Blu-Ray News #296: The War Of The Worlds (1953).

Directed by Byron Haskin
Starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen, Henry Brandon

The Criterion Collection has announced that they’ll unleash a Blu-Ray of the 4K restoration of George Pal’s The War Of The Worlds (1953) in July. In typical Criterion fashion, it’ll be piled high with extras.

Saw this in a re-release in the late 70s, paired with When Worlds Collide (1951). The War Of The Worlds was terrific — one of the best science fiction films of the 50s (hell, ever!), and they were both beautiful to look at. Can’t wait to see how that incredible Technicolor will look after a 4K touch-up. Absolutely essential.



Filed under 1953, Criterion Collection, DVD/Blu-ray News, Gene Barry, George Pal, Paramount

2 responses to “Blu-Ray News #296: The War Of The Worlds (1953).

  1. Walter

    Toby, this is terrific news, and of course, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS(filmed 1952, released 1953) brings back fond memories of the first time I saw this wonderful Science Fiction Classic. It was on its TV premiere on the NBC TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES on February 21, 1967. I’m envious, in that you got to see the movie on the big screen as a re-release in the late 1970’s. Even on television, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS was awesome to behold, especially for a youngster. Fact is, I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, when the movie was rerun later that August of the same year.


    • You bring up a great point here, Walter. This is one of those movies that offers up something new every time you see it.

      I showed it to my daughter a few years ago, and though I’d seen it many times, it really got to me. The first look at the machines is still incredible, the Martian hand on the shoulder still packs a wallop even though you know it’s coming, the scene in the church is still moving. It remains a very powerful experience.

      That, to me, is the sign of a really good movie.


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