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War of the worlds , TV series cover art.

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  1. GalacticaActual

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    Found this over at the digital bits.com. Its the cover art for the old war of the worlds TV series on DVD
    Its out on the first of Nov 2005 on region 1 DVD.

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    Funnily I thought it was more like the the one they used for the film, not unless Im thinking of what the used on the TV program itself or pre and aft advert credit.
     
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    I would imagine they are trying to link it in some way to the movie, just to try and cash in a little bit. I remember the series being on very late on ITV and being very violent in places as well. :eek:
     
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    The poster for the new movie was very similar to the intro for the TV series which had a 3 fingered alien wrapping its hand around the Earth.

    I for one am glad they are releasing this, my VHS to DVD conversions are not the best quality but as I thought Paramount would never release the series officially I thought it was the only way they would ever be on DVD.
    They can keep the 2nd series though, at least the 1st made some sense, the 2nd went completely out the window lol.
     
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    Yes , they seemed to complety change the format for the series in the second season.
     
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    Hi,

    This is :censored: brilliant news! :clap: :clap:

    I have all of Seasons 1 and 2 on VHS, and this was the very first TV series I ever faithfully recorded, week-in, week-out to keep! (This was back in the days when ITV dared to show decent American shows, late at night, though, so we're talking at least 10-15 years ago now! :D )

    I so hope there will be some cool extras for Season 1, especially interviews with the cast and crew. I'd love to know what happened to Jared Martin and Co, as they seem to have disappeared off of the face of the planet.

    Anyway, great find and thanks for the info, Dave! :smashin:


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  7. Garrett

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    Thats what I meant to say and I think I worded my post badly.

    When I saw the poster for the film I thought they had ripped the TV series off.
     
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    The format for the first series was if it was happening today and everything else was going on as normal but the second series was more post apocalyptical and grungy and I did not enjoy the second series as much.

    Some of the stories had very sick endings. Also the end of the first series brought in a new race of aliens but there were no mention of them in the second. It seemed like they were going in one direction and the team working on the two series were totally different apart from a few actors/actresses.
     
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    Moved from DVD Movies...

    I have never heard of this - sounds really interesting.
     
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    Garrett,

    Basically, Season 1 was co-produced by Frank Mancuso Junior, at a time when Universal wanted to capitalise on some of their olde feature films, e.g. War of The Worlds, Friday The 13th, etc. Some of these became TV show spin-off's, but in the competitive and (at the time) conservative TV channel networks of the USA, many of the channels didn't like the massive gore quota in either "WOTW" Season 1, nor "Friday The 13th The Series". As such, both shows weren't seen outside of many major cities, and even when they were shown, the shows' time slots changed week-by-week, so that viewers could never find it properly. (It's been aired as early as 8pm and as late at 3am in the USA, and all hours inbetween!)

    When Season 1 of "WOTW" was completed, Universal wanted to "improve" the show - that is, get more ratings. Thus, half-of-the-creative staff were sacked, and new crew bought in. The show was revamped completely, and the first Season was ignored, in terms of characters, plot development, etc, etc. Essentially, Universal wanted to rewrite the show, to make it more palatable to American TV networks.

    Obviously, what happened, was borderline criminal. All that was great (the violence, the gore, the dark and depressing endings) were thrown out, and new, lighter stories introduced. Characters like The Mothren were ignored and replaced by the aliens from the planet Mortax instead. Also, the show was moved from being made in the USA, to being made on a lower-budget, in Canada! As has happened before, like in "Airwolf", Canada just can't do the same kind of quality stuff that the American studios can offer.Thus, the Second Season suffered on almost every level.

    All-in-all, Season 2 was a total departure from Season 1, with almost the only thing similar, was the title of the show. It flopped, with new viewers disliking the tackiness of Season 2, and fans of Season 1 hating all the erros, changes and continuity issues. Universal then pulled the plug, but allowed the crew of the show to complete a full 22 episode season, rather than leaving the series high-and-dry in mid-run. Thank God for small mercies!
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    That's why the Seasons are so different. Hope that's been of interest! :)


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    what about the quality shows created by HBO?.
     
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    Pooch, we are not worthy :thumbsup:
     
  13. Garrett

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    Thanks for the info Pooch.

    As to Canada isent X-Files made there, at least the latter ones?
     
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    Battlestar,
    SG1
    and atlantis are also made in Vancouver Canada are they not? :)
     
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    yes, upto the end of season 5 if i remember rightly (before the movie and move to LA)
     
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    HI,

    Thanks for the kind comments, r.e. my lengthy posting above. :)

    As for Canadian TV, "HBO" is an American Cable TV station, that can obly be received in the USA as far as I know, although some of HBO's output, does air in other parts of the world, including Canada, Europe and even Japan!

    And, yes, it is true that some modern US TV shows, like "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis" are made in Canada, but most major US shows, are still made in the USA. My comments, regarding Season 2 of "WOTW" was in relation to Canada and US shows being made in the late 1980's. But, your points are taken. :)


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