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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 5-26: Tom Cruise in 4K UHD, Kino Lorber May Releases by Andy Dursin
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   gbays27280   (Member)

I can understand why some people (if not a lot) really do not like Spielberg's War of the Worlds. While I do like the film, and think it is adapted from the book (story wise, not dialogue wise) rather well, I definitely have my own frustrations with it.

I knew about Morgan Freeman's narration before I saw it, and from what I read, there was not a lot of good things to say about it. When I saw the film, I saw why. Morgan has a lovely voice for certain narrations (specifically, Shawshank Redemption), but it was totally wrong for this film. Frankly, I do not know how else the film could have had a better narration (maybe and English female voice?). Anyway, that was my first irritation.

The second thing was the stupid ****head of a son. Once everything goes to hell, it seems like he just had a bloodlust for killing, ignoring his little sister's needs (which he apparently is the only one who seems to know). I frankly thought it was ridiculous that he appeared in Boston at the mom's place (I personally felt they could have had a better actress play the mom, since Miranda Otto can come across as really obnoxious sometimes; even if the mom's role was pretty thankless in the film). If his character were killed off, I do not think I would miss him (excuse me for being brutal).

The last think was the alien probe moment in the basement, because Spielberg rips off from his own material in Jurassic Park, when the raptors are looking for the kids in the kitchen. There are so many camera angles, and scene blocking moments that are virtually the same as that scene.

Other than that, I enjoyed the movie. While it definitely does not feature a memorable score by Williams, I prefer it to a lot of the other crappy scores he has been doing since then (even prefer it more than the Star Wars prequels, which were just finishing around the time this film was released). The two cues that stand out for me, are the Intersection Scene and Escape from the City. The Intersection Scene, combined with the chilling sound effects during that scene almost caused me to want to run out of the theater. The groaning pulse sound in the lower woodwinds when the tripod starts to move still gives me goosebumps. Escape from the City, to me, seems to hearken back to some of Williams older style of action music.

 Posted:   Jun 8, 2020 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Some mention should have been included in your review of RACHEL AND THE STRANGER about the restoration done by Warner Archive.This new presentation restores nearly 15 minutes of footage cut from the film over 65 years ago. Also restored is the screen credit for its blacklisted writer Waldo Salt, which was removed from the film by RKO for its 1954 theatrical re-release.. I cannot imagine that not being of interest.

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