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  • Actors: Sander Vanocur, Jane Kaczmarek, Bree Walker, Dwier Brown, Brian McNamara
  • Directors: Robert Iscove
  • Writers: Jeremy Thorn, Peter Lance, Walon Green
  • Producers: David L. Wolper, Jeremy Thorn, Kim Rozenfeld, Mark Wolper
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Madacy Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009V7S9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,097 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Without Warning" on IMDb

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Commander Adama on November 9, 2003
Format: DVD
As the reviewer below mentioned, this made-for-TV movie is loosely based on Orson Welles's famous radio broadcast in 1938. The broadcast was based on the classic 1898 novel "War of the Worlds", in which seemingly-invincible, octopus-like Martians invade and lay waste to England before suddenly dying from a simple Earth virus. Welles took this sci-fi story and turned it into a disturbingly realistic, minute-by-minute radio news broadcast of Martians landing in the New Jersey countryside and then moving towards New York City while destroying everything in their path. Welles intended for the broadcast to be a ratings-boosting Halloween "trick", but many people thought that it was a real news story and panicked, packed up their cars and families and headed for the hills to escape the Martian "invaders".

In "Without Warning", CBS-TV attempted to do what Welles did on CBS radio decades earlier: present a frighteningly realistic TV News broadcast of aliens visiting the Earth. This movie does have a twist - initially the aliens are apparently peaceful and try to make contact before their arrival, only to have a nervous US military offer a hostile greeting, leading the aliens to launch a devastating counterattack. The two-hour movie is presented as a genuine news broadcast - there's the typical TV newsroom you see on CNN or Fox News; there's the team of anchorpeople giving news updates (to add to the realism Sander Vanocur, a real television reporter who's covered Washington politics since President Kennedy, was hired to play the anchorman); and there's the "live" satellite feeds from around the world as the evidence rapidly mounts that the Earth is being visited by advanced ET's. And the story is at least as frightening as the Welles version so many years ago.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By T. Brewer on July 7, 2003
Format: DVD
This is the television movie that stirred up a lot of trouble for CBS in 1994. Despite repeated disclaimers every commercial break, many viewers really thought this was real. Sound familar? It should. The style is loosely based on Orson Wells' War of the Worlds radio cast, where the story is told through breaking news coverage.
I worked at a CBS affiliate and scared people kept calling wanting to know if it was real.
Anyway, this is a fun movie. It is not HAMLET and is a bit over the top at times. But if you get into the spirit of things you might occasionally feel a chill go up your spine.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eggzie on November 29, 2005
Format: DVD
When I first saw this movie, it was during it's original broadcast on TV. I was 11 and I begged my parents to let me watch it, depite the numerous disclaimers. We'll even now I think I should have skipped watching it. This movie was the source of most of my nightmares as a child. The 'Orson Welles Factor' really worked on me back then, and I knew it was just a show. It was chilling to the very end, I can still see the ending shot in my head as clear as it was when I watched it in the 90's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on May 25, 2006
Format: DVD
Offered as a tribute to Orson Wells' famous Panic Broadcast, another attempt is made to tell a tale of alien involvement as if it were really happening. This time actual news people play themselves (like in the movie DAVE). These include Bree Walker Lampley and Sander Vanocur. The effect is ruined a little when one of the first on-scene reporters is played by John DeLancie (Q of Star Trek fame). The story opens with the report of an earthquake. It quickly turns out that the quake was caused by a massive meteor strike. Then there are reports of two others around the globe. At the US location, Bree Walker covers a story about a young girl found at the site of the impact. Then it is revealed that the three strikes hit at the same time and that they form a pattern. This is too much for coincidence. There must be intelligence behind it.

As the story progresses, another meteor is detected coming in. The military mobilizes to eliminate the massive meteor. The news plays up on the doomsday aspect of the meteor and its existence affects how the news is being covered. Then the full scale of what is going on is revealed.

This was quite well done. I missed out on some of the subtleties as I was not originally familiar with the news services being used when it was first aired. Now that it is on DVD the names are familiar but some of the other cast have become very well known (like Jane Kaczmarek who plays the science correspondant). It also played up on some moder indeas that a threat from space could just pelt us with rocks instead of coming down and fighting face to face. Well done. Check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frodo fan on July 19, 2011
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Without WarningI remember the night it aired on CBS, I didn't know anything about it and neither did any of my family! We were all coming home from church and when I came in the door the phone was ringing! It was my kids all in a panic telling me to turn on the TV , something terrible was happening! Of course I ran to the tv and stood there looking and listening and my heart started to race!! It was so real I didn't know what to tell them, I was trying to calm them all down, I even had one of my kids to jump in their car and came racing to my house because they were so scared! Thankfully , the commercial finally came on and they announced that it was only a movie and it wasn't real, you can imaging how silly we all felt when we discovered that it was just a program for entertainment! Well I spent years after that trying to find out the name of it,( back then I didn't have a pc) always asking people if they remembered the name. Thanks to the Amazon forum someone did remember the name and I was determined to buy it somehow!
I am still shaken when I watch it, it is still a very real feeling to me! I love this movie I think because it can happen, it gives me a sense of dread that asteroids can possibly hit the earth and reek havoc! I don't know about others but I love it and my kids love it too! My neighbor came walking in when I was watching it and it had them going for a few minutes until I told them what it was, I got really tickled!! lol! I think if a person wanted to pull a prank on someone this would be a good way to do it if they had never seen this one! I certainly do not regret buying it! Thanks, Amazon!!!
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