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War of the Worlds by the Star Trek Cast 175

eDavidLu writes "Here is a radio remake of The War of the Worlds. From the promo: 'Join actors from Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast of an eyewitness report of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic in 1938. Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air, War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of chills, thrills and great literature.' My local NPR station KPCC broadcast this show last Saturday night, and the streaming audio for the entire program is available for one week only on their site. I was going to submit this story for Halloween eve, but KPCC was in the middle of a fund drive. Now that the fund drive is over, the slashdotting can begin. If you like this type of programming, remember to contribute to your local NPR station." Update: 11/05 17:53 GMT by Z : Edited for jerks. Thanks, guys. Seriously. Way to be responsible members of the internet community.
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War of the Worlds by the Star Trek Cast

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  • oi you (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Stop reading the comments idiot, get downloading before she blows!
    • I bought the copy from Audible last year. It is really a beautiful adaption of the story for America.

      With some funny speech by Quark thrown in.

      I like WoW very much and i have the classic book, original movie (not the tom cruise shit), and the audible version.

    • Thanks, guys. Seriously. Way to be responsible members of the internet community.

      Is Zonk seriously suggesting that Slashdot is some sort of responsible member of the Internet community?

      Christ, even Linus Torvalds hates you guys. You post false or exaggerated news, dupes, and you kill everybody's webservers and don't give any crap at all because you're busy getting money from page hits for your corporate employer, OSTG.
  • wow (Score:2, Funny)

    That's cold man, they operate on the funding of listeners, and so you 'save' them from a slashdotting during a fund drive.
  • Resistance is Futile

    Yeah I couldn't help it.... but that better be said at least 8 times in this version...
  • Real Media format (Score:1, Insightful)

    by aussie_a ( 778472 )
    I was willing to listen to an act or so, to see how bad it was. But then I realised it was in Real Media format. Sorry, I refuse to download that piece of spyware onto my computer, and I haven't had much luck downloading alternate applications and getting them to work with the Real Media format. I'm not going to try, yet again, merely to listen to something I'm likely not going to like. There are very few sites that use this format. Why do the fringes continue to use it though? I'll never know.
    • Re:Real Media format (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward ve.htm []

      Works fine with windows media player 6.4.
    • Re:Real Media format (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      And mplayer doesn't work for you? Works fine for me out of the box (figuratively speaking of course) and I can use -dumpstream to keep a local copy of the files.
    • No, no, no. The Real format is *required* to simulate the aliens' jamming of the radio signal.
    • I also saw it was in Real Media and quickly closed the window. That combined with the poster's peddling of NPR just made me nauseous. Seriously, they are tax funded and yet we're pushed to order a CD, check out their site, and give them more money. Anyway, enough about NPR. I just hope someone puts out an MP3 of this because the Star Trek cast contains some of the best actors and voice actors in the business.
    • 1994: L.A. TheaterWorks [] does a live production of the original Koch script. Featured actors include several from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Brent Spiner and Will Wheaton do a creditable job, as does Armin Shimerman ("Quark"). Leonard Nimoy, as Professor Pearson, seems to have a bad throat problem, so his voice is very hoarse and his energy level is low and unfocused. Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), as Carla Philips the reporter, is pretentious and stiff. It was directed by John de Lancie ("Q"), whom I
  • by aarku ( 151823 ) on Saturday November 05, 2005 @04:39AM (#13956627) Journal
    It is from 1994 [].
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Does anyone have a recording of the original broadcast? Surely there exists one recording somewhere in the world? I've been looking for years!
  • by curmi ( 205804 ) on Saturday November 05, 2005 @05:27AM (#13956725)
    If you want to download the stream, convert to mp3, and then play on your iPod/iTunes/whatever, check out this link []. And Mac OS X users should look at this [].

