This question was originally posted in Movies Stackexchange, but no one was able to successfully identify the movie/show there so I thought I'd try it here.
I remember watching a small part of a show (movie or TV show I don't know) a long time ago. It's possibly from the 80's or 90's. In the scene I saw, some military people came across what looked like a small periscope (maybe a foot or two tall?) with a blue end embedded in the ground, spinning around.
Later, this periscope must've come out of the ground, because two alien spaceships that had this periscope on it were attacking the military people. The spaceships were somewhat saucer-like. They had more "traditional" red weapons that when fired would explode things, and then the blue periscope would also fire and anything it hit would freeze and then disappear over the course of a few seconds.
What is this movie/show?
I've included a picture of the spaceships as best as I can remember them (front and side view), seen below. The spaceships were gray except for the red weapons on the side and the blue weapon mounted on the periscope-looking thing.
Edit: It appears I misremembered the exact height of the periscope and the colors of the weapons. Either that, or there is another film very similar to the 1953 War of the Worlds out there that remains unidentified :).