- Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Cast Recording
- Label: Radio Spirits
- ASIN: B00002R145
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
War Of The Worlds (1938 Mercury Theatre Of The Air Radio Broadcast) Cast Recording
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Audio CD, Cast Recording, July 11, 2000
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It's easy to see why people got so excited that night. Welles' drama was utterly convincing, well written, and wonderfully performed by the Mercury Theatre Players. If I was around in '30 I'd have been holed up in the basement just waiting for one of those monsters to come suck my brain out.
What really impressed me, though, was the quality of the recording. I had expectedt it to be scratchy, hard to hear, maybe parts missing, whatever, but playing this CD, it sounds exactly like listening to the radio. It's a high quality recording, and it has been wonderfully preserved over the past 70 years.
Then, of course, there is the motion picture THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953), which is a film version of the CBS Mercury Theatre On The Air script, by Howard Koch, Paul Stewart and John Houseman, originally written by H.G. Wells. Orson Welles was in the classic film Citizen Kane (1941) three years later.
In 2005, three new film versions were released.Read more ›
(As an aside, I was moved to consider what impact re-broadcasting this as a modern version of this treatment would have in these troubled times. I quickly dismissed this idea as wholly irresponsible - it would cause widespread mayhem and chaos - just as it did on the eve of WW2. Imagine...)
The result of my son's study was his "book review" assignment presented in class as a video broadcast (we shot some of it on wasteland in the Bronx!) that took the stance of a news reporter witnessing heavily armored machines racing across the countryside wreaking havoc as they went..successful beyond his anticipation..as the tanks rolled into Iraq. As I said. Imagine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was perfect! Student's read a play from Scholastic Read magazine and then students listened to the original broadcast purchased through Amazon. Good discussions followed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paula
It is, of course, the most famous radio program of all time; I daresay many members of future generations would have no idea that their ancestors actually sat around a radio once... Read morePublished on December 23, 2005 by Daniel Jolley
This recording retains the whole broadcast, but the sound quality is certainly lacking in this recording. The higher end treble is gone due to noise suppression. Read morePublished on March 11, 2004
This is my ALL TIME favorite old time radio program. I also love all the other Mercury Theater on The Air programs. Read morePublished on May 27, 2002 by James J. Varela
I already have a copy of this purchased years ago, but
wanted this one as a prize in a Halloween contest since the
price here was so good. Read more
I had the cassette about 22 or more years ago and it had excellant music and the story line followed the book quite well. I have no idea who narrates it or even who does the music. Read morePublished on March 16, 2001
This is the (in)famous broadcast that got Americans to belive that Mars had invaded the US! This guy need a Nobel prize on hoaxes or drama!Amazing! Read morePublished on March 18, 2000 by Kendal B. Hunter