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AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

Movie Review: AICN Looks At War Of The Worlds The True Story

Reviewed by Ambush Bug
July 8, 2013, 5:42 p.m. CST

The best film I had the privilege of seeing this week was WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY. Though found footage may be the first subgenre you’d want to set this one in, WOTW:TTS is actually more of a mockumentary than anything else. “Mock” being maybe not so accurate, as everything here is played seriously...Highly recommended to those who love revisionist history, alien invasion films, and thrilling real life documentaries. Entire Story
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YOU WON CANNES

Movie Review: War Of The Worlds: The True Story (2013, Dir. Timothy Hines)

By Shawn Francis
Posted on June 22, 2013

”This is a motion picture of the last survivor’s eyewitness account of the Earth/Martian Apocalypse that took place in the year 1900.

          The material for the film was found in 2006 in film canisters, which had remained unopened for 41 years.

          Additional material of the Earth/Mars War was provided from recently declassified combat, newspapers and newsreels.

The producers have arranged with the U.S. Department Of Defense and British Ministry Of Defense to release information
of the Earth/mars War to the public. Every scene in this record is authentic, photographed during the Earth/Mars War c1900. For purposes of continuity, authentic footage of the Martian Invasion
is mixed with reenactments to provide a complete portrait of the events of the War of the Worlds.”

So goes the opening crawl of this faux documentary. The best comparison I can offer to War of The Worlds: The True Story is SyFy channel’s Paranormal Witness docudrama. They interview the actual witnesses to the paranormal events, and then as they recount what led up to said events and explain the events themselves, reenactments of those scenes are played out by actors...

Ever since the 1953 movie adaptation of War Of The Worlds there have been numerous other translations of Wells’ novel, even a 1988 short lived TV series, but of all the ones I have seen the only two—yes, only two—I find worthy of repeated viewings is the ’53 film and this new 2013 docudrama. Entire Story

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BLOODY DISGUSTING

[WTF] Insane ‘War of the Worlds The True Story’ Retells History!

Posted by MrDisgusting on
May 29, 2013 @ 12:37pm
Category: Movies / Home Video

From director Timothy Hines comes the ingenius War of the Worlds The True Story, now available on DVD. Entire Story

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BOSTON GLOBE

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, aluminum foil hats optional

By Loren King - Globe Correspondent 

February 02, 2013

Get out your ray guns. The 38th annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is upon us, convening Friday through Feb. 18 at the Somerville Theatre. One of the longest-running genre festivals in the United States...Among the highlights this year: the East Coast premiere of “War of the Worlds: The True Story” (Saturday at 7 p.m.). Produced by Susan Goforth, a Boston Conservatory alum, and the late Jack Gallo from Lowell, it’s described as “the eyewitness account of Bertie Wells, the last living survivor of the Earth/Mars War (1900) as he searches for his love amidst the destruction at the hands of Martian invaders.” Entire Story...

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LOS ANGELES TIMES

Review: 'War of the Worlds: The True Story' is clever like Wells

'War of the Worlds: The True Story' is an inventive mock sci-fi docudrama with the conceit that H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds' is a true story.

By Gary Goldstein

December 18, 2012, 5:00 a.m.

What if the Earth/Mars battle from H.G. Wells' classic novel "The War of the Worlds" wasn't fiction but actually fact? That's the conceit behind the hugely inventive and ambitious concoction "War of the Worlds: The True Story," a mock sci-fi docudrama packed with a truly impressive — and clever — mix of editing (a reported 3 1/2 years' worth), special effects, visual artistry and offbeat storytelling.

Director-editor Timothy Hines (he also co-wrote with producer and cast member Susan Goforth) sets his provocative tale around a supposed found-footage interview, "originally" shot in 1965, with 86-year-old Englishman Bertie Wells (Floyd Reichman), the last living eyewitness to the turn-of-the-century Martian Apocalypse.

Flashing back to the shocking "invasion," Entire Story...

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SACRAMENTO EXAMINER

‘War of the Worlds’ comes close to historical reality in indie movie

    July 12, 2012
   By: Steven Rose, Jr.

