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Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray SteelBook]

Donald Sutherland , Brooke Adams , Philip Kaufman    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright
  • Directors: Philip Kaufman
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EZ7K52C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In San Francisco everyone can hear Veronica (Alien) Cartwright scream. In the ultimate urban nightmare, to sleep is to die, to be replaced by a soulless alien duplicate. Less a remake of the 1956 classic of the same name, more a fresh vision of Jack Finney's source novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the archetypal story of humans supplanted by unemotional "vegetable pods". A masterstroke is the introduction of SF icon Leonard Nimoy as a very West Coast relationships guru determined to explain everything in terms of urban psychological alienation, and the story does prove more unsettling on the big city's forbidding streets. This is very much an ensemble movie, with outstanding performances from Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, and what proved to be the first of several key genre roles for Jeff (The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day) Goldblum. With minimal effects and very little gore, but filled with unnerving camera angles and a underpinned by a chillingly effective score, the film is relentlessly suspenseful, culminating in a sequence of terrifying set-pieces and a truly spine-tingling finale. More resonant with each passing year, the story was reworked in 1993 as Body Snatchers.

On the DVD: While the print is more than acceptable there is a loss of detail and some shimmering artefacts in the very dark scenes. The disc is not anamorphically enhanced, which really should be a standard DVD feature. Still, the picture is considerably ahead of VHS and the stereo sound is highly unsettling. An eight-page booklet gives an intelligent overview of all three Body Snatchers movies, and director Phil Kaufman's commentary is packed with information. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers [SteelBook]

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior and under-rated sci-fi chiller 11 July 2000
Format:DVD
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (IOTBS) is a well-paced and highly creepy sci-fi thriller which has not really aged since it's initial release back in 1978.
This was perhaps not the best year to release a movie entitled 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. Star Wars was still filling the cinemas a year after its release, and the big-budget remake of Superman was released at around the same time, while IOTBS was initially perceived as another shaky 1950's remake.
However, IOTBS is a genunely edgy, frightening film that has been critically under-rated for many years. The lead performances from Sutherland, Adams, Goldblum, Cartwright and Nimoy are excellent, and we have genuine sympathy for each of the characters involved as the unseen, parasitical alien forces close-in on them one by one. You will not 'sleep' easily after seeing this, so to speak.
Director Kaufmann accurately portrays an unsettling undercurrent of 1970's urban paranoia in the setting of San Francisco, and almost parodies the needless psychotherapy undertaken by millions of American's during this period, in a country not completely at ease with itself in the first place.
There is little in way of gore, although what shocks do occur are effectively dealt with,with creepy camera angles which shows a weak society slowly and unconsciously surrendering to superior extraterrestrial forces, which manifest themselves in an unlikely yet frighteningly realistic manner. The depressing, final scene with Veronica Cartwright and Donald Sutherland is one of the most haunting endings of all time. Overall, this comes highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior and chilling remake 24 Jan 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the few remakes that genuinely both compliments and adds to its predecessor - indeed, it's as much of a sequel to the 1956 classic as it is an updating (original star Kevin McCarthy actually crashes into the film to briefly reprise his role while director Don Siegel cameos as a suspicious cab driver). It's smart and entertaining with both a stylistic edge and the substance underneath to back it up. It's all the more impressive for its strong sense of time and place, imposing unnatural events onto an already alienated city environment that is completely credible. Updated to the 70s and the Me Generation and its attendant anxieties, it both plays on post-Watergate paranoia and the growing feeling of alienation paralysing people and their emotions long before any real aliens appeared, something the move from small town America to the big city only emphasises. It's a place where Leonard Nimoy's psychiatrist can rationalise people's fears that their friends and family aren't themselves until it's too late, where people's everyday distrust is so natural that even they think they're being paranoid. Only, of course, it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you...

It's a surprisingly mature and complex film, the emotional pitch and relationships rising at the same time the characters need to hide them the most.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting classic 13 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Philip Kaufman's remake of the 1956 drive-in movie chiller has the distinction of containing one of the five most shocking endings of any movie I've seen. But the film leading up to that ending is a ripper as well. Without computer-driven special effects or elaborate set-pieces, Kaufman shows what a worthy film-maker he is. He deftly builds tension and ... well, creepiness ... and sustains it with ease. He has cleverly refocussed the alarm and creeping dread of the story, from the anti-communist paranoia of the original Cold War version and onto the disquiet and dispiritedness spawned by engulfing corporations and bland globalisation. And while he's done that, he's also drawn splendid performances from a strong cast, including Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams and an amusingly-gawky Jeff Goldblum. Not forgetting, of course, the snivel-queen of the 70s, Veronica Cartwright, who cries and screams more effectively than any other actress I can think of. Phil Kaufman's version of "Body Snatchers" is the one to go for: taut, chilly and affecting. I heartily recommend this disc.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most frightening films ever made 14 Nov 2007
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I recently saw the re-make of this film starring Nicole Kidman, which was not as bad as reviewers would have you believe, but in comparison to this masterpeice of horror, starring Donald Sutherland, really is trash.

The paranoia and suspension in the film are captured particularly well. The horror is created, not by gore and sharp shocks, but by the constant atmosphere of things going wrong and the sense of impending doom. Donald Sutherland acts particularly well and you feel his struggle to escape to the bitter end.

The final scene is probably one of the finest ever captured by film, but be warned, it will not make you feel good.

Absolutely wonderful. A cinematic masterpiece
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4.0 out of 5 stars blu ray steelbook review
Great movie, nice steelbook with a slightly disappointing HD transfer!
The problem is not so much in the level of graining so much as the unevenness of it (dark scenes suffer... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Lupson
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SCI/FI VERSION
THIS WAS REALY CHEAP AND A 70/sVERSION OF THE CLASSIC "INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS"GOT GOOD CAST ETC.VERY GOOD CONDITION AND VERY GOOD VALUE .THANKS
Published 3 months ago by markus
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray review
The quality of this blu-ray doesn't come close to films like 'Help' or the early James Bond films and in fact for the most part it barely matches the quality of some modern DVDs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Weslake-Monza
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic remake worthy of the original
Lovely reproduction of the original poster - as per usual Arrow really cram in a much as possible on the bonus features - quality produced booklet and really does seem as though... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Spacecadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb creepy paranoia thriller with atmosphere to spare
Donald Sutherland owns the screen in this electrifying conspiracy thriller with sci fi edge. All the actors are at the top of their games here.
Published 5 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent blu-ray transfer of an accomplished sci-fi movie.
Arrow Video's transfer, Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers comes complete with many fascinating extras and an informative booklet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Invasion!
Watched way back on video rental back in 1979/80. Great sci-fi thriller! Holds it's own place very well amongst other films.
Published 5 months ago by CoolPaul
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever
This movie is definately one of the best movies ever made. Normally remakes are poor but this I personally think is better than the 1956 original because it has such a dark, moody... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. R. W. Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful transfer
One of the best remakes from the old 50's movie vault. The acting from all members of the cast is top tier. This DVD transfer is a five out of five.
Published 6 months ago by Valerie A. Roux
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Often seen on telly and had sudden urge to own the DVD.

Great plot, acting, and brilliant ending! A must see for all chiller fans!
Published 6 months ago by Sarah
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