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on 15 March 2017
A brilliant early sci-fi movie created long before today's digital effects. And with the added bonus that there's no sign of Tom Cruise ;) in some respects this is better than the remake.
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on 10 May 2017
I have always loved this film and again i know that it has been on t.v. a lot i just needed it for my collection.
Much much better than any other remakes of it.
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on 23 May 2017
Bought for a pressie for the old father in law as he doesn't rate modern movies much!
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on 7 April 2017
A classic film
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on 31 March 2017
VERY VERY GOOD
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on 27 March 2017
exactly as described thank you
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on 28 April 2017
A classic!
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on 17 December 2002
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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on 2 March 2007
Wow, what a surprise this film is. Done way back before I was born. And I am old by today's standards.Suspense, ahead of their time special effects, a nifty alien and superb spacecraft with an invincible feel to the invaders. Talking of which, if you've seen "the invaders" you know where the dying alien effects come from. A real surprise package with interviews and behind the scenes discussions that further enhance the magic of this movie. A true classic.
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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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