War of the Worlds (Full Screen) (2005)

$10.99
PG-13 (MPAA)

Rated  PG-13 (MPAA) frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images

Overview

One cannot help but think of terrorist attacks while watching Stephen Spielberg's update of the classic sci-fi fantasy THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. While the H.G. Wells story dates back to 1898, and has inspired previous adaptations, this particular version feeds off its 21st century audience's fear of a terrorist-induced apocalypse. Even if the sight of tall buildings crumbling to the ground and crowds running fearfully away from their demise doesn't trigger post-9/11 paranoia, dialogue such as "Is it the terrorists?" will.

Disgruntled, divorced father Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is struggling to connect with his estranged kids, who have been dropped off by their mother for the weekend, when a severe and unusual lightning storm leaves his New Jersey neighborhood powerless. Over the course of the next few hours, it becomes obvious that this was not a storm at all, but rather the first sign of a worldwide alien attack. Emerging from the ground in multi-legged tripod-like machines that have apparently been stored beneath the earth's surface since before man's time, these aliens begin the process of waging a long-planned war on our planet. While WAR OF THE WORLDS follows Ray's growing closeness with his two children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) in the face of imminent disaster, and his transformation from lousy father to hero, their story is used mostly as a vehicle for illustrating an unending series of horrific scenarios. The human element of the story is also briefly explored with Tim Robbins's portrayal of a crazed, alien-fighting recluse. Sticking closely to Wells's original descriptions of alien warfare, the film focuses mainly on visuals and succeeds through impressive special effects to create two hours of thrilling, frightening, realistic terror.
Theatrical Release Date 2005
Format DVD
Number of Discs 1

Additional Crew:

Portions of content provided by Rovi Data Solutions. Copyright © 2009 Rovi Data Solutions, Inc. For personal non-commercial use only. All right reserved.

While it strives for accuracy, Best Buy reserves the right to make changes at any time, without prior notice, to prices, description, images and policies. Web store prices, products and promotions may differ from those in retail stores.

PG-13 (MPAA)

Rated  PG-13 (MPAA) frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Science-Fiction/Fantasy
  • Distributor
    Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    117
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French
  • Subtitles
    English, French, Spanish
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Snap Case
    Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
    Full Frame - 1.33
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
    Dolby Digital DTS 5.1 Surround Sound - English
    Theatrical Release: June 29, 2005
  • Release Date
    11/22/05
  • Theatrical Release
    2005
  • Rating
    PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N

Portions of content provided by Rovi Data Solutions. Copyright © 2009 Rovi Data Solutions, Inc. For personal non-commercial use only. All right reserved.

While we strive for accuracy, Best Buy reserves the right to make changes at any time, without notice, to prices, descriptions, images and policies. Web store prices, products and promotions may differ from our retail While we strive for accuracy, Best Buy reserves the right to make changes at any time, without prior notice, to prices, description, images and policies. Web store products, prices and promotions may differ from those in our retail stores. For full terms and conditions, visit BestBuy.ca

Editorial Reviews

  1 2 3  NextNext
Entertainment Weekly 07-08-2005 "Watching Steven Spielberg's spooky and playful remake of WAR OF THE WORLDS, you may feel a surge of childlike awe..."
Rolling Stone 07-28-2005 "[The] road trip, by car and foot, inspires Spielberg to create extraordinary images of a frayed family in a frayed civilization."
USA Today 07-01-2005 "Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster has knockout special effects, masterful cinematography, and terrifying and suspenseful sequences. Its explosive, non-stop action brings to mind SAVING PRIVATE RYAN's indelible opening battle sequence."
  1 2 3  NextNext

loading

Loading

Customer Reviews

4.2 / 5
Based on 44 review(s) More about Customer Reviews

Ratings in Detail

  • 5
    17
  • 4
    21
  • 3
    5
  • 2
    1
  • 1
    0

Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 97%

43 Reviews

Critical 2%

1 Reviews

Rate & Review this product

Tell others about your experience with this product.

Write a review

There are no Canadian reviews for this product yet.

Be the first Canadian to write a review!

US Customer Reviews

We've incorporated US Best Buy's customer reviews so you have access to as many reviews as possible to help with your purchasing decision.




Best Buy Gift Card
Best Buy Gift Cards
Best Buy Credit Card
Best Buy Credit Cards
Best Buy Reward Zone
Best Buy Reward Zone