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H.G. Well's classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider that it was made at the height of the Cold War--just replace Martian with Russian.... Written by
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None of the original Martian war machines exist today. They were made out of copper, and after production, they were reportedly donated to a Boy Scout copper drive. See more »
Modern viewers often complain that the wires used to suspend the Martian war machines are plainly visible throughout the film. The film was originally shot in three strip Technicolor, with prints made using a dye transfer process that resulted in very saturated colors, but with a slight reduction in overall resolution. This reduction in resolution "fuzzed out" the wires in original prints, making them effectively invisible. Later prints were made in Eastman Color, which uses a photographic process and yields sharper prints, but here had the side effect of making the support and electric wires plainly visible - the models had electrical wires as the side pods of the machines really lit up green and the "cobra heads" lit up as well. It is common practice in the film industry to take into account what details will be visible when a print is projected so as not to waste production time and money on details that will never actually be visible to a viewing audience, especially in the areas of effects and matte paintings. Thus, the filmmakers never thought the wires would be visible and in fact they weren't until the first Eastman Color prints of the film were struck in the late 1960s, and they have become even more visible on modern video releases as there is no dye sublimation resolution loss when making video masters from the original negatives. See more »
In the First World War, and for the first time in the history of man, nations combined to fight against nations using the crude weapons of those days. The Second World War involved every continent on the globe, and men turned to science for new devices of warfare, which reached an unparalleled peak in their capacity for destruction. And now, fought with the terrible weapons of super-science, menacing all mankind and every creature on the Earth comes the War of the Worlds.
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The acting is so superior to the original especially Dr. Forrester compared to Tom Cruise. Even Sylvia is a better actress than anyone in the remake. Many younger people may avoid this film because they are going to be afraid the effects will stink. No, believe it or not, this features the best effects of any movie before 1970. The effects are so excellent that the people who did Robinson Crusoe on Mars stole these space ships. They show little beams that hold the ships in the air magnetically, very well done. Watch this cast convey fear versus the newer bad actors. It contains one of the scariest scenes in any movie. I will not spoil it for you just get ready to see popcorn go flying all around your living room. The remake, wisely, did not even try to mimic it. It will seem a little corny and phony with the square dance, and the community activities but it really was like that. When I was growing up, it was a world of parks, activities and communities, just like it is depicted here. They wiped it all out before I could really be a part of it. Watch, compared to Independence Day, how no time is spent trying to communicate with them. In Independence Day, even after they wipe out half the country, the president is still trying to cut a deal. Like all science fictions from the 50s, with the exception of the Space Children, we lock and load.
Some people get offended at the priest getting burned up, hey, these are stand ins for the godless Commies. That scene was necessary to relay to the audience, that the enemy is always godless and ruthless. It will seem so odd, like Earth Versus The Flying Saucers, how we start firing with no attempt to negotiate. Find a movie of this genre in the 50s where we did. It has some really creepy parts in it. The movie is quite short which is a good thing. It gets going and never stops until the ending. There is a hiding out in the farmhouse scene but that is why the director put the scariest scene in there; you think it is boring then BAM!, he scares the crap out of you. Acting is important in horror or science fiction because the premise is so far fetched we need believability out of the actors. This cast will not let you down. I know, there is an intentionally funny part with the radio guy freaking everybody out about the invaders. Look, there are always parts like this in old movies, try not to notice. It is not as funny as Dr. Marvin putting that alien helmet on in Earth Versus The Flying Saucers. A Great Movie, the best the 50s had to offer with Forbidden Planet.
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