This short featurette is included on the Region 1 "2-Disc Limited Edition" DVD for War of the Worlds (2005) and 1-disc Widescreen & Full Screen releases, as well as the Region 2 "2-Disc Special Edition" DVD. See more »
This behind-the-scenes feature from the 2005 "War Of The Worlds" DVD concentrated on how and why they designed the tripods and aliens as they did in the feature film. It wasn't the most entertaining "documentary" but the creatures were so fascinating that it made up for generally unexciting commentary.
Director Steven Spielberg asked, "What if they (the aliens) go the other way: they come under ground instead of outer space?" Usually, going the opposite direction of what has been done in the past proves to be successful, it was stated.
The key to those big, scary tripods was the three legs," according to Doug Chiang of the art department. He was the main speaker in this bonus feature. "The three legs symbolized how much different these beings were culturally from life on our planet, where everyone or everything is on two or four legs," he explained.
Spielberg also wanted them scary, not just some big machines. The aliens he wanted "creepy," and to movie in a smooth, yet odd, way. All of that, he got, as those who saw this movie knows.
The special-effects, in my opinion, are the draw to the film and the only reason I've seen the movie a couple of times. Chiang and his crew did an awesome job creating them.
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