Critically Acclaimed Victorian ‘War of The Worlds’ Adaptation Now Available for the First Time Ever in Great Britain, Europe and the World

“Ain’t It Cool News critic, “The best film I had the privilege of seeing this week was WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY. I especially loved watching the attacks of both the aliens and the giant machines…one of the coolest little films I’ve come across in”
Now available! War of the Worlds the True Story, adaptation of HG Wells’ novel universally praised by critics and fans is now available to British viewers, 120 years after the book was published.

Above: The terrifying 10 story tall 3 legged Martian fighting machines from Timothy Hines’ War of the Worlds the True Story adapted from the classic book by H.G. Wells.

Many fans and viewers awaiting the recently announced BBC adaptation of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds will be surprised to discover that there is a Victorian adaptation already in existence that has received all out praise from the critics of publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Ain’t It Cool News, You Won Cannes and many more. 

Above: The human army, with Victorian artillery, lands a rare blow on one of the Martian fighting machines.

The acclaimed Victorian adaptation is now available for the first time ever in Britain (UK) and Europe (EU), Japan and the world on DVD and through Amazon worldwide.

Above: The giant Martian fighting machines invade London in Timothy Hines’ War of the Worlds the True Story.

You can order your DVD of War of the Worlds The True Story for the UK, EU, Japan and worldwide here:

Amazon UK here:

In the EU out of Germany here:

Amazon Japan here:

Amazon US here:

War of the Worlds the True Story director, Timothy Hines explains, “I am very excited that the BBC is creating a mini series of the Wells story for TV. I have worked with this material for a portion of my life and I am excited about anything War of the Worlds. It was a many year journey to get Wells’ story right in its proper period, to get the fighting machines right in what has become the Steampunk style. My movie played in US theaters but we weren’t able to distribute in the UK and EU due to copyright issues. The novel went public domain this year freeing up our rights to bring the classic story to the fans in Britain, the land where the first alien invasion story was conceived.”

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War of the Worlds the True Story played in theaters all over the US and on invitation at colleges and universities. Hines appeared on stage after a screening of the film along side James P. Blaylock, the author considered the father of Steampunk and the one who actually coined the phrase “Steampunk.” Blaylock loved the film and said he thought the Steampunk style of the fighting machines was “Cool.” The complex emotional score was created by composer Jamie Hall, twice considered for Academy Awards.

 “Timothy’s vision was profound,” says producer Susan Goforth, “To do the movie as a ‘what if’ war drama, as if it really happened. Wells’ novel was perfect for the format and we didn’t have to change a word from his book, only edits as he repeated events sometimes due to the fact that the story was originally serialized in a magazine of the period.”


Co-Producer Donovan Le adds, “Jeff Wayne held the rights to the story in the UK and Europe. Wayne wrote an amazing live musical production and now the British and European fans of War of The Worlds have a chance to see Wells’ story in this cool motion picture production set in the Victorian era as written.

Check out what the critics have said about War of the Worlds the True Story below.

Ain’t It Cool News critic Ambush Bug raved, “The best film I had the privilege of seeing this week was WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY.” With glowing praise, he went on to say things such as, “Even the sci-fi effects feel authentic with all of the shaky and grainy camerawork. I especially loved watching the attacks of both the aliens and the giant machines…Everything is treated with a serious and dire tone and there’s even a touching love story in the middle of it all as well to add an extra bit of depth that, coming from the narrator’s POV, will definitely make your heart swell.”

Ain’t It Cool News critic then summed it up by saying, “WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE TRUE STORY is one of the coolest little films I’ve come across in quite a while. As if the Orson Welles radio broadcast wasn’t mythic enough, along comes this mock-doc to add a whole new layer of intrigue to H.G. Wells’ fascinating story. Highly recommended to those who love revisionist history, alien invasion films, and thrilling real life documentaries.”


Critic Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times said, “’War of the Worlds The True Story is clever like Wells. Hugely inventive and ambitious, a mock sci-fi docudrama packed with a truly impressive — and clever — mix of editing (a reported 3 1/2 years’ worth), special effects, visual artistry and offbeat storytelling.”


Frank Scheck, critic of The Hollywood Reporter called the movie, “Impressive for its technical achievements…Director/Editor Hines weaves the various styles of footage together in expert fashion.”


“Ever since the 1953 movie adaptation of War Of The Worlds there have been numerous other translations of Wells’ novel, even a 1988 short lived TV series, but of all the ones I have seen the only two—yes, only two—I find worthy of repeated viewings is the ’53 film and this new 2013 docudrama.” – Shawn Francis, You Won Cannes


Above: FX wizard Ultrakarl McNulty does a cameo as a heat ray victim in War of the Wolrds the True Story.

Steven Rose Jr. of the Sacramento Examiner gave the movie 5 out of 5 stars and said, “’The True Story’ carries the suspense and drama of both the 1953 movie and Spielberg’s 2005 version but in a more realistic manner through its documentary style.”


Above: The first Martian Cylinder falling to Earth.

“The aliens are unsettling, with bright, evil eyes and writhing tentacles. The designs of the tripods and the aliens are much truer to the book than other versions,” said reviewer Tristan Hiegler of the PT Leader

“I loved this movie…it’s the ultimate ‘what if?’ movie…Buy it, watch it, and relive the classic. You won’t be sorry!” – Dave Reneke, ASTRO SPACE NEWS Australia’s #1 Astronomy News Service.

The movie review site Apocalypse Later lavishes raves for WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY, a movie that competed in the 85th Academy Awards and has gained critical acclaim from critics and movie audiences. 

Critic Hal C F Astell for the review site Apocalypse Later said, “Critics hear the word ‘journey’ a lot and it doesn’t usually mean much, but here it’s quite clearly about as appropriate as it gets.” And “It’s a tribute to the dedication of Hines and his more honest and loyal partners that War of the Worlds: The True Story was even started, let alone finished and released to critical acclaim. A worthy movie that stayed true to Wells’s original vision is a task perhaps best left to masochists, but Hines stuck it out and it clearly paid off.”


Above: Chapman U Aftershow WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY with (L) Steampunk author James Blaylock, who is considered the father of Steampunk and coined the phrase, “steampunk,” (C) War of the Worlds the True Story director Timothy Hines and (R) professor Allen Levy

Critic Astell went on to compare the movie to delicious desert and fun events, ”I love that idea enough that it isn’t just strawberries, it’s strawberries with cream, served during Wimbledon.” He discussed the large scope of the picture, “Destruction on a scale that even Spielberg can’t compete with.” His review talked about the technical aspects of WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY, “That rapid editing does its best to move everything along and wash over us like a visual overdose. Impeccable technical work that went on to make this seem like authentic footage. Watch this and you’ll swear that there were tripods in World War I…To say the stock footage is well integrated is understating the case. The slavish devotion to detail is admirable and it pays off. Military historians would certainly have a field day deciphering the variety of source material in evidence, not only to identify where it came from but also what was actually original…Where were your grandparents when the Martians invaded?”


The movie uniquely uses Cutting Edge Visual Effects to blend a modern cast with Battalions of Actual Fighting Soldiers, Golden Age Movie Stars, and previously undisclosed images of Tentacled Alien Creatures and their 10-Story High, 3-Legged Fighting Machines.


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