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"The  War  of  The  Worlds"
1897 Novel and Movies

6-sheet poster for 1953 'The War of The Worlds' movie            synopsis & history

the book

1938 radio broadcast

the author

movies & TV

stageplays, other media

image gallery

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           book cover for 'The War of The Worlds' novel by H.G. Wells     


“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.”
— opening lines of 'The War of The Worlds' novel by H.G. Wells


Synopsis

           Days after

History of The Book & Movies
           Days after

'The War of The Worlds' entry at Wikipedia
'War of The Worlds' 1938 radio show entry at Wikipedia
official Woking, Surrey, U.K. 'WoTW' website


The  Book
The science fiction novel "The War of The Worlds" by English author H.G. Wells was written between 1895 and 1897, first serialised in April to December 1897 in the U.K.
by Pearson's Magazine and in the U.S. by Cosmopolitan Magazine. It first appeared in hardcover in 1898 from publisher William Heinemann of London.

'The War of the Worlds' book entry at Wikipedia

War of The Worlds green hardcover         War of The Worlds magenta hardcover from Looking Glass Library         War of The Worlds invasion hardcover with palm trees         Famous Fantastic Mysteries Magazine July 1951 issue featuring War of The Worlds         War of The Worlds orange cover

Classics Illustrated 'The War of The Worlds' by H.G. Wells 1955 comic book  "Classics Illustrated #124: The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells"
comic book [Gilberton Publng 1955]

Kindle Edition (with panel zoom) from Classics Illustrated [2/2013] for $6.12
Classics Illustrated Comics 9½x6½ pb [9/2015] for $9.02
Marvel Classic Comics #14 'The War of The Worlds' by H.G. Wells 1976 comic book  "Marvel Classic Comics #14: The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells" [1976]
Amazing Adventures issue #14 was a graphic retelling of the original H.G. Wells novel; the single-issue comic book was followed by WOTW-themed stories involving character Killraven thru issue #39 in November 1976
Marvel Comics pb [1976] out of print/used
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Two unauthorised serializations were published in the United States prior to the publication of the novel. The first version was published in the New York Evening Journal between December 1897 and January 1898; the story was published as "Fighters From Mars: or, The War of The Worlds", which changed the location of the story to a New York setting. The second version changed the story to the area around Boston, and was published by the Boston Post, also in 1898; the story was published as "Fighters From Mars: or, The War of The Worlds In and Near Boston". Both pirated versions of the story were followed by "Edison's Conquest of Mars" [serialization 1898, book 1947] by science journalist Garrett P. Serviss [1851-1929].
book entry at Wikipedia

'Edison's Conquest of Mars' 1898 sequel by Garrett P. Serviss  "Edison's Conquest of Mars" [1898] by Garrett P. Serviss
serialized sequel commissioned by the New York Evening Journal; published
in book form in 1947, with an Introduction by A. Langley Searles, PhD

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [4/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
illustrated Kindle Edition from Absolutely Amazing Ebooks [2/2014] for $2.99 {sic}
Kindle Edition from Gateway/Hachette [10/2015] for 99¢ {sic}
CreateSpace 11x8½ pb [11/2015] for $3.99 {sic}
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [4/2016] for $4.95
indep 8x5 pb [2017] for $8.99
Carcosa House hardcover [1947] out of print/used

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War of The Worlds Fresh Perspectives book edited by Glenn Yeffeth  "War of The Worlds: Fresh Perspectives On The H.G. Wells Classic" [1997]
Edited by Glenn Yeffeth