Rating for
War of the Worlds: The True Story
5 out of 5 STARS

Making a new version of “War of the Worlds” using footage from the original 1953 movie would be unimaginable to many. It would probably be a mismatch with today’s high tech special effects. But strangely enough, independent film makers Timothy Hines and Susan Goforth achieve realism by using both special effects, including CGI, and old film footage in their adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel. Hines and Goforth make the events of Wells’ terrifying tale of Martians attacking Earth a historical “reality” in their mashup documentary style movie, “War of the Worlds: The True Story”.

Hines’s and Goforth’s version of “War of the Worlds” is told through the point of view of the last living survivor of the war with Mars, Bertie Wells (played by Floyd Reichman). He tells about his experiences of the 1900 Martian attack in a 1965 interview. Built around this interview is a mashup (or mix) of film footage both fictional and non-fictional that tells the story documentary style. Much of this footage serves as sets for the main cast whose images were digitally superimposed onto it. But this isn’t just a dull historical telling of the story. Think History Channel’s many dramatic documentaries of catastrophic events, such as wars and natural disasters, and you'll get a feel for Hines and Goforth’s movie. And so "The True Story" carries the suspense and drama of both the 1953 movie and Speilberg’s 2005 version but in a more realistic manner through its documentary style.

What inspired a documentary style for the movie? Goforth said, at the Crest Theatre’s 3:30 Saturday afternoon screening, that it was Wells’ eye-witness/newspaper reporting style of his novel. When yours truly asked if the Orson Welles 1938 radio version’s mass panic had anything to do with that inspiration she said it absolutely did. People who had tuned in late to the radio play thought it was live coverage of an actual Martian invasion.

The techniques used to make “The True Story” were very carefully done with a lot of thought and effort. Hines said at Saturday afternoon’s screening that he and Goforth very carefully chose the footage from the public domain and used it in a way so as not to cause infringement. Along with this, they had to be careful not to allow any of the Hollywood film clips to come across as usage for their own profit but only as usage for supporting the overall content of “The True Story”.

Hines also said that puppetry was used to create the creature effects, such as the robotic war vehicles the Martians attack with. The puppetry was done realistically to the point of suspended disbelief. The robotic vehicles and other creatures are smoothly integrated into the setting. The audio and visual effects for actions such as the war vehicles' firing of heat rays and the collapsing of bridges and buildings give the audience a striking impression without leaving a sense of mismatch between old footage and modern special effects.

Any flaws this movie had were outweighed by the high quality of the other elements such as script and technique. In an early part of the film, Bertie is shown in black-and-white footage walking with his wife, Amy (Goforth). In this footage, Bertie’s eye makeup, used to enhance shadow effect, on his right side shows when he turns his head toward the light momentarily. A few footages were mixed black-and-white and color. For example, the scene of the Martian ship crash is mostly black-and-white but the fire was colored orange. This was probably done for stylistic purposes but seemed to stand out a little too much for a scene that attempts to give the illusion of pre-color archival footage. Also, the 1965 interview scenes are clear and crisp in the first half of the movie but in the second half are made to look aged in the reel with scratching and molding effects.

Again, these flaws are minor when weighed against the rest of the movie. Besides, the footage of Bertie and his wife walking together can be argued to be a “re-enactment” as the notice at the beginning of the movie indicates many of the scenes being. So if this scene was a “re-enactment”, it could be argued to be a “poorly” done “re-enactment” but a “re-enactment” nevertheless, therefore enhancing the realism. Entire Story...

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SEATTLE PI

Images and details revealed in the new War Of The Worlds The True Story TV Spot.

A new TV spot for WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY has been released online, featuring never-before-seen footage.

June 19, 2012

The movie, WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY opened with a successful world premiere in Seattle June 14, 2012 and is now playing in select theatres. Next up, the movie plays in Portland OR at Cinema 21 on June 21-22 and the Hollywood Theatre on June 23-24, at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham WA on June 22, and at The Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA on July 7. The Martians next invade more California cities, Arizona and New Mexico.

Based on the most beloved sci-fi novel of all time by H. G. Wells, the movie is the result of a 15-year journey by Director Timothy Hines and Producers Donovan Le and Susan Goforth to bring the novel to the big screen. Starting as a $42-million production in 2001 with a Hollywood cast, the movie was shut down when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Now, triumphantly, this epic movie comes to theaters, capturing the original novel that terrified generations. Entire Story...

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SF GATE - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY adds Sacramento, California to its Theatrical Movie Release Dates.

