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They Live [DVD]

Roddy Piper , Keith David    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roddy Piper, Keith David
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ4DS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Nada (Roddy Piper) arrives in Los Angeles, finds work on a construction site and a bed in a homeless camp. He notices the extent to which the people around him seem obsessed with television and obtaining material wealth, and one night, when he stumbles across a cache of special sunglasses, he finds out why. The American middle-classes have been taken over by capitalist aliens who use television and advertising to keep humans docile and ignorant about what is really going on. The sunglasses reveal the aliens as they really are and, with the aid of the glasses and a submachine gun, Nada begins to fight back.

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point? 9 Oct 2007
By Sandman
I think most of you are missing the point of the film here, its a social commentary, the aliens were an allegory for corporate greed and capitialism at the expense of personal freedoms and human rights. It was made in the 80's, Reagan era, when these things were being pushed aside in favour of power and a money making screw everyone else culture.

Personally, I think it is brilliantly done, Piper is a pretty good actor (for a ex wrestler) and the tongue in cheek script and direction makes sure its doesnt get too caught up in its own message. Although, having said that, the message is pretty loud and clear by the time the two heroes get into the alien base and find out humans are collaborating with them, just for a guaranteed increase in their investments.

Keith David is great also, the pointlessly long and over the top fight scene between the two is one of the best thing about the film, just a bit of fun interjected into a serious film. The scene now has cult status, and was immortalized by Southpark, in the episode `cripple fight' where Jimmy tries to get Timmy to put on a silly hat. Brilliant stuff.

The film could have done with a bigger budget, but I still rate it as a classic, with a message that is perhaps even more relevant today; what with the political propaganda machine even more powerful and insidious than ever, and people even more stupid, it seems.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie! 4 Aug 2008
I personally can't wait for this movie to be released again.I'm looking forward to the Blu-Ray in particular.This is my favourite John Carpenter movie and i think in this day and age for me anyway the message in the movie becomes clearer and clearer.It really is a great reflection of western society in particualr and how our brains are manipulated 24/7 365 days a year by commercialism and things that have no real importance in the grand scheme of things.Well back to the movie and what a great performance by Roddy piper and also Keith David.My favourite line in the movie is when piper goes into a bank and declares:"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass.....and i'm all outta bubblegum"!!
I emplore anyone who is reading this and has not seen this movie to give it a go.Well definetely for me a 5-star movie quite frankly there has been nothing that has come close to it in it's 20 years.
Long live John Carpenter,granted he has made some crap in his later years but still i would love him to do a sequel!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The two-picture deal he struck in the late 80s that produced the underrated Prince of Darkness [DVD] [1988] and They Live was pretty much the last spurt of creativity from John Carpenter before his mojo went walkabout (presumably it's living it up somewhere with Argento and Romero's similarly long AWOL mojos). Along with The Arrival [DVD], which saw aliens funding their colonisation of Earth by stock market manipulation, it's one of the best invisible invasion films since the 50s, at once rejoicing in its pulp origins and taking smart satirical swipes along the way.

Pro-wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper makes a surprisingly good actor as the down-on-his-luck everyman hero, travelling from city to city with his tools looking for work, the kind of guy who still believes in America, follows the rules and is just waiting for his chance. Unfortunately this is the 80s and he's another victim of the reality of Reaganomics, where, just as today, wealth trickles up, the middle class are downwardly mobile and even having a job isn't enough to keep some of the working class from being homeless. If this sounds like the film's a political tract, Carpenter never made any secret that it was, albeit one with a great satirical sci-fi spin - the reason for this downward spiral is that the rich and powerful don't just regard themselves as different to the rabble, they ARE different, and they ain't from Cleveland: alien invaders who have been here for years, grabbing all the best jobs and most powerful positions, stripping the planet of its assets before moving onto the next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prophecy of today's society... 29 Dec 2011
An intelligent, thought provoking message wrapped up in a 'tongue in cheek' Ed Wood style B movie.
This sly stab at modern day consumerism and greed is wonderfully played out with the literally 'faceless aliens' slowly brainwashing the poor (via TV) and negotiating with the rich (via their wallets). The film still looks and feels timeless and the message is as strong now as ever with the recent banking crisis fallout still around us while the youth of today stay at home and watch reality TV. This should be a wakeup call for anyone who isn't already woken up. The sign of low star reviews simply reflects people who did not understand the message of the film and were looking to see an all out amazing special effects Sci-Fi experience. Reminds me of all the people who thought 'It's A Wonderful Life' was a 'great little Christmas movie' and failed to realise the dark and deep anti capitalist message within.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A great idea spoiled by low cost production and a lead who can't act.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A secret world of slavery. The Infil-traitors takeover of society
A secret world of slavery. The Infil-traitors takeover of society
very very clever film
bit slow at first, but once you get past the fight scene the ball starts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film not one of carpenters best but well worth ...
Good film not one of carpenters best but well worth watching and much of it is as true today as it was when the film was made the acting is of a good standard for a B movie well... Read more
Published 1 month ago by simon lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film.
Published 1 month ago by philip harris-smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic cult sci if
Watching this film again thirtyish years after it was made, just reminds you that nothing changes. I wonder what the current government would look like through a pair of those... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan H
5.0 out of 5 stars Required watching for anyone who has woken up or is in the process of...
Amazing stuff. For anyone who has woken up to the real matrix of controlled and manipulated reality, this film will shout at them and comfort them in equal measure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wide Awake
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film
This film has a more subtle hidden story that is not about aliens, but those infiltrators which David Ike wrote about the Reptilians, Anyone exploring the New World Order and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 'WHAT IF ?
Director 'John Carpenter'who has brought us chiller's such as 'The Thing' 'Christine'
'Village of the Damned' and more recently 'The Ward' explores manys worse
fears in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by rbmusicman
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's Chew Bubblegum & Kick Ass In Carpenter's Political Satire Sci-fi...
Dvd Info.
Running time 93 minutes approx, Region 2.

Commentary by Roddy Piper, John Carpenter, Tailer, Making of Documentary, Interviews. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody kicks a$$ (and chews bubblegum) better
‘They Live’ is a masterpiece. No, not a masterpiece of acting, nor storytelling or even originality. It’s basically a masterpiece of a B-movie. In B-movie terms... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Albatross
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