Includes complete text of the original "WoTW" and essays by Stephen Baxter, David Gerrold, Mercedes Lackey, Mike Resnick, Fred Saberhagen, Pamela Sargent, Robert Silverberg, Ian Watson, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jack Williamson, Connie Willis, Robert Charles Wilson, George Zebrowski, David Zindell
Smart Pop 9x6 pb [4/2005] for $19.95
Bantam Classic mass pb [1997] out of print/used
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War of the Worlds New Millennium novel by Douglas Niles  "War of The Worlds: New Millennium" [2005] by Douglas Niles
A modern retelling (N.A.S.A., other high-tech elements), covering landings in Wisconsin
Kindle Edition from Tor Books/Macmillan [10/2006] for $7.99
Tor Science Fiction mass pb [10/2006] out of print/40+ used
Tor Books 9½x6½ hardcover [5/2005] out of print/many used
Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds novel by Dale Kutzera  "Andy McBean and The War of The Worlds" [2014] by Dale Kutzera
Boy middle schooler is survivng another tough year in the soggy Pacific Northwest when a meteor lands on his front lawn; the situation changes quickly when a towering machine steps out of the meteor . . .
Kindle Edition from Salmon Bay Books [10/2014] for FREE {sic}
Salmon Bay Books 8x5¼ pb [6/2014] for $8.99
author's official website

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Announced 12/2015: Science fiction author and H.G. Wells expert Stephen Baxter is writing a sequel to the 1898 classic, updating the story of Martians wreaking havoc in sleepy old Surrey.
https://www.amazon.com/Massacre-Mankind-Stephen-Baxter-ebook/dp/B014SV4TM6/ [jan 2017]
https://www.amazon.com/The-Massacre-of-Mankind/dp/1473205107/
https://www.amazon.com/The-Massacre-of-Mankind/dp/1473205093/
WoTWmassacreofmankindSB.jpg

                       

The  1938  Radio  Broadcast
'War of The Worlds' 1938 radio show entry at Wikipedia
The Mercury Theatre Online website

The designated 'ground zero' of the Martian expedition landing in the radio program was Grover's Mill, New Jersey,
an unincorporated rural area that has since built a monument to the event in a local park  click here for photograph (in a new window)

listen to complete broadcast [57:02] online at YouTube

Complete War of The Worlds book + audio CD  "The Complete War of The Worlds" [2001]
Edited by Brian Holmsten & Alex Lubertozzi

1897 illustrated edition of H.G. Wells's novel and audio of Orson Welles
and Mercury Theatre's Hallowe'en 1938 radio broadcast
Sourcebooks hardcover {book + audio CD} [4/2001] out of prodn/50+ used
Old-Time Radio Starring Orson Welles  "The Best of Old-Time Radio Starring Orson Welles" [2001]
from Radio Spirits & The Smithsonian Institution

includes the 1938 "War of The Worlds" radio broadcast
Radio Spirits audio cassette & 60-page booklet [4/2001] for $24.98
War of the Worlds 1938 radio broadcast  "The War of the Worlds" Hallowe'en 1938 radio broadcast [2003]
cast includes Dan Seymour, William Alland, Frank Readick, Orson Welles,
Carl Frank, Kenneth Delmar, Richard Wilson, Ray Collins & Stefan Schnabel
Radio Spirits audio CD [2/2003] out of prodn/used
Radio Spirits audio [2/2003] out of prodn/used

"Westinghouse Studio One: The Night America Trembled"
live broadcast [CBS-TV Sept 1957]
title for Studio One's 'The Night America Trembled'  A version of what happened on the night that Orson Welles broadcast his "War of The Worlds" radio program
Directed by Tom Donovan; written by Nelson Bond; starring Edward R. Murrow, Alexander Scourby, Robert Blackburn, Casey Allen, Norman Rose, Ray Boyle, Frank Marth, Edward Asner, Freda Holloway, John Gibson, Clint Kimbrough, Tom Clancy, Vincent Gardenia, Fred J. Scollay, James Coburn, Priscilla Gillette, Susan Hallaran, Crahan Denton, Al Markim, Frank Daly, Roger Quinlan, Larry Robinson, Warren Beatty, Warren Oates, Fritz Weber, Bob Kilgallen, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Betty Furness, John Cameron Swayze, John Astin
Synergy Ent. b&w DVD-R [11/2007] for $9.99
episode credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch full episode [3/2012 upload; 59.24] online at YouTube

Mars Invades The Earth TV double bill on DVD  "Mars Invades The Earth!" TV double bill on DVD [2006]
contains "The Night America Trembled" [CBS-TV Sept 1957] episode from "Studio One" {as above}
and "The Martian Eyes" [NBC-TV Oct 1950] episode from "Lights Out" starring Burgess Meredith
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [12/2006] out of prodn/used

