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The Invasion [HD DVD]

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam
  • Directors: James McTiegue
  • Format: PAL, HD DVD
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00102HK00
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,008 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The mysterious crash of a space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon Washington D.C. psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Kidman) and her colleague Ben Driscoll (Craig) learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman. As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol's only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion.


The Invasion deserves a second chance on DVD. This ambitious sci-fi thriller represents a flawed yet worthy attempt to bring contemporary vitality to Jack Finney's classic science fiction novel, previously filmed as Don Siegel's 1956 classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Philip Kaufman's suspenseful 1978 remake, and Abel Ferrara's highly underrated Body Snatchers from 1994. And while those earlier films are superior in many respects, The Invasion is not without strengths of its own, particularly for those who prefer action and suspense. Unfortunately these strengths were compromised by the unpredictable misfortunes of production: Original director Oliver Hirschbiegel (hired on the strength of Downfall) was eventually replaced by James McTiegue (V for Vendetta), and the Wachowski Brothers (of Matrix trilogy fame) added high-octane action sequences to the original screenplay by David Kajganich. Perhaps the movie had a curse on it (star Nicole Kidman was almost seriously injured in a stunt-car mishap during last-minute re-shoots), but it's really just a matter of disparate ingredients that don't always fit together, resulting in a slick-looking film that can't decide if it's a sci-fi mystery, action thriller, or political allegory. It tries too hard to be all things at once.
Despite this, Kidman rises to the occasion with a solid performance as Carol, a Washington, D.C. psychiatrist who's convinced (with the help of costars Daniel Craig and Jeffrey Wright) that a flu-like virus is spreading throughout the population, its alien spores turning victims into soulless "pod people"... only in this case without the pods. The idea is that you'll be fine if you don't fall asleep, and especially if you don't let anyone sneeze or vomit on you. (There's a lot of vomiting; don't say you weren't warned.) With a crashing space shuttle to deliver the alien threat, cute tyke Jackson Bond as Carol's threatened son, and a nod to Kaufman's film with a small role for Veronica Cartwright, The Invasion will surely fare better on DVD than it did in theaters. If nothing else, it proves the timeless relevance of Finney's original premise, which continues to inspire a multitude of variations. --Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
`Invasion' is a modern take on `Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and sadly for me ended up being a huge disappointment. This is all the more so because I was on the edge of my seat and filled with the right amounts of tension the whole way through, only to be left aghast at the weak and `cop-out' ending that fizzled out without any impact. Following Nicole Kidman (who acts remarkably well in this film) and her family as they deal with the impact of an alien invasion that leaves the populations as hosts to the alien parasites, this film has excellent apocalyptic themes. You are nervous whenever she encounters an afflicted person and flinch every time she nearly gets infected and this never lets up for the duration. The story is well written and you are gripped the whole way through and then the end arrives and you are left angry and disappointed wondering what happened. At 90 minutes this isn't that long and they could have easily added an extra 15 minutes to tie things up more neatly. The effects are pretty good, everyone acts well and the direction is good as well. Overall this would get 4/5 stars for the first 80 minutes and then 1/2 for the last 10 minutes. Such a shame, but worth a look never the less.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By stephen on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
I couldnt make up my mind whether i was watching this film because the beautiful and talented N. Kidman was in it or because i thought it was a decent thriller. I preferred 1978 bodysnatchers with Donald Sutherland, but thats not to say this movie is bad just a little rushed in places.

Yes, their is a lot of irony in that the alien virus which renders all emotion obsolete is also seen as a good thing. No more war, people working together for the common good as a single entity. It raises some questions about the human being good and bad. But a world without people properly expressing themselves is a very dull one indeed. The ending is also slightly disappointing in that the 1978 version was darker and overall more depressing. Attempting to explain the appearance of the alien spores and how they work, also the possibility of a vaccine is all sandwiched in between Kidman running away from infected people. Scriptwriters obviously found they had a lot to squeeze into 90+ mins and found it a struggle.

Its a shame because the movie ratchets up the tension pretty well to keep the viewer engrossed, and the performances are solid. Kidman and Craig work well together, and every scene with Kidman on the run is when the movie works best. Kidman really is a good actress and can make you feel the desperation she is going through, but without her the movie would have been flat. But for gods sake its time hollywood started to come up with original ideas, endless remakes and remakes of remakes are proving tiresome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Mr. Diaz on 27 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
A modernized take on the iconic science fiction novel 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', Oliver Hirshbiegel's version tells of how an alien bacteria lands on Earth via Shuttle crash and ends up infecting masses of people in their sleep, turning them into emotionless drones. A psychologist (Kidman) witnesses the changes to the world first hand, as does her doctor boyfriend (Craig) and her young son. Paranoia cranks up and the question of who is really who, or rather what, starts to creep in....

Despite Craig's sleepwalking and the last 15 minutes screaming 'Reshoot' (handled by none other than James McTeigue and the Wachowskis to 'pump up' the spectacle), the 2007 'Body Snatchers' is actually fairly decent, and not as huge a disaster as its dismal reception may lead one to think. First, the positives; 'Invasion' is well shot, often going for a handheld approach with a lot of sombre lighting, making one feel like they are there in the midst of the action. What's more, because of the new angle of alien bacteria being less visually overt than past versions, this allows the film to have a few tense sequences as Kidman tries to go about daily life, and then later, escape, and you wonder who is and who isn't human, especially during the subway and pharmacy scenes. What's more, veteran John Ottman's melancholy score is actually fairly unsettling, if a little droning.

Now of course, the film's poor reputation is not entirely unjust; while everybody else, especially Kidman, do a decent job, Craig is phoning his performance in, often blank faced and speaking in a laid back monotone, and this is kind of a problem as it never enables us to really buy his relationship with Kidman's character (then again, most of the dialogue isn't that great anyway).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Lee on 7 April 2009
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
'The Invasion' is a much better take on the 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' than it is given credit for. It was so maligned after its troubled production, that when I first saw this, I wasn't expecting much. Instead, I was treated to a very slick and well thought out science fiction thriller. The Body Snatcher movies have at their best, always made a comment about our society, and this does it rather nicely for our decade. Though the original 1956 version will always be my favourite, I actually think this is an improvement over the much touted 1978 version (Which does admittedly have some wonderful scenes, but overall I feel doesn't gel as well as the original or this updated version)

There are many who complain that it is a film of different styles, because of the switch in directors during production. Perhaps there is, but if you didn't know this specifically, you would simply think the director changed style with the story progression. I don't think it jars anywhere near as much as we're told it does.

It's not a perfect film, I would probably give it a 4 & 1/2, but since I can't, I've given it a 5. The HD version has an amazing picture, that really stands out. It's one of those films that if you're ever pondering the merits of HD over SD, pop this in, and you'll remember why you bothered with HD-DVD/Blu-Ray in the first place. The real shame is the lack of extras. There's a few that are better than nothing, but a substantially longer making-of and a decent commentary are sorely missing (And would have been very interesting, given the production problems).
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