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Battle Of The Worlds

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Scientists race against the clock in an attempt to stop a collision between an alien planet and Earth.

Starring:
Claude Rains, Bill Carter
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Antonio Margheriti
Starring Claude Rains, Bill Carter
Supporting actors Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent, Jacqueline Derval, Renzo Palmer, Carlo D'Angelo, Carol Danell, Jim Dolen, Joe Pollini, John Stacy, Aldo D'Ambrosio, Massimo Righi, Giuliano Gemma, Annamaria Mustari, John Karlsen
Studio Westchester Corpor
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Eric Huffstutler on April 14, 2007
Format: DVD-R Verified Purchase
"Battle of the Worlds" is not the best 'B' movie and probably can be rated as a 'Z' movie, but it is still a cult classic. Cheezy Flicks prided themselves on owning thousands of titles so where are they? And if they think so much about getting them out on disc, why is this version absolutely un-watchable? The print looks like it was dragged behind a car and the colors are washed out and as usual, they have cut off the film company credits and replaced it with their own. So far the best version for print quality and color is the one Alpha has though it is not properly framed.

I guess we will never know because Cheezy Flicks has been cited releasing bootleg versions of films that are not in the public domain and don't have the rights to release. They haven't released anything new since 2005 and will not answer e-mail. Too bad as other companies like Dark Sky Films are doing what Cheezy Flicks should have and the follow-up film entitled "War Between The Planets" on their label is stunning! Maybe they will pick up Battle as well? One can hope but stay away from Cheezy Flicks version by all costs.

It is sad that Alpha has taken this title out of its current catalog. Their version is the best copy out there. Not full of lumps and bumps, scratches or blemishes and colors "are" colors. The framing is a bit off (over scaled).

Don't bother with the Cheezy Flicks version at all... a total waste of money! There are several budget versions out there but Alpha's is the best I have seen thus far. If you like this movie and have an opportunity to find one in bargain bins or offered as a used copy, buy Alpha's.

Eric
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This is one of my favorite low budget sci-fi films from this time period. I'd be proud, happy and thrilled to see a true widescreen or letterboxed transfer of this movie, regardless of the video quality. Alas, this DVD is not widescreen, but instead a very poor video transfer from an old washed out, pan & scanned 16mm TV film print. The source used for this DVD release came from an old tape, which is evident from the occassional video glitches. It's also obvious the tape copy was dubbed down a few generations before this DVD was mastered. Again, I could forgive all that, IF it were a true widescreen transfer. This pan & scan copy was MATTED to create a 16x9 aspect ratio. You could do the same thing by viewing a pan & scan movie and using your player's zoom function to fill your 16x9 screen. Of course you'll lose a big chunk of the top and bottom, and the picture will look terrible. That's exactly what we have here. Even reduced to letterboxed format on a regular 4x3 TV, it still looks terrible. Let's critique the video and audio quality, shall we? The picture is very soft, as a matter of fact it looks out of focus. This could be due to a 16mm dupe film print, or the video being dubbed down too many generations, or very likely both. The original film source has faded colors and contrast, and the hue has shifted far into the red. Quite often there are halos around areas with high contrast. The DVD mastering shows a great deal of video artifacts, probably caused by picture filtering, to eliminate film grain and video noise. The original video transfer used a very poor quality telecine. (film projector and video pick-up) Quite often, during cuts from one shot to the next, you see the frame division between the 2 shots fly up the screen. This is caused by different frame rates.Read more ›
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Ok, it's a cheap B flick, and I've yet to find a really good copy of this movie, but I still love it. The movie simply works. The odd, erie music, the cardboard acting, the budget effects, all get pulled together in a fine Friday night sci fi space movie thanks to a great performance put in by Claude Rains. He really makes the movie, his acting simply transforms a typical 2 start budget sci fi into a 4 star gem. A must see for classic sci fi fans!
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I have seen this a few times as a kid. Claude Rains acting is superb in just about any movie he appears in. He was in many movies and acted on the stage as well. Although his acting is brilliant, he did his best in this one too. Unfortunately, the script and the direction was terrible. The supporting cast were trying their best, but a bad script and Out Dated acting " You can't die, you just can't die" by the ship's captain as he begs fate to reverse the death of his wife, did not help the movie at all. It seemed like it was done in the 40's although done is color. Filming in Black and White would have given it some credibility, in my opinion. Space travel is not yet possible or may never be. The instant communication with Mars is laughable since it would take several minutes to send and then receive a message. The professor's pet name of the incoming planet " The Outsider" seems plausible today as we read and hear about the Nibiru or Planet X. Still entertaining, but dreadfully boring to some extent.

I love Claude Rains and science fiction. I will give it two stars for effort.
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This digital copy of the movie is somewhat better than my old DVD copy. Much of my low opinion of it is directly related to the dismal image on the public domain copy in my collection. I would be interested to see a high quality copy of this movie. While the movie has a mixed bag of special effects quality, it has some value to fans of vintage Sci-fi, including a space battle between Earth rocket ships and alien flying saucers and a fine performance by genre icon Claude Raines.
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