"The Night That Panicked America" TV movie [Paramount TV/ABC-TV Oct 1975]
The Night That Panicked America 1975 TV movie  Behind-the-scenes dramatization of the Mercury Theatre radio broadcast with varying reactions by fictional listeners
Co-produced & directed by Joseph Sargent; based on the radio play "Invasion From Mars" by Howard Koch, adapted by Nicholas Meyer & co-producer Anthony Wilson; starring Paul Shenar {as Orson Welles}, Joshua Bryant {as Howard Koch}, Vic Morrow, Cliff De Young, Michael Constantine, Walter McGinn, Eileen Brennan, Meredith Baxter, Tom Bosley, Will Geer, John Ritter, Granville Van Dusen, Burton Gilliam, Liam Dunn, Shelley Morrison, Walker Edmiston, Casey Kasem, Ron Rifkin, Byron Webster, Clarke Gordon, Linda Dano, Tracy Brooks Swope, Hanna Hertelendy, Robert Lussier, Ed Bakey
C.B.S. Home Ent. color DVD-R [8/00] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch kinescope of network promo [4/2013 upload; 1:09] online at YouTube
watch full movie [1:32:04] online at YouTube

"The Day That Panicked America: The H.G. Wells War of The Worlds Scandal"
[DVD release June 2005]
Day That Panicked America 2005 independent video  75-minute docufilm, lots of b&w footage plus interview with Orson Welles in color;
second disk is an audio CD of the radio broadcast of 1938

Exec produced by David McKenzie & Paul Sharratt; co-produced, written, directed,
narrated & music by John Ross; featuring Orson Welles
Highland Ent. Special Edition color DVD [6/2005] 2 disks for $6.32
Highland Ent. color DVD [6/2005] out of prodn/scarce
full credits at IMDbwatch official trailer [3/2015 upload; 1:11] online at Vimeo
watch full movie [1/2014 upload; 1:15:05] online at YouTube

"American Experience: War of The Worlds" documentary
[WGBS-TV/P.B.S. Oct 2013]
War of The Worlds radio show documentary from American Experience  
logo for American Experience series on P.B.S.  
An account of the 1938 radio drama broadcast by Orson Welles and the inadvertent mass panic.
Co-produced & directed by Cathleen O'Connell; written by Michelle Ferrari & A. Brad Schwartz; narrated by Oliver Platt; featuring Charissa Allen, Julian Arahanga, Peter Bogdanovich, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Brady Coleman, Robert Crossley, Sonny Davis, Lucien Douglas, Susan Douglas, {Orson's daughter} Chris Wells Feder, Bart Fletcher, Babs George, Jennifer Griffin, Paul Heyer, Annalee Jefferies, T.J. Jackson Lears, Betsy Lindley, Tim Mateer, Chris Olson, Eric Rabkin, David Ropeik, Tony Sears, Ashley Spillers, M.J. Vandivier, Irene White; with archive sound of Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Ray Collins, Kenny Delmar, announcer Herbert Morrison, announcer Dan Seymour; and with archive footage of Buster Crabbe, Adolf Hitler, Jean Rogers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Orson Welles
P.B.S. Home Video widescreen color DVD [10/2013] for $16.79
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [9/2014 upload; 53:47] online at YouTube

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"War of The Worlds" audio drama [Oct 2013]
War of The Worlds audio drama by Christopher H. Baum  50-minute internet webcast tribute to the Orson Welles 1938 radio broadcast • Produced by Voice In The Darkness; written, directed, edited & narrated by Christopher H. Baum; featuring voices of Jewel Elizabeth, Doug Myers, Leah Frederick, Marjorie Ocho Kouns, Tyler Abbott, Anthony Aroya, Scott Raven, J. Christopher, Heidi Tabing, Mike Lemmerling, Sarah Storm, Kevin Irlen
credits at IMDbavailable as spoken word album on iTunes [3/2014] for $9.99

