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    Is anyone aware that there are TWO War of the Worlds movies coming out next year? One from Spielberg and Cruise (probably your typical, over-the-top Hollywood summer flick) and one from Timothy Hines that is supposedly in tune with the novel. The latter is already in post.

    Since we're on the subject, has anyone ever seen the War of the Worlds TV show from the 80's? I remember seeing some of it, but I was young. I have been reading about it and I'd like to own it on video. I hear it's playing on Space in Canada these days.
    Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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    Re: War of the Worlds

    Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
    Is anyone aware that there are TWO War of the Worlds movies coming out next year? One from Spielberg and Cruise (probably your typical, over-the-top Hollywood summer flick) and one from Timothy Hines that is supposedly in tune with the novel. The latter is already in post.
    If I decide to go see one, I would go and see the one that is true(er) to the novel. I saw I, Robot and although it didn't suck as a movie I would have enjoyed it more if it followed the story more then it did.

    Of course, since I don't go to many movies I may sit these out as well.
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    • #3
      I would watch both although i expect Spielberg will do nice

      Yeah i saw the tv series when i was a kid,i don't remember much.
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      • #4
        After some research, it seems that five VHS tapes were released in the UK in the 90's, with two episodes from the first season each. My guess is that after the movies next year, the show may come to DVD.

        Says that when aired on TV in the UK, it was heavily edited for violence.

        EDIT: Just watched Infection (actually for the first time ever) and I noted the WOTW line. Ironic given the subject I'd posted only a few hours before.
        Last edited by Dr Maturin; 10-03-2004, 09:48 PM.
        Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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        • #5
          Wasn't the TV series called 'The Tripods' (Not sure if this is the one you meant)

          I remember watching that one. Actually, for mainstream tv it was quite good.

          The Tripods

          DVD

          Edit : Links added
          Last edited by Bonehead; 10-04-2004, 06:04 AM.
          *Den-Sha*

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bonehead
            Wasn't the TV series called 'The Tripods' (Not sure if this is the one you meant)
            Tripods is a different story from War of the Worlds but the writer of the book had obviously read H G Wells.
            Andrew Swallow

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bonehead
              Wasn't the TV series called 'The Tripods' (Not sure if this is the one you meant)

              I remember watching that one. Actually, for mainstream tv it was quite good.

              The Tripods

              DVD

              Edit : Links added
              No, it was simply "War of the Worlds" and the second season had the added ": The Second Invasion" along with some other changes.

              http://fp.culttv.plus.com/ukculttv/e...rlds/WOTW.html
              Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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              • #8
                Hey, I do remember that one. I'd forgotten all about it. I remember it being shown late at night in the UK.

                Cheesey 80's sci-fi at its best. Would be cool to see it again.
                *Den-Sha*

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                • #9
                  yep. old series. I watched some vhs tapes about 14 years ago that were for rent here in holland. and recently I was lucky to find the entire season 1 on the internet in the form of a torrent site. seeing as I only saw 10 eps or so originally I wanted to see the rest desperately.
                  It was, for it's time, extremely violent and often introduced elements that could be described as lighthorror.
                  all in all great fun....let's hope it gets realeased on dvd soon.
                  Greets UNB
                  ....Their defenses are broken....let the slaughter begin !

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                  • #10
                    Spielberg and Cruise teaming up for Minority Report doesn't give me high hopes for fidelity to the published story. The movie was OK, but they did change the ending of PKD's story and added several subplots that seemed specifically to provide for action and FX shots, into what was an idea story.
                    So I'd expect them to be less concerned about the ideas and concepts.

                    I'll certainly watch the Hynes movie (unless the reviews are bad) on the big screen, would likely rent the Spielberg/Cruise flick if the reviews are OK.

                    War of the Worlds is a quite good book, deservedly a classic of English literature. But I haven't re-read it for decades now.
                    Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
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                    • #11
                      I've been meaning to read WOTW for years. Some day. Some day.
                      Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                      • #12
                        I love the book, it's still got unputdownability built in it, after all these years.

                        I remember Brian Blessed held the film rights for a brief time, and he was hoping to make a straight adaptation.

                        War of the Worlds and Dracula are my two favourate never properly filmed novels.

                        I've recently bought but have yet to read The Space Machine. A crossover book where the guy from the time machine uses it to travel to mars to try and stop the invasion. Might be fun.

                        I Loved the MINI advert with the martian war machines in it. I also thought the Jeff Wayne album would provide the background for an entertaining animated version. (It would be nice to line queue up for a new Richard Burton movie)
                        I have the wings for Bingo.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Shr'eshhhhhh
                          I've recently bought but have yet to read The Space Machine. A crossover book where the guy from the time machine uses it to travel to mars to try and stop the invasion. Might be fun.
                          If you want to read a true sequel for The Time Machine pick up Stephen Baxter's "The Time Ships."

                          It was authorized by the state of H.G. Wells, not only it follows the story right where the original ends, but it updates the fictional science behind time travel in a way that explains why the time traveler never returned and extends the significance of it all. It also manages to pay homage to some other less known H.G. Wells fiction (e.g. The Land Ironclads)
                          It's also a great read.
                          Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
                          James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79)

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                          • #14
                            "If you want to read a true sequel for The Time Machine pick up Stephen Baxter's "The Time Ships."

                            It was authorized by the state of H.G. Wells, not only it follows the story right where the original ends, but it updates the fictional science behind time travel in a way that explains why the time traveler never returned and extends the significance of it all. It also manages to pay homage to some other less known H.G. Wells fiction (e.g. The Land Ironclads)
                            It's also a great read."

                            Cheers, I'll keep my eyes peeled for it.
                            It sounds fun.
                            I understand, though I have yet to read it, that the second League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen story has the team fighting off the martian invasion. (I'm not sure if the first film was successful enough for a film version, I didn't like the first one much)
                            Oh! and a Martian appears in the same scene as Orson Welles in the third of Kim Newman's brilliant Anno Dracula Books. ( Dracula Cha Cha Cha aka A Judgement in Tears)
                            I have the wings for Bingo.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
                              After some research, it seems that five VHS tapes were released in the UK in the 90's, with two episodes from the first season each. My guess is that after the movies next year, the show may come to DVD.
                              Allow me to pat myself on the back. Not a huge prognostication, but a correct one, nonetheless. Tonight I ordered Chinese food and headed to Wal-Mart to pick up some things and happened upon this:

                              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...s=dvd&v=glance

                              YAY! I love surprises.
                              Last edited by Dr Maturin; 11-06-2005, 07:11 PM.
                              Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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