    Oh - and the original 1938 broadcast can be found here [].
  • by Errandboy of Doom ( 917941 ) on Saturday November 05, 2005 @06:12AM (#13956788) Homepage
    The next day, newspapers across the country carried stories of terrorized people hiding in basements, panic flight from New Jersey and New York, stampedes in theaters, heart attacks, miscarriages, and even suicides. During the months that followed, these stories were shown to have little if any substance, yet today the myth of War of the Worlds stampedes and suicides persists as part of American folklore.

    -Prof. David L. Miller, Introduction to Collective Behavior and Collective Action.

    Here's the passage online. []
    • His claims would be more believable if he backed things up with some data of his own or some references. Sorry, but if my choices are contemporary news reports and some guy from Western Illinois University with no data or references, I guess I'll go with the contemporary news reports. Also, later in the passage he seems perfectly willing to accept that 20% of those listening to the broadcast experienced some form of panic, and he attributes this to mass hysteria. No one is saying that every American east
      • Actually it's not just "some guy from Western Illinois University". There's quite a body of work on the myth of the WotW hysteria. As for the veracity of contemporary newspaper accounts (because newspapers are always truthful, right?) - almost none of those accounts were first hand. They used the familiar motif of "just over there, just beyond what you personally know about, there's some astounding things going on". Just like cannibals are always in the next village, and the choking doberman / vanishing hi
  • I noticed that the program listed after War of the Worlds is the Brothers Karamazov. The 1958 movie [] version of this story co-starred none other than William Shatner as the brother who became a priest.
  • by DiamondGeezer ( 872237 ) on Saturday November 05, 2005 @07:20AM (#13956902) Homepage
    Some slimeball has hacked the LA theater Works website and put a picture of Mr Goatse on it. Well done idiots. *slow hand clap*
  • I can't help but think that hearing voices associated with Star Trek, TNG and such will not exactly be making a positive contribution to the immersive suspension of disbelief which so distinguished Orson Welles' original broadcast.

    I don't think thousandss of people are going to be running into the streets after hearing Patrick Stewart and Leonary Nimoy, f'rinstance, declaring that aliens are among us...
    • ...and Leonary(sic) Nimoy, f'rinstance, declaring that aliens are among us......

      Hello. I'm Leonard Nimoy. The following tale of alien encounters is true. And by true, I mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies. And in the end, isn't that the real truth? The answer is: No.
    • "I don't think thousandss of people are going to be running into the streets after hearing Patrick Stewart and Leonary Nimoy, f'rinstance, declaring that aliens are among us..."

      Um. I really don't expect that happening either way. Thousands of people probably would, however, listen because it's the TNG cast.
  • On a related note, don't miss BBC7's 4 week broadcast of Doctor Who, Invaders From Mars [] starring Paul McGann. If you're quick, that link should get you Episode 1. Episode 2 is broadcast today and will be available to Listen Again from Sunday.

    More info on this story (and CD) at frommars.shtml []>Big Finish.
  • GOATSE??? (Score:2, Redundant)

    by wizzy403 ( 303479 )
    Ok, who the F hacked the LA Theatre Works site and put that goatse image up there??? I thought when slashcode got changed to show the URL I'd never have to see that horrible thing again!!
  • I bought a copy of the original broadcast a few years ago, and I listened to it many times. This remake sucks. It seems hurried. The voices are too forboding, too hurried, too excited, or flat. It seems to lack a sense of timing. The dialog almost seems to run on continuously. Also the sound effects in the original far outshine the generic sound bytes used in this recreation.

    The mercury theatre worked together very well, Orson Wells knew how to tell a radio story, and they had a great sense of timing.

  • Site Is Hacked (Score:3, Interesting)

    by virtigex ( 323685 ) on Saturday November 05, 2005 @11:25AM (#13957519)
    It appears that runs IIS and has been hacked. Try purchasing the CD of the broadcast.
  • Streaming doesn't work well with my connection. And no, why should I have do use capture and rip-to tools when it could have been provided in MP3 to start with?

    We should be demanding clean, uncluttered, format neutral downloads of material that they are offering anyway from every provider.

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