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The War of the Worlds [Import]

Amazing! terrifying! The most savage spectacle of all time!
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Format:  DVD
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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 10, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Imports
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
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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
War of the Worlds is a socko science-fiction feature, as fearsome as a film as was the Orson Welles 1938 radio interpretation of the H.G. Wells novel. Full Review
Jun 8, 2007
...George Pal's primitive but Oscar winning special effects still look 'cool' in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS...
USA Today
May 7, 1999
Rating: 4/5 -- Definitely a sci-fi classic from the 1950s...great George Pal effects.
Feb 22, 2008
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
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
As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 8, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Though it's bogged down by a stiff cast, a yawn-inspiring conventional romance, and a sappy religiosity, it remains a landmark in the history of special effects. Full Review
TV Guide
Jun 8, 2007

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.

Product Info

  • UPC: 8809151393441
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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