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Invasion [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Nicole Kidman , Daniel Craig , James McTeigue , Oliver Hirschbiegel    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright
  • Directors: James McTeigue, Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Writers: David Kajganich, Jack Finney
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, David Gambino, Doug Davison, Jessica Alan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPUN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,379 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Invasion deserves a second chance on DVD. This ambitious sci-fi thriller represents a flawed yet worthy attempt to bring contemporary vitality to Jack Finney's classic science fiction novel, previously filmed as Don Siegel's 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Philip Kaufman's suspenseful 1978 remake, and Abel Ferrara's highly underrated Body Snatchers from 1994. And while those earlier films are superior in many respects, The Invasion is not without strengths of its own, particularly for those who prefer action and suspense. Unfortunately these strengths were compromised by the unpredictable misfortunes of production: Original director Oliver Hirschbiegel (hired on the strength of Downfall) was eventually replaced by James McTiegue (V for Vendetta), and the Wachowski Brothers (of Matrix trilogy fame) added high-octane action sequences to the original screenplay by David Kajganich. Perhaps the movie had a curse on it (star Nicole Kidman was almost seriously injured in a stunt-car mishap during last-minute re-shoots), but it's really just a matter of disparate ingredients that don't always fit together, resulting in a slick-looking film that can't decide if it's a sci-fi mystery, action thriller, or political allegory. It tries too hard to be all things at once.
Despite this, Kidman rises to the occasion with a solid performance as Carol, a Washington, D.C. psychiatrist who's convinced (with the help of costars Daniel Craig and Jeffrey Wright) that a flu-like virus is spreading throughout the population, its alien spores turning victims into soulless "pod people"... only in this case without the pods. The idea is that you'll be fine if you don't fall asleep, and especially if you don't let anyone sneeze or vomit on you. (There's a lot of vomiting; don't say you weren't warned.) With a crashing space shuttle to deliver the alien threat, cute tyke Jackson Bond as Carol's threatened son, and a nod to Kaufman's film with a small role for Veronica Cartwright, The Invasion will surely fare better on DVD than it did in theaters. If nothing else, it proves the timeless relevance of Finney's original premise, which continues to inspire a multitude of variations. --Jeff Shannon

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dont fall asleep 28 Feb 2008
By stephen
I couldnt make up my mind whether i was watching this film because the beautiful and talented N. Kidman was in it or because i thought it was a decent thriller. I preferred 1978 bodysnatchers with Donald Sutherland, but thats not to say this movie is bad just a little rushed in places.

Yes, their is a lot of irony in that the alien virus which renders all emotion obsolete is also seen as a good thing. No more war, people working together for the common good as a single entity. It raises some questions about the human being good and bad. But a world without people properly expressing themselves is a very dull one indeed. The ending is also slightly disappointing in that the 1978 version was darker and overall more depressing. Attempting to explain the appearance of the alien spores and how they work, also the possibility of a vaccine is all sandwiched in between Kidman running away from infected people. Scriptwriters obviously found they had a lot to squeeze into 90+ mins and found it a struggle.

