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(Courtesy photo) Orson Welles explains the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast at a press conference on Oct. 31, 1938.
DVD review: The crazy case of ‘War of the Worlds’
First Published Oct 26 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Oct 26 2013 01:01 am

Grade • B

DVD • PBS’ "American Experience" does a good job of recalling the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast that aired 75 years ago, which surely ranks as one of the strangest media events in our history.

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It’s almost unfathomable that anyone, let alone thousands of people, could have listened to Orson Welles’ radio play adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel and actually believed that Martians had invaded.

This hourlong documentary (which will be released Tuesday, the same day it airs on PBS/Ch. 7 at 8 p.m.) puts the whole thing in historical context, although the dramatizations of the people who wrote some of the thousands of letters sent to Welles are sort of silly.

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