War of the Worlds arrives in high definition

Dreamworks Home entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment have just added Steven Spielberg’s version of War Of The Worlds to their line-up, scheduling a Blu-Ray version for June.

An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction thriller, freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann’s parents’ house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage. Also starring Tim Robbins, War of the Worlds was directed by Steven Spielberg, who had been planning the project for years, but set it aside until a wave of “alien invasion” films (led by Independence Day) had run its course.

Apart from a 1080p high definition transfer and DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio, the release will contain a series of Featurettes, such as ”Revisiting the Invasion,” “The H.G. Wells Legacy,” “Steven Spielberg and the Original War of the Worlds,” “Characters: The Family Unit,” “Previsualization,” “Production Diaries,” “Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens,” “Scoring War of the Worlds” and ”We are Not Alone”, as well as Galleries and the movie’s Theatrical Teaser Trailer in high definition.

“War of the Worlds” arrives in high definition on June 1 .

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