(4 out of 5 stars)
"this is a great documentary on the life and times of hg Wells which inspired orson wells and george pal ln giving us the 1953 classic the war of the worlds lf you would like to know the secrets about the man watch the documentary"
Lacklustre, but generally informative
Dr. Richard Daystrom | Daystrom Institute, Earth, United Federation of Pl | 12/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Version reviewed: 2005 Region 1 dvd entitled "H.G. Wells and the War of the Worlds: A Documentary" 87 min., narrated by Liam Dale.
Language: no language, subtitle, or closed captioning options.
This is a low-budget biography of the life, times and places associated with novelist H. G. Wells. I recommend this to Wells readers who want an overview of his life.
I found the writing to be trite at times, but generally interesting. Sometimes I had the feeling that we were just getting time-fillers and barely on-topic asides. The most annoying was the ongoing reference to Hallowe'en customs.
Despite the title, this video biography is not about the War of the Worlds, and one will find little more about that book than about any other Wells title. I suspect the title was chosen to market the dvd in 2005 and to coincide with the release of Spielberg's version of WotW.
This was a lacklustre biography, with no expert interviews. Visually, the film used panning video of old still photography mixed with contemporary footage of locales associated with Wells' life.
This is worth buying if you want a bio of H. G. Wells in your collection, and if you can get it at a bargain price. I am satisfied with my purchase, but had hoped for a better-quality production.