Martian Invasion of Sacramento's Crest Theatre on July 7th.

Seattle, WA June 08, 2012

Pendragon Pictures announces that Sacramento California has been added to the theatrical movie exhibition dates of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY. The movie will make its California premiere in a special engagement at the luxurious Crest Theatre on Saturday, July 7th at 3:30 and 8pm.

The US theatrical release of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY has its world premiere at Landmark Theatres' Harvard Exit June 14 in Seattle. The limited engagement showings continue on June 22 in Bellingham, Washington at The Mount Baker Theatre, and June 21-24 in Portland Oregon at the Cinema 21 and The Hollywood Theatre. Then California, Arizona and New Mexico in July.

WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY is the eyewitness account of Bertie Wells, the last living survivor of the Earth/Mars War that took place in the year 1900. Bertie struggles to find his wife amidst the destruction of humankind at the hands of terrifying alien invaders. Using visual effects techniques pioneered in FORREST GUMP, WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY blends a modern cast with battalions of actual soldiers in combat, classic era movie stars, and declassified footage of tentacled alien creatures and their astonishing war machines.

Based on the most beloved sci-fi novel of all time by H.G. Wells, the movie is the result of a 15-year journey by Director Timothy Hines and Producers Donovan Le and Susan Goforth to bring the novel to the big screen. Starting as a $42-million production in 2001 with a Hollywood cast, the movie was shut down when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Now, triumphantly, this epic movie comes to theaters, capturing the original novel that terrified generations.

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YAHOO NEWS

"War of the Worlds - The True Story" – A 15 Year Journey to Theaters in June

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 19, 2012

Pendragon Pictures announces the US theatrical release of "War of the Worlds - The True Story" in limited engagement showings in theaters beginning June 14 in Seattle at Landmark Theatres’ Harvard Exit, June 22 in Bellingham, Washington at The Mount Baker Theatre, and June 21-24 in Portland Oregon at the Cinema 21 and The Hollywood Theatre. Pendragon plans to release the sci-fi monster horror movie in California, Arizona and New Mexico beginning in July.

"War of the Worlds - The True Story" follows the eyewitness account of Bertie Wells, the last living survivor of the Earth/Mars War that took place in the year 1900, as he struggles to find his wife amidst the destruction of humankind at the hands of terrifying alien invaders. Like "Forrest Gump," "War of the Worlds - The True Story" uses cutting edge visual effects to blend a modern cast with battalions of actual fighting soldiers, golden age movie stars, and previously undisclosed images of tentacled alien creatures and their monstrous machines of war.

Based on the most beloved sci-fi novel of all time by H.G. Wells, the movie is the result of a 15-year journey by Director Timothy Hines, Producers Susan Goforth, Donovan Le and a close knit group of artistic collaborators to bring the novel to the big screen. Starting as a $42-million production in 2001, Hines had submitted screenplays to and was in talks with the representatives of Charlize Theron and Michael Caine when the events of September 11th put the movie into turn around due to its themes about disaster.

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MUKILTEO BEACON

‘War of the Worlds’ lands at Hogland House

Published on Thu, Feb 11, 2010
by Paul Archipley

When Timothy Hines and Susan Goforth began production of their sci-fi movie, “War of the Worlds,” they didn’t know they were about to play David to the Goliath that is Hollywood.

Hines, a Port Townsend native and sci-fi fan since childhood, had long dreamed of filming the H.G. Wells story that Orson Welles made famous with his 1938 Halloween night radio broadcast. Some listeners who missed the disclaimer believed Martians were indeed invading Earth.

Hines and Goforth, founders of Pendragon Pictures in Seattle, attracted some Microsoft money in the late 1990s, and the project was born. They had visions of “blowing up” the Space Needle in their film, and were working to line up stars like Michael Caine, Eric Stoltz and Charlize Theron.

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REVOLUTION SCIENCE FICTION

War of The Worlds Movie People Call Do-Over

Revolution News
© Joe Crowe  March 24, 2010

In 2005, director Timothy Hines did a War of the Worlds movie, the same year that Tom Cruise also did a War of the Worlds movie. He said he didn't like it, now he says he's calling a do-over.

RevSF's Geek Curmudgeon Rick Klaw didn't like it, either. He said in his review, "Black and white gives way to color as the narrator finishes. Little did I know that it would all be downhill from there."