Its a shame because the movie ratchets up the tension pretty well to keep the viewer engrossed, and the performances are solid. Kidman and Craig work well together, and every scene with Kidman on the run is when the movie works best. Kidman really is a good actress and can make you feel the desperation she is going through, but without her the movie would have been flat. But for gods sake its time hollywood started to come up with original ideas, endless remakes and remakes of remakes are proving tiresome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Invasion, Blu-Ray 3 Nov 2009
`Invasion' is a modern take on `Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and sadly for me ended up being a huge disappointment. This is all the more so because I was on the edge of my seat and filled with the right amounts of tension the whole way through, only to be left aghast at the weak and `cop-out' ending that fizzled out without any impact. Following Nicole Kidman (who acts remarkably well in this film) and her family as they deal with the impact of an alien invasion that leaves the populations as hosts to the alien parasites, this film has excellent apocalyptic themes. You are nervous whenever she encounters an afflicted person and flinch every time she nearly gets infected and this never lets up for the duration. The story is well written and you are gripped the whole way through and then the end arrives and you are left angry and disappointed wondering what happened. At 90 minutes this isn't that long and they could have easily added an extra 15 minutes to tie things up more neatly. The effects are pretty good, everyone acts well and the direction is good as well. Overall this would get 4/5 stars for the first 80 minutes and then 1/2 for the last 10 minutes. Such a shame, but worth a look never the less.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Invasion is a classic example of what happens when interesting ideas go bad because the studio gets a severe case of buyer's remorse in post-production. Originally intended as a `cerebral' updating of Invasion of the Body Snatchers for a post-9/11 world, Oliver Hirschbiegel's film was actually shot before Daniel Craig was cast as Bond (he got the call on the set, which must have pissed off Jeremy Northam, who for years reportedly thought he had the part in the bag), which should tell you how long it was on the shelf while Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver tried to work out how to turn it into something more obviously commercial after poor test screenings. Their solution was to bring in the Wachowskis and James McTeigue to turn it into an action movie, hence the CGI `infection effects,' the absurd chase at the end and, presumably, Jeffrey Wright's I-really-don't-want-to-be-here-and-can't-be-bothered-to-pretend-any-different final speech explaining it all away in a scene that practically screams `shot under protest.' They probably shouldn't have bothered: with the final cost ending up somewhere around the $80m mark they probably spent more on the reshoots than the film took worldwide.

Some nice ideas do still survive. Rather than pod people, the alien threat is to an intelligent virus reprogramming people's DNA, with the government spreading it via flu jabs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. 9 Mar 2008
I suprisingly enjoyed this; i usually hate zombie "i am legend" type films, they prey on my mind too much, but this was fine. I thought the acting was superb, Jackson Bond is the best little actor i've seen in a movie aside from Dakota Fanning of course. Nicole Kidman once again portrayed her character perfectly and Daniel Craig; well 007 can't faulter really! Overall it's an easy watch, even though the ending got on my nerves a bit because it seemed to leave too many loose ends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 'The' Invasion? 8 Mar 2008
3rd remake of the original 1956 thriller Invasion of the BodySnatchers!
This is a slick looking movie, though an inconsistant story.
A poor script (In places) doesn't help! But Kidman gives a good central performance if a little on the cool side.
One has to ask; Why remake this then?
With only a novel new 'Take-over' sequence and a slightly more focused look at the aliens being more benign towards each other, than humans are to each other. There is just not enough here to recommend this version over ANY of the others!
Not a terrible film by any means, it just seems too ordinary for it's own good! A VERY AVERAGE MOVIE.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Truly not a total space turkey
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Published 29 days ago by a.diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as bad as reported sci fi thriller with a regrettable...
Before, or during, he was Bond, Daniel Craig here supports a hysterical Nicole Kidman who is, as always, luminous even under extreme duress as she is here. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-make
I'm not usually a fan of re-makes, mostly preferring the original movie to anything that comes after. However this is the exception. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Seymoure
2.0 out of 5 stars Our world is a better world
I'm amazed it took Hollywood as long as it did to churn out yet another adaptation of Jack Finney's classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Craig
If it wasn't for Daniel Craig this film would be quite unwatchable. Boring and predictable. Typical American run of the mill film.
Published 8 months ago by Dee-Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Craig - But not as we know him
I like the genre of alien and invasion genre films and I do like Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

Nicole plays a fairly good role and her acting ability is shown. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. J. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this dvd was a gift for my daughter and she was very happy with it i will tell friends and family about this seller.
Published 12 months ago by margaret
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 12 months ago by Loll
4.0 out of 5 stars Good remake
Worth watching,Kidman does a very good job overall apart from a few feeble scenes,very good plot which we all knew anyway,slight twist at the end although this could have been... Read more
Published 14 months ago by MR GRAHAM A RACEY
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