Saturday, June 03, 2006
H.G. Wells' War Of The Worlds
I followed the little hype there was and eagerly anticipated the release of this movie. Pre-ordered the DVD when it was announced that this movie was going straight to disc. Whoa! I was stunned in disappointment.
I think I know what happened, though. When it was discovered that there were others simultaneously creating WOTW movies and all chance of getting a last minute budget infusion evaporated ... this DVD is what remains. A movie devoid of proper computer effects rendering and film editing. The footage wasn't edited into a theatrically distributable form. Out of a love of the original idea, nearly everything usable that was shot simply got added onto the disc. "Take 1, take 2, take 3 ..." they're all included ad nauseam.
Just a little more time, editing and (of course) money could have saved this thing from being the lamentable epic that it is. Embarrassing to watch, really ... I'm NOT kidding. Resurrection anyone? Peter Jackson?