It isn't every day that we get to celebrate a film as iconic as is 1953's The War of the Worlds, so let's pause -- shall we? -- and reflect upon the flick's greatness.
For some reason I've never been able to find out (anybody know?), the George Pal produced The War of the Worlds had its Hollywood premiere on February 20th back in 1953, but it wasn't released to the masses at-large until this day back then. What makes the delay all the more curious is the fact that the film went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of that year, earning $2M in the American domestic box office gross. The film would go on to win the Academy Award for Special Effects, and many of its visual achievements are still impressive even in today's era of grossly overused CGI. Critics and audiences alike were thrilled with what they saw.
In 2011, The War of the Worlds became one of the few Science Fiction releases to be inducted into the U.S. National Film Registry, which catalogues films based upon their cultural, historic, or aesthetic appeal. Certainly, your humble webwizard here concurs, as it remains one of my personal favorite flicks alongside 1951's The Day The Earth Stood Still.
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