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Lifeforce [1985] [DVD]

Steve Railsback , Mathilda May , Tobe Hooper    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Patrick Stewart
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Colin Wilson, Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby, Michael Armstrong, Olaf Pooley
  • Producers: Menahem Golan, Michael J. Kagan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YVW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce, the follow-up to his most popular hit Poltergeist, is a film that must be seen to be believed. That's not really a compliment, though, since Lifeforce isn't much of a movie when all the sound and fury is over. But you've got to admit there's something crazily admirable about a picture that starts out as a science fiction mission to Halley's comet, turns into an alien-invasion thriller featuring a beautiful naked woman (Mathilda May) who's a vampire from space and escalates into an end-of-the-world disaster flick.

Armed with a big budget and a special effects crew led by Star Wars pioneer John Dykstra, Hooper and Alien cowriter Dan O'Bannon have whipped up a concoction that's got everything anyone could ask of a horror movie--from zombies running amok in London to rotting corpses and energy bolts that signal the apocalypse to come. Keeping it all together is Steve Railsback as the Halley-mission survivor who holds the key to mankind's salvation--but what fun is saving the world when you could be seduced by a sexy naked space vampire? Check out Lifeforce to see how it all turns out. --Jeff Shannon

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A joint Anglo-American mission headed by Commander Tom Carlsen (Steve Railsback) explores an alien spacehip discovered inside Haley's Comet and finds a trio of naked slumbering humanoid aliens. When they wake up, the aliens make quick work of Carlsen's team, sucking the lifeforce from their unsuspecting bodies, and are soon charting the course back to Earth ready to take on the general population. Carlsen does his best to stop the invasion, but in no time at all London is placed at the wandering mercy of beautiful naked vampire space lady (Mathilda May) who has no moral compunction about either mass slaughter or her own state of constant undress.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Review 19 Oct 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Lifeforce has always divided it's audience since it's release. Indeed anyone trying to create a film of Colin Wilson's "philosophical" novel "The Space Vampires" was going to be in for a tough time - let alone Tobe Hooper whose reputation was built on schlock horror. That said, the film certainly has its followers and if you are one of them this new blu ray will delight you. If you are not - well - however good the transfer, this rather dated tale of "sexy" "vampires" on the loose in London won't appeal!

So what I'm reviewing is the quality of the blu ray on offer, here is my take on the technical spec. of the new disc.

Arrow offers a fine AVC encoded 1080p transfer in an expansive 2.35:1. format in which Hooper oversaw both the restoration and transfer. The results far exceed the old SD version and is even an improvement on the Shout (Scream Factory) US release as it puts both versions ( ie the Theatrical and International versions) on their own separate disc and have cleaned up the prints even more thoroughly than the impressive American edition.

The colour, definition and contrast are all massively improved from the old DVD, particularly in the final part of the film which is shot in darkness. There is no evidence of digital messing around either so that clear, but unobtrusive, grain remains. Any softness - and there is some - I'm sure comes from the source material.

