Not bad but a bit slight,
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This review is from: American Experience: War of the Worlds (DVD)
The DVD contains the one-hour program plus a few extras. The extras mostly have to do with the making of the program itself. I was hoping for more historical extras on the DVD; at the very least a recording of the broadcast.
The program includes dramatizations of comments sent in by listeners at the time. These are somewhat interesting since they are first-person accounts from people who were seriously frightened by the radio show. The presentation is a little strange since they are shot as interviews in period dress, on a period-furnished set. I was a bit confused at first until I realized that they had to be present-day actors. Some of them chew the scenery a bit, which seems over the top. I guess not even PBS is immune from the pressure to put these staged re-enactments into documentaries that in former days would only use historical material.
Overall, though, this is still worth watching if you are interested in this episode and/or Orson Welles.