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The War of the Worlds
Special Edition, Collector's Edition, Special Collector's Edition
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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.
There's a whopper of a new feature--the original one-hour radio broadcast by Orson Welles's Mercury Players. It's a great listen, but that's not the end of the topnotch features. Film fan/director Joe Dante leads a fun and spirited commentary roundtable with two sci-fi movie experts pointing out interesting facts and underlining how a 1950s audience viewed this scary thriller (alas, the track was made before they could see Spielberg's remake). The other commentary is from lead actors Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, but better to catch their comments in the updated making-of featurette. A shorter featurette on H.G. Wells is thoughtful enough to include comments from filmmaker Nicholas Meyer, who made the author an action star in Time After Time. The film transfer is excellent and better yet, the original stereo soundtrack--thought long lost--has been remastered and sounds great. --Doug Thomas
- The Original Mercury Theatre Radio Broadcast of The War of the Worlds
- The Sky is Falling: The Making of The War of the Worlds
- H.G. Wells: The Father of Science Fiction
- Original Theatrical Trailer
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If I had to choose my favorite of the two my vote would have to be for War of the Worlds -- both having excellent special effects and an excellent cast and acting, but WOTW was filmed in color. I typically enjoy those black & white 50's classic sci-fi/horror films over colorized, but the colorization in WOTW serves to enhance the special effects, alien spacecraft, and other movie props to provide better realism and visual viewing enjoyment!
On the slight possibility that there may be some who have not yet seen War of the Worlds , I urge you to purchases it and do so ... I promise you won't be sorry or disappointed. It is not one of those cheaply produced, low-budget B-films, but a professionally and expertly produced film which will keep you riveted from beginning to end. A truly classic sci-fi film in every sense of the word!
The commentary by the actors appearing in the film and other studio personnel contained in the special features section menu also provides many interesting and enjoyable facts and tidbits in the making/filming/production of WOTW!