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Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens (2005)

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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 »

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Nice Featurette
9 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens (2005)

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Nice 14-minute featurette taking a look at the special effects in Steven Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS. Spielberg is joined by screenwriter David Koepp and various members of the special effects crew including Ryan Church, Doug Chang and Dennis Muren. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and star Tom Cruise also get a few quick words in. We start off seeing a few examples from the original movie and then we get into details about what Spielberg wanted for this remake and we hear the various ideas he brought to the actual creation of everything. We learn that it was his idea to have the tripods coming from the ground and he also talks about what he wanted in regards to the alien's look. The special effect team go into great detail about the various decisions that were made including making everything three legged and they discussed what effect this had on other parts of the production. We also get a behind-the-scenes look at Spielberg in his office and he talks about why he didn't want the aliens called Martians in the film. Overall this is a pleasant featurette that at least gives one a good idea of the thinking behind what we would end up seeing in the movie. Those being interviewed are very energetic when it comes to explaining what we're looking at and Spielberg is always a fascinating person to listen to.


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