As director Timothy Hines looks at the continuing distribution landscape for his critically acclaimed movie, War of the Worlds The True Story, adapted in the Victorian Era setting of the original H.G. Wells book, he sees no end in sight.
“Our faithful Victorian version of the movie, War of the Worlds the True Story, now available for free viewing on Amazon Prime, created as a war documentary based on the accounts of the last living survivor of the planetary war, follows the book point by point and fans have been responding with overwhelming support,” says Hines.
The interest in H.G. Wells seminal invasion story “The War of the Worlds” has survived in the planet Earth’s consciousness for well over a century because of the deep seated fear and curiosity it invoked.
And others are awaking to the interest and power of the original alien invasion material.
On Sunday, November 12th a composer/writer named Yuval Sharon won a Genius Grant to produce an opera version of the story in Los Angeles narrated live by Sigourney Weaver.
The BBC has announced production plans of the War of the Worlds in 2018 penned by a top writer of Doctor Who.
Even top movie star Tom Cruise got into the mix with a Stephen Spielberg directed version in 2005.
World renowned scientist, Stephen Hawking, who holds Einstein’s chair at Cambridge, has warned us to stop sending beacon signals out to aliens before it is too late.
“As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. After a lifetime of wondering, I am helping to lead a new global effort to find out,” says Hawking.
He goes on to say it is one thing to discover aliens, it is another to invite them to your doorstep. “If so, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria,”
Hawking often uses the example of Columbus’ expedition to the America’s to describe what could happen if an advanced civilization gets word of our existence, saying that that initial meeting “didn’t turn out so well”.
There is a fundamental underlying gut feeling in the human populace that that day is going to come. And it is human nature to want to know what is ahead.
War of the Worlds the True Story director, Timothy Hines says, “People are fascinated with War of the Worlds because, though it is fiction from the mind of H.G. Wells, we all know it is possible and maybe probable that we will soon come face to face with sentient beings from another world. War of the Worlds the True Story faithful to Wells shows us point by point what such apocalyptic invasion would feel like in detail.
Above: Critically acclaimed, War of the Worlds the True Story director Timothy Hines.
“War of the Worlds the True Story’s popularity is simply increasing exponentially over time,” adds producer Susan Goforth. “Word of mouth and great reviews have caused the viewership to grow and grow. When we premiered the movie in an exhibition run in theaters across the US on Halloween a couple of years ago we thought, ‘Well that is the market.’ But viewing never stopped or slowed.
The acclaimed Victorian Version of Wells’ book, War of the Worlds The True Story is available to view Free with an Amazon Prime membership or you can stream it on Amazon across the globe as a stand alone viewing.
Ain’t It Cool News critic Ambush Bug raved, “The best film I had the privilege of seeing this week was WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY.” With glowing praise, he went on to say things such as, “Even the sci-fi effects feel authentic with all of the shaky and grainy camerawork. I especially loved watching the attacks of both the aliens and the giant machines…Everything is treated with a serious and dire tone and there’s even a touching love story in the middle of it all as well to add an extra bit of depth that, coming from the narrator’s POV, will definitely make your heart swell.”
Ain’t It Cool News critic then summed it up by saying, “WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY is one of the coolest little films I’ve come across in quite a while. As if the Orson Welles radio broadcast wasn’t mythic enough, along comes this mock-doc to add a whole new layer of intrigue to H.G. Wells’ fascinating story. Highly recommended to those who love revisionist history, alien invasion films, and thrilling real life documentaries.”
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/WE6gu1lkUZ0
Critic Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times said, “’War of the Worlds The True Story is clever like Wells. Hugely inventive and ambitious, a mock sci-fi docudrama packed with a truly impressive — and clever — mix of editing (a reported 3 1/2 years’ worth), special effects, visual artistry and offbeat storytelling.”
Frank Scheck, critic of The Hollywood Reporter called the movie, “Impressive for its technical achievements…Director/Editor Hines weaves the various styles of footage together in expert fashion.”
“Ever since the 1953 movie adaptation of War Of The Worlds there have been numerous other translations of Wells’ novel, even a 1988 short lived TV series, but of all the ones I have seen the only two—yes, only two—I find worthy of repeated viewings is the ’53 film and this new 2013 docudrama.” – Shawn Francis, You Won Cannes
Steven Rose Jr. of the Sacramento Examiner gave the movie 5 out of 5 stars and said, “’The True Story’ carries the suspense and drama of both the 1953 movie and Spielberg’s 2005 version but in a more realistic manner through its documentary style.”
“The aliens are unsettling, with bright, evil eyes and writhing tentacles. The designs of the tripods and the aliens are much truer to the book than other versions,” said reviewer Tristan Hiegler of the PT Leader
“I loved this movie…it’s the ultimate ‘what if?’ movie…Buy it, watch it, and relive the classic. You won’t be sorry!” – Dave Reneke, ASTRO SPACE NEWS Australia’s #1 Astronomy News Service.
The movie review site Apocalypse Later lavishes raves for WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY, a movie that competed in the 85th Academy Awards and has gained critical acclaim from critics and movie audiences.
Critic Hal C F Astell for the review site Apocalypse Later said, “Critics hear the word ‘journey’ a lot and it doesn’t usually mean much, but here it’s quite clearly about as appropriate as it gets.” And “It’s a tribute to the dedication of Hines and his more honest and loyal partners that War of the Worlds: The True Story was even started, let alone finished and released to critical acclaim. A worthy movie that stayed true to Wells’s original vision is a task perhaps best left to masochists, but Hines stuck it out and it clearly paid off.”
Critic Astell went on to compare the movie to delicious desert and fun events, ”I love that idea enough that it isn’t just strawberries, it’s strawberries with cream, served during Wimbledon.” He discussed the large scope of the picture, “Destruction on a scale that even Spielberg can’t compete with.” His review talked about the technical aspects of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY, “That rapid editing does its best to move everything along and wash over us like a visual overdose. Impeccable technical work that went on to make this seem like authentic footage. Watch this and you’ll swear that there were tripods in World War I…To say the stock footage is well integrated is understating the case. The slavish devotion to detail is admirable and it pays off. Military historians would certainly have a field day deciphering the variety of source material in evidence, not only to identify where it came from but also what was actually original…Where were your grandparents when the Martians invaded?”
The movie uniquely uses Cutting Edge Visual Effects to blend a modern cast with Battalions of Actual Fighting Soldiers, Golden Age Movie Stars, and previously undisclosed images of Tentacled Alien Creatures and their 10-Story High, 3-Legged Fighting Machines.
War of the Worlds the True Story can be watched for FREE world wide now on Amazon Prime.
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