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One of the top five movies of the year, three-time Oscar® winner Steven Spielberg's* over $586 million** pulse-pounding movie event War Of The Worlds smashes its way onto DVD and VHS November 22 from DreamWorks Home Entertainment. In his biggest box office opening ever, $233 billion box office superstar and three-time Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise*** leads an all-star cast on an emotionally riveting and unrelenting thrill ride as a father who fights to save his family from a deadly alien invasion while engaging in an extraordinary battle to preserve the future of humankind. This contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal sci-fi classic, War Of The Worlds also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins****. Debuting just in time for the holidays, DreamWorks will also release a two-disc War of the Worlds Limited Edition DVD offering a second disc loaded with bonus programming that will blow viewers away including exclusive interviews with Spielberg and Cruise recounting their on-set experiences and revealing their approach to telling the personal story at the heart of this epic odyssey. Showcasing the film's gripping action sequences and ground-breaking special effects, the captivating DVD features also include a never-before-seen look at the cutting edge creation of the virtual army of Tripods, an homage to the enduring legacy of H.G. Wells' novel, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the film's breakneck production, which spanned two dozen locations on both coasts and several thousand extras over the course of 72 days. A must own classic, the two-disc War of the Worlds Limited Edition DVD will be available at retail for approximately $30.00. The single disc version and the VHS are priced at $19.95 (M.A.P.).
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THE TWO-DISC WAR OF THE WORLDS LIMITED EDITION DVD BONUS MATERIALS
Presented with the film on one disc, the War of the Worlds Limited Edition DVD includes a second disc offering an aattack rsenal of bonus materials including:
- REVISITING THE INVASION
Marking their second film collaboration, Spielberg and Cruise recount their on-set experiences and reveal their approach to telling the personal story at the heart of this epic odyssey.
- THE H.G. WELLS LEGACY
A portrait of the acclaimed author with accounts from his family, Spielberg and War of the Worlds screenwriter David Koepp exploring the legacy of H.G. Wells' classic novel from its initial conception through its various adaptations.
- STEVEN SPIELBERG AND THE ORIGINAL WAR OF THE WORLDS
Paying homage to the original film in his own adaptation of the H.G. Wells book, Spielberg invited Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, the stars of the original 1953 film, to make a cameo appearance in War of the Worlds.
In this program, Barry and Robinson share their experiences - past and present - of filming H.G. Wells' epic story of alien invasions.
- CHARACTERS: THE FAMILY UNIT
Spielberg and Cruise discuss the emotional core of the film: the Ferrier family portrayed by Cruise
(Ray Ferrier), Fanning (Rachel Ferrier), Chatwin (Robbie Ferrier) and Otto (Mary Ann, Ray's ex-wife).
A rare look at Spielberg in pre-production as he designs the film's action sequences on computer through a process called "pre-visualization," in which traditional storyboards are animated into 3D digital sequences that depict not only what a scene will look like, but reveal every aspect of a given location, including sets, actors, cameras and crew.
- PRODUCTION DIARIES: EAST COAST
Viewers join the cast and crew on a whirlwind shooting tour of the Eastern Seaboard from Newark and Bayonne to Brooklyn, up the Hudson to Naugatuck, Connecticut, and onto Athens, New York, and ending in eastern Virginia. The diary is in two parts, one highlighting the beginning of the invasion and the second following the Ferrier family into exile.
- PRODUCTION DIARIES: WEST COAST
After a Christmas break, the cast and crew are back on the West Coast for more action filming on dozens of practical locations, as well as six stages spread over three studio lots. This production diary focuses first on the alien destruction and second on the ensuing all-out war between humans and aliens.
THE TWO-DISC WAR OF THE WORLDS LIMITED EDITION DVD BONUS MATERIALS (CONT'D)
- DESIGNING THE ENEMY: TRIPODS AND ALIENS
Spielberg and his collaborators discuss the ground-breaking design of his aliens, their machines, and the challenges in bringing H.G. Wells' vision to life.
- SCORING WAR OF THE WORLDS
Spielberg and John Williams discuss the score to the film, their 21st collaboration.
- WE ARE NOT ALONE
Spielberg and his stellar cast and crew offer their closing thoughts about the experience of making
War of the Worlds.
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WAR OF THE WORLDS SYNOPSIS
A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' classic, the sci-fi thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family. Fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of killer Tripods that annihilate everything in their path, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) races to keep his family safe.
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