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Invaders

Roy Thinnes , J D Cannon    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Roy Thinnes, J D Cannon, William Woodson, Kent Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 835 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RHOJDU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,907 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"If they’re really after you, you’re not paranoid" is a lesson The Invaders' David Vincent has learned all too well. Vincent (portrayed by Roy Thinnes) knows that aliens from a dying planet have come to Earth and are planning to take over; having lost his way and fallen asleep in his car in the remote woods one night, he saw their flying saucer land. What’s worse, the invaders know he knows. And worst of all, the rest of the world is willfully oblivious, and little interested in the rantings of this madman. That's the premise of this series from producer Quinn (The Fugitive) Martin, and even if the 16 episodes from the show’s first season (1967) don’t always match the promise of the concept, this is still an intriguing, entertaining ride. The aliens, crafty critters that they are, look exactly like us, save for a slight disfigurement of one finger; they also completely disintegrate when killed, a convenient little conceit that prevents anyone from figuring out who or what they really are. Their dastardly schemes for eliminating the Earthlings are many and varied, ranging from nuclear bombs, plagues of locusts (and carnivorous butterflies!), and manufactured hurricanes to brainwashing and mind control experiments.

Standing against this implacable foe is just one man--an amateur (Vincent was an architect before all the craziness began) who works alone (the other true believers he encounters almost invariably end up dead) and is often stymied by his own impetuousness and lack of preparation. Admittedly, the concept doesn’t hold up under close scrutiny; even if the aliens are trying to take over by stealth instead of one massive invasion, it doesn’t make a lot of sense that they can’t eliminate a guy who doesn’t even own a gun. There is no series arc; each episode is stand-alone, so by the end of the season the invaders still have barely established a foothold. Moreover, while there are plenty of fistfights and chase sequences, the special effects are ludicrous, the alien technology looks like something out of a high school play, the stories are obvious, and the acting is melodramatic (notwithstanding guest appearances by the Jack Warden and familiar TV faces like Suzanne Pleshette, Arthur Hill, Joseph Campanella, Jack Lord, Ed Asner, and many others). Nevertheless, with the help of Dominic Frontiere’s music and the portentous narration that begins and ends each episode, The Invaders manages to consistently maintain its paranoid, Kafka-esque vibe, and that alone makes it compellingly watchable. --Sam Graham

Product Description

The complete first season of the cult TV series in which David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) discovers something that will change his life forever - the aliens have landed and it is up to him to convince the right people that their plan is to destroy mankind. Episodes comprise: 'Beachhead', 'The Experiment', 'The Mutation', 'The Leeches', 'Genesis', 'Vikor', 'Nightmare', 'Doomsday Minus One', 'Quantity: Unknown', 'The Innocents', 'The Ivy Curtain', 'The Betrayed', 'Storm', 'Panic', 'Moonshot', 'Wall of Crystal' and 'The Condemned'.


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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "How does a nightmare begin?" 6 Oct 2007
By TK-1308 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
At last, one of the most iconic sci-fi series of the 60's has finally made it to DVD. When most people think about 60's sci-fi they think Star Trek or any of the myriad Irwin Allen shows, but the most overlooked and unquestionably one of the best was The Invaders.
Produced by Quinn Martin, The Invaders was on at a time when America's relationship with the USSR was paranoid and fearful. The show is full of the 'Reds under the bed' fear and in this case the show has simply used aliens in the social context.
The series centres around David Vincent, excellently played by Roy Thinnes, who gets lost one night while driving home from a conference and stops to sleep. At a closed, deserted diner he witnesses the landing of an alien ship.
Met with skepticism and ridicule, Vincent has a hard time to convince a disbelieving world that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form and that they are among us.
The show has all the hallmarks of a great sci-fi. The aliens are intriguing and subtle in their takeover plans as they try to establish a beachhead on Earth. Most people will remember their strange bodies with a mutated fourth finger, no pulse, they don't bleed and that they disintigrate in a red glow when they die - taking all the evidence with them!
This box set covers all 17 episodes from season 1 from Beachhead through to The Condemned. You feel for Vincent's plight as he tries to do battle with a vastly superior force who can remove all evidence of their appearance within seconds. The stories are well paced and keep the viewer interested, making you guess what the aliens will try next and whether Vincent will make allies in his fight.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Fans of classic TV had been pleading for this show to be issued for many years and now it's finally here, has it been worth the wait?

Quite simply, YES!

Let's get the most obvious negatives poinst out of the way first as, although they need to be discussed, they are not of any degree of significance to turn potential buyers away...

