War of the Worlds

Criterion   (1953) / Region 1
War of the Worlds

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War of the Worlds

Martian warships invade Earth and toast everything in sight with heat rays. From the H.G. Wells novel.


  • Length
  • Rating G
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 09 2020
  • Production Year 1953
  • Empire SKU 3010751
  • UPC Code 715515248716
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


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New 4K digital restoration
New alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, created by sound designer Ben Burtt
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
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
An essay by film critic J. Hoberman


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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