The War of the Worlds
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Earth is under attack in the chilling Cold War classic "The War of the Worlds" (1953). In one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, invaders from another world target a small California town with autonomous probes and laser disintegration rays. A terrifying vision of an America under siege based on the novel by H.G. Wells starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Les Tremayne and featuring Academy Award-winning special effects. This special Collector's Edition includes a making-of documentary, Orson Welles' original Mercury Theatre Radio Broadcast of "The War of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Too bad about the wooden cast, the tackily conventional romance, and a draggy religious message; but at least, given the time it was made, it isn't imbued with Cold War hysteria."
‑ , Time Out
"Some grisly and scary parts. Not for young 'uns."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Though it's bogged down by a stiff cast, a yawn-inspiring conventional romance, and a sappy religiosity, it remains a landmark in the history of special effects."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This version has more soul than the remake."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"War of the Worlds is a socko science-fiction feature, as fearsome as a film as was the Orson Welles 1938 radio interpretation of the H.G. Wells novel."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A half-century after its creation, the film's best moments are still so enjoyably unnerving that they easily carry a viewer through the necessary but inevitably dated exposition."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"For a movie that already succeeded in scaring the Grape Nehi out of every ten-year-old in the audience, how disquieting it must have been for the Cold War-agitated grownups to witness U.S. might, tanks and A-bombs alike, brushed away helpless..."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"...a so-called "classic" that couldn't possibly be more overrated."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Mind those heat rays!"
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Understandably well-remembered, but its status as a high classic seems more incidental than earned."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Definitely a sci-fi classic from the 1950s...great George Pal effects."
‑ Steve Crum,
"peculiarly fifties-bound"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This is vintage Cold War-era sci-fi, and one of the best films in the genre."
‑ Christopher Null,
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