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Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright
  • Directors: Philip Kaufman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EZ6G4NC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,402 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When health official Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) notices that her lover has become strangely distant, this sets in train a series of shocking discoveries that sees both her and colleague Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) fleeing for their lives to the sound of ear-piercing alien screams.

Remakes of great films are usually on a hiding to nothing, but Philip Kaufman s brilliant update of the 1956 classic is a rare and memorable exception. Transposing the action to the heart of San Francisco allows Kaufman to retain all the suspense of Jack Finney s original story while adding caustic social commentary about the selfishness of the 1970s me generation that remains all too relevant today.

But it s a paranoid thriller first and foremost, based on one of the most psychologically terrifying of all premises what happens when you can no longer trust not just the authorities but even your nearest and dearest?

Special Features:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film
  • Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio / 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Philip Kaufman
  • Pod Discussion: A new panel conversation about Invasion of the Body Snatchers and invasion cinema featuring critic Kim Newman and filmmakers Ben Wheatley and Norman J. Warren
  • Dissecting the Pod: A new interview with Kaufman biographer Annette Insdorf
  • Pod Novel: A new interview with Jack Seabrook, author of Stealing through Time: On the Writings of Jack Finney about Finney s original novel The Body Snatchers
  • Re-Visitors from Outer Space: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pod a documentary on the making of the film featuring Philip Kaufman, Donald Sutherland, writer W.D. Richter and more
  • The Man Behind the Scream: The Sound Effects Pod a look at the film s pioneering sound effects
  • The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod cinematographer Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) discusses the look of and influences on the visual style of the film
  • Practical Magic: The Special Effect Pod A look at the creation of the special effects from the opening space sequence
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns, as well as re-prints of classic articles including contemporary interviews with Philip Kaufman and W.D. Richter, illustrated with original archive stills and posters


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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "chrishyams" on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Arrow Video's transfer, Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers comes complete with many fascinating extras and an informative booklet. As the film was transferred from a 35mm interpositive and original 35mm 2-track stereo printmaster mag the end result is highly satisfactory.

The audio is fine for a film of this period and the depth, contrast, colour, contrast, sharpness and clarity of the video image are all good. Even if some noise is apparent during darker sequences and there are a few very minor examples of sparkle and print damage, these do not detract in any way from the viewing experience of this accomplished and still chilling horror film which is both well acted and directed. Be aware that this is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review focuses on the Arrow Uk Blu Ray edition (November 2013).

Most serious SF/Horror fans and critics agree that this, the second adaptation of Jack Finney's novel 'The Body Snatchers', is an essential addition to any good genre library and of significant interest to devotees of mainstream cinema also. Consequently, I'm not going to detail the plot here, but simply say that while the original Don Siegel version is the closest to the source novel, this 1978 re-imagining is every bit as strong as its rightly celebrated predecessor.

As most Bluray buyers are aware, Arrow are very inconsistent performers when it comes to creating fine hidef versions of important Horror and SF films. This is a shame, as they undoubtedly mean well and seem to have acquired the rights to most important genre films between 1975 and 1990 in the UK. Of course, the source materials are important, but when you see an excellent transfer of a film like 'Zombie Flesh Eaters' (aka 'Zombi 2') which had previously always looked terrible suddenly transformed into virtually a different movie that makes you gogle at the quality of the film-making displayed, you begin to wonder. So after being very pleased with the Arrow Fulci film I've mentioned, I was somewhat disappointed with their transfer of 'Day of the Dead' and massively upset by the terrible job they did of 'Tenebrae' (though I'm told that the forthcoming upgraded steelbook edition due in late 2913 exclusively from Zavvi initially is a massive improvement). It had better be....though to be fair, the Arrow BD of 'Inferno' is absolutely fine.

On to 'Invasion'. Overall, this movie is quite dark, so very often it doesn't feel as if one is watching a BD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 2001
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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