- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 8, 2013
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Paramount Catalog
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English, French
- Subtitles - English
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."
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.
Alien Attacks |
Alien Invasions |
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- 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.