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War of the Worlds

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Manufacturer: Dreamworks Video
Publisher: Dreamworks Video
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

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Product Description:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Dreamworks Video
EAN: 9781417057849
Feature: Shrink-wrapped
Format: Multiple Formats
ISBN: 141705784X
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Dreamworks Video
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Dreamworks Video
Model: 2246543
MPN: MFR678149439229#VG
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2005-11-22
Publisher: Dreamworks Video
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2005-11-22
Running Time: 116
Size: 7 Ounces
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Product Features:
Shrink-wrapped
Editorial Review:
Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning. A phenemonal adaptation of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic with Steven Spielberg at the helm! A disgruntled, divorced, failure-as-a-dad" guy desperately seeks to save his family from annihilation against an alien fleet of killer tripods. 2 DVDs. 2005/color/117 min/PG-13.
Despite super effects, a huge budget, and the cinematic pedigree of alien-happy Steven Spielberg, this take on H.G. Wells's novel is basically a horror film packaged as a sci-fi thrill ride. Instead of a mad slasher, however, Spielberg (along with writers Josh Friedman & David Koepp) utilizes aliens hell-bent on quickly destroying humanity, and the terrifying results that prey upon adult fears, especially in the post-9/11 world. The realistic results could be a new genre, the grim popcorn thriller; often you feel like you're watching Schindler's List more than Spielberg's other thrill-machine movies (Jaws, Jurassic Park). The film centers on Ray Ferrier, a divorced father (Tom Cruise, oh so comfortable) who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town and soon is on the road with his teen son (Justin Chatwin) and preteen daughter (Dakota Fanning) in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion. The film is, of course, impeccably designed and produced by Spielberg's usual crew of A-class talent. The aliens are genuinely scary, even when the film--like the novel--spends a good chunk of time in a basement. Readers of the book (or viewers of the deft 1953 adaptation) will note the variation of whom and how the aliens come to Earth, which poses some logistical problems. The film opens and closes with narration from the novel read by Morgan Freeman, but Spielberg could have adapted Orson Welles's words from the famous Halloween Eve 1938 radio broadcast: "We couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the best next thing: we annihilated the world." --Doug Thomas

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The War of the Worlds (1953)

War of the Worlds - The Complete First Season (TV series)

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