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War of the Worlds 1953 Criterion Collection 4K Blu-Ray


  • Catalog #: 19BW07
  • Theme #1: War of the Worlds

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War of the Worlds 1953 Criterion Collection 4K Blu-Ray:

Synopsis: A mysterious, meteorlike object has landed in a small California town. All clocks have stopped. A fleet of glowing green UFOs hovers menacingly over the entire globe. The Martian invasion of Earth has begun, and it seems that nothing—neither military might nor the scientific know-how of nuclear physicist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry)—can stop it. In the expert hands of genre specialists George Pal and Byron Haskin, H. G. Wells's end-of-civilization classic receives a chilling Cold War–era update, complete with hallucinatory Technicolor and visionary, Oscar-winning special effects. Emblazoned with iconographic images of 1950s science fiction, The War of the Worlds is both an influential triumph of visual imagination and a still-disquieting document of the wonder and terror of the atomic age.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

-NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

-NEW alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, created by sound designer Ben Burtt and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio

-Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Joe Dante, film historian Bob Burns, and author Bill Warren

-Movie Archaeologists, a new program on the visual and sound effects in the film featuring Burtt and film historian Craig Barron

-From the Archive, a new program about the film's restoration featuring Barron, Burtt, and Paramount Pictures archivist Andrea Kalas

-Audio interview with producer George Pal from 1970

-The Sky Is Falling, a 2005 documentary about the making of the film

-The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds from 1938, directed and narrated by Orson Welles

-Radio program from 1940 featuring a discussion between Welles and H. G. Wells, author of the 1897 novel The War of the Worlds

-Trailer

-English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

-PLUS: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman

Other Details:

Directed by Byron Haskin
Country: United States
Year: 1953
Runtime: 85 minutes
Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: English
Spine #1037

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