Invasion From Mars / Psychology of Panic book by Hadley Cantril  "The Invasion From Mars: A Study In The Psychology of Panic, With The Complete Script of The Famous Orson Welles Broadcast" [1947]
by Hadley Cantril, with Hazel Gaudet & Herta Herzog

Princeton Legacy Library 8x5 pb [7/2014] for $35.00
Harper & Row Torchbook 8x5¼ pb [1966] out of print/used
Princeton Legacy Library 8x5 hardcover [4/2016] for $87.50 {sic}
Princeton Univ Press hardcover [1947] out of print/used
The Panic Broadcast radio playscript by Howard Koch  "The Panic Broadcast: The Whole Story of Orson Welles' Legendary Radio Show Invasion From Mars" [1970] by Howard Koch
"The complete script, with many photographs, cartoons, and newspaper articles of the astounding aftermath, and an introductory interview with Arthur C. Clarke"
Avon mass pb [1970] out of print/40+ used
The War of the Worlds Murder mystery novel by Max Allan Collins  "The War of The Worlds Murder" mystery novel [2005] by Max Allan Collins
As Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater team are preparing for the big Hallowe'en 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells's "War of The Worlds", one of Orson's former mistresses is found murdered; Orson is a prime suspect, but the 'broadcast must go on', while Walter Gibson, creator of "The Shadow", works behind the scenes to find out whether Orson did or did not kill the girl.
Kindle Edition from Thomas & Mercer [12/2012] for $3.99
Thomas & Mercer 8¼x5½ pb [12/2012] for $11.90
Berkley mass pb [7/2005] out of print/used
Thorndike Press hardcover [7/2005] out of print/used
Waging The War of the Worlds book by John Gosling  
"Waging The War of the Worlds: A History of The 1938 Radio Broadcast and Resulting Panic, Including The Original Script by Howard Koch" [2009]
by John Gosling

McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [5/2009] for $25.00
McFarland & Co. hardcover [9/2009] out of print/used
Martians are Coming / Orson Welles Panic Broadcast book by Alan Gallop  "The Martians are Coming!: The True Story of Orson Welles' 1938 Panic Broadcast"
[2011] by Alan Gallop

Kindle Edition from Amberley Publng [1/2013] for $9.99
Amberley Publng 9¼x6 hardcover [6/2011] out of print/used
When Mars Attacked in Kindle format by David Acord  "When Mars Attacked: Orson Welles, The War of The Worlds & The Radio Broadcast That Changed America Forever" [2013] by David Acord
Amazon reviewers describe this 160-page ebook as well written and very informative
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [4/2013] for $9.99
Broadcast Hysteria / Orson Welles / War of the Worlds book by A. Brad Schwartz  "Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of The Worlds and The Art of Fake News"
[2015] by A. Brad Schwartz

Kindle Edition from Hill & Wang/Macmillan [5/2015] for $9.99
Hill & Wang 8¾x5¾ pb [5/2016] for $11.55
Hill & Wang 9¼x6½ hardcover [5/2015] for $23.79
headline in the Boston Daily Globe newspaper the day after the 'War of The Worlds' radio broadcast of 1938         headline in the New York Daily News newspaper the day after the 'War of The Worlds' radio broadcast of 1938         front page article/headline in the New York Times newspaper the day after the 'War of The Worlds' radio broadcast of 1938


The  Author
British author H.G. Wells at the window of a railroad passenger car     H.G. Wells [1866-1946]
British author Herbert George Wells wrote 50 novels, 90 short stories,
and many long and short works of non-fiction
H.G. Wells entry at Wikipedia
H.G. Wells bibliography at Wikipedia
browse books at the H.G. Wells Store [only 12 titles} at Amazon
search for books on keywords 'H.G.+Wells' {returns over 5,200 titles} at Amazon
H.G. Wells credits listing [100+ titles] at Internet Movie Database

