- Audio Commentary
The Sky Is Falling: The Making Of War Of The Worlds
H.G. Wells: The Father Of Science Fiction
- The Mercury Theatre on the Air Presents "The War Of The Worlds" Radio Broadcast
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 1, 2005
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary:
- Ann Robinson - Star, Gene Barry - Star
- Joe Dante - Film Director, Bob Burns - Film Historian, Bill Warren - Author (KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES)
- THE SKY IS FALLING: THE MAKING OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
- H.G. WELLS: THE FATHER OF SCIENCE FICTION
- THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Radio Broadcast)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1953 -
Best Special Effects: George Pal
Entertainment Weekly - 09/20/1996
"...Dynamic fantasy holocaust, the INDEPENDENCE DAY of its day." -- Rating: A-
USA Today - 05/07/1999
"...George Pal's primitive but Oscar winning special effects still look 'cool' in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS..."
USA Today - 06/28/2005
"Paramount's Technicolor was the era's most vibrant, and Gordon Jennings' now-primitive Oscar-winning effects still look cool in this George Pal production."
Wall Street Journal - 03/08/2012
"Watching the march of the Martian machines across our country, you're taken in not by the dazzling reality of the visual tricks but by their resourcefulness and charming artificiality."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Laden with Academy Award winning special effects, this chilling adaptation of H.G. Wells' frightening novel detailing a Martian invasion delivers fiery thrills, laser-hot action and unrelenting, edge-of-your-seat suspense. Gene Barry (TV's "Bat Masterson") and Ann Robinson (TV's "Fury") are among the humans intrigued when a meteor-like object crashes to Earth ... but its occupants are definitely not friendly. The assault on Earth is underway, and the Martian machines hovering "swan"-shaped vehicles of destruction are both beautiful and terrifying as they cut a relentless path of annihilation. Produced by George Pal (When Worlds Collide) and directed by Byron Haskin (Treasure Island), The War Of The Worlds is widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time and received three Oscar nominations.
H.G. Wells' 1901 novel of the invasion of the Earth by Martians is brought to the screen with dazzling special effects.
H. G. Wells' sci-fi classic about the invasion of Planet Earth by aggressive creatures from Mars. Arriving in green-glowing spaceships shaped like metallic stingrays, the Martians blast their atomizing death beams through most of the major cities in the world. What can save the Earth' The answer is simpler than mankind might ever have guessed.
- Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Sound Recording, Best Editing. Academy Awards: Best Special Effects.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Additional cast: Houseley Stevenson Jr. (General Mann's Aide), Paul Frees (Radio Announcer), Bill Phipps (Wash Perry), Vernon Rich (Colonel Heffner), and Henry Brandon (Cop).
- Astronomical art by Chester Bonestell.