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WAR OF THE WORLDS ( 1953) fully restored HD version with extras now on iTunes !

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Ken Koc, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Ken Koc

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    A great surprise to see the newly restored hd version of 1953's WAR OF THE WORLDS on iTunes . Looks amazing especially in comparison with the hd version iTunes had just last week! Extras are also now included!
     
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    Thanks Ken!
     
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    Been waiting a long time for this and When Worlds Collide to be released on blu ray.
     
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    Makes me wish Paramount was part of Movies Anywhere....
     
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    Woo-hoo. I was disappointed when I originally bought it on iTunes because it was mono. Now that’s been corrected along with removing all the dirt specks!
     
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    How much is it? I’m on vacation and can’t load the store page from here, but may spring for it when I get home..
     
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    It's $6.99 right now!
     
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    Oh man, it won’t let me purchase it while I’m out of the country...please hold at that price to Friday night, please.... :)
     
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    The wires have been removed!!
     
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    Wow. It looks and sounds spectacular. Surround sound and LFE too.

    What a pleasant surprise. :dancing-banana-04:
     
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    Yeah, I sampled it today and I could immediately see and hear the difference from my last viewing of it on iTunes.
     
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    Out of curiosity I reviewed my iTunes purchases for the year and found that I purchased this title back in February for $4.99.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Awesome news! So if I've already purchased this title is the previous version automatically replaced with the new one, or do I have to buy it again?

    Nevermind - answered my own question. My copy was automatically upgraded.
     
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    Blu ray news???
     
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    As with the Bond UHD’s....no news yet. :P
     
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    I viewed "The War of the Worlds" in its entirety today and I was even more impressed today than yesterday when I only sampled it.
     
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    I'll watch it tonight! Very exciting !
     
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    Here's some more about that HD version of "The War of the Worlds" available on iTunes for $6.99 from Jeff Well's Blog.

    http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2018/10/4k-restored-remastered-war-of-the-worlds-on-itunes-for-now/
     
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    Hmmmm It could have been in 4K?

    4K Restored & Remastered “War of the Worlds” On iTunes…For Now
    Home Theatre Forum fellows have noted that a “restored HD” version of George Pal‘s War of the Worlds (’53) is now streamable on iTunes. It’s said to be a marked improvement over the HD version that’s been streaming since ’11 or thereabouts, especially with the wires that once held up the Martian attack ships now digitally removed.

    In fact a Paramount Home Video spokesperson told me today that the HTF guys are actually viewing a 4K version, “remastered and restored over the past year.” She said the new restoration is only being offered in 4K (i.e., not in 1080p HD or SD) and “only digitally for now, starting on iTunes then rolling out to other platforms that offer 4K.”

    She said that Amazon “doesn’t offer 4K at this time,” but of course she’s mistaken about that. I’m speaking as a very gratified owner of a beautiful Amazon 4K streaming version of Lawrence of Arabia. Many Amazon customers, I’m sure, would love to stream this new War of the Worlds.

    The spokesperson also said there are “no plans” for a 4K or 1080p Bluray release. Physical media…stake through the heart.
     
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