Now Hines is doing a new version of the War of the Worlds story in War of the Worlds: The True Story. Here's movie site.

It will look like a documentary, interviewing a survivor of the invasion, and showing archive footage. Producer Susan Goforth said in a press release, "People know there was no real Martian invasion a hundred years ago, right? So laying it out as if it were actual history is a lot of fun. And it hasn’t been done this way since that original Orson Welles broadcast."

That really sounds neat. Of course, I thought a literal adaptation of the novel in a movie sounded neat, too. And so did Hines and Goforth, but they weren't happy with how the movie turned out.

Goforth said the new movie won't reuse footage or effects from the 2005 movie, and it will still be out on Amazon and Netflix. "Who are we to take it away from (the fans)? Even if it’s to have parties and laugh at it. But I can already see that the new remake, War of the Worlds – The True Story, is going to be a lot more satisfying as a representation of Wells. At least that’s our plan.”

Hines said the new effects will be "way more steampunk." He said he made "neophyte mistakes" on the first one. He said,

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ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK

War of the Worlds Mock Documentary on the Way

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:21 am | AWN News

Seattle, WA – A new live-action movie based on H.G. Wells’ seminal science fiction alien invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, is in post production, it was announced today by Pendragon Pictures. The new movie, titled War of the Worlds – The True Story, has a planned release date of October 2010.

Pendragon Pictures is an independent motion picture company that released a previous movie version of War of the Worlds in 2005. Their earlier production grossed $7 million dollars and sold 650,000 copies on DVD, though its...Entire Story...

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SCI-FI MAGAZINE
SCI-FI CROWSNEST

War of the Worlds
The True Story

Pendragon Pictures have launched their movie tour for the U.S. and Canada 2012 for War of the Worlds The True Story, a sci-fi/horror mock-documentary adaptation of H.G. Wells’ alien invasion memoirs.

13/07/2011.
Contributed by Jessica Martin

The new movie was created as a faux documentary, similar to the 1938 Orson Welles CBS radio broadcast that terrified America, blurring the line between reality and fiction.

In this piece, a 1965 film crew captured the memories of the last living survivor of the war between Earth and Mars that took place c1900. The filmed memoirs, discovered in a vault in 2006, were found with hours of previously unknown footage of the alien/Earth apocalypse, the actual Martian invaders and their terrifying machines of war. This is the motion picture presentation of that eyewitness account.

Director Timothy Hines originally released a version of War of the Worlds in 2005. Though the 2005 picture grossed seven million dollars, out sold Taylor Swift’s first CD release and did one quarter of the X-Men sales in dvd, Hines told SFcrowsnest.com he considers it to be a disaster.

“The 2005 film was both rushed and severely over-scaled with highly compressed post-production deadlines,” Hines told us.

“The 2005 movie simply didn’t work,” added producer Susan Goforth.

Jump to the present. Timothy Hines has created a new movie of War of the Worlds that plays on the premise that the world knows and has as its history, that the Earth was invaded by Mars in 1900. Director Hines says, “It’s not a documentary. It’s a mock-documentary, like a CNN documentary on steroids with action and horror.” Entire Story...

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SPACE DAILY

War Of The Worlds Mock Documentary Is Coming

Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 12, 2010

A new live-action movie based on H.G. Wells' seminal science fiction alien invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, is in post production, it was announced by Pendragon Pictures. The new movie, titled War of the Worlds - The True Story, has a planned release date of October 2010.

Pendragon Pictures is an independent motion picture company that released a previous movie version of War of the Worlds in 2005. Their earlier production grossed $7 million dollars and sold 650,000 copies on DVD, though its critical reception was tepid.

Pendragon producer Susan Goforth states, "This is a complete remake, not a re-working of our previous production."

Under the direction of Timothy Hines, War of the Worlds - The True Story is being created as a faux documentary for television. Like the famous 1938 Orson Welles CBS radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, the new motion picture deliberately blurs the lines between reality and fiction.

Timothy Hines talks about the new story approach, "When Orson Welles broadcast War of the Worlds on the radio in the 30s, he presented it in such a way as to not clearly identify that it was a work of fiction. He did it for the drama. And many people took the fictional news broadcast as a real news broadcast. People believed they were hearing an actual invasion from Mars that night. We are approaching the story in the same way, as if it were an actual news documentary."

