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War Of The Worlds: Goliath (2012/Anderson Merchandising Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)

3D Picture: B- 2D Picture: B Sound: B Extras: A Animated Feature: A-

In a parallel universe, World War I was interrupted by Martian invaders, but they lost in the end, not because of weapons or numbers, but because of germs. 15 years later, mankind has recovered, the survivors have been getting ready for the Martian's second invasion. Rebuilt on the reverse engineering of alien technology and weaponry, mankind is protected by A.R.E.S., a planetary defense force made up of soldiers from all around the world, with tripod GOLIATHs and armored airships. A new generation of young soldiers are called into service to stop the alien threat in Joe Pearson's War Of The Worlds: Goliath (2012).

Inspired by H.G. Wells' classic War Of The Worlds book, this is a different retelling of the story, sounding more than a bit like the classic combined with another classic, Starship Troopers. Humankind has recovered after the first alien invasion and turned into an industrial steam punk-like society with giant mecha. While A.R.E.S is a united multi-cultural force, the countries are still un-united and wage war against each other. Unfortunately, that's when the Martians returns, they were not ready. The story follows the story of a traumatized captain and his crew as they infiltrate a Martian base and then retake New York.

This was a very interesting retelling and revision of the oft filmed classic where humans have 3-legged mechas and armored zeppelin airships. It mixes both 2-D and 3-D animation in an interesting mix and takes place in a world where Theodore Roosevelt is the leader of the resistance. The Martians were tentacle aliens in triped walkers with ray-guns attached to the body and this one goes overboard with the technology and manages to juggle it all. Adrian Paul leads the voice cast.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition image has all some issues that hold it back a bit and is watchable, but the 1080p 1.78 X 1 2D digital High Definition image transfer (on a separate disc) is simply more consistent and the somewhat simple animation is not overly so. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is also well-done, the same on both versions of course and has a consistent soundfield throughout. Extras include a Making Of featurette, stories before the war, movie in story boards, meet the voice actors, the Lovers, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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