The War of the Worlds
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Directed by Byron Haskin (whose behind-the-camera film career includes cinematography and special effects), "The War of the Worlds" begins when a meteor lands in the hills outside of a small California town not far from Los Angeles. Shortly after a scientist from a nearby university, Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry), comes to investigate the meteor, the meteor opens to reveal several deadly Martian machines whose weapons and defenses are unmatched by anything that man can muster. (In H.G. Well's original novel, Clayton Forrester is a reporter and the meteor lands in England.) In the nearby town, Dr. Forrester meets Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) and her uncle Matthew Collins (Lewis Martin), a local church pastor. For 1950's special effects technology, the Martian machines and their weapons are done very well. Instead of rising on mechanical legs as envisioned by H.G. Wells, they rise on invisible electromagnetic energy allowing them to float above the ground. Over the course of the film, more meteors land around the earth harboring more seemingly unstoppable Martian machines, and a romance develops between Dr.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the Spielberg version but you can't beat the classic.
I looked for this for a couple of years and only found it recently.
This is a better movie than the Tom Cruise movie. Good special effects and cast. No annoying characters unlike the more recent version.Published 3 days ago by Daniel Thomas
I like to see this one as well in Blu-ray disc long over due on this one too.Published 4 days ago by David Weimer
After watching the newer version, I had to watch the original version. Granted the visuals weren't the greatest, but that's according to today's standards. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sergio
This copy of The War of the Worlds includes the original copy now in color. This movie is also a Special Collectors Edition. A must watch.Published 10 days ago by JMK
Great print transfer and excellent sound for one of the greatest science fiction films ever. Special features much appreciated. Buy it and enjoy!Published 12 days ago by jbkmd
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