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ABOUT THE MOVIE

A 1965 film crew captured the memories of the last living survivor of the war between Earth and Mars that took place c1900. The filmed memoirs, discovered in a vault in 2006, were found  with hours of previously unknown footage of the alien/Earth apocalypse, the actual Martian invaders and their war machines. This is the motion picture presentation of that eyewitness account.


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War of the Worlds - The True Story on US DVD

By Dark Angel | Sunday, June 2, 2013

SEATTLE, WA -- Pendragon Pictures announces the release of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY onto US DVD, a critically acclaimed Oscar contender featuring epic battles, giant robotic walking war machines, heat-ray weapons, frightening alien creatures, human loss, love and the triumph of spirit.

Years before Spielberg’s production of War of the Worlds, in 2001, another large budget movie of the H.G. Wells story was in the works by director Timothy Hines. With a budget of $42 million and in negotiation with Charlize Theron and Michael Caine to star, the movie was abruptly halted along with a slew of action driven Hollywood pictures when the 9-11 terrorist attack occurred. Following the shutdown, Director Timothy Hines and producer partners Susan Goforth and Donovan Le spent more than a decade to remount the movie and bring their unique epic version of the H.G. Wells classic to the screen.. Entire Story..

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DREAD CENTRAL

Experience the True Story of the War of the Worlds

By Uncle Creepy | May 29, 2013

The hysteria centered around H.G. Wells' story The War of the Worlds and its epic radio drama reading has been documented time and time again and to this very day remains one of the single greatest viral hoaxes of all time. That being said...

On DVD right now is the acclaimed mockumentary War of the Worlds: The True Story from director Timothy Hines.. Entire Story..

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ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK

War of the Worlds A True Story Premieres June 14

By Jennifer Wolfe | Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | AWN News
Posted In | News Categories: Films, Visual Effects | Geographic Region: North America | Site Categories: Films, Visual Effects

SEATTLE, WA -- Pendragon Pictures announced the US theatrical release of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY in limited engagement showings in theaters beginning June 14 in Seattle at Landmark Theatres’ Harvard Exit, June 22 in Bellingham, Washington at The Mount Baker Theatre, and June 21-24 in Portland Oregon at the Cinema 21 and The Hollywood Theatre. Pendragon plans to release the sci-fi monster horror movie in California, Arizona and New Mexico beginning in July.

WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY follows the eyewitness account of Bertie Wells, the last living survivor of the Earth/Mars War that took place in the year 1900, as he struggles to find his wife amidst the destruction of humankind at the hands of terrifying alien invaders. Like FORREST GUMP, WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY uses cutting-edge visual effects to blend a modern cast with battalions of actual fighting soldiers, golden age movie stars, and previously undisclosed images of tentacled alien creatures and their monstrous machines of war. Entire Story..
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ONE NEWS PAGE

"War of the Worlds - The True Story" – A 15 Year Journey to Theaters in June

Pendragon Pictures announces the June theatrical release of "War of the Worlds - The True Story."

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 19, 2012

Pendragon Pictures announces the US theatrical release of "War of the Worlds - The True Story" in limited engagement showings in theaters beginning June 14 in Seattle at Landmark Theatres’ Harvard Exit, June 22 in Bellingham, Washington at The Mount Baker Theatre, and June 21-24 in Portland Oregon at the Cinema 21 and The Hollywood Theatre. Pendragon plans to release the sci-fi monster horror movie in California, Arizona and New Mexico beginning in July.

"War of the Worlds - The True Story" follows the eyewitness account of Bertie Wells, the last living survivor of the Earth/Mars War that took place in the year 1900, as he struggles to find his wife amidst the destruction of humankind at the hands of terrifying alien invaders. Like "Forrest Gump," "War of the Worlds - The True Story" uses cutting edge visual effects to blend a modern cast with battalions of actual fighting soldiers, golden age movie stars, and previously undisclosed images of tentacled alien creatures and their monstrous machines of war.

Based on the most beloved sci-fi novel of all time by H.G. Wells, the movie is the result of a 15-year journey by Director Timothy Hines, Producers Susan Goforth, Donovan Le and a close knit group of artistic collaborators to bring the novel to the big screen. Starting as a $42-million production in 2001, Hines had submitted screenplays to and was in talks with the representatives of Charlize Theron and Michael Caine when the events of September 11th put the movie into turn around due to its themes about disaster. Entire Story...

