This review is for "The War of the Worlds" (1953) 200' black & white/silent/subtitled reel distributed by Ken Films. The feature film was originally released in color and is considered a classic in the science fiction genre by many. This was a title that I set out early to find for my collection last year. I'm sure that many of you seasoned collectors own it as well. The reel begins with the titles 'WORLD WAR I', then actual war footage is shown to the audience. The same goes for the next set of titles, 'WORLD WAR II'. After those clips are shown, the title of the film comes onscreen. After the opening credits, the movie then begins with a bright light seen coming down out of the sky near a city and disappearing off into the distance. Shortly after it is discovered that the Earth has been invaded by aliens from outer space. The U.S. army is called in to deal with the invasion. Three ships are seen hovering over the battlefield, as a minister walks towards them in an attempt to make peaceful contact. As he nears the ships, a deadly beam comes from the ship and kills the minister off screen as his daughter witnesses it. The army then fires at the ships with every piece of battle equipment on hand to no avail, as there is now a force field around them. We see a lengthy battle scene between the army and the invaders. Everything hit with the death rays coming from the ships is literally vaporized, leaving some ash on the ground. The army retreats and we see a formation of war planes overhead. We cut to a slew of newspaper headlines reporting the invasion, followed by scenes of the spaceships slowly moving through a city. Still shooting the deadly rays at anything, the city is being set ablaze and destroyed. There is a scene of people taking safety within a church that falls in around them. A scene of a water tower being demolished is shown, as well as a skyscraper. The titles onscreen state "No weapon can stop them". The ships begin to slow down and fall out of the sky, crashing into buildings and such. A door at the bottom of one of the ships slowly opens and we see only an alien arm and hand moving slowly, indicating that the being is slowly dying. The next set of titles read "but human bacteria did", giving us revelation that the invaders could not survive in our environment. We see a shot of the remains of the Eiffel Tower, then see the final shot of another city at sunup. The last scene is our assurance that the war is over. This reel was nicely edited and contained great scenes from the film, especially the powerful visual shot of the door opening at the bottom of the ship, revealing just a glimpse of the alien life at war with the world. The subtitles were minimal and effective. They were easy to read, which is not always the case with subtitles I've encountered with Ken Films. My copy was purchased at the final selling price of U.S. $12.99 (I had a little bidding competition). I had to splice the film at an early point in the reel, but I can not detect where it is during projection. It's a keeper in my collection.