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War of the Worlds Blu-ray

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Paramount Pictures | 2005 | 117 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 01, 2010

War of the Worlds (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (28.11 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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Audio 5.0 of 55.0
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
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War of the Worlds Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family. Fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of killer Tripods that annihilate everything in their path, Ray Ferrier races to keep his family safe.

For more about War of the Worlds and the War of the Worlds Blu-ray release, see War of the Worlds Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Amy Ryan
Narrator: Morgan Freeman
Director: Steven Spielberg

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War of the Worlds Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

War of the Worlds arrives on Blu-ray with an impressive 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer that's reflective of Director Steven Spielberg's intended visual style. As the film opens, it features something of a blown-out look about it that's excessively bright with some intentional blooming effects and desaturated colors, all of which often influence the characters' flesh tones and surrounding colors. This palette gives the film a throwback look and feel that borders on looking black-and-white in a couple of dusty gray city scenes, but there's still a fair amount of color to be found throughout the movie, particularly on Rachel's multicolored winter apparel. War of the Worlds isn't always razor-sharp; several scenes and backgrounds wander towards a soft, mushy texture, though again, such seem in-line with the director's vision and style and not necessarily reflective of an error in the transfer-to-Blu-ray process. The transfer isn't always impeccably defined, but it's instead raw, gritty, uncertain, not always under control, not always perfectly-staged and framed, which only accentuates the film's style and story. Black levels are consistently deep and true without ever appearing too bright or, on the other end of the spectrum, absorbing fine details where they shouldn't. The picture does enjoy a strong film-like look thanks to a thick layer of grain that's maybe even a bit heavier than that seen in Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan. War of the Worlds does not offer high definition "eye candy" in the traditional sense, but it is reflective of the way the film is supposed to look, which is the ultimate compliment to any Blu-ray, no matter how rough around the edges it may be.

War of the Worlds Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

War of the Worlds lands on Blu-ray and devastates sound systems with a reference-quality DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Though this track will be remembered and enjoyed first and foremost for the picture's aggressive action scenes, it delivers plenty of establishing and environmental effects that set a nice tone for the action to come, before a single alien tripod even rises from the ground. The picture opens with a scene featuring Ray at work; machinery sends a deluge of high-powered effects through the listening area with a full surround accompaniment and a good deal of bass, followed by the seamless effect of trucks rumbling from right to left through the middle of the soundstage. Preceding the aliens' arrival is a gusty wind that blows unmercifully through the soundstage and seems to extend well beyond the confines of the speakers, creating a seamless sound field that sends a shivering chill across the room, accompanied by some incredibly aggressive and potent thunder-like sounds, all of which is played at a ridiculously loud volume at reference level, but never at the sake of clarity and precision.

The action scenes are often highlighted by the track's prodigious levels of bass; the alien tripods lurch through the soundstage with a powerful foghorn-like pulse that reverberates about the listening area with what is nothing short of a system- and eardrum-testing low end; War of the Worlds rivals some of Blu-ray's finest soundtracks, including Saving Private Ryan and Terminator Salvation, for sheer amounts of earth-shattering bass that also retains a superb amount of clarity, playing as impeccably defined and natural and not just a jumble of messy sound. The track also excels in both close-up military engagements with the aliens and distantly-heard battles that feature strings of popping machine gun fire and hefty explosions far off in the distance. In the closer and more personal battles, gunfire tears through the soundstage, tanks belt out shell after shell at the tripods, and fighter jets scream overhead, delivering their payloads on the stout alien visitors, all with thunderous sonic effect. Additionally, John Williams' excellent score plays with a deep, big, cinematic feel, a fitting companion to the film and that's superbly implemented in every scene. Rounded out by pitch-perfect dialogue reproduction, War of the Worlds' DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack is the very definition of reference-quality audio.

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