Collected Works of H.G. Wells in Kindle format from Delphi Classics  "Delphi Collected Works of H.G. Wells (Illustrated)" for Kindle [2011]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [4/2011] for $1.99 {sic}
Giant Kindle file (42MB!) that contains: all 32 novels in the U.S. public domain, with individual contents tables: "The Time Machine" [1895]; "The Wonderful Visit" [1895]; "The Island of Doctor Moreau" [1896]; "The Wheels of Chance" [1896]; "The Invisible Man" [1897]; "The War of The Worlds" [1898]; "When The Sleeper Wakes" [1899]; "Love and Mr Lewisham" [1900]; "The First Men In The Moon" [1901]; "The Sea Lady" [1902]; "The Food of The Gods and How It Came To Earth" [1904]; "Kipps" [1905]; "A Modern Utopia" [1905]; "In The Days of The Comet" [1906]; "The War In The Air" [1908]; "Tono-Bungay" [1909]; "Ann Veronica" [1909]; "The History of Mr Polly"
[1910]; "The Sleeper Awakes" [1910] revision of the 1899 edition; "The New Machiavelli" [1911]; "Marriage" [1912]; "The Passionate Friends" [1913]; "The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" [1914]; "The World Set Free" [1914]; "Bealby: A Holiday" [1915]; "Boon" [1915) (as Reginald Bliss]; "The Research Magnificent" [1915]; "Mr Britling Sees It Through" [1916]; "The Soul of a Bishop" [1917]; "Joan and Peter: The Story of An Education" [1918]; "The Undying Fire" [1919]; "The Secret Places of The Heart" [1922]; {his 19 later novels are still under copyright}; all of the U.S. public domain short stories, including rare tales available in no other collection (listed in both alphabetical and
chronological order): "The Early Short Stories"; "Select Conversations With An Uncle (Now Extinct)" [1895]; "The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents" [1895]; "The Plattner Story and Others"
[1897]; "Tales of Space and Time" [1899]; "Twelve Stories and A Dream" [1903]; "The Country of The Blind and Other Stories" [1911]; "The Door In The Wall and Other Stories" [1911]; "Uncollected Short Stories"; a wide selection of Wells’ non-fiction: "Text-Book of Biology" [1893]; "Certain Personal Matters" [1897]; "Anticipations of The Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought" [1901]; "The Discovery of The Future" [1902 lecture]; Preface to ‘Underground Man by Gabriel Tarde’; "Mankind In The Making" [1903]; "The Future In America" [1906]; "This Misery of Boots" [1907]; "New Worlds For Old" [1908]; "First and Last Things" [1908]; "Floor Games" [1911]; "Little Wars" [1913]; "The War That Will End War" [1914]; "An Englishman Looks At The World" [1914]; "What Is Coming?" [1916]; "The Elements of Reconstruction" [1916] using pseudonym D.P.; Introduction to ‘Nocturne by Frank Swinnerton’ [1917]; Introduction to ‘The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger’; "God The Invisible King" [1917]; "War and The Future (aka Italy, France and Britain At War)" [1917]; "In The Fourth Year" [1918]; "The Idea of A League of Nations" [1919]; "The Outline of History" [1920]; "Russia In The Shadows" [1920]; "The Salvaging of Civilization" [1921]; "A Short History of The World" [1922, rev 1946]; "Washington and The Hope of Peace (aka Washington and The Riddle of Peace)" [1922]; {over 40 later works are still under copyright}; and one critical essay: "H.G. Wells" by admirer J.D. Beresford [1915]


Movies  &  Television
List of works based on 'WoTW' at Wikipedia

original theatrical poster for 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie         theatrical poster for 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie (claw)         purple-yellow poster for 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie         red-blue-circle poster for 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie         poster for War of The Worlds French-language release 'La Guerre des Mondes'         poster for War of The Worlds Spanish-language release 'La Guerra de Los Mundos'         DVD cover for 'War of The Worlds' 1953 movie

