Unfortunately this is not a touch on the original. The story is flat and weak with Liam Neeson and other character voices. Richard Burton and Essex told the story with passion and when required fear in their voices. Musically in places the guitar solos I feel are a little unnecessary. One positive I will say is that Gary Barlow has done "Forever Autumn" justice. I'm sorry to say that I will be shelving this version and returning to my much loved original. This New Generation is unlikely to last the test of time, so if you don't own "War of the Worlds", buy the Original 1978 version.