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The War of the Worlds (1953)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

The War of the Worlds (1953)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
 
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The War of the Worlds Blu-ray
Criterion | 1953 | 85 min | Not rated | Jul 07, 2020

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515248617


The War of the Worlds (1953)

Scientist Clayton Forrester and Sylvia Van Buren are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The Marines are called in, but they're no match for the aliens' force field. Forrester and Van Buren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens' weakness.

Director: Byron Haskin
Writer: Barré Lyndon
Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen, Henry Brandon, Carolyn Jones


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