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War of the Worlds (1953) UHD

This is on Vudu in UHD Dolby Vision and DD+ for $12... I haven't seen anything about a UHD disc release. Anyone know anything?
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This is on Vudu in UHD Dolby Vision and DD+ for $12... I haven't seen anything about a UHD disc release. Anyone know anything?
Vudu has a sale on it. It's $24.99 ($7.99 rental) on Amazon Prime. It's on iTunes also. UHD version is a digital only release. No word on physical media.

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I have it UHD HDR version on Kaleidescape very nice looking title. Interestingly, the threads supporting the machines, visible on the DVD, have been removed.

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This is on Vudu in UHD Dolby Vision and DD+ for $12.
Thanks for the heads-up on this.

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The HD version was shown on TCM last week and looked gorgeous. I assume this is the same transfer.

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The HD version was shown on TCM last week and looked gorgeous. I assume this is the same transfer.
Not sure, but I can say that it looks really, really good!

Also - that opening title sequence was crazy bright/colorful. I'm not prone to seizures, but if I were...
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There is a decent HD version of this that Paramount never put out on Blu-ray, there was a period a few years back when Paramount and Lionsgate starting offering titles in HD but not on disc. They weren't bad movies but they were moving to blockbuster titles mainly for disc release.

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If you have the Movies ! channel/sub-channel on your OTA and/or cable system this will run on 7-27-19. I can't vouch for what the quality will be but you can't argue with the cost. Something tells me I'll pick the 4k version from the iTunes store eventually.

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If you have the Movies ! channel/sub-channel on your OTA and/or cable system this will run on 7-27-19. I can't vouch for what the quality will be but you can't argue with the cost. Something tells me I'll pick the 4k version from the iTunes store eventually.
The recording came out OK, it's looks like the transfer was the one for TV that's made it's rounds for who knows how many years. The DVD looks better. Looks like I'll be investing in a digital copy.

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It has always bugged me that War of the Worlds never was on BD. I have the dvd of it and its not that good. For a classic great movie it should looked great. I am glad to hear that their are some good master 's of it. I have seen it a 100 times I bet but love it every time. Just a great story. To bad the new version did not live up to this one except for the effects. The tripods were killer and like the book but the story itself just was weak.
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It has always bugged me that War of the Worlds never was on BD. I have the dvd of it and its not that good. For a classic great movie it should looked great. I am glad to hear that their are some good master 's of it. I have seen it a 100 times I bet but love it every time. Just a great story. To bad the new version did not live up to this one except for the effects. The tripods were killer and like the book but the story itself just was weak.
I still hope someone will do the story, as H.G. Wells wrote it as a period piece set in England, complete with tripods and all that good stuff.
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I still hope someone will do the story, as H.G. Wells wrote it as a period piece set in England, complete with tripods and all that good stuff.
The BBC has a miniseries in production that is supposed to do that:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa...ds_(miniseries)
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The Tom Cruise movie is more faithful to the Wells story in many respects than the 1953 version. It has the tripods, and the horrible things the Martians do to humans.
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The Tom Cruise movie is more faithful to the Wells story in many respects than the 1953 version. It has the tripods, and the horrible things the Martians do to humans.

Not to mention peanut allergies and safe spaces.

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Not to mention peanut allergies and safe spaces.

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And really annoying kids.
Many things in that movie just don't wash.

Cruise is a broke dock crane operator living in a run down apartment.
Considering what union crane operators earn, ridiculous.

Burying killing machines hundreds of years ago?
Huh? Whut?

Certainly a visual feast with some truly terrifying scenes but the main story is all late Spielberg.
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I've always felt that Spielberg's version of WOTW was an allegory for the Nazi invasion of Europe and refugees fleeing. The 1953 version is more like a forerunner to ID4, in ID4 the aliens just wanted us to die, in WOTW the Martians just blasted away. I think the message was understood. The 1953 version is more fun, send in the flying wing, nuke em' Ohhhh that didn't work did it. And you gotta love that idling sound the ships make.Tchdit,tchdit...... Now where is that UHD 4k disc ? Paramount it's your move.

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I loved this movie as a kid, and watched it whenever I could. Scared the heck out of me. Watched it not long ago, and unlike a lot of '50s sci-fi, it holds up pretty well. I might pick this up.

The Spielberg version was pure Spielberg. Looked great, some excellent scenes, but I'm not much of fan of his work anyways, so not a surprise I didn't care for it.
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And really annoying kids.
Many things in that movie just don't wash.

Cruise is a broke dock crane operator living in a run down apartment.
Considering what union crane operators earn, ridiculous.
Not that ridiculous if you factor in alimony and child support. Courts love to stick it to husbands.
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It looks good, but they did an absolutely horrible remaster on the sound effects. They replaced them with new effects such that they stand out in a very jarring manner as compared to the sound quality of the original dialogue and music.

Some people don't mind, but to me it's like seeing a 1930s gramophone in a movie and having the music it's playing come out in High res audio quality.

It just completely takes you out of the movie.
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The BBC has a miniseries in production that is supposed to do that:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa...ds_(miniseries)
Has anybody seen this mini-series? I know it was shown on T&E in Canada a few weeks back, but apparently no US release plans yet.
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Has anybody seen this mini-series? I know it was shown on T&E in Canada a few weeks back, but apparently no US release plans yet.
Here ya go..


War of the Worlds consists of eight episodes.[1] The series was released in full on MyCanal in France on October 28, 2019,[14] before being broadcast from October 28 in weekly batches of two episodes,[6][15] and was released in most parts of Europe and Africa weekly between October 30 and December 18, 2019.[16][4] On November 21, 2019, it was announced that the series is set to premiere in the United States on February 16, 2020 on Epix

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Too many WoWs! I'm looking for info/opinions for this WoW: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa...ish_TV_series)
Three-part Edwardian period piece done by Mammoth Screen for the BBC.

Not the Fox/Canal series.
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And really annoying kids.
Many things in that movie just don't wash.

Cruise is a broke dock crane operator living in a run down apartment.
Considering what union crane operators earn, ridiculous.

Burying killing machines hundreds of years ago?
Huh? Whut?

Certainly a visual feast with some truly terrifying scenes but the main story is all late Spielberg.
Cruise is living in his own house, not an apartment.
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Too many WoWs! I'm looking for info/opinions for this WoW: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa...ish_TV_series)
Three-part Edwardian period piece done by Mammoth Screen for the BBC.

Not the Fox/Canal series.
I can't find anything concrete but I suspect that certain U.S. based networks and streamers, will be looking at the final numbers internationally. If the numbers are good overseas, I wouldn't put it past Netflix to pick it up. AMC networks or Comcast (USA, Sy-Fy) are another possibility. Episode three of the series has yet to air in the UK.
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