"The War of The Worlds"  [Paramount Pictures Feb 1953]
6-sheet poster for 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie  While on a fishing vacation, a scientist named Forrester witnesses a large object fall from the sky; after a while, the cylinder opens and space aliens exit and kill a welcoming party and shut down local power. Soldiers surround the crash site as other such landings are reported around the world; the aliens defeat the military with a heat ray. Forrester and a girl hide in a farmhouse, then manage to sneak away undetected. Forrester brings a Martian camera and tissue samples to his lab at Pacific Tech; the lab is destroyed by looters and the girl gets separated. Forrester searches for the girl in several Los Angeles churches; he finds her and just as the space aliens attack the church, the machines collapse; Forrester concludes that the invaders' weakness was inability to survive Earthian germs.
Color by Technicolor™; exec-produced by Cecil B. DeMille, co-produced by Frank Freeman Jr. & SFX master George Pal; directed by Byron Haskin; screenplay by Barré Lyndon; starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Bob Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Lewis Martin, Paul Frees {voice of Orson Welles}, Housely Stevenson Jr., Bill Phipps, Vernon Rich, Henry Brandon, Jack Kruschen, Sir Cedric Hardwicke {voice}, Paul Birch, Ann Codee, Gertrude W. Hoffmann, Russ Conway, Ned Glass, Robert Rockwell, Alvy Moore, Carolyn Jones, Charles Gemora {as the Martian}; film won Oscar for Best Special Effects, Hugo Award; added to National Film Registry in 2011 • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [9/2012 upload; 2:23] online at YouTube

VHS & Blu-ray not available
Warner Bros. Home Video widescreen color DVD [11/2005] for $5.23
Paramount Pictures Special Collector's Edition widescreen color DVD [11/2005] for $27.90
Paramount Pictures widescreen color DVD [4/99] for $30.98

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Worlds_(TV_series) [Canada 1988-90] /tt0094578/

Spielberg's "The War of The Worlds" feature film
[Paramount Pictures June 2005]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Worlds_(2005_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells%27_The_War_of_the_Worlds_(2005_film)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msxe3yJPfyY [2:24]

"The Classic War of The Worlds" video release
[Pendragon Pictures June 2005]
The Classic War of The Worlds 2005 video release from Pendragon Pictures  3-hour independent video, self-described as 'the only authentic movie adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic novel'; at the turn of the 20th century, a large cylinder from space falls on the English countryside; a young writer is among those who witness the event. As the cylinder opens, horrifying tentacled creatures from Mars appear and it soon becomes apparent that the Martians intend to attack. After complaints about the film's length, a 2-hour 15 minute version called the Director's Cut was released in September 2005 in Regions 2 and 4 (not Region 1); the Classic version of 2 hours and 5 minutes was released in Region 1 in December 2006.
Co-written & directed by Timothy Hines; co-produced & co-written by Susan Goforth; starring Anthony Piana, Jack Clay, James Lathrop, Darlene Sellers, John Kaufmann, Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, W. Bernard Bauman, Edwin Stone, Tom Fouche, Mark Wilt, Erik Barzdukas, E. Leonard Helland, Barbara Bauman, Daniel Somerfield, Eric Rands, Cherelle Ashby, John Sabota, Dale Offermann, Ezra Hamill, Mackenzie Kupyn, Katrina Morgan, Lee Fouche, Linden Crow, John Gallo, B.C. Hamley, Brooks Farr, Aswat Alam, Grant Schoenlein, John Messina, Brian Helmholz, Lance Hamley, Jacob B. Howard, Liana Dillaway, Cheryl Sease
Allumination color+tinted DVD [6/2006] out of prodn/used
2-hour 5-min Amazon Instant Video [12/2006] rental $2.99, purchase $9.99
full credits at IMDbproducers official websitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"War of The Worlds" video release
[The Asylum June 2005]
War of The Worlds movie from Asylum  "The Invasion Has Already Begun" • direct-to-DVD science fiction horror film loosely based on an unproduced screenplay called "Invasion" written in 1997 by Carlos De Los Rios; filmed in California (Agua Dulce, Burbank, Castaic Lake, Desert Center, Encino, Indio, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Santa Clarita); a man is separated from his wife and child when a Martian invasion begins; he tries to make his way to Washington, DC to reunite with them, but civilization has been laid to ruin by the superior alien invaders
Produced, co-written & directed by David Michael Latt; starring C. Thomas Howell, Rhett Giles, Andrew Lauer, Tinarie van Wyk Loots, Jake Busey, Dashiell Howell, Peter Greene, Kim Little, Edward DeRuiter, Meredith Laine, Matthew Jaeger, Cayman Mitchell, Luis de Amechazurra, Gary Robbins, Berna Roberts, Leigh Scott, Audrey Latt, Amanda Barton, Sarah Lieving, Phyllis Harlow, Kim Cheatham, Michael Latt, Serina Latt, Amber Slawner, Gabriel Heredia
The Asylum widescreen color DVD [6/2005] for $25.99
Shout! Factory / Timeless Media widescreen color DVD [6/2007] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

