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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers [DVD] 
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An update of Don Siegel's 1956 horror classic, set in the paranoid 1970s. Alien spores land on Earth and slowly start taking over the people of America when they are asleep. The plants take over the bodies and souls of their victims so that no-one can tell who has been corrupted and who has not. Donald Sutherland takes on the role played originally by Kevin McCarthy, who appears in a cameo.
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. DalkinSee all Product Description
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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.
It is tense, edge of the seat, portays the sort of paranoia that has can seem to be there, just under the surface at times of terrorist threat or similar, and it also captures the feeling of isolation.
Extremely good, very unsettling and a real surprise ending. Recommended.
The movie has always been one of my fav movies, it is for me 1 of the best remakes ever made that is way way better than the original, it creepy, stylish and just great :D
The Blu-ray is packed with tons of extras so fans will love this inc a thick booklet in the case.
The sound is fabulous, this is down to this movie having some of the best uses of music, scores and sound effects ive heard specially for a movie form the 70s.
NOW the picture quality I will now say I pretty great for a movie from the 70s, arrow have done a great job
I will say PEOPLE CHECK YOUR TV SETTINGS
im saying this because for some time ive bought blu-rays from newer movies to old movies and a lot have had tons and tons of grain, this movie when I put it in my player was filled with grain it looked like someone had tipped white bits over my tv screen, I was about to stick to my old dvd copy the grain was that bad BUT I checked mt tv settings and I set it all to default then in the MODE section it was automatically set to DYNAMIC so I flicked through and I kept it on NATURAL mode and BANG 90% of the grain was gone
I couldn't believe the big difference just because of 1 setting on my LED tv, I will say its 90% better and 90% of the grain has gone and everything looks great and sharp, the 10% of grain that's left is simply because its a old movie
I checked my other blu-rays and they are all grain free now :D
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
the plot is the same as the 1958 version only difference is filmed in 1978 San francisco
plus you have Donald sutherland in the Lead role along with Brooke Adams
the 1978 version is more of a Psychological thriller brilliantly directed by Phillip kaufmann
but some of the scenes do seem to Drag a little
meaning the excitement does not start until maybe 60mins into the film
so the 1st hour builds up alot of suspense, still hell of a Good thriller anyway
Arrow films have released their blu-ray version
with the exact same HD transfer as the U.S. MGM blu-ray version which has both 2.0 stereo mix & 5.1 master audio mix options
the picture quality in 1:85:1 ratio is very sharp & clear, like i said the same transfer as the MGM blu-ray
Arrow films have carried over all the special features from the MGM blu-ray, but have also added new extras aswell
the extras carried over from the MGM blu-ray
RE-VISITORS FROM OUTER SPACE-retrospective featurette with Phillip kaufmann, Donald sutherland & Veronica cartwright
Brooke Adams & Jeff Goldblum, & Leornard nimoy are not interviewed for some reason
THE MEN BEHIND THE SCREAM, interview with sound effects man Ben Burtt
THE INVASION WILL BE TELEVISED, interview with Cinematographer Mark chapman
PRACTICAL EFFECTS- THE SPECIAL EFFECT POD,a featurette about the special effects in the film, the Pods mainly
plus AUDIO COMMENTARY by Phillip kaufmann from the DVD release, for some reason this commentary track
was not carried over to the U.S. blu-ray version so it's on this U.K.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Invasion of the bodysnatchers is suspenseful, chilling and unsettling, its also open to interpretation as to what the changes in people really mean. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sam the eagle
This filn is compulsive viewing.
Keeps you on edge of your seat.I first saw it at cinema in 1979 and had to watch it again.
I've seen this sci-fi/horror film (a superior remake of the 1956 effort) quite a few times on TV, but when it was given the HD treatment for this recent Blu-ray issue AND I could... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. Laurence Williams