The War of the Worlds (Criterion Collection) G

Mighty panorama of Earth-shaking fury as an army from Mars invades!
The War of the Worlds (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: G
  • Released: July 7, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New 4k digital restoration
    • New alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, created by Sound Designer Ben Burtt
    • Audio Commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren
    • Movie Archaeologists, a new program on the film's visual and sound effects featuring Burtt and Visual-Effects Supervisor Craig Barron
    • From the Archive, a new program about the film's restoration featuring Barron, Burtt, and Paramount Pictures archivist Andrea Kalas
    • Audio interview with Producer George Pal from 1970
    • The Sky Is Falling, a 2005 documentary about the making of the film
    • The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio play of The War of the Worlds from 1938, adapted by Howard Koch and Directed and Narrated by Orson Welles
    • Radio Program from 1940 featuring a discussion between Welles and H.G. Wells, author of the 1897 novel The War of the Worlds
    • Trailer
    • SDH subtitles
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Art Direction by &
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1953 - Best Special Effects: George Pal

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 29


User Ratings: 65,638
Rating: 4/5 -- Some grisly and scary parts. Not for young 'uns. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 1, 2011
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.
USA Today
Jun 28, 2005
The film version of H.G. Wells' most famous novel maintains an ingenuous and simple tone that reminds us of the original, in addition to other achievements, such as its special effects and excellent music. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 6, 2019
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.
Wall Street Journal
Mar 8, 2012
Rating: 3.5/4 -- classic
Mar 2, 2008
Rating: 4/5 -- Definitely a sci-fi classic from the 1950s...great George Pal effects.
Feb 22, 2008
Too bad about the wooden cast, the tackily conventional romance, and a draggy religious message; but at least, given the time it was made, it isn't imbued with Cold War hysteria. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006

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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