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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J10LC2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds was brought to the stage for the first time, playing to sold-out arenas across the UK.

The War of The Worlds Live is a spectacular mix of live music, theatre, multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale. It combines the brilliance of the original performers including Jeff Wayne, Justin Hayward, Chris Thompson and even the late Richard Burton (‘In Sight and Sound’) along with a brand new cast, the 10-piece Black Smoke Band, the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and an unforgettable fully operating 30ft Martian Fighting Machine!

Synopsis

Features The War of the Worlds performed live on stage. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I can only assume if you far enough to read this review, you are a fan, or at least an owner, of the album of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of `The War of the Worlds'. If you are, then I think you will be pleasantly surprised what a fantastic job they did bringing this to the stage so true to its original form, and then of course on to DVD. If not in on what its all about, then I urge you to still watch this - it's a unique album, and a unique stage experience.

The show itself uses a mixture of elements. The orchestra and the band are on stage, and various characters walk on and act and sing their roles. This all works very well, with a dramatic backdrop of sub-cinema standard cgi graphics going on, on the massive screen behind the orchestra. In addition, a large almost life sized Martian's Fighting Machine has been made, and even Richard Burton is featured - not just his voice, but an animated projection of his head, on a large sculpted bust hung above the stage. In fact, these two much-hyped elements of the show are the weakest. If you can't have the real Richard Burton, they should have stuck to his voice, instead of a rather unconvincingly animated photograph. And the Fighting Machine has undeniable scale, but for all that adds little to proceedings.

No, the star of the show is the music and the musicians. There are some of the original participants involved.. some of the musicians involved were on the original album, such as Justin Hayward singing the ever popular `Forever Autumn', and Chris Thompson reprising his `Thunder Child'. The other participants are now either dead or too old for the roles..
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. MCKEE on 5 May 2009
Format: DVD
Having been a fan of the Musical since it's first release in the late 70's and then the CD in the 80's I had always wanted to see a live stage version of this.
When it was announced that Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds was to go on the road I wondered how they would pull it off.
I must admit I rushed to buy tickets and waited in anticipation for the night of the stage show.
Well the night came and I have to admit that I was not disappointed. The show was a complete success. Well done to everyone involved.

The DVD of the show does not disappoint either. The complete show is included along with many interviews with Jeff Wayne and members of the cast.
There are several audio selections including 5.1 surround sound.

The 30th anniversary edition of the DVD includes the war of the worlds novel and art card and promo flyer.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves the musical and has not been able to go along to a live show or to anyone who loves good music.

Oh yeah and......... what a great price.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By V on 28 Oct. 2006
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This DVD of the Royal Albert Hall performance provides a visual representation of all that was so great about listening to the original album when it first came out. The fact that they tried hard to represent the late Richard Burton by using a lookalike actor projected into a face mould hovering above the stage, rather than replacing his mellifluous Celtic tones is but one thing that makes the stage version so interesting.

A lot of the original 'cast' appear here, including Chris Thompson (Thunderchild) and Justin Hayward (a superb rendition of both Eve of the War and one of the high points of the album, his 1978 top five hit, Forever Autumn). Musically, it is almost a complete replica of the album - which is actually what you want from the stupendous double-album that is now almost 30 years old. What you want from a stage show you get, with a thirty feet high fighting machine descending on to the stage, a filmic backdrop with an introductory CGI short of the Mars landscape leading to their intended colonisation of Earth, and the frisson you get when the familiar orchestral string chords come in.

Jeff Wayne conducts the orchestra and old stalwarts Chris Spedding and Herbie Flowers are there at the forefront too. The only disappointment for me was the horrendous over-acting and misplaced attempts at operatic delivery by Russell Watson as the preacher. But this was completely tempered by the Soldier and his ability to evoke the fear and despair through his performance of David Essex's album song and through his actions.

Overall, the stage version could have been embarrassingly trite or completely above expectation. The trepidation I felt before the performance was completely blown away once those chords from the string section chimed in.

If you couldn't get a ticket to the stage show then get this DVD - it is a brilliant enhancement to the fantastic vinyl original!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Mcmahon on 7 Nov. 2006
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my son and i went to see this show at the nec at nottingham and i have never seen a show so faithful to the original. the none stopp energy of the production is very satisfying. my son told me that the sound coming from the speaker above us was actually making his shirt sleeves flap. some bass that. we went to look at the mixers after and counted no less than 8 computers running the show. amazing. indescribable. unforgettable
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By SUZANNE ADLER on 5 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
I've been a fan of live entertainment since a young girl - be it West End shows (musicals my favourite) or concerts of all shapes and sizes. My husband and I recently discovered Jeff Wayne's recording of The War of The Worlds so when we read that it was being presented live across the UK, we booked tickets that included taking our 9 year old daughter and 16 year old son as an Easter holiday treat. My 16 year old son was the most sceptic - it wasn't hip hop or r'n'b. By the time we left the arena (the NEC Birmingham) the 4 of us were all in agreement - The War of The Worlds live had set a new standard for family entertainment. My son the sceptic insisted I purchase not only the double CD but the then newly released ULLAdubULLA2 (the album of club remixes) and has not stopped listening to both since. As a live show I'm not even sure where to begin - the music is an already established classic, but to hear it live simply took it to another level. We were seated about 3/4's of the way back, and when the Martian Fighting Machine totally unexpectedly descended onto the stage having been somehow concealed from the audiences view, the gasps of astonishment from all around us were as one. Quite unbelievable, especially as it was firing Heat Ray's at the audience as it landed. During the intermission the amazing green eyes of the Fighting Machine scanned the audience and suddenly we were all relayed on the big screen, a fantastic touch. The giant 3D head of Richard Burton was mesmerising. It seemed to float over the stage throughout the show and was the perfect compliment to the live performances of the various guest artists playing superbly the roles that were first heard on Jeff's recording.Read more ›
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