Cool TV trailer for the original George Pal film from back in the day. 1987.
Both the George Pal, and Steven Speilberg takes on the seminal H.G. Wells tale of the invasion by aliens are quite awesome. Although the crap the Cruise/Speilberg joint seems to get the crap it does mostly because of blowback from some of Tom Cruise's personal antics. But the Tripods, from their first appearance, the way their heat rays wiped people from existence, to the rather haunting bellows of the horns, made for one scary presence, and contributed to the flicks rather grim atmosphere. The only thing I felt let down about in the 2005 film was the Morgan Freeman narration at the beginning and end. Was the man sounded rather bored in his reading of his lines. They should've had the bloke who voiced over the teaser trailer for the flick. He contributed a rather creepy vibe, and sounded a lot more enthused than Freeman did.
I know some here are exceptionally married to the idea of Ray Harryhausin's take on War of the Worlds
, using stop motion to animate the Martians and their Tripods for the big screen. But looking at the test footage for the emergence of the Martians, the invaders looked more like guests that would menace Bug Bunny than the horrifying alien invaders H.G. Wells described in his book.
Also, as some may already know, the George Pal flick inspired two tv shows, one that didn't get past the pilot stage, and a syndicated one that lasted through two seasons. It wasn't until the first season came out on DVD to coincide with the release of the Speilberg flick that I got to see it finally. But I'm afraid to say I was a little let down with it upon finally getting to see it after having built up in my head after reading the novelization to the pilot. Which gives a whole lot of depth ,and back ground to our heroes on the Blackwood Project, and the motivations and plans of the aliens, now known as the Mor-Tax.
I'd recommend checking it out. It's available quite cheaply on Amazon.com.