War of the World (2005) (Blu Ray)

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Good Remake

by George on 7/3/2012

I was always a fan of the original movie, but also liked the TV series that came out when I was a kid. It wasn't really true to the original, though. This movie, however, is a good modernization. It has elements that are new (the aliens are more like the Tripods), but the feeling that people are just confused and figuring things out as they go is consistent with the original.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 214699614
UPC 097360749342
UPC 14 00097360749342
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note One cannot help but think of terrorist attacks while watching Stephen Spielberg's update of the classic sci-fi fantasy THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. While the H.G. Wells story dates back to 1898, and has inspired previous adaptations, this particular version feeds off its 21st century audience's fear of a terrorist-induced apocalypse. Even if the sight of tall buildings crumbling to the ground and crowds running fearfully away from their demise doesn't trigger post-9/11 paranoia, dialogue such as "Is it the terrorists?" will.^Disgruntled, divorced father Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is struggling to connect with his estranged kids, who have been dropped off by their mother for the weekend, when a severe and unusual lightning storm leaves his New Jersey neighborhood powerless. Over the course of the next few hours, it becomes obvious that this was not a storm at all, but rather the first sign of a worldwide alien attack. Emerging from the ground in multi-legged tripod-like machines that have apparently been stored beneath the earth's surface since before man's time, these aliens begin the process of waging a long-planned war on our planet. While WAR OF THE WORLDS follows Ray's growing closeness with his two children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) in the face of imminent disaster, and his transformation from lousy father to hero, their story is used mostly as a vehicle for illustrating an unending series of horrific scenarios. The human element of the story is also briefly explored with Tim Robbins's portrayal of a crazed, alien-fighting recluse. Sticking closely to Wells's original descriptions of alien warfare, the film focuses mainly on visuals and succeeds through impressive special effects to create two hours of thrilling, frightening, realistic terror.
Entertainment Weekly "Watching Steven Spielberg's spooky and playful remake of WAR OF THE WORLDS, you may feel a surge of childlike awe..." 07/08/2005 p.45-46
New York Times "Effectively scary and visually impressive." 07/29/2005 p.E21
Rolling Stone "[The] road trip, by car and foot, inspires Spielberg to create extraordinary images of a frayed family in a frayed civilization." 07/28/2005 p.92,Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "Spielberg's technical mastery, especially with the Tripods -- aliens as nasty as E.T. was sweet -- is evident in every frame of this superior transfer." 12/01/2005 p.92
Uncut "Spielberg handles the action with practiced flair. There are even some uncharacteristically dark touches..." 09/01/2005 p.139
Sight and Sound "The film delivers on spectacle, from the jarring initial appearance of an alien tripod breaking up through tarmac to the collapse of the war machines in post-holocaust Boston." 09/01/2005 p.83-84
USA Today "Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster has knockout special effects, masterful cinematography, and terrifying and suspenseful sequences. Its explosive, non-stop action brings to mind SAVING PRIVATE RYAN's indelible opening battle sequence." 07/01/2005 p.4E
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Janusz Kaminski's icy-blue cinematography and John Williams's unusually discordant score underline the movie's sober reckoning of Armageddon..." 12/01/2005 p.185
Steven Spielberg
Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Miranda Otto
Cast & Crew
Tim Robbins - Star
Tom Cruise - Star
Dakota Fanning - Star
Justin Chatwin - Star
Miranda Otto - Star
H.G. Wells - Source Writer
Tom Cruise - Producer
Colin Wilson - Producer
David Koepp - Screenwriter
John Williams - Composer
Josh Friedman - Screenwriter
Janusz Kaminski - Director of Photography
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Paula Wagner - Producer
Morgan Freeman - Narrator
Steven Spielberg - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00097360749342
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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