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The War of the Worlds (1953)

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Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Starring: Gene Barry
Director: Byron Haskin
Plot Synopsis:

A mysterious, meteorlike object has landed in a small California town. All clocks have stopped. A fleet of glowing green UFOs hovers menacingly over the entire globe. The Martian invasion of Earth has begun, and it seems that nothing—neither military might nor the scientific know-how of nuclear physicist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry)—can stop it. In the expert hands of genre specialists George Pal and Byron Haskin, H. G. Wells’s end-of-civilization classic receives a chilling Cold War–era update, complete with hallucinatory Technicolor and visionary, Oscar-winning special effects. Emblazoned with iconographic images of 1950s science fiction, The War of the Worlds is both an influential triumph of visual imagination and a still-disquieting document of the wonder and terror of the atomic age.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: July 7th, 2020
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1953
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: The Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:85 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English: PCM Mono
    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, created by sound designer Ben Burtt and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren
    • Movie Archaeologists, a new program on the visual and sound effects in the film featuring Burtt and film historian 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 fil
    • The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds from 1938, 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 World
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman