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The War Of the Worlds (1953) / When Worlds Collide (1951) (Double Feature) (1951)

Gene Barry , Ann Robinson , Byron Haskin  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Format: Color, 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PHX5PK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

H.G. Wells' chilling novel of a Martian invasion of Earth becomes even more frightening in this 1952 film adaptation that's widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. An Oscar. winner for Best Special Effects, The War of the Worlds delivers eye-popping thrills, laser-hot action and unrelenting, edge-of-your-seat suspense. No one who has seen the film's depiction of the swan-shaped Martian machines-ticking and hissing menacingly as they cut their path of destruction-will ever forget their ominous impact! Today's Science-Fiction extravaganzas all pay tribute to this pioneering classic from Producer George Pal (The War of the Worlds), which won an Oscar® for its spectacular special effects. An impending collision with a runaway star signals the destruction of earth. The government refuses to listen to scientists, but private industrialists finance the building of a spaceship, which will carry a limited number of people to another planet to begin a new civilization. As doomsday approaches, they race against time and the panic of those who will be left behind. The potential pulverizing impact of the collision, the massive tidal waves and devastating earthquakes and the final cosmic smashup make a chilling panorama of disaster. The balance between human and planetary drama is excellently maintained as the movie builds to its fascinating, unforgettable climax. The government refuses to listen to scientists, but private industrailist finance the building of a spaceship, which will carry a limited numer of people to another planet to begiin a new civilization. As doomsday approaches, they race against time and the panic of those who will be left behind. The potential pulverizing impact of the collision, the massive titdal waves and devastating earthquakes, and the final cosmic smashup make a chilling panorama of disaster. The balance between human and planetary drama is excellently maintained as the movie builds to its fascinating, unforgettable climax.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Video Quality Apparently Compressed from Original August 24, 2007
I own the War of the Worlds stand alone release, but wanted When Worlds Collide, so I picked up this double feature disk. Not only are the extras from the War of the Worlds release missing, but the film seems to have been remastered at a lower bitrate to fit it on a single dual-layer DVD along with When Worlds Collide. I actually noticed a difference on my TV, so I popped the disks in the computer and confirmed it. These are just the films with no extras at all. My advice: Order the single disk releases for better quality and extras at a relatively small price difference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Originals! May 31, 2009
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Although both films, War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, were produced a few years apart in the early 1950s, they're a match set of true science fiction adventure! One reason is because of George Pal, the Producer, the Man. In the early 50s and throughout the 60s, George Pal--along with Ray Harryhausen--kept science fiction films alive. Harryhausen is not involved in the films in question, but his legacy science fiction/fantasy should not be left out. Again, the number one reason that War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide make the grade in film making is because of George Pal. Under his control, both the storyline and production value soars above other adventure films of its day. And, compare to the trash of today, including those that are produced and televised on the Sci-Fi Channel, Pal's works is uncompromising. The remake(s) of War of the Worlds paled in quality and integrity. I hope the upcoming remake of When Worlds Collide would not make the same mistake. Either way, George Pal's accomplishments will a hard act to follow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50's SCIFI movie combo June 2, 2008
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If you enjoy fun, entertaining and visually satisfying science fiction, then this combo is no disappointment. Cream of the crop 1950's movies here. There's a lot of effort in the visuals in these films. And these films don't need gore to hold your attention. Most everyone over 40 years old knows these films and appreciate the quality of workmanship for the time they were produced. Every member of the family can enjoy these classics. The price for this combo is reasonable in my opinion. I can finally retired my VHS versions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tweo Sci-Fi Classics in One March 11, 2014
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Saw these in the theater years ago and the nostalgia of the type of Sci-Fi they represent made me re-enjoy them again.
They stand the test of time in story line even if the technology of today's movies would transform them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my review on this double feature March 1, 2014
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When worlds collide was the reason that I purchased this DVD. When this movie was made it was way ahead of its time. This movie is one of my fondest to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie.... February 18, 2014
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When you purchase older movies on dvd, you have to be concerned with the quality of the transfer. This is not an issue.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Great Classic Sci-fi Movies May 19, 2008
Two of the greatest classic Sci-Fi movies ever done - on one DVD. Best special effects for their time. Great story line. I loved them
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early 1950's Movies August 25, 2008
Of course, I had seen them before, but truly loved seeing them again. They are excellent! Lena
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 28 days ago by deidre fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, I remembering seeing these when I was a kid.
Published 1 month ago by Arturo Garcia Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Two of the best films on one dvd. Worth every penny!
Published 1 month ago by Mark Chocianowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by carol gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great dvd very clear.would highly recommend this movie
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic movies
great movies to watch, before the age of CGI
I like sci fi movies and especially the classics
yes they can be cheesy but that's where you use your imagination, something... Read more
Published 8 months ago by stingerdoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 2 for one Si-FI
War of the worlds was great and the video looked great. When Worlds Collide was quite the disaster film in it's day... For anyone looking for good old classic si-fi video.... Read more
Published 10 months ago by James R. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
Two Great films in one package AWESOME!! They do not make movies lake this anymore. I have watch both movies twice.
Published 13 months ago by Steven K.
4.0 out of 5 stars review
Trying to collect George Pal productions.
I find that most of "todays" entertainment is lacking imagination or a moral compass. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Willman
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding product sent!
This supplier furnished a perfect copy of this movie. They represented the product perfectly. I would order again from this individual if need be.
Published 15 months ago by Patrick A. Odell
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