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War of the Worlds [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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A dock worker trying to piece his life together finds a new definition of survival when an alien attack commences in his New York backyard. After the initial devastating attack, the survivors try to mount an offensive against their enemy only to find that the oldest of all weapons may be their only hope.
Despite super effects, a huge budget, and the cinematic pedigree of alien-happy Steven Spielberg, this take on H.G. Wells's novel is basically a horror film packaged as a sci-fi thrill ride. Instead of a mad slasher, however, Spielberg (along with writers Josh Friedman & David Koepp) utilizes aliens hell-bent on quickly destroying humanity, and the terrifying results that prey upon adult fears, especially in the post-9/11 world. The realistic results could be a new genre, the grim popcorn thriller; often you feel like you're watching Schindler's List more than Spielberg's other thrill-machine movies (such as Jaws or Jurassic Park). The film centers on Ray Ferrier, a divorced father (Tom Cruise, oh so comfortable) who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town and soon is on the road with his teen son (Justin Chatwin) and preteen daughter (Dakota Fanning) in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion. The film is, of course, impeccably designed and produced by Spielberg's usual crew of A-class talent. The aliens are genuinely scary, even when the film--like the novel--spends a good chunk of time in a basement. Readers of the book (or viewers of the deft 1953 adaptation) will note the variation of whom and how the aliens come to Earth, which poses some logistical problems. The film opens and closes with narration from the novel read by Morgan Freeman, but Spielberg could have adapted Orson Welles's words from the famous Halloween Eve 1938 radio broadcast: "We couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the best next thing: we annihilated the world." --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
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I wont be sending it back as it is my own fault that I purchased it(I read a number of negative reviews but was curious). Plus this is the very first time EVER that I,ve been dissapointed with the quality of blu ray. I was even able to put both versions side by side on two seperate screens and I promise you that the dvd quality far outshines the blu ray. No grainy picture quality anywhere on the dvd copy.
Of course people will always draw their own conclusions and people,s perceptions are as varied and different as the universe is endless. But for what its worth it is a dreadful transfer to blu ray. I plan to upgrade to blu ray on Lord Of The Rings, Hobbit, Harry Potter, King Kong 2005, Volcano, Independance Day, etc, but will be far more cautious. The Back To The Future trilogy on blu ray is a prime example of how it should be done and can be done. Now that kind of quality on War Of The Worlds would have been amazing!!:)
come alive in a new light and updated version fantastic out of this world.....
One film you will want to see on a large screen with surround sound... it will blow you away
best for me to say nothing about it so you can enjoy it better....
Nothing worst than knowing what is going to happen
Hope you get to buy a copy and enjoy it as I do
P.S I also have the two music albums to this film they to are a must have to play
see photo's with my review...
My Thanks to AMAZON for such good items....
For all its many changes from the novel, this succeeds surprisingly well as an adapatation (Wells himself felt the novel out of date by the time the various proposed earlier film versions from silent cinema through to the 40s were proposed): it may not have quite the 50s Technicolor appeal of George Pal's classic version nor anywhere near as iconic alien hardware, but it's got more than enough going for it to stand on its own three tripods.
All in all, a fast-moving film rendered well. Don't expect much existential angst. Don't expect great character development. Just expect action and excitement.
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