sequel "War of The Worlds 2: The Next Wave" video release
[The Asylum March 2008]
War of The Worlds 2: The Next Wave movie from Asylum  "This Time We Fight back!" • As a second wave of Martian walkers lay waste to what's left of Earth, an alliance of military forces prepares a daring offensive: an attack on the Red Planet itself • Co-produced & co-written by David Michael Latt; directed by & starring C. Thomas Howell; also starring Christopher Reid, Kim Little, Jonathan Levit, Danna Brady, Fred Griffith, Darren Dalton, David Regal, Leslie Gomez, Zack Beseda, Jason S. Gray, Jonathan Nation, Murray SawChuck, Rebecca Baril, Liam Howell, Dashiell Howell, Oliver Rayon, Lisa Carducci, Philip Cornwall, Steve Goldenberg, Brandon Kihl, Jay Plemons
Echo Bridge Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2010] for $0.00
The Asylum Special Edition widescreen color DVD [4/2008] for $24.95
The Asylum Home Ent. DVD [4/2008] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"War of The Worlds: The True Story" video release
[Pendragon Pictures June 2012]
War of The Worlds True Story 2012 video release  Somewhat like the 'news broadcast' of Orson Welles's radio program, this is a 1965 'documentary' about the last survivor of that alien invasion and his memories, as portrayed by an 82-year-old actor from Vancouver • Co-produced & directed by Timothy Hines; starring Jack Clay, Jim Cissell {voice}, co-producer Susan Goforth, Anthony Piana, Darlene Sellers
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Amazon Instant Video [1/2014] rental $2.99, purchase $12.99
credits at IMDbofficial movie websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailers online at YouTube: trailer #1 [0:30]trailer #2 [1:51]

"The Great Martian War, 1913–1917" TV docudrama
[eOne U.K. Dec 2013, USA Sept 2014]
The Great Martian War TV docudrama on the History Channel  Adapts "The War of the Worlds" in the style of an episode of the History Channel; a science fiction alternate history of World War I in which Europe and its allies, including America, fight the Martian invaders instead of Germany and its allies; both new and digitally-altered film footage shot during WWI establishes the scope of the interplanetary conflict
Created & co-produced by Steve Maher; exec-produced by Michael Kot; co-produced & directed by Mike Slee; written by Stephen Sarossy; narrated by Mark Strong; starring Jock McLeod, Joan Gregson, Ian Downie, Thomas Gough, Ashley Bomberry, Daniel Matmor, Hazel Douglas, Walter Stegmayer, Briony Glassco, Howard Jerome
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official 12/2013 trailer [1:01] online at YouTube
History Channel game/app for iOS & Android devices + 12/2013 promo [0:43] online at YouTube

"War of The Worlds: Goliath" animated film in 3-D
[festival circuit 2012, USA March 2014]
steampunk 'War of The Worlds: Goliath' animated feature film  Filmed in Malaysia; set in a steampunk retro-future (!) fifteen years after the "WOTW" novel; mankind has prepared to repel any second invasion by Martians, and sure enough, they are back!; characters include visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, who back-engineers the tripod machine technology after the prior invasion
Produced & co-written by David Abramowitz; produced, co-written & directed by Joe Pearson
Anderson Digital widescreen color Blu-ray 3-D [4/2014] 2 disks for $11.13
Anderson Digital widescreen color DVD [4/2014] for $8.27
full credits at IMDbofficial movie websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailers online at YouTube: 9/2009 trailer #1 [2:16]5/2013 trailer #2 [2:18]

"War of The Worlds" TV series [M.T.V. 2017?]  
Announced 10/2016: The M.T.V. Channel is adapting the H.G. Wells classic "War of The Worlds"; Jeff Davis ("Teen Wolf") will executive produce
along with Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz (both of "Salem"), and writer Andrew Cochran ("Teen Wolf").


