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(Krypton Radio)   If you're not busy overdosing on candy, listen to a re-imagined broadcast of H.G. Wells' famous radio program 'War of the Worlds' on Halloween   (kryptonradio.com) divider line 20
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2013-10-28 08:48:26 AM  
NPR did a story about this yesterday. While I missed most of it, I did catch that some station in South America ran a similar story, and the radio studio was burned to the ground and six people died.
 
2013-10-28 09:06:13 AM  
I hope Maurice LaMarche is doing the Orson Welles role.
 
2013-10-28 09:10:26 AM  
I think ill stick to Jeff Wayne's version.

/faareweeeellllll thhuuuuunnnderchiiiiillllllld
 
2013-10-28 09:32:15 AM  

Ned Stark: I think ill stick to Jeff Wayne's version.

/faareweeeellllll thhuuuuunnnderchiiiiillllllld


Came here to say exactly this.
 
2013-10-28 10:49:29 AM  
I'll give this a try later
 
2013-10-28 10:53:37 AM  
Whenever I hear the word "re-imagined" I get angry.
 
2013-10-28 12:07:57 PM  
I thought Without Warning was fun.
 
2013-10-28 12:26:42 PM  

baconbeard: Whenever I hear the word "re-imagined" I get angry.


THIS, dammit. Especially since "reimagined" usually means "copied, with minor changes, by the unimaginative".
 
2013-10-28 02:16:00 PM  
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2013-10-28 03:42:41 PM  
Can't search for it right now, but I'm pretty sure there was a televised version of this too - that people fell for. Is the original Welles' broadcast available online anywhere? I'd love to play it for the kids.
 
2013-10-28 03:45:39 PM  
After that headline, I expected the "Why not both?" girl in this thread.
 
2013-10-28 04:01:34 PM  

SordidEuphemism: Can't search for it right now, but I'm pretty sure there was a televised version of this too - that people fell for. Is the original Welles' broadcast available online anywhere? I'd love to play it for the kids.


There was something similar that came out about twenty years ago. It was done like it was a breaking news report about an asteroid that was headed to Earth. I at first bought it until I saw that one of the "reporters" was John DeLancie (Q from Star Trek for those that don't know). What's funny is that they would go to commercial breaks and when the show came back on there was a disclaimer saying that this was only a movie and not real and not to get your panties in a wad. However, people STILL got their panties in a wad. One of the other local stations had to put up some scrolling text saying that the asteroid impact being reported on the other station is not real, is not happening and is just a movie and that is why we are not reporting on it.
 
2013-10-28 04:03:15 PM  

Richard_The_Clown: SordidEuphemism: Can't search for it right now, but I'm pretty sure there was a televised version of this too - that people fell for. Is the original Welles' broadcast available online anywhere? I'd love to play it for the kids.

There was something similar that came out about twenty years ago. It was done like it was a breaking news report about an asteroid that was headed to Earth. I at first bought it until I saw that one of the "reporters" was John DeLancie (Q from Star Trek for those that don't know). What's funny is that they would go to commercial breaks and when the show came back on there was a disclaimer saying that this was only a movie and not real and not to get your panties in a wad. However, people STILL got their panties in a wad. One of the other local stations had to put up some scrolling text saying that the asteroid impact being reported on the other station is not real, is not happening and is just a movie and that is why we are not reporting on it.


Here it is. It was called "Without Warning."  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111735/
 
2013-10-28 04:07:16 PM  
The original 1938 Mercury Theatre "War of the Worlds" is widely available as an MP3, and minutes 5 through 30 are scary as hell. I don't know why anybody would ever need to reimagine it, except perhaps to update some of the references (not everyone understands ham radio call letters anymore.)

http://www.mercurytheatre.info/
 
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2013-10-28 07:05:19 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Ned Stark: I think ill stick to Jeff Wayne's version.

/faareweeeellllll thhuuuuunnnderchiiiiillllllld

Came here to say exactly this.


Pretty much.

Even though Wayne "re-imagined" his version last year, the story remains largely intact.  This version includes some lines that were cut for time in the Burton version, a new cast and several modern musical flourishes added to the original score.  I still prefer the original version, but the New Generation was fairly entertaining.  I usually end up playing the Burton version several times leading up to Halloween.

Even though Orson Welles' 1938 version is a retelling of the story, that and probably Jeff Wayne's version are what define the story beyond re-reading the book.  I've heard a few recent performances of Welles' version that stayed true more or less to the original radio play without feeling the need to bring the story to the present day.  My favorite re-do of the Welles' version though would have to be the LA Theaterworks version that starred several castmembers from Star Trek (TOS & TNG).
 
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2013-10-28 07:07:57 PM  
OOOOOO-LAAAAAA!
 
2013-10-28 11:40:03 PM  

SordidEuphemism: Can't search for it right now, but I'm pretty sure there was a televised version of this too - that people fell for. Is the original Welles' broadcast available online anywhere? I'd love to play it for the kids.


If you can't find it online, I have it (52MB, 128kbps MP3).
 
2013-10-29 02:07:22 AM  
Orson Wells was the poster-boy for peaking early, but damn what a peak.
 
2013-10-29 12:21:17 PM  
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The Hentai Martians were the most feared of them all.
 
2013-10-29 05:59:34 PM  

INeedAName: NPR did a story about this yesterday. While I missed most of it, I did catch that some station in South America ran a similar story, and the radio studio was burned to the ground and six people died.


I have a Deluxe Edition book about the Panic Broadcast, which includes the radio script, the original Welles story, and a cd of the broadcast, with portions of a later version put on by a midwest radio station.  The book talks about some of the circumstances that may have contributed to the infamy, and covers the South American debacle.  I listen to the Mercury show, and read along every year on the 30th..

The transcript has some entertaining side notes in the margins about what some people did during the broadcast.  One guy jumped in his car, and sped to his girlfriend's place, and he was amazed he didn't get pulled over by the police, because he sure as heck broke the speed limit, and ran who knows how many red lights.
 
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