The War of the Worlds (the Original 1938 Broadcast - Remastered)
 
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The War of the Worlds (the Original 1938 Broadcast - Remastered)

17 Sep 2012 | Format: MP3

£0.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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59:19


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  • Original Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Label: Orson Welles
  • Copyright: 2012 Orson Welles
  • Total Length: 59:19
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  • ASIN: B009KS84EM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Davison on 6 May 2013
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First you have to remember that this is from 1938, radio was king. The way Orson Welles directs this production is very clever, he lulls the audience into a false sense of security, convinced you are listening to a concert orchestra, being interruptered by news updates, and then building to full on invasion, certainly scared the crap out of the Americans at the time.
I would have given this 5 stars, but I don't think this recording has been remastered at all really, I used to have this on a cassette many years ago I got free with Empire Mag, and that recording was far better!
Still for 90p whose complaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 16 July 2014
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I used to have a copy of this recording on an audio tape I bought way, way back before the advent of CD. This download is a much crisper and clearer version, although it is still evident it was recorded at the time on acetate. Considering the age of the orriginal broadcast, this is an excellent reproduction of one of radio's greatest pieces of nostalgia. The fact that this adaptation caused widespread panic on the eastern seaboard of the U.S.A. when it was first broadcast is a tremendous compliment to the great Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air company. Thank You Amazon for making it availible for download at such a bargain price. For anyone who loves classic old radio recordings I say buy it and enjoy one of the best dramatisations you'll ever listen to.
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You have to be of a certain age to appreciate the power the wireless once held over its audience. We were enthralled by, DICK BARTON, PAUL TEMPLE, THE MAN IN BLACK, JOURNEY INTO SPACE, and a host of other serials and plays. Why even THE ARCHERS were everyday life. Modern youth would find it hard to imagine a family sitting round a wireless as today they sit in front of the TV or even a laptop. But then there was nothing else, once your favourite serial had finished you would normally pick up a book! Strange to think that after going to bed and the light being turned off one would slip under the covers with a torch and carry on reading.
"The War Of The Worlds" needs a bit of imagination and low lights to listen to today. Nevertheless this is Orson Welles at his very best., and story telling at its most effective. It is a wonderful cd to have sitting on the shelf if only for that rainy day, or before the grandchildren have lost their imagination! For this is the actual broadcast that scared Americans almost to death because, if you didn't know, they thought The Martians had landed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By captain gadget on 23 Jun 2014
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Its great listening and performed as a news broadcast. You can see how the American public were terrified back then
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By Anthony on 9 April 2014
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A awsome classic, what not to like, get it if you like the war of the world story XD

Have a nice day and thanks for reading.
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By Claire13 on 27 May 2013
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One of those recordings that are so fundamental to history as much as anything else and so little money for so much pleasure.
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By sheila creed on 5 Sep 2014
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By Mr. D. Kendall on 28 Aug 2014
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Still sounds amazing today. Very clever and a great bargain!!
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