Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Paramount Pictures for this 15th anniversary release! This 2160p (1.78:1) transfer with Dolby Vision & HDR10 looks fantastic. It’s the best War of the Worlds has ever looked on anything. The last version I own to compare it to is the DVD which this 4K blows out of the water when it comes to quality. The visual & special fx shine in this format. This UHD proves more back catalog films deserve this treatment in the future. This disc is loaded with large amount of audio options which includes English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Polish: Dolby Digital 2.0, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian: Dolby Digital 5.1, & Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1 on this UHD. The audio here is top notch & the best sounding out of the recent Tom Cruise 4K batch from Paramount. The first half hits hard with all it’s explosions & action. All of the dialogue is crystal clear & the music has a killer boost to it. It also has massive variety of subtitles which includes English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, & Thai. Paramount proves once they are the best when it comes to technical aspects for home video!!!!
Let’s discuss the special features from Paramount Pictures! There’s no extras on the UHD, it’s all located on the blu ray disc. There’s no new bonus material on this blu ray but it includes all the previous extras from the other releases which were loaded as you can see. “Revisiting the Invasion” is a little over 7 minutes. “The H.G. Wells Legacy” is a little over 6 minutes. “Steven Spielberg and the Original War of the Worlds” is 8 minutes. “Characters: The Family Unit” is a little over 13 minutes, “Previsualization” is almost 8 minutes. The almost an hour plus 5 minute “Production Diaries” is broken down into 4 different segments which includes East Coast — Beginning, East Coast — Exile, West Coast — Destruction, & West Coast — War. “Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens” is a little over 14 minutes. “Scoring War of the Worlds” is almost 12 minutes. “We Are Not Alone” is a little over 3 minutes. 4 different “Galleries” which includes Sketches by Costume Designer Joanna Johnston, Production Stills, Behind the Scenes, & Production Sketches. Last but not least, “Theatrical Teaser Trailer”. There’s so much bonus material on this disc & it basically covers every possible aspect from the production. It’s full of information & stories. It has interviews with director Steven Spielberg, actors Tom Cruise, Justin Chatwin, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, & various members of the crew. It also includes a slipcover, a digital code, & a blu ray copy of the release. It’s available everywhere right now!!!!