The packaging artwork is of a good standard but although the man in the foreground has the face of Roy Thinnes (if you look very closely!), he is inexplicably wearing a wig!?! The other imagery bears little relation to The Invaders. In all a strange design and rather too obviously "Photoshopped".

Given that Roy Thinnes still supports the series (he is actively promoting the French releases), it is disappointing and surprising that the set contains no interview or commentaries with him. Perhaps Universal might consider this when they come to do the second season?

OK, let's move on to the good news...

British people tend to deride American television as glossy but vacant - and this is arguably true of much that emerged from the US in the 1980s. But the 1960s and 70s was an era when television scripts were imbued with grit and intelligence. The Invaders was undeniably one of the shows that brought quality to the then-burgeoning genre of TV science-fiction.

Counter to the Adonis-like actors that normally head up modern American fantasy, Roy Thinnes was deliberately cast to be the "average man in the street"... the producers were saying "This could happen to anyone". Although each episode has its share of punch-ups - and he acquits himself well in the action stakes - there are no James T Kirk heroics here.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orignal 1960's "The Invaders" TV Series Finally 29 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
Yes, this is definitely the orginal TV series that aired in the 60's. This is a fantastic show, great actors, music and special effects. The video and audio quality are excellent. Unfortunately there are not any special features, perhaps they will have some on the second season volume. I would like at least a interview with Roy Thinnes and some behind the scenes photos, etc. If you are a fan of this series buy this set, you will not be dissapointed. Frank
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes...the classic show 17 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
Well, to be honest, the first 17 episodes of series one. I have just taken delivery today (17th September), and can confirm that this is indeed from the original 60's show produced by the legendary Quinn Martin. There are five discs, and the total running time is 835 minutes, NOT the 169 minutes stated by Amazon.co.uk. Picture and sound quality seem fairly good. If you liked the series, you will not find too much to dislike about this release. I would suggest however, Amazon clarifies their own review, which is confusing to say the least.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By S. Page
Format:DVD
This brings back memories of watching this series with my dad when it was aired back on BBC2 probably sometime in the 80's.

Originally made around 1967 from the creator of The Streets of San Francisco, it is truly amazing how high quality this DVD set is. Sure there are some scenes where the film has been marked, but not badly, probably in production rather than later. However the vast majority is flawless and stunning in its colour reproduction quality. I have been amazed at the beautiful outdoor scenes and even studio sets, could have been made yesterday far les 40 years ago, just has not aged.

As for the content, this is not your average Sci-Fi program, all about tech and warp drives, this is all about the main character and his fight to be believed in a world that is hostile to his words of alien invasion.

This is more thriller than pure sci-fi and that is what makes this so unmissable, if you havent seen this your doing yourself a great disservice, get this now. If you have seen this, your a fan, I can almost guarantee it, that is how groundbreaking this series was and still is.

The stories draw you in, they are action packed and exciting and the human story, the sympathy for David Vincents plight will have you hooked.

There are only two words needed in this review. Get it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... 47 yrs old the dvds are of a very good quality due pherhaps to a...
even if the master tape is 47 yrs old the dvds are of a very good quality due pherhaps to a remastering work.
the audio part is not as good.All considered it's Worth to buy
Published 13 days ago by VITTORIO PUCCI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for wife she loves it
Published 1 month ago by tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Caught snippets of this when i was a youngster and was frequently told to go to bed (as it was on late) as I wasn't old enough. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Vordster
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaders.
Roy Thinnes as David Vincent a man with a mission to rid our World of Aliens. that have taken human form. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invaders
Excellent really enjoyed it. It took us back to watching it thirty odd years ago. Special effects excellent saying it was filmed in the 1960's
Published 9 months ago by P. M. Mcqueeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT ITEM. CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH IT.
Published 14 months ago by MR ANDREW PEPPITT
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally we got the etire first season
Theese sequels habe never been shown again in german TV. Only 50% of all episodes were ever broadcasted on the continent.
Published 17 months ago by Helmut Maier
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invaders -1960's American Scifi series
Good stories. Roy Thinnes very believable as David Vincent, an architect by profession who stumbles on plans of Aliens on this Earth, disguised as humans--their aim to conquer. Read more
Published 18 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars invaders Ist series
Seems a long time since watching this on tv,but I was not disappointed to watch it again found quality of dvd excellent enjoyed it very much,would recommend it.
Published on 27 July 2012 by jaguar
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia from the 60-ies
I was 10-12 years old when the Invaders starring Roy Thinnes was on Belgian TV in Black & White. I now acquired both seasons on DVD and saw it in colour which was really nice. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by Rudy Deblieck
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