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The Host [DVD]

Saoirse Ronan , Diane Kruger , Roberto Schaefer    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Max Irons, Jake Abel
  • Directors: Roberto Schaefer
  • Producers: Antonio Pinto, Stephenie Meyer, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CMSPJI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Andrew Niccol directs this science fiction romance adapted from the novel by Stephenie Meyer, creator of 'The Twilight Saga'. An alien race has begun colonising Earth by taking over human bodies and erasing their minds and memories and only a small band of survivors remain who are working to protect themselves from extinction. One of them is Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), who, when out on a search for food, meets another human being named Jared Howe (Max Irons) and it isn't long before they begin to develop feelings for one another. However, when Melanie is taken by the alien species and is made host to one of their own, it seems all hope is lost. That is, until Melanie's mind begins to fight back against her new inhabitor and her human emotions and memories ignite some empathy in the alien parasite.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced Sci-Fi romance 1 Aug 2013
By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Earth has been taken over by an alien species of sentient parasites that take over the body of humans, essentially shutting the person inside they're own body & the parasite being able to access the memories of the host body. These inhabited bodies exhibit odd glowing eyes, lack of emotion & aggressiveness. Following one of a few survivors, Melanie Stryder (Ronan), she is captured & implanted with a parasite or soul, and interrogated by a Seeker to find the whereabouts of other humans. But she isn't going to go quietly & fights back from within, making a connection with the soul inside her, Wanda. Rebelling, they set off to find Melanie's family. Can they convince them Melanie is still alive ? & can they avoid capture ?!

Overall, The Host isn't a Sci-Fi action movie or anything, it's a slow paced Sci-Fi romantic drama. Which i guess should had been expected, coming from a novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. The story itself is very good & heartfelt as we follow the experiences of Wanda & Melanie, but getting there over it's 2 hours was quite a task with such a slow, drawn out mundane pace & an abundance of dialogue which isn't always that riveting, while the odd bit of tension & excitement was too far apart. Surprising then when you consider the talent of Andrew Niccol, who has brought us some good fantasy/Sci-Fi films such as The Truman Show, In Time & Gatacca, was behind the camera & helped with the transition to film here.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bought having read the book 27 Feb 2014
By Nell
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this film having read the book by Stephenie Meyer and I have to say the book is by far better. I read it until my eyes were sore but I simply couldn't put it down. Stephenie has this uncanny way of writing leaving you wanting to know more all the time. I just had to see the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Host 22 Feb 2014
By stalin
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After reading the book many months ago I thought that the film was exactly as I expected. I particularly liked the happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great 6 Jan 2014
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very good dvd no where as good as the book but dvds never are but very good anyway, will watch it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Host 16 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I read the Host after reading the Twilight Series and thought it was even better than Twilight. The film was a good adaptation of the book although they changed a few things (I preferred the book version). My husband saw it without having read the book and thought it was good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE 'EYES' HAVE IT' 29 Aug 2013
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Mankind are under threat from an unseen enemy who are taking-over the
very being of their human Hosts.
one victim who who has reluctantly succumbed the to switch, Host-'Melanie
Stryder' fights to keep the memories the 'Seekers' normally take
from their human-form.
'Melanie' wants to protect those who had mattered to her from becoming
one of the unwelcome visitors.
'Melanie' escapes however the 'seekers' will not give up the search for
her any time soon.
a terrific concept asking the age-old question......What If ?
certainly not a fast moving plot, however the story-line is certainly
worth a viewing.
( the author of the 'Host' and 'Twilight' 'Stephenie Meyer' has created
some interesting story-lines.....'Twilight' was watered down to capture
a wider audience base, i'm guessing not having read the book 'The Host'
has almost certainly been subjected a similar fate ? )
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed seeing the book come to life 27 July 2013
By Minnie
Format:DVD
When I read this book I thought it would make a great film and I really enjoyed seeing it come to life on the big screen. Love the way they presented the underground world, particularly the wheat field. Some of the scenes were not entirely true to the book and it could have benefited from more sensitive treatment from the director (the way Wanda's relationship with the two male leads develops and in particular the very last scene of the film), but on the whole enjoyable and escapist sci fi. The casting was very good as the characters did look pretty much how I imagined.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to read the book 13 April 2013
Format:DVD
The Host is set in the future where the world is no longer our own. Human bodies are overtaken by parasitic aliens against their will. Not all humans have been overtaken though and some run for their lives, determined to keep control of their own bodies and minds. I absolutely loved the idea behind this film. Very early on, we are introduced to the alien species of `Souls' in human form. Although a species believing in calm and trust, they go to great lengths to find any remaining humans and do anything possible to capture the bodies. The thing that distinguishes the `Souls' from humans is their metallic silver looking eyes, which was both beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Playing protagonist Melanie/ Wanderer is Saoirse Ronan, an unknown actress to me. I thoroughly enjoyed Ronan's performance throughout this film and I thought she did a wonderful job considering it being quite a tricky role to play. Throughout the film, Wanderer has to deal with Melanie's voice in her head, which obviously wouldn't have really been there. Never did it look like Ronan was thinking too much about who or what she was replying to and it all looked as natural as it should have. Ronan also plays both characters with conviction and she was very believable as each. What I really enjoyed about her performance was that she was able to make both characters very different.

The plot isn't really all that exciting apart from a couple of moments so secondary characters are what help to make this film good. Other `Souls' such as the Seeker played by Diane Kruger give the plot a good chase, with her trying to track down Wanderer and more humans. The Seeker was an interesting character because you can tell something is not quite right with her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good teen romantic triangle with Sci-Fi survival tail twist.
I read the book and this film certainly does it justice. A good teen romantic triangle with Sci-Fi survival tail twist.
Published 1 day ago by PhilM
5.0 out of 5 stars ... interpretation of an old tale but again I thoroughly enjoyed it...
Another interpretation of an old tale but again I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend another keeper for my collection.
Published 2 days ago by Thelma L. Workman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really enjoyed this movie
Published 3 days ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, great delivery, very good
Published 4 days ago by Elaine Aaronricks
5.0 out of 5 stars the host.
great film great price.
Published 11 days ago by James North
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well pleased with this item .
Published 12 days ago by karen richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this film.
Published 13 days ago by Mollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with interesting story.
Great for those with an active imagination, you can see how the setting can be confusing in various places as the characters struggle to understand the situation entirely.
Published 21 days ago by MRD
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Sci Fi/Romance twist
Teenagers will love this film. The premise is good and the romance is suitably complicated by circumstances. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Fairygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but
This film was very good, but it did take a while to get into, after getting over this first lull then it was a very interesting film which held your attention with u-turns all the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by l
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