American Experience: War of the Worlds DVD

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American Experience: War of the Worlds The night began as any other peaceful Sunday evening, with millions of listeners tuned to their radios. Yet the outward calm hid a nation tense with apprehension: the Great Depression refused to let up, and the threat of war in Europe loomed larger every day. Then, at 8:15 p.m., there was a report on ... More
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American Experience: War of the Worlds

The night began as any other peaceful Sunday evening, with millions of listeners tuned to their radios. Yet the outward calm hid a nation tense with apprehension: the Great Depression refused to let up, and the threat of war in Europe loomed larger every day. Then, at 8:15 p.m., there was a report on the radio that Martians had landed in New Jersey.

Almost instantly, people listening in responded to the shocking news. Newspapers were flooded with calls from worried listeners; many feared that New Jersey had been laid to waste and that the Martians were heading west. In cities and towns throughout the country, people stopped a moment to pray - then grabbed their loved ones and fled into the night. What began as a broadcast performance of H.G. Wells's fantasy, The War of the Worlds, turned into one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE examines the elements that together created this frenzy, including our longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; and the creative wunderkind Orson Welles, the twenty-three-year-old director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.

Special Bonus Features include…
- On Set: The Making of War of the Worlds
- Dear Mr. Welles: Letters That Inspired the Film
- Outtakes

Production Year: 2013
Narrator: Oliver Platt
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
DVI: N
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Mrtjbv
Anonymous User
3.0 star rating
04/01/22
KIDS WONT BE FOOLED
Review by Mrtjbv on 04/01/22 review stating KIDS WONT BE FOOLED
How the producers managed to make their history of the War of the Worlds phenomenon a dull one is the most remarkable feature of this American Experience episode. Using obvious actors to recreate actual witnesses experiences to the event was a cheap resort, and it shows. No child will believe theyre real. And Welles and Housmans collective genius in choosing the subject matter for a Mercury Theatre radio presentation is merely averred to, as though it were just something to do. The subject deserves a new American Experience examination--next time, make it for adults and believe me, the kids will get it and be grateful.
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Phred
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
04/01/22
Naivete of America Revealed!
Review by Phred on 04/01/22 review stating Naivete of America Revealed!
I heard this first hand when I was 8 years old, and already loved Mr. Welles and his crew! I knew what it was all about, as Mother and I listened every week. I was never made aware of the uproar until many years later. Terrific talent, Mr. Welles... Great show! I will love having my own copy!
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Chuck
Anonymous User
3.0 star rating
04/01/22
A different look at radio broadcast
Review by Chuck on 04/01/22 review stating A different look at radio broadcast
Interesting look at the famous broadcast of 1938 from letters from the public after Orson Welles Halloween broadcast. Overly stressed the impact as they only covered people tricked not the vast majority who knew it was a show - which was mentioned a number of times during the broadcast. Mainly reenactments.


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