There is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and a 2.0 track. The 5.1 track provides some stunning immersive effects and does full justice to both the dialogue and Henry Mancini's (very untypical) score.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Danny Boyle was not the first person to realise that zombies can run like the clappers. That honour belongs to Lifeforce, which is, of course, the greatest naked space vampire zombies from Halley's Comet running amok in London end-of-the-world movie ever made. Tobe Hooper may have made a lot of crap, but for this deliriously demented epic sci-fi horror he deserves a place among the immortals. Plus it offers space vampire Mathilda May, the best thing to come out of France since Simone Simon, spending the entire movie naked. Which she does very, very well. Just bear in mind that while she is the most overwhelmingly feminine presence anyone on Earth has ever encountered, she's also "totally alien to this planet and our life form and totally dangerous." It's a pitch meeting I'd have loved to have sat in on: Astronauts from the British space program find three naked humanoid alien life forms inside a giant 150-mile long artichoke/umbrella shaped spaceship hidden in the tail of Halley's Comet filled with giant desiccated bats and bring them back to Earth with near apocalyptic results as they proceed to drain the population of London of their lifeforce amid much nudity, whirlpools of thunder and spit your coffee across the room direlogue ("I've been in space for six months, and she looks perfect to me." "Assume we know nothing, which is understating the matter." "Don't worry, a naked woman is not going to get out of this complex."). Oh, and we'll get the writers of Alien and Blue Thunder to write it with uncredited rewrites by the writer of Mark of the Devil, The Sex Thief and Eskimo Nell and the director of The Jonestown Monster. Sounds like a winner, here's $22m - have fun. And they do, they do. Read more ›
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's got nudity in it and everything! 9 July 2010
"Lifeforce" boasts a rousing, thunderous score by Henry Mancini, it boasts some hilariously straight-faced acting, some very proficient visual effects and a generous helping of most agreeable soft porn. You could do much, much worse than check out this movie. Is it a bad movie? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on your poison. But it is unquestionably an enjoyable movie. One of those pesky, interfering space missions goes and brings a trio of "space vampires" back to Earth, one of them being a uniformly nude Mathilda May, who has a bit of a thing going on with one of the astronauts, Colonel Carlsen (a delightfully earnest Steve Railsbeck), in between feasting on the "lifeforce" (as opposed to the blood) of various extras and minor roles, reducing them to hideous, dessicated, shrieking, mindless husks that in turn seek out the "lifeforce" of other people. That is where the glorious destruction of London comes in, later on in the proceedings and very well handled for a film that endures a reputation for being amongst the worst ever made. There is imagery within those sequences that is up there with the blockbusters. "Lifeforce" has a perfectly creditable cast, including a pre "Spooks" Peter Firth as SAS Colonel Caine, Frank "Bouquet Of Barbed Wire" Finlay as one of the boffins and Patrick Stewart gobbing out a lot of blood from his mouth. The fact that they play this trash so seriously is one of the fun aspects. Oh, come on - it's trash. But it is glorious trash. It is proud trash. Trash is sometimes good, and here you have an example. "Lifeforce", the celluloid Big Mac - of no nutritional value whatsoever, but very, VERY enjoyable. Tuck in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's OK
not as good as I remember it when I saw it in the 80's the style and storyline are dated
Published 5 days ago by michael jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition of a Geeky Classic
Great Edition of a Geeky Classic from the 80s

This is a movie for the ones that enjoy rare movies with good casings and rare extras
Published 1 month ago by Pedro Jos Pato dos Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFEFORCE MAKES MY EYES BURST!!!
I first saw this groundbreaking film when I was trapped on the inside of a chicken thigh (long story). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harry the Slug
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrible film, wonderful blu-ray - buy it now!
The film of course is bonkers and incoherent (and difficult to watch, despite the naked breasts!). But the experience of the lovingly restored blu-ray, its differing versions and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, although a couple of days late for delivery
"Lifeforce" on Blu-Ray [Limited Edition Steelbook] by Arrow Video/Films is a great purchase. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristian B
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifeforce Where have you been in my life.
I cant believe I never watched this film in 80's or 90's.I like how it felt like a Hammer film but had a injection of Day of Dead and Alien which is no surprise as Dan O'Bannon was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by g-masters
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old sci fi
Shows it's age but still entertaining and if you like undressed ladies
then this must be the movie for you.
Published 4 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it
I remember seeing a trailer for Lifeforce at the cinema and thinking I must go and see it. A little later a BBC film reviewer said it was possibly one of the worst films he'd ever... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray is really terrific!!!!!!
I own plenty of blu-ray's from Arrow. Sometimes they can be painful but not this time. "Lifeforce" is one of the best ever. Read more
Published 4 months ago by as
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
Image and Audio surpassed what I was expecting. Features are also interesting and plentiful, ARROW did an excellent job. Fans will not be disapointed
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