War of The Worlds (1953) (Special Edition) (Full Screen) [Rare & Out-of-Print]

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DVD Features:

  • 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:
  • 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:
      1. Ann Robinson - Star, Gene Barry - Star
      2. Joe Dante - Film Director, Bob Burns - Film Historian, Bill Warren - Author (KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES)
    • Featurette:
      3. THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Radio Broadcast)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by &
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Cinematography by
Art Direction by &
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1953 - Best Special Effects: George Pal

Entertainment Reviews:

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.

Product Description:

H.G. Wells' 1901 novel of the invasion of the Earth by Martians is brought to the screen with dazzling special effects.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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Rating 5.0 The BEST Version of WOTW! Movie Lover: from San Antonio, TX US -- February, 2, 2006

The 1953 version of War of the Worlds is by far the best interpretaion of the H.G. Wells classic. Starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, this is the movie that most closely follows the storyline from the book. And the extras are worth every penny! Complete with original movie trailer, and even the famous full length radio broadcast by Orson Welles, and cast interviews, this DVD is sure to complete any science fiction lover's collection. Definitely worth it! I challenge you to compare this to the 2005 version with Tom Cruise. There is no comparison (other than the CGI effects in the new version).

Rating 5.0 bongbongbongbongbongbong!!!! Movie Lover: from Teaneck, NJ US -- January, 5, 2006

Ah yes, memories are made of these - sitting in the Fulton Theater in Jersey City with my friend George - both of us 7 year old kids hooked on the Saturday afternoon matinees - and this time - one Saturday late morning circa 1955 - War of the Worlds was one of the double billed (the other being When Worlds Collide) main features (along with about 18 cartoons, 4 serials, and several short subjects). For only 75 cents (including popcorn and a soda).

Well, enough of the nostalgia - forget Tom Cruise and that shrieking little obnoxious blond haired girl - GET THE ORIGINAL!!! George Pal's masterpiece! The special effects were SPECIAL!! See the Death Ray (and hear it too - BONGBONGBONGBONGBONGBONG!) as it vaporizes the three locals and then, even a priest - let alone the masses of troops - A-bombs won't stop em! Rockets and missles won't stop em! As quoted - "It took God 6 days to create the world, and these creatures are destroying it in 5!" Superb sci-fi from the early 50's - pretty darn good - I remember being so impressed by the martian death ships that I drew nothing but them blowing up tanks, houses, people, dogs, - you name it - for several years!!!! (I secretly still do!). Anyhow, it was really one of the best darn sci-fi movies of the 20th Century. Get it before the martians really attack!!! You'll be sorry if you didn't!

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