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A Classic of 1950s Sci Fi Genre
- Phil Krajewski
I recall first seeing this movie in 1972 as a kid and was mesmerized. The action and the story conveyed had me from the start! Byron Haskin's retelling of H.G. Wells' classic story of a possible Martian force invading Earth is the best by far. Fans of this film also realize the idea of a "Red Invasion" ties in well with the politics of the time - a theme shared by other early 1950s sci-fi classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.Some may feel the "poor quality" of the special effects detracts from the picture, but the design of the Martian warships still creeps me out a little even today. I also doubt anyone who has seen and enjoyed this film can say they didn't feel just a bit uneasy during the classic farm house scenes. No special effects needed there! This little gem updates Wells' story from its 1898 origin and modernizes it for a post war audience. If you haven't seen this original version, do so. You won't be disappointed.
Upon Further Review
- Teddy Kaye
While watching War of the Worlds today, I was very impressed by the staging of the more mundane segments. At one point a radio reporter interviews Dr. Forrester (Gene Barry). During the interview, various very human groups are shown listening, or not listening, to the broadcast. The scenes are quite poignant, since we know what is coming. There are other moments between the dramatic high points that are just wonderfully presented. Beyond the special effects, there is brilliance in this movie that should be noticed and appreciated.
The War of the Worlds
An excellent, first-rate adaptation of Wells' classic story. Barry & Robinson are believable leads trying to figure out how to stop the path of universal destruction caused by invading Martians. The film deserved it's Oscar win for Best special effects, and the story, though updated to '50's society, avoids the heavy-handed political propaganda that other films of the genre made at the time. A well-made Sci-fi film that still retains the themes explored in Wells' novel. I give it a 4.5/5
THE TRUE WAR OF THE WORLDS
- CHUCK WILLIAMS
I SAW THIS MASTERPIECE WHEN I WAS SIX AND IT SHOOK ME TO THE FOUNDATIONS! THE ATMOSPHERE WAS INTENSE AND THE SPECIAL EFFECTS WERE AWESOME! I CAME OUT OF THE THEATER HAVING WATCHED A MOVIE I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN. I HAVE WATCHED IT LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF TIMES AND PROBABLY WATCH IT AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH. DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! CERTAINLY BETTER THAN THE TOM CRUISE RE-MAKE, WHICH STOLE PARTS OF THE ORIGINAL. I SURE WISH I COULD SEE THIS CLASSIC ONCE MORE ON THE BIG SCREEN. WHAT ENJOYMENT IT IS!
The War of the Worlds (1953)
- James Higgins
77/100. Although it is showing signs of it's age, this is one of the better science fiction films to come out of the 1950's. It has a very impressive production, the acting is quite respectable and the story is delightfully imaginative. The color cinematography is exceptional, and although I love black and white films, the color enhances the effectiveness of this movie. The remake in 2005 just could not capture the spirit and character development of this one. It is never boring, and it moves along quickly. The score is very expressive. It deservedly got Academy Award nominations for sound and editing, and it won for best special effects.
One of top 5 Sci-Fi...ever
"Forbidden Planet"., "This Island Earth". "Them!", "The Day the Earth Stood Still"..all rank high on my 50's sci-fi movie list. But. "WOTW" stands alone, for the utter terror it created in the theatre.I was only 8 & (back before ratings & 'advice'), my parents let me go see this classic with my 12 year old brother.Nightmares...not for days, or weeks...but for years after.So well done. Special effects unimaginable at the time.True, acting took third place to effects, score & pace, but it was spot on 'real'.... I still get chills thinking of that first time I saw this masterpiece.Even with todays techno-wizardary , it is almost impossible to imagine the reality that flew off the screen while viewing this movie in its day.NOT for unattended juveniles...even in the jaded 21st century.
One Of The Sci-Fi Greats
- Bruce Reber
"War Of The Worlds" is one of the first class Sci-Fi films of all time. It has a superb script, fine acting and dazzling special effects (for the early 50's, though they look somewhat dated now). WOTW avoids the usual Sci-Fi cliches, and it helped the entire genre to be taken seriously. I'm curious about one aspect of the film - the Martians have "eyes" that work like TV cameras. Is this supposed to be symbolic of the "invasion" of TV into American culture in the 50's, drawing audiences away from movie theaters and into their own homes to see free entertainment instead of paying for it? It seems that most 50's Sci-Fi films played on Cold War paranoia and fears about nuclear attack from Russia, and that we were ignorant of the potential real enemy, alien invaders from outer space trying to take over the world. Maybe that's why WOTW works so well.
We prayed for a miracle.
- Ben Larson
This was the best special effects Oscar winner for it's year, and there is no doubt that it was well deserved. Even though they didn't have Spielberg's budget and the improvements made over the years, the effects were superb and well worth watching.They didn't have Tom Cruise wither, and had to make do with Gene Barry of "Burke's Law" fame, who did get a role in the remake. He and Ann Robinson, who also got a role in the remake, kept us interested as they fought the aliens. Of course, they really didn't do much fighting as Wells made it clear that it was design by god that defeated the Martians.Of course the atomic science was laughable as they didn't have a clue.But, outside of that, it was an exciting film and just as good as the remake.
Everything about this film is superb! Certainly one of the best sci-fi films of all time. I think this film contains some of the best sound effects ever done in movie making history. Great story line and the actors do a fine job with it. And what a great ending. The film is so great in my mind that I have no problem looking past some of the wires holding up the martian's machines!
i first saw this film over twenty years ago, and i have not forgotten the experience. one of the most unforgettable moments on film, a witness to an unbearable agonizing end of a loved one. i think this film stands above all others of this vintage and genre. four stars. does a letterbox editin exist? five stars. can you imagine?
Beautifully Restored Science Fiction Classic!
The special edition DVD is a joy to behold and is crammed full of special features (multiple commentaries, special reviews by experts on 1950 Sci-Fi films, multiple versions of the original sound/voice track, and much, much more!). The excellent production values and the deep, rich technicolor really shine through in this wonderfully restored digital print. Get this DVD for your collection, you won't be sorry!