially welcome are the commentaries by stars Ann Robinson and Gene Barry. Barry seems a little less in command than Robinson, but she graciously compensates, by eloquently describing her experiences, her affection for Barry and producer George Pal, and the film itself, with which she seems wonderfully familiar. Her insight is detailed, sometimes funny, exhaustive, and genuinely revealing--even down to the revelation of a cameo by Woody Woodpecker. Images are so crisp that the wires supporting the ships are sometimes sadly visible, but fans will be so caught up in the frightening story that this won't matter much at all. For those who love this film, I'd say get out there and pick this up: someone got it right, and went to the trouble to present this admired film in an edition that can really be called "special". What a pleasure to see old Technicolor the way it was meant to be seen! A great movie, and a great DVD.
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207 of 235 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Does Justice to a SF Classic January 28, 2000
Based on H.G. Wells' classic novel, George Pal's The War Of The Worlds is a classic in its own right. The movie transfers the story from England and the turn of the century to California and the 1950's. Some people see the paranoia of the '50s in the movie but the novel also had a strong theme of fear of things beyond our ken. Pal often included a religious theme in his movies and this film would have been better without it, but it does not detract from the movie enough to keep it from being a classic. The story is that of an invasion of Earth by coldly intelligent Martians. Told in clear, bold strokes with exceptional special effects (for the time) and fine performances by the two leads, Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, The War Of The Worlds should be in every collection of science fiction movies.
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.
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219 of 268 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Shabby DVD of the 1953 Sci-Fi Classic July 10, 2003
If you have a VHS version with which you are satisfied, hang on to it: the DVD release of 1953's WAR OF THE WORLDS is a slipshod and very shabby affair.
Loosely based on the classic H.G. Wells novel, WAR OF THE WORLDS moves the original story from late 19th Century England to 1950s California, where a group of scientists confront an invasion from Mars. Arriving in meteor-like projectiles and sweeping across the landscape in strange, birdlike machines armed with death-rays, the Martians prove invincible to human attack. How can mankind survive?
The great attraction of the film is its special effects, which is early 1950s state-of-the-art in its combination of rear-screen projections, miniatures, and truly imaginative design. But the film also has an additional interest, for it is very much of its time, presenting us with some of the most relentlessly stereotypical characters to ever reach the screen. This is particularly true in terms of gender roles, for seldom has any film before or after created such a hysteria-prone and clinging leading lady as Sylvia Van Buren, played here by the hapless Ann Robinson. Not only would the special effects and story prove tremendously influential, so too would the film's gender stereotyping. While the slightly earlier THE THING offered a strong female lead, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS would generally set the tone for every sci-fi leading lady well into the 1960s.
But all of this is analytical criticism. We may hoot a bit at the incredibly broad performances, the frequently silly dialogue, and the truly ludicrous gender roles, but WAR OF THE WORLDS is a tremendous amount of fun to watch. It makes you want to break out a bag of popcorn and curl up with friends and family in true Saturday matinee fashion.
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The War Of The Worlds DVD

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the classics
Published 20 hours ago by Jessica L Gambill
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
I had never read this book before. I have seen both movies and it is interesting that each movie takes something different from the original story. I will say this. Read more
Published 1 day ago by S. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Now i like this one i have the soundtrack record longplayer
Published 2 days ago by james chilcott
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A great classic!
Published 3 days ago by Chip Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars a science fiction classic
What can one say but that this is a science fiction classic. The special effects can't compare to today's but it is a better re-telling of the H.G. Read more
Published 3 days ago by William Farrand
4.0 out of 5 stars he loved it and I had forgotten just what a great ...
I watched this with my 9 year-old son; he loved it and I had forgotten just what a great movie it is.
Published 6 days ago by James P. Girardeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome to the end
Published 6 days ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Science Fiction Movie.
Of all the 50's science fiction moves, this to me if not number one, it is in the top few along with 20,000 leagues under the sea, the time machine, them and this island earth. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michael Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sy Fi classic
War of the Worlds is up there with the Day the Earth Stood Still and This Island Earth.

Too bad so many of today's sy fy lack imagination, a great story line and good... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Wild West
3.0 out of 5 stars The Original movie
very good, gave me night mares when I was a kid and saw this movie, so I still enjoy watching it, no more nightmares though darn it.
Published 11 days ago by E. B.
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sci-fi fans! need help with war of the worlds
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.
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There is another version of WAR OF THE WORLDS set in the correct period.
I wish it could have had better effects. I always wanted a War of the Worlds true to Well's time period. Maybe someday.
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