Stageplays,  Other Media
List of works based on 'WoTW' at Wikipedia

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"The Coming of The Martians" musical stage show [2006]
photo of tripod machine in the arena show 'The War of The Worlds'  An orchestral rock music stage show performed in 2006 at several sold-out venues in England, including Leeds Arena, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Notts Ice Arena in Nottingham (4/2006), and Earls Court in London; segment/song titles include 'Coming of The Martians', 'Forever Autumn', 'Thunder Child', and 'War of The Tripods'; probably a touring company of Jeff Wayne's musical (written in 1978) that was captured on cellphone video by somebody named Rachel Snape and posted on YouTube ten years ago
watch segments on the 'rachsnape' YouTube Channel [uploaded 10/2006]

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"The Coming of The Martians: The War of the Worlds Audio Drama" [in development 2017]
'The Coming of The Martians' full cast audio drama based on 'The War of the Worlds' [1898 by H.G. Wells  The audio play is in development, with crowdfunding taking place on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter {seeking £7,000, they have already received pledges of £7,700}. The intention is to produce the first faithful adaptation of Wells's dark original: no changes of location or viewpoint or tone, delivered during 2017 just as soon as the EU copyrights expire. • Written by H.G. Wells; produced by Martin Johnson; adaptation by Nick Scovell; directed by Lisa Bowerman • official website
promo video [4:29] in new windowkickstarter project page: goal reached!


"War of The Worlds" video game [Cinematronics 1981] /tt2127391/

"Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds" [GT Interactive]
http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Waynes-War-Worlds/dp/B000F6MO0S/
http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Waynes-War-Worlds/dp/B0002QNEX2/

1979 & 1982: The War of the Worlds (arcade game), an arcade game published by Cinematronics, and its re-released color version.
1980: The War Of The Worlds, a war board game designed by Allen D. Eldridge and published by Task Force Games.
1984: The War of the Worlds (1984 computer game), a home computer game based on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
1998: Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, real-time strategy computer game.
1998: Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, vehicular combat PlayStation game.

1978: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

Music Inspired By War of The Worlds album on CD and MP-3  "Music Inspired By War of The Worlds" [2005]
by The Sound Collective

A.A.O. Music/United Audio Ent. MP3 music album download [6/2010] 18 tracks for $9.49
A.A.O. Music music CD [7/2005] 18 tracks - out of prodn/used
United Audio Ent. music CD [7/2005] 18 tracks - out of prodn/used
rhythmic orchestral music augmented by electronic instruments; themed suite of 16 tracks by Jack Hallam or The Sound Collective, plus two bonus tracks

2012: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation

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"The War of The Worlds: The Untold Story" [2016]
 album on CD   39-minute full cast, fully-soundscaped original audio drama performed by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company; adapted by Ron N. Butler, actors include Sacha Dzuba, David Benedict, Joe Ravenson, Brad Strickland
Audible audiobook CD [8/2016] for $5.95


Image  Gallery

still of spacecraft from 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie         b&w photo of technicians working on filming of spacecraft for 1953 'War of The Worlds' movie         Chinese version of 'War of The Worlds'


L i n k s
'The War of the Worlds' entry at Wikipedia
list of works based on 'WoTW' at Wikipedia
'War of The Worlds' 1938 radio show entry at Wikipedia

author H.G. Wells entry at Wikipedia
browse books at the H.G. Wells Store [only 12 titles} at Amazon
search for books on keywords 'H.G.+Wells' {returns over 5,200 titles} at Amazon
H.G. Wells credits listing [100+ titles] at Internet Movie Database

official Woking, Surrey, U.K. 'WoTW' website
JG's 'WoTW' U.K. fansite [est. 2001]
'Complete WoTW' fansite [est. 1997, last update 2005?]


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