War of The Worlds
George Pal's 1953 adaptation of H.G. Well's "The War of the Worlds" is a terryfying and beautifully-crafted sci-fi horror/thriller. While it lacks some of the emotional impact of the novel, the visual effects (which look as fantastic today as they did in 1953) and terrific acting by Gene Barry and Ann Robinson more than make up for it, and are the reasons that this movie has become the classic that it is!
The new DVD release presents the film with great sound-and-picture quality. The extras (Which include a fantastic making-of documentary, two commentaries, the 1938 Orson Welles radio play, and a rather dissappointing featurette on H.G. Wells) are good, but not great.
"The War of the Worlds" is great entertainment. Fans of the film, and of Wells' original novel, will not be dissappointed.
Movie Grade: A-
DVD Grade: B+