On the night before Halloween 1938, in Newark, New Jersey, more than twenty families in a single block rushed from their homes with wet towels over their faces, fleeing from what they believed was a poison gas raid. Elsewhere in New York traffic became gridlocked amid scenes of genuine terror as people sought to escape imminent attack. Across America phone-lines were overloaded as thousands called the police, newspapers and radio stations, seeking advice on protective measures, with many requiring medical treatment for shock. But what precisely had caused so many normally discriminating U.S. citizens to fear that their world was literally coming to an end? They had fallen victim to a hoax perpetrated by none other than Orson Welles with his radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic 'War Of The Worlds'.Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, "The Day That Panicked America" examines the events surrounding this infamous production, one that seismically altered our expectations of radio and TV drama forever. This special DVD package also contains a bonus CD of Orson Welles' original Mercury Theatre radio production of War Of The Worlds.