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Invasion - The Complete Series [DVD]

William Fichtner , Eddie Cibrian    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan, Tyler Labine
  • Format: Box set, Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 872 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIH69K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Created and produced by Shaun Cassidy (yes, the former teen idol who also produced American Gothic), Invasion starts in a flurry with a devastating hurricane threatening a Florida city and a 21st-century family happens to be in the middle of it. There's park ranger Russell Groves (Eddie Cibrian) and his wife, Larkin (Lisa Sheridan), who's an inquisitive television reporter. Living with them is Larkin's no-account brother, Dave (Tyler Labine), who blogs about conspiracy theories and aliens while between jobs. Also living with them some of the time are Russell's kids, Rose (Ariel Gade) and Jesse (Evan Peters), who also spend time with their mother, doctor Mariel Underlay (Kari Matchett), who has also remarried, to the town's sinister sheriff, Tom (William Fichtner). Tom also has a child from a previous marriage, sexy teen Kira (Alexis Dziena).

Amid the chaos of the hurricane, little Rose is the only one to notice a group of strange lights dropping from the sky into the water, then Mariel disappears only to turn up in a swamp the next morning, seemingly unharmed but now with a strange affinity for water. Not so lucky is Dave, whose investigation of Rose's colored lights leads to the discovery that those lights have a pretty fierce set of teeth. And what does the sheriff have to hide? Parts of Invasion feel like The X-Files or 24, and obviously the central concept isn't new, but it has enough revelations and spooky chills to keep the viewer coming back for more. Unfortunately, even all that wasn't enough to keep Invasion from being canceled after its first season. The problem is that the season--and the series--ends in a whopping cliffhanger, which may never be resolved. So before you invest yourself into a full season of Invasion, be warned. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

The complete first season of the popular sci-fi series. For park ranger Russell Varon (Eddie Cibrian), a divorced father of two who is expecting a third child with his new wife, a devastating hurricane proves to be merely the beginning of a long journey into the unknown. As the tiny town of Homestead, Florida struggles to rebuild itself, Sheriff Tom Underlay (William Fichtner) - who is married to Russell's ex-wife - suspiciously orders the entire area quarantined. Russell starts to investigate the strange goings on and unknowingly begins a fight for the survival of his family, his community, and what might ultimately be the whole human race. Episodes comprise: 'Pilot', 'Lights Out', 'Watershed', 'Alpha Male', 'Unnatrual Selection', 'The Hunt', 'Fish Story', 'The Cradle', 'The Dredge', 'Origin of Species', 'Us Or Them', 'Power', 'Redemption', 'All God's Creatures', 'The Nest', 'The Fittest', 'The Key', 'Re-Evolution', 'The Son Also Rises', 'Run and Gun', 'Round Up' and 'The Last Wave Goodbye'.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled.....whaddya mean cancelled?!?! 5 Dec 2006
I had already ordered Invasion by the time a friend told me they'd seen it and though it was rubbish. Then I heard it had been cancelled and I thought `great....what a waste of's bound to be rubbish if they cancelled it'. Boy am I glad I'd already ordered it as Invasion was fantastic.

The story starts with a hurricane approaching the Everglades. When the hurricane hits strange lights are seen falling into the water. As you'd expect with a hurricane there are lots of missing people the morning after.....but they soon start turning up....naked and near the water.

What I loved about invasion was the fact that although it's a sci-fi show there wasn't any of the clichéd gory aliens coming out of the water and body snatching in the usual sense. The story was done so well that it actually seems plausible. The hybrids didn't exhibit any obviously alien traits and that made it more believable also. The characters in this show were all fantastic. I can't pick one out that was better than the other....they were all just that good.

I have to say I am absolutely astounded that this show as cancelled as it had so many directions that it could have went. And I'm devastated that I'll never know what happened next. ABC get a grip and bring Invasion back!!! It's been a long time since I've seen a decent show on tv and for them to cancel it after just one season is sacrilege!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE INVASION ENDS 26 May 2006
By faith
Invasion is and was the best show on our screens. Unfortunately I've been doing some research and abc, the makers of Invasion, have only made one season with no plans to make a second or even to re-run the first. This is so frustrating as it seems that all the best things end before there time. Invasion is a MUST SEE show. There are loads petitions to help bring back Invasion on the web.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
When I first saw the trailers for this series I was pretty excited - something new it seemed, something long running, and something out of the ordinary. Well, I'm not so sure. Being an X-Files fan for long running conspiracy sagas and a dyed in the wool Sci-Fi geek, Invasion should have offered me everything I wanted. Unfortunately it didn't deliver right away and with the networks being so focussed on instant success in the ratings it didn't get the opportunity to deliver before being cancelled.

