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  • They Live [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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They Live [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOX0F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,709 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Neil Tait on 4 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
They Live is directed by John Carpenter who also adapts the screenplay form the short story Eight O'Clock in the Morning written by Ray Nelson. It stars Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. Music is by Alan Howarth (and Carpenter) and cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.

Unemployed drifter Nada (Piper) wanders into the city looking to find work, but upon finding a unique pair of sunglasses he sees a different world to everyone else. It's a world frequented by an alien race who are using the Earth for their own nefarious means.

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Carpenter does subversive sci-fi and it's a whole bunch of fun. Stripped back it's evident that They Live is Carpenter's wry observation on the politico posers who endorse the rich getting richer and everybody else sliding down the pole; to where they stop nobody knows! It's also a blatant paean to the glorious years of the 1950s when paranoia based sci-fi schlockers and creaky creature features ruled the air waves. It's also a wonderfully macho driven action movie, laced with comedy as well. You can rest assured there will be plenty of shooting, punching, dodging and spoken lines to make you smile.

Piper is no Kurt Russell, but we shouldn't hold that against him because he fills the role nicely. With muscular frame, 80s hair and a quip on the tongue, he is most assuredly a Carpenter leading man for the 80s. Alongside him is the reassuring presence of Keith David, himself a beefcake and also one of the coolest muthas on the planet. It's easy to believe that these two can save the planet, even after nearly beating each other to a pulp during a prolonged side-alley fight sequence, where Carpenter doesn't miss a chance to parody professional wrestling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Mccaffrey on 14 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
As I'm not a fan of steelbooks, I waited for They Live to be released in a standard Blu Ray case. I'm glad I did, as it finally arrived (relatively unannounced) and the cover art really blew me away - the nicest I have seen on any Blu Ray release. Beautiful hand drawn artwork as used on the American release, but a few updates and an improved colour scheme - it really is strikingly beautiful.
I believe the disc itself is the same as the one in the Zavvi exclusive steelbook.
I think the transfer is quite stunning - its so colourful and sharp. After a while, you kind of get used to how good Blu Ray looks, but this one really impressed me in several places. Particularly as Nada enters the bank and supermarket, and the scene wheres he is thrown out of a window. These shots in particular impressed me.
The sound is also excellent, although I have a love hate relationship with John Carpenters score for this film.
The film is a cult classic. I absolutely love it and always have. I'm a huge fan or Roddy Pipers performance as Nada.

The bonus material is very very good, but left me wanting more:
Interview with John Carpenter - this is a new interview and is very informative but only runs 11 minutes.
Interview with Meg Foster - 5 minutes long, a new interview and she comes across as a lovely lady.
Interview with Keith David - 11 minutes. New interview, and an honest humble actor.
The Sights And Sounds Of They Live - 11 minutes long and I learned some new info on the film I never knew before.
A Vintage 8 minute 'making of'
Some TV spots for the film
Trailers that are seen in the background of They Live shown in full
Audio Commentary from Roddy Piper and John Carpenter - I believe this to be from the DVD release, but I have yet to listen to it.

OVERALL: The definitive edition for a minor classic. Bonus material sadly lacks input from Roddy Piper, but the new features and transfer make this a worthwhile purchase.
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