The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

DVD - 2020
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Byron Haskin's genre-defining sci-fi classic, an Oscar-winning adaptation of the novel by H. G. Wells, is both an influential triumph of visual imagination and a still-disquieting document of the wonder and terror of the atomic age.


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Jun 29, 2019

1954 movie. A well done and acted Sci Fi made WAY BEFORE CGI and special effects. A VERY GOOD movie. the MOTHER of SCI FI movies beginnings.

May 25, 2019

Even though "The War Of The Worlds" (from 1953) contained some mighty striking visuals that were really quite impressive for their time (though now severely dated) - I certainly thought that this rather disappointing alien invasion/thriller lacked the essential spark and overall vitality that's clearly required in the better-made SyFy flicks from the 1950s, such as "Forbidden Planet", "The Monolith Monsters" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man".

With its story loosely based on the H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, I found this original screen adaptation of "The War Of The Worlds" to be downright dull, sluggish, and basically uninspired for the most part.

And, what put the biggest damper on the overall drama and terror of the story was the terrible, out-of-place romantic ordeal that unfortunately transpired between Dr. Clayton Forrester and Sylvia Van Buren. Yeah. These 2 were, without question, the dreariest pair of boobs ever thrown together into any SyFy picture for the sake of some unnecessary romantic intrigue.

The great voice actor Paul 'Man of a Thousand Voices' Frees makes one of his few appearances on screen, as the second radio announcer to appear. This is the original movie, which was remade with Tom Cruise,

Jan 31, 2018

Directed by Byron Haskin in 1953 loosely based on the 1897 novel by H.G. Wells, this American SF drama depicts the third World War with Martians.
American scientist Clayton Forrester searches for any weakness that can stop them.
In the days of no computer graphics, the visual effects appear great.
The plot of the film, however, turns out quite different from the novel.
Because of the Cold War at the time, the army uses the Atomic Bomb against the enemy but the eventual weapon to kill the Martians turns out the same as in the novel.

Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 11, 2017

1950's Alien Invasion movie with fairly decent special effects, and a corny love story tacked on.

Dec 07, 2015

The actual original was on the radio and the way it was presented {as a news interruption Emergency}.
It was so believable that people were panicking in the streets.
If you get the chance to listen to the original broadcast, do so and remember that at that time there was no TV; just radio. Highly Recommended

May 25, 2013

This film from 1953 thankfully sans Tom Cruise is a gem. Not only are there much special effects than present day film making it is also a view of 1950s American values. People then stood with each other in common values instead of being segmented in warring factions. No one had to proclaim their political views or sexual orientation.

Apr 19, 2012

Not the best sciece fiction i've seen, but not the worst. I is most likly in 1950 the effects were amazing. Right now not amazing.

aaa5756 Mar 23, 2012

Great science fiction horror movie with great special effects for its time and great acting. A must see DVD!!!!!!

mikeyppl Mar 20, 2012

These are two great 1950's sci-fi films.

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