The story is basically that of an isolated Florida town being infiltrated and taken over by invading life forms during a major storm. The season develops the theme into a government conspiracy type tale along with last decent man teaming up with reformed bad guy with a conscience to fight the invaders. The season started a little more slowly in terms of the overall plotline than was desired, but the first few episodes were exciting from an action and effects point of view. The central plot is old and has been used before - another reviewer cites "V" which is to a limited extent a fair analogy. Personally I'd say that it has more in common with "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers". That having been said, this implementation of the old story was relatively fresh and interesting.

The performances from the main actors (Will Fichter and Eddie Cibrian) were impressive and I think underrated and undervalued by the network executives. The supporting cast were to an individual believable and consistent - there's nothing worse than a great central character being supported by a bunch of woodentops, but in the case of Invasion there were certainly no problems with that.

I enjoyed the series and was disappointed at its cancellation.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drama, very engaging. 20 July 2006
Production of the show was terminated after this first season. Even so if you like open endings and using your imagination the dvd release will keep you hooked until the end. The invasion centres on a small community in the everglades when in the aftermath of a tropical storm, some of the residents begin to differ from the others. As the series progresses the division between the former close knit community creeps eerily into prejudice and violence, with only a handful of people struggling to keep it all together. One of whom is the prototype invader who has to balance his alliegance between family and alien masterplan. I found that with each episode the intensity,atmosphere and sometimes downright creepiness made Invasion the best show of it's genre that i've ever seen.

The tv networks only pay attention to political involvement,ready cash and the viewing figures (in that order) so this show ceased to be at the swipe of an executives ballpoint. Don't let him make your mind up for you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't that sure first... 14 May 2007
By Sirius
...even though the price is really more than fair, presently. I saw every single episode on TV and was really fascinated by the characters and the interesting storyline that keeps the whole series exciting until the last episode.

Many of previous reviewers already mentioned that the last episode ends with a sudden and unexpected cliff hanger that makes you want to see more. Many even reckoned it to be disappointing to be left this way and that there won't be a second series.

I disagree on that.

Although this surely didn't mean to be the "chosen ending" by the director, it leaves you thinking of what might have happened afterwards instead of telling the viewer everything. Honestly, I even don't really want to know how it would have continued because I'm happy the way it is now.

One also has to look at the whole story which is very well written. The conflict between the two families changes slightly from one episode to another and it always makes you looking forward to how it is going to develop.

Also worth mentioning is that none of the actors is strikingly worse than one of the others. They all play there roles authentically (outstanding performance: Sherrif Tom Underlay, played by William Fichtner), although one may sometimes easily find some stereotyped ideas behind them.

For those who are not sure whether to buy the DVD set or not:

First of all, I do not regret it until now! I eventually purchased it to support "Invasion" on the one hand and on the other, to have one of the best series on DVD I've ever seen.

I realised that I had already forgotten most of the very early scenes and I'm glad to be able to see them again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion DVD
Was unsure if I was able to get the complete series that would play in this country as some are only made for the USA
Published 1 month ago by Carol D Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars series 2 please
Why did Warner Bros pull this series. It was fantastic and am so glad that I managed to get the DVD's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Liston
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
A really good cast of characters that make the entire plot seem entirely plausible. The ending is a cliff hanger and one that won't ever be concluded which is annoying but still... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. P. Gandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Couldn't stop watching it, managed to watch the whole series in a few days. Absolutely brilliant! Would reccomended to everyone
Published 10 months ago by Holly-May Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This is a great watch for anyone really. I watched a few episodes on tv but missed alot so wanted to catch them all because it was good
Published 12 months ago by Emma Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion!!!
Recently saw this over the weekend, and was hooked right from the start...Fantastic all the way through but you need a few hours each day set aside when you first start watching it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lisa Lewis-Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars faulty
i received this boxset and was looking forward to watching it but eavery one of the dvds were covered in some sort of glue or other sticky substance. Read more
Published 16 months ago by pcc1
5.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi series
I loved the Invasion series. If you are a lover of sci-fi desaster series this is one to see. Great story plot. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Monkeymom
1.0 out of 5 stars Would u watch part of a movie?
As has been mentioned by others, this series didn't make it to a second, so its like watching half a movie. Read more
Published 23 months ago by I. Vincent
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I certainly enjoyed thie series, but when it come to buying tv series DVDs, a 'Complete series' does not necessarily mean that the story is complete. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by ed
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