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War of the Worlds, The (1953, 2005) [original and re-adaptation]

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Old Jan 29, 2003, 09:40 PM   #1
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There's a piece missing in all the prints!

Immediately after the Martian machine incinerates the three men, it attacks the cars, trucks, and nearby power substation with its heat ray and destroys them. This scene is omitted from the several prints and showings I have seen over the years. The missing scene explains why the lights go out suddenly at the square dance party in town. The aftermath of the damages are shown in a later scene when the fire in the hills is investigated.

I know this for a fact because I saw this movie first run in '53 (twice) and distinctly remembered all the scenes of my all time favorite Hollywood flick. Its strange that this scene was lost over time.
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Old Jul 10, 2003, 11:24 PM   #2
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I do remember that shot but I havevn't seen in a long, long time. There is a site somewhere where you can read the entire shooting script by Barre Lyndon. The destruction of the cars and power lines is mentioned there too.
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Old Jul 12, 2003, 03:38 AM   #3
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Re: There's a piece missing in all the prints!

Its also showed on one version that made it to TV... Possibly for HBO as they seemed to grab lost footage for movies and when they were starting there were many movies shown with pieces not seen in videos or theater sometimes. Very odd. But I havent seen this in about 2 decades like that...

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Old Jun 10, 2005, 09:20 PM   #4
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With the new re-issue of the 1953 classic that is supposed to be coming-out on DVD< a special-edition, I think, in the wake of the new version that soon to be showing in theaters, I wonder if it will include deleted scenes that weren't in the original?????cyan
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