War of the Worlds [Blu-ray] [2005]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (208 out of 220)

    Special Features


    • Revisiting the invasion
    • The H.G. Wells legacy
    • Steven Spielberg and the original War of the Worlds
    • Characters: the family unit
    • Previsualization
    • Production galleries
    • Designing the enemy: tripods and aliens
    • Scoring War of the Worlds
    • We are not alone
    • Galleries
    • Theatrical teaser trailer

    Synopsis


    War of the Worlds
    An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction thriller, freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann's parents' house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage. Also starring Tim Robbins, War of the Worlds was directed by Steven Spielberg, who had been planning the project for years, but set it aside until a wave of "alien invasion" films (led by Independence Day) had run its course. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Cruise
      Tom Cruise - Ray Ferrier
    • Dakota Fanning
      Dakota Fanning - Rachel Ferrier
    • Miranda Otto
      Miranda Otto - Mary Ann
    • Justin Chatwin
      Justin Chatwin - Robbie Ferrier
    • Tim Robbins
      Tim Robbins - Ogilvy



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Blue Ray

      Posted
      JohnnyBravo
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      War of the Worlds arrives on Blu-ray with an impressive 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer that's reflective of Director Steven Spielberg's intended visual style. As the film opens, it features something of a blown-out look about it that's excessively bright with some intentional blooming effects and desaturated colors, all of which often influence the characters' flesh tones and surrounding colors. This palette gives the film a throwback look and feel that borders on looking black-and-white in a couple of dusty gray city scenes, but there's still a fair amount of color to be found throughout the movie, particularly on Rachel's multicolored winter apparel. War of the Worlds isn't always razor-sharp; several scenes and backgrounds wander towards a soft, mushy texture, though again, such seem in-line with the director's vision and style and not necessarily reflective of an error in the transfer-to-Blu-ray process. The transfer isn't always impeccably defined, but it's instead raw, gritty, uncertain, not always under control, not always perfectly-staged and framed, which only accentuates the film's style and story. Black levels are consistently deep and true without ever appearing too bright or, on the other end of the spectrum, absorbing fine details where they shouldn't. The picture does enjoy a strong film-like look thanks to a thick layer of grain that's maybe even a bit heavier than that seen in Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan. War of the Worlds does not offer high definition "eye candy" in the traditional sense, but it is reflective of the way the film is supposed to look, which is the ultimate compliment to any Blu-ray, no matter how rough around the edges it may be.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      awsome so buy it

      Posted
      mpikek

      nobody can make an alien movie like spielberg. the special effects are stunning. the acting is good. the aliens and tripods are brilliant. the action and non-action is gripping. its just great. the special features are excellent. they show you and explain every big sequence in the movie. it tells you about the theatrical score and how john williams came to making this music. and it shows stuff about the original war of thw worlds and why steven spielberg did it this way. the overall movie diserves 4 stars but the second disc gave it a 5. the movie does have some mistakes but if your not looking for them, chances are you wont find them. its also a little short. thats surprising coming from spielberg. its like 5 minutes short of 2 hours. this is the type of movie to be like 2 1/2 hours. tim robbins makes an appearance in this and does great. dakota fanning does good. justin cautwin is a brat but still does pretty good. tom cruise is tom cruise and steven spielberg is the best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great package bad discs

      Posted
      utazdevl
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      First off, the movie is what it is. Lots of site for you to get reviews on the film itself. I wouldn't have bought this if I didn't like the film and want it to be a part of my collection. I am a huge Steelbook fan, so I was very excited to find out Paramount was releasing a bunch of catalog titles in Blu-ray Steelbooks. I bought this along with 4 others in the same trip to Best Buy on the first day of their release. I was very disappointed to realize that Paramount chose to only include the first of the two discs that make up this title's BD release in non-steelbook packaging. That means for longer titles you get no special features. No UV or digital copy, either. Very disappointing, but still didn't deter me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the greatest Sci-fi movies

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      Kamehameha
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      One of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever made. Tom Cruise is stellar as is the rest of the cast - especially a cameo from Tim Robbins. Although the movie is about aliens coming down to take over the world - the stories foundation is that of one father's love for his family and the lengths he goes to protect them. Absolutely fantastic. It will have you scared, laughing, crying and cheering - a pretty good run of emotions from just one film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      War Of The Worlds Steelbook BD

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      Hollywood
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      I wasn't much of a fan when this film hit theaters but it has grown on me since. Tom Cruise playing the "everyman" seeing the invasion through his eyes gives us a more realistic view. We learn as he learns. Spielberg has crafted a story based more on the book than the original film and just hearing the aliens siren(?) as they destroy the countryside is truly terrifying. My only wish is that this BD was in 7.1 Surround to further enhance the soundtrack. But that is a VERY MINOR complaint! Seek out this BD at Best Buy and look for the steelbook version. I love the artwork! Highly Recommended!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Steelbook

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      Fordman01
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      Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin). When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier's house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Ok interpetation of classic novel

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      mgtron1
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      I was really looking forward to this movie (which is based on one of my favorite novels), and was somewhat pleased. I don't like Tom Cruise, but he was OK in this movie. I liked the references to the original book (the tripod ships, the red weed), but I did not like the design of the alien creatures at all....They were too "cutesy", and did not seem to be the deadly threat the movie tried to make of them. Tim Robbins was way over the top, and incredibly annoying. Other than the movie, I wish there were more "making of" material....

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie with a simple story

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      Melmack3345
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      This version of War of the Worlds is well done as all Stephen Spielberg films are. The story is pretty simple without any major charecter arcs as the movie is centered around action. I think it is a pretty safe entry into the alien film genre. The only issue I had with my purchase of this film was the fact that the Steelbook was sent to me in a bubble mailer and the entire case was bent.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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