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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 09 2010 - 12:30 PM

TOM CRUISE STARS IN A THRILLING RENDITION OF THE CLASSIC H.G. WELLS TALE DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG, 
ARRIVING ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME
 
WAR OF THE WORLDS

Visually-Stunning and Action-Packed Sci-Fi Thriller Debuts on Blu-ray June 1, 2010 Featuring Over Two Hours of Special Features

 
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.
 – When the Earth is suddenly invaded by menacing aliens in giant fighting machines, one family struggles for survival in the 
eye-popping adventure WAR OF THE WORLDS, directed by Steven Spielberg and landing on Blu-ray for the first time ever June 1, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. A DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures co-production, 
WAR OF THE WORLDS stars Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a father who is desperately trying to protect his teenage son (Justin Chatwin) and 10-year-old daughter 
(Dakota Fanning) from the relentless alien onslaught that is destroying everything in its path.  Fueled by the desire to reunite the children with their mother, Ray battles to shepherd his family from New Jersey to Boston, all the while fending off the mysterious and deadly aliens.   

Filled with stunning visual effects and non-stop action, the 
WAR OF THE WORLDS Blu-ray features the finest picture and sound quality to further enhance this sci-fi classic.  The Blu-ray also features over two hours of bonus material including in-depth production diaries following the crew from the east coast to the west coast, featurettes on H. G. Wells’ legacy, scoring the film, the characters and previsualization, multiple photo galleries and more.


WAR OF THE WORLDS Blu-ray

The WAR OF THE WORLDS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital along with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Special features are presented in standard definition except where noted HD:
·      Revisiting the Invasion
·      The H.G. Wells Legacy
·      Steven Spielberg and the Original War of the Worlds
·      Characters: The Family Unit
·      Previsualization
·      Production Diaries
o   East Coast—Beginning
o   East Coast—Exile
o   West Coast—Destruction
o   West Coast—War
·      Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens
·      Scoring War Of The Worlds
·      We Are Not Alone
·      Galleries
o   Sketches by Costume Designer Joanna Johnston
o   Production Stills
o   Behind the Scenes
o   Production Sketches
·      Theatrical Teaser Trailer (HD)

About Paramount Home Entertainment 
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.
 

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#2 of 16 OFFLINE   kemcha

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Posted March 09 2010 - 02:14 PM

Finally, this fun movie is coming to Blu-ray. It's about time and thanks for the announcement, Ronald. 

#3 of 16 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted March 09 2010 - 02:30 PM

In three years, there's been two Spielberg movies released on Blu-ray and now, there's one a month.



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Posted March 09 2010 - 02:48 PM

I wonder why they didn't include the 1953 original with Gene Barry and Ann Robinson? Like as was done for the blu ray of The Day The Earth Stood Still from 20th Century Fox.

I guess Paramount wanted to release it separately.

I'm not a fan of why Spielberg decided to veer from the original book and have the Martians already underground on Earth at the start of the film. It wasn't clear if the Martians were already there, or the odd lightening effects were the martian ships transporting through the atmosphere and under ground.

But it was a very well made film, the effects were great!


#5 of 16 OFFLINE   kemcha

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Posted March 09 2010 - 03:16 PM

Because it's already available as a Blu-ray release. 

#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted March 09 2010 - 03:42 PM



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I wonder why they didn't include the 1953 original with Gene Barry and Ann Robinson? Like as was done for the blu ray of The Day The Earth Stood Still from 20th Century Fox.

I guess Paramount wanted to release it separately.

I'm not a fan of why Spielberg decided to veer from the original book and have the Martians already underground on Earth at the start of the film. It wasn't clear if the Martians were already there, or the odd lightening effects were the martian ships transporting through the atmosphere and under ground.

But it was a very well made film, the effects were great!
My theory is that they had to add the original to the remake release so that there would be one good movie in the package/img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif">

I understood the lightening to be transporting the Martians to their  prepositioned tripods.



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Posted March 10 2010 - 12:45 AM

 Oh my, this is going to sound insane. Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and now this. Color me tickled pink....

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Posted March 10 2010 - 01:30 AM



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 Oh my, this is going to sound insane. Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and now this. Color me tickled pink....
I am more colored tickled blu.

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#9 of 16 OFFLINE   cineMANIAC

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Posted March 10 2010 - 01:43 AM

All we need is A.I. (no jokes, please :-)
 

 


#10 of 16 OFFLINE   BrettB

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Posted March 10 2010 - 02:42 AM

The lack of HD extras is disturbing. It's been a while since I looked at them, maybe they're mostly video? Can't video still be HD? Hard to believe they shot this stuff just a few years ago and didn't look ahead.

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Posted March 10 2010 - 02:52 AM



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All we need is A.I. (no jokes, please :-)
And E.T., or is that already out on blu-ray...
					
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Posted March 10 2010 - 03:45 AM



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Universal has admitted being slow with catalog titles but they promised to pick up the pace this year - I'm sure ET is on the schedule. Personally, I won't be upgrading to Blu for this film - the Ultimate Edition giftset I already own is good enough for me.<br />

					
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Posted March 10 2010 - 04:18 AM

My ET theory is for a 2012 30th Anniversary Blu. Hope I'm wrong.

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Posted March 10 2010 - 05:36 AM

While the movie might not be well received, I thought it was a really good popcorn/disaster/fun movie. I'm hoping that more extras will be announced when its finally released. 

#15 of 16 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted March 10 2010 - 12:28 PM

Come to think of it, as this is a Paramount Pictures release, does this also bode well for the Indiana Jones series? Or is Lucasfilm controlling that.

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Posted March 10 2010 - 01:52 PM



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Come to think of it, as this is a Paramount Pictures release, does this also bode well for the Indiana Jones series? Or is Lucasfilm controlling that.
Lucusfilm has say so in this series.  Especially Indy 2 & Indy 3.  Although I do believe from what I have heard, that we will see the first three Indiana Jones movies in Blu-ray by the end of the year. 

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