War of the Worlds - Pendragon version already on DVD!

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

    Eric Huffstutler Screenwriter

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    Boy, was I shocked when I went to the local CVS pharmacy to get a prescription filled only to look at their bargain DVDs and saw the new Pendragon 1898 version of War of the Worlds on DVD! And it was $9.99.

    Now, were they originally supposed to release the DVD at the same time it hit theaters? Or did they know it was going to be such a huge flop that they went ahead and put it out now?

    This movie has to be the worst piece of crap I have ever seen! Ed Wood meets John Waters doing a pseudo psychedelic silent film. Definitely an "art" film and way over the top! An absolute bore! If anyone can tell me that this low budget (they can't even afford real fire)film is true to the book?

    Eric

    BTW... it is distributed on DVD by Sterling Entertainment, is widescreen, has the trailer and a couple of static extras. UPC: 0 84296 40760 6.
    My copy is a bit choppy during quick side movement but the bitrate is almost a constant 10.0.
     
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    It was made in 1898 and it's widescreen?!
     
  3. Eric Huffstutler

    Eric Huffstutler Screenwriter

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    GerardoHP

    You know what I mean [​IMG] It is the 1898 version made 2005.
     
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    I guess you must mean "H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds" with C. Thomas Howell and Jake Busey?
     
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    I picked it up at Wal-Mart last week for the same cost, it is definitely low budget. It follows the book fairly close, the special effects are poor and the acting is poor. I bought it because it is the only movie to follow the book and the cost was lower then what I have paid for some "High Budget" junk like "Independence day".
    [​IMG] Rick
     
  6. Eric Huffstutler

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    Thinking back, many of the FX looks like a video game, some have a silent era look. With so many visual changes it makes the story hard to follow.

    I mean, absolutely none of the effects are real, not even small brush fires!

    And this was supposed to rival the upcoming Spielberg version????
     
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    So are you suggesting the director of the Pendragon version might not have been completely truthful when he told everyone he had a $42 million budget? I never.
     
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    No, my understanding is that that version has been retitled Asylum... the version out is the funniest thing you'll ever see.
     
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    I'm glad I researched the reviews on this one. Every forum says the same thing - it's junk. Horrible CGI (if you can even call it that) and bad acting. I saw the DVD at our local Wal-Mart and held it in my hands ... even the low price of $8.98 couldn't force me to purchase this title.

    - Colton
     
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    Perhaps the director's salary was $41,999,979.25? [​IMG]
     
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    What is so bad about this tragedy is that many people were looking forward to what was supposed to be a legitimate movie, not an "art house" piece of crap. I wonder what happened? Wonder why the movie hit DVD at the same time of release unless they knew it was crap? And wonder if some of the special effects were even completed or those rough graphics used to judge pacing and placement in the final project?

    Or maybe he was only yanking Speilberg's chain in hopes of rushing his project out first?

    Eric
     

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