War of the Worlds PG-13

War of the Worlds
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: November 22, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Dreamworks Video
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
    • Dolby Digital DTS 5.1 Surround Sound - English

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 32,518,955
Rating: B+ -- The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant. Full Review
Beliefnet
Aug 15, 2013
Spielberg does a masterful job of building the tension and creating an effective science-fiction thriller. Full Review
Bowling Green Daily News
Nov 18, 2019
[The] road trip, by car and foot, inspires Spielberg to create extraordinary images of a frayed family in a frayed civilization.
Rolling Stone
Jul 28, 2005
Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster has knockout special effects, masterful cinematography, and terrifying and suspenseful sequences. Its explosive, non-stop action brings to mind SAVING PRIVATE RYAN's indelible opening battle sequence.
USA Today
Jul 1, 2005
Rating: 9/10 -- War of the Worlds is that most rare of screen adaptations - a film that is faithful to its origins and at the same time, its own separate creature. The first half is better than the second, but what a first half. Full Review
ComingSoon.net
Mar 7, 2011
There likely won't be a more gripping film this year than Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, which at its best glides along like choreography with a camera, slowly parsing out information while shrouding the rest in shadow and suggestion.
AV Club
Sep 26, 2005

Product Description:

One cannot help but think of terrorist attacks while watching Stephen Spielberg's update of the classic sci-fi fantasy THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. While the H.G. Wells story dates back to 1898, and has inspired previous adaptations, this particular version feeds off its 21st century audience's fear of a terrorist-induced apocalypse. Even if the sight of tall buildings crumbling to the ground and crowds running fearfully away from their demise doesn't trigger post-9/11 paranoia, dialogue such as "Is it the terrorists'" will.

Disgruntled, divorced father Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is struggling to connect with his estranged kids, who have been dropped off by their mother for the weekend, when a severe and unusual lightning storm leaves his New Jersey neighborhood powerless. Over the course of the next few hours, it becomes obvious that this was not a storm at all, but rather the first sign of a worldwide alien attack. Emerging from the ground in multi-legged tripod-like machines that have apparently been stored beneath the earth's surface since before man's time, these aliens begin the process of waging a long-planned war on our planet. While WAR OF THE WORLDS follows Ray's growing closeness with his two children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) in the face of imminent disaster, and his transformation from lousy father to hero, their story is used mostly as a vehicle for illustrating an unending series of horrific scenarios. The human element of the story is also briefly explored with Tim Robbins's portrayal of a crazed, alien-fighting recluse. Sticking closely to Wells's original descriptions of alien warfare, the film focuses mainly on visuals and succeeds through impressive special effects to create two hours of thrilling, frightening, realistic terror.

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  • Theatrical Release: June 29, 2005

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  • UPC: 678149439229
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