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Still shot from the movie: War of the Worlds (2005).

War of the Worlds (2005)

In this Steven Spielberg adaptation of this classic H.G. Wells' novel, Tom Cruise takes on the role of a divorced dad trying to protect his children (played by Justin Chatwin and Dakota Fanning) from the unthinkable --an attack of aliens beings from another world. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Theater Release: 26 Jun 2005
Video Release: 21 Nov 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Steven Spielberg also entertains alien visitors in his 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and his 1982 blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Another H.G. Wells’ novel, The Time Machine, has found it’s way to the big screen at least twice, once in 1960 and as a remake in 2002.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: November 21, 2005

UMVD/Dreamworks brings home the War of the Worlds in a wide or a full screen DVD version. But if you are a true fan of this alien invasion, you’ll want to get your tentacles on the 2 Disc Limited Edition—as this is the only one that allows you to attack the production from every angle. Bonus features include:
- Revisiting the Invasion: Introduction with Steven Spielberg
- Featurette: The H. G. Wells Legacy
- Steven Spielberg and the Original War of the Worlds
- Characters: The Family Unit
- Production Diaries: East Coast - Beginning
- Production Diaries: East Coast - Exile
- Production Diaries: West Coast - Destruction
- Production Diaries: West Coast - War
- Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens
- We Are Not Alone
- Production Notes
- Galleries
- Scoring War of the Worlds

Audio Tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 ES and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), and French (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

War of the Worlds releases to Blu-ray on June 1, 2010.

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