- This article should not be confused with H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, another film adaptation released in 2005. It should also not confused with the original H.G. Wells novel.
H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds is a film adaptation of The War of the Worlds novel; it is one of three that was released in 2005 of four in general. The original version of the film is 180 minutes long.
The film stands out against the other film version in that it is not a contemporary and displaced take, but rather set in the same time and place as that of the novel. However, as encouraging as this is, the film has generated much controversy due to what many perceive as lies and deceptions from Pendragon Pictures over the film's production history and many delays in release. In conjunction with these accusations, criticism has also gravitated towards the film over the acting, special effects, as well as its editing and pace.
Pendragon has responded to the latter complaint by releasing two subsequent versions that are shorter in length. The first re-release, entitled H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds: Director's Cut, was made available September, 2005 and is about 45 minutes shorter. This was released only in Regions 2 and 4. The second edition was released Christmas, 2006. The Classic War of the Worlds has a 125 minutes runtime and features additional scenes, new edits and revised special effects with and is considered by the director to the definitive version.