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  • Actors: William Phipps
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003P1WG1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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H.G. Wells' chilling story of the invasion of the Earth by Martians and the resulting panic and destruction.

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After the success of 1950's Destination Moon and 1951's When Worlds Collide, visionary producer George Pal brought the classic HG Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen, and it instantly became a science-fiction classic and winner of the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects. It's a work of frightening imagination, with its manta-ray spaceships armed with cobra-like probes that shoot a white-hot disintegration ray. As formations of alien ships continue to wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon. Gene Barry and Ann Robinson play the hero and heroine roles that werede rigueur for movies like this in the 50s, and their encounter with one of the Martians is as creepy today as it was in 1953. It finally takes an unseen threat--simple Earth bacteria--to conquer the alien invaders, but not before War of the Worlds has provided a dazzling display of impressive visual and sound effects. This is a movie for the ages, the kind of spectacle that inspired little kids such as Steven Spielberg (not to mention Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, whose Independence Day is a remake in all but name) and still packs a punch. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By No_Poet on 3 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
Sensationally good, this is one of the all-time greatest sci-fi films. The visual effects are years ahead of their time; the battle sequences are nothing short of brilliant, and the first face-to-face contact with an alien is completely terrifying. The acting is convincing throughout - even the script is pretty good! Despite its age this film is far suprior to such modern "classics" as Starship Troopers or Independence Day, the latter of which was supposed to be a remake of War of the Worlds. Anyone who even vaguely enjoys sci-fi is going to have a fantastic time with this film.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
I first saw this film many years ago now. Its still quite an entertaining film based around H. G Wells classic novel which was written even before man learned to fly. Americanised of course, which doesnt distract from the original story which was set in Surrey and London. For a film made during the early 1950s, the effects are remarkably good for its time. The leads, Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, do the best they can with the wooden dialogue which was typical of films in those days. Technology which we take for granted nowadays didnt exist then. The sound and picture for DVD are rather good, and its still worth buying just to see the sort of film which packed cinemas upon its initial release, for it was a box office hit at the time. Give it a try.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
When this film first came out it was considered so terrifying that it was given an x cirtificate. Now it's shown at tea time and is given a PG. How things change.
There are some changes to the book by changing the setting to America and changing some details in the middle. The walking machines are changed to flying machines for the sake of filming. Walking machines would be near impossible to film when this film was made. Walking machines would be laughably bad to watch. It was difficult enough to film walking machines (especially with three legs) in the 1980's for the Tripods TV series.
The powerful ending is still more or less the same. Like all sci fi films seen many years later it's almost cute because it's so dated. However it's not too bad and it's still a fun film to watch. It keeps it's pace throughout.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2006
Format: DVD
Having been totally under whelmed by the new Tom Cruise version I came back to the original and everything fell into place again.

Unknown stars were deliberately chosen so the audience would concentrate on the drama. Gene Barry as the scientist Dr Clayton Forrester and Ann Robinson as Sylvia van Buren have the leading roles. They are low on chemistry but as there is no overt love interest this is not a problem

The 1953 special effects still stand up with the best. The best decision (although taken on financial grounds) was to eliminate the tripod legs of the Martian invaders and invent invisible force fields to hold the beautiful swan like monsters in the air enabling close ups as they methodically destroy everything in their path.

This is a film that deserves its' well loved classic status, does not date and will never disappoint however often it is viewed.

A lovely DVD preserving the original superb highly saturated Technicolor, with a good selection of extras.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Smallman on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
To the modern eye, the 1954 original of War of the Worlds must conjure up ideas of shaky not-so-special effects and creaking dialogue. Well thankfully, that's simply not the case here.

Without researching the background of the movie further, I suspect the creators of the movie understood the limitations of the special effects and instead produced something that is truly remarkable.

To the modern eye, between the excellent, purposeful and judicious use of special effects and the dialogue, War of the Worlds holds its own, and then some.

Emerging on the back of Cold War tensions of the era, this film was probably much more "real" in its depiction of abandoned city streets and the wavering hand over the button to deploy the atom bomb.

War of the Worlds is a thought experiment of how we humans would deal with an aggressive, hostile alien species, and not some slam, bang, crash cinema seat filling science fiction action thriller.

Yes, they took liberties with the original designs for the alien vessels, but even that was a very clever idea -- using some kind of anti-gravity beam as the three "legs" instead of the tendril-like limbs we're more familiar with.

Spielberg came close in 2005 with hi version, but the view point was more personal and less cerebral, and it's this latter perspective, which for me at least, is what makes the 1954 original so remarkable.

All in all, the original War of the Worlds is a blazing, shining example of how excellent films older than your parents can be.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alasdair Swanson on 29 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
War of the Worlds, the good version. Lovely deep colours, unique designs, terrifying sounds (I still get goose-bumps from the hiss the martian heat ray makes as it surveys its surroundings) and inspired effects add up to a terrific movie.

It has a terrific package to go with it -- two commentaries by people who really know their stuff, a couple of neat documentaries (what a shame about the original models!) and a clear, sharp picture. So sharp, in fact, that the support cables are all too visible, unfortunately.

Still the best film of Wells' novel. Steven Spielberg, eat your heart out.

As I write this, it's only £6. You'd be a fool not to.
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