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War of the Worlds [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Anthony Piana , Jack Clay , Timothy Hines    DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Piana, Jack Clay, James Lathrop, Darlene Sellers, John Kaufmann
  • Directors: Timothy Hines
  • Writers: Susan Goforth, Timothy Hines, H.G. Wells
  • Producers: Barbara Bauman, Cheryl Sease, James Draegan, John Gallo
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PW4D2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A total disaster! 8 Sep 2006
By Fran
I wouldn't even put a star, but a turkey.

I have seen fan films far much better made than this unnamable flick. What is bad in this movie? Almost everything:

- The acting.

- The directing.

- The editing.

- No idea about compression of time and action.

- Special effects offering almost constantly an unfinished result. Most of the time, they look like if they were coming from a video game of the early '90. The blue and green screen transfers are a total mess.

- The score is nothing but an annoying synthethised music that never cease.

What is good about this movie? Two things:

1. It does follow the book with accuracy.

2. It might become, after some time if time doesn't convert it into dust, one of these bad movies such as Plan 9 From Outer Space, that we enjoy to watch during a cosy evening along with other B-movies geeks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Effort 23 Sep 2006
Although the film followed H.G. Wells book quite closely, it was very difficult to watch. The quality and colour was very poor. Why not use English actors instead of actors with poor imitation English accents? The Martians were not seen enough and some of the animation was quite poor. My anticipation was met with disappointment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tale told by idiots 30 May 2012
Watching this truly bizarre, ultra-amateur videocam atrocity, I kept on being reminded of a not too bright school kid who has to write an essay about H.G. Wells' book by Monday. Friday he went to the pictures, Saturday he went to the arcade. Sunday afternoon he played footie. Sunday evening he did start to read the book, but by 10:30 it became clear he wasn't going to finish it, so he just skipped through it, jotting down the odd line from the one page in five he actually speed read. By the time he'd done that it was bed time. So he started working on the essay in the morning - using big, big letters and long spacing to hide all the gaps and try to make it look longer than it was. But he ran out of time, so he had to carry on writing it on the bus even though the kid next to him kept on throwing things at him and thumping his elbow. He was still writing it while the teacher was picking up the essays, so he ignored the last couple of chapters altogether.

The trouble is, this film isn't even that good. For all the phony reviews about how lovingly crafted and detailed this is, I kept on thinking that Timbo had only read the first three-quarters of the book in advance and was keeping everything, but everything in from that section in case it turned out to be important later. It's that clumsy. But when it comes to the end, it's suddenly very rushed, with lots of important bits missing because, if he has read them, he didn't really understand them.

None of which explains why this yawnathon is three hours long. You would have thought that in editing he might have realised how redundant most of the first hour is and cut it down to an economical 20 minutes. But no: if he shot it, it stays in, whether the actors' moustache blows off or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The idea here is nice by trying to follow the book as closely as possible, however the execution is abysmal. I can picture it now - The movie producers (If they can be derserving of that title) have contacted a stoned and sleepless internet junkie to create the special effects on his apple mac computer, and then he has invited a few members of his family and neighbors to pop round, get them drunk and ask them to act ridiculously badly in front of a blue screen. There you have the background to the making of this picture.

Am i being too harsh? well suffice to say that about 20 mins into this film I was starting to wish for real aliens to come down and zap me out of my misery! The speech pauses between lines were intolerable, the acting was unconvincing from pretty much everybody and they all seem to keep repeating what each other say 4 or 5 times in case we didn't catch everything the first three times! Maybe the film could have been 90 mins instead of 180 if we all weren't so deaf and stupid!!

The first time I saw the aliens i thought i was watching an episode of 'The Flumps' or 'Teletubbies' on children's tv. The fact that people pretended to look terrified at these cuties with tenticles left me in utter hysterics. It's interesting how a human can be burnt down to their bones and still find time to roll around on the floor screaming and waving arms when they have no voice box, muscles, ligaments or any kind of general organs left!!??

The look of this picture is hard on the eyes to say the least, the sepia doesn't work well and I felt like I was watching an ordinary film through those cheap cardboard 3d glasses. If the setting is 19th century why are we seeing composite images of houses in the background with seemingly UPVC double glazed windows?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's compelling viewing 22 Aug 2009
By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have to admit, I watched this just to see how bad it could get. Actors with horrendous accents wandering around fields in the US with poorly superimposed houses scrolling past like a bad spectrum game. CGI cities that look like something from a commodore 64 and tripods that slide over the screen without even looking as if they're part of the scene. It makes Dr Who effects from the 1970s look good.

If you like really bad films, then you might - like me - get some perverse pleasure from this. If you don't like bad acting, bad effects, bad sound effects and boring scenes of people walking back and forth, then you're best avoiding this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Hines'The War of The worlds
I had read the reviews on this site before buying this DVD and I admit I bought it out of curiosity.It certainly is curious,in fact it is downright odd. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Nicholas
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Harmless
For anyone who has never seen this or heard of it, you may be pleasantly surprised. It squeezes out a tiny budget and makes ingenious use of locations around the director's home... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2008 by Zawiah Saki
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Published on 15 May 2008 by Georgie Mo
1.0 out of 5 stars The Chances of anything...approaching a good a million to...
I love the book, and when I heard about Timothy Hines' version being a period film...Well I was more excited than when I heard about Speilberg's version. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2007 by Jon Shipton
1.0 out of 5 stars To call it a travesty would be too kind
Timbo Hines' misbegotten period adaptation of WOTW is easily the most demented piece of would-be movie-making I've ever witnessed in stunned slack-jawed disbelief. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2007 by Trevor Willsmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear god....... what have they done ?
Waited some time for this to be released, and have followed it since its conception. After watching (during the xmas break) I am glad that it was quietly released to dvd. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2007 by SF Flimbuff
4.0 out of 5 stars war of the worlds Tim Hines
Though I do not yet own a copy of the film, I watched it last April and enoyed it very much although I have to say there are a few doggey bits especially the Thunder child scenes... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2006 by S. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest rendition
Pendragon's 2005 release of HG Well's Si-Fi masterpiece may not have the big CGI action of Spielberg's release but it has all the drama and emotion of Well's book. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2006 by Barry Yamaha
1.0 out of 5 stars Viral, band-wagon jumping and utterly lacking in ANYTHING
No stars no stars no stars.

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Published on 26 Sep 2006 by John Milne
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