Invaders: Season one [DVD] 
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The complete first season of the cult TV series in which David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) discovers something that will change his life forever - the aliens have landed and it is up to him to convince the right people that their plan is to destroy mankind. Episodes comprise: 'Beachhead', 'The Experiment', 'The Mutation', 'The Leeches', 'Genesis', 'Vikor', 'Nightmare', 'Doomsday Minus One', 'Quantity: Unknown', 'The Innocents', 'The Ivy Curtain', 'The Betrayed', 'Storm', 'Panic', 'Moonshot', 'Wall of Crystal' and 'The Condemned'.
"If theyre really after you, youre not paranoid" is a lesson The Invaders' David Vincent has learned all too well. Vincent (portrayed by Roy Thinnes) knows that aliens from a dying planet have come to Earth and are planning to take over; having lost his way and fallen asleep in his car in the remote woods one night, he saw their flying saucer land. Whats worse, the invaders know he knows. And worst of all, the rest of the world is willfully oblivious, and little interested in the rantings of this madman. That's the premise of this series from producer Quinn (The Fugitive) Martin, and even if the 16 episodes from the shows first season (1967) dont always match the promise of the concept, this is still an intriguing, entertaining ride. The aliens, crafty critters that they are, look exactly like us, save for a slight disfigurement of one finger; they also completely disintegrate when killed, a convenient little conceit that prevents anyone from figuring out who or what they really are. Their dastardly schemes for eliminating the Earthlings are many and varied, ranging from nuclear bombs, plagues of locusts (and carnivorous butterflies!), and manufactured hurricanes to brainwashing and mind control experiments.
Standing against this implacable foe is just one man--an amateur (Vincent was an architect before all the craziness began) who works alone (the other true believers he encounters almost invariably end up dead) and is often stymied by his own impetuousness and lack of preparation. Admittedly, the concept doesnt hold up under close scrutiny; even if the aliens are trying to take over by stealth instead of one massive invasion, it doesnt make a lot of sense that