The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

DVD - 2005
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Residents of the small town of Linda Rosa, Calif. are excited when they see a flaming meteor land in the hills. Their excitement is dampened when they discover it has passengers from Mars aboard. They soon discover that the Martians are not very friendly.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2005
Edition: Special collector's ed
ISBN: 9781415711668
Branch Call Number: DVD F WAR


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Jan 31, 2018

Directed by Byron Haskin in 1953 loosely based on the 1897 novel by H.G. Wells, this American SF drama depicts the third World War with Martians.
American scientist Clayton Forrester searches for any weakness that can stop them.
In the days of no computer graphics, the visual effects appear great.
The plot of the film, however, turns out quite different from the novel.
Because of the Cold War at the time, the army uses the Atomic Bomb against the enemy but the eventual weapon to kill the Martians turns out the same as in the novel.

Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 11, 2017

1950's Alien Invasion movie with fairly decent special effects, and a corny love story tacked on.

Dec 07, 2015

The actual original was on the radio and the way it was presented {as a news interruption Emergency}.
It was so believable that people were panicking in the streets.
If you get the chance to listen to the original broadcast, do so and remember that at that time there was no TV; just radio. Highly Recommended

Sep 30, 2015

This is the 1953 version, which was the first film of the Wells novel.

May 25, 2013

This film from 1953 thankfully sans Tom Cruise is a gem. Not only are there much special effects than present day film making it is also a view of 1950s American values. People then stood with each other in common values instead of being segmented in warring factions. No one had to proclaim their political views or sexual orientation.

Apr 19, 2012

Not the best sciece fiction i've seen, but not the worst. I is most likly in 1950 the effects were amazing. Right now not amazing.

aaa5756 Mar 23, 2012

Great science fiction horror movie with great special effects for its time and great acting. A must see DVD!!!!!!

mikeyppl Mar 20, 2012

These are two great 1950's sci-fi films.

Mocha6ft3 Mar 20, 2012

I have been a huge science fiction and horror fan for many,many years. This is one of my favorites movies. I enjoyed the story and especially the special effects. I knew this was a good movie. I felt for everyone hiding in the churches while the aliens continue to destroy the surroundings. You felt like all their prayers had been answered by the end. Now that's a good story. The look of the alien space crafts and the sounds of their weapons was very cool. I give this movie 5 stars for story,sound, and visual effects. Get a sandwich and popcorn.

Aug 08, 2011

Surprisingly solid adaptation of the novel, with equally surprisingly decent special effects! Granted, the location has been moved from New Jersey of the radio broadcast which was moved from the original England of the book, but it's still close to the book in many other ways. The morality tale of Humanity being less powerful than the Supreme Being / Nature, the lesson about presuming that someone superior in one way (technology) is also superior in every way (biological development), and the notion that the Mob Instinct is the single greatest destructive force to Civilization. What a shame the colour is so *very* garishly TECHNICOLOR in its saturation.


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