War of the Worlds 05/30/20
Paramount Home Video
Skipped this one because it’s by Spielberg? Josh Friedman and David Koepp’s 9/11- inflected take on H.G. Wells’ classic reproduces thrills from the book not captured in George Pal’s 1953 atom-age update. For this reviewer it was a big surprise — a Tom Cruise movie in which he plays an appropriately terrified character instead of his annoying big star persona. Nervous audiences loved this in 2005… it actually generates some good scares. Seen on a good Ultra-HD setup, those scares translate well to home video. Also starring Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto. On 4K Ultra-HD + Blu-ray + Digital from Paramount Home Video.