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DREAD CENTRAL

War of the Worlds: The True Story Gives It Another Go

By dougevil August 14th, 2011

It's true, I have a soft spot in my heart for War of the Worlds, everything about it. I fell in love with the original Orson Wells radio broadcast when my father introduced it to me as a kid. The 1953 movie, the book (of course), the horribly underrated TV series- I even enjoyed the 2005 Steven Spielberg effort (despite the many shortcomings).

The real aura and magic come from the original broadcast, though, the first inklings of the "mockumentary" and what would become cinema-verité. It's in that spirit that Timothy Hines set out to make his own take on the War of the Worlds story.

Here's where it gets confusing however.

Timothy Hines made a version of the story in 2005 for Pendragon Pictures, but he was never happy with the finished product. When speaking to SFCrowsnest.com Hines stated, “The 2005 film was both rushed and severely over-scaled with highly compressed post-production deadlines”.

With that in mind Hines has created a remake/addendum to his first effort, this time titled War of the Worlds: The True Story (also for Pendragon Pictures). Shot as a documentary, The True Story focuses on a 1965 interview with the last living survivor of the war between Earth and Mars that took place in 1900. Using documentary tools such as re-enactments, found footage and interviews, War of the Worlds: The True Story looks to create a History Channel style look back at the bloody war that could have been.

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UNDEAD BACKBRAIN

The Real War of the Worlds?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
by Robert Hood

One of the most influential novels in my personal development as both a writer and an obsessive SF/horror geek was H.G. Wells’ alien invasion classic War of the Worlds (1898) — a novel that created the template for such things. There have been several attempts to re-create it in various audio-visual formats, of course — the most famous being the radio drama by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the Air, which was broadcast on 30 October 1938 and infamously caused mass panic across the States when scores of people tuned in after the opening disclaimer and believed the fictional news reports were for real.

In the cinema the best known versions of Wells’ novel have been:

   the 1953 creature-feature directed by Byron Haskin and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, in which the plot is moved to the States, the key POV character becomes a fairly typical 50s scientist rather than a low-level journalist, and the Martian tripods are re-imagined as flying saucers on legs of invisible energy; and
   Steven Spielberg’s much-maligned 2005 blockbuster, still set in the US, with Tom Cruise as the POV character — this time a working-class heavy-equipment operator with poor family skills who finds some redemption through adversity — and beautifully rendered Martian machines with the appropriate three legs but a rather logically flawed if visually spectacular “origin”.

Among the film versions that have appeared over the past few years, one of the more interesting was made for Pendragon Pictures by Timothy Hines in 2005 and subsequently released to DVD. It remains faithful to Wells’ novel, by setting the story in England at the turn of the century and not playing around with the Martians and their machines, or with the main characters. The film grossed US$7 million — not bad for a low-budget independent that didn’t have a major cinema release — yet the director considered it a failure. “The 2005 film was both rushed and severely over-scaled with highly compressed post-production deadlines,” Hines told SFcrowsnest.com.

As a result the same crew has taken a new approach to the material, having made a re-make of/addendum to the first — War of the Worlds: The True Story Entire Story...


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PORTLAND SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY

MOVIE REVIEW:
War Of The Worlds The True Story

- Jim Colvill, Portland Science Fiction Society

"I just returned from viewing this film at Cinema 21 in Portland. Forget Tim's 2005 fiasco. This was a complete vindication. The story is told from the POV of the last living survivor, Bertie Wells, in a 1965 interview. Once you accept that premise, settle in for a fast moving pastiche of stock footage images blended with re-creations, ala the History Channel, with images of the Martian machines woven, fairly believably, into the ancient film. The SFX are very well done; not standing out like a sore thumb especially as the Martian machines make their march burning everything in their path. The dialogue of "Bertie" are the exact words written by Wells in his novel and the actor brings a sense of authority and gravitas to his role. Yes, there are some niggling little things that history buffs and film nerds will be quick to latch onto (I saw Shirley Temple in one scene). But, that can be a source of fun when the Blue-Ray comes out. If you love the source material as much as I do, WotW:TTS is an excellent tribute to H.G. Wells novel and I recommend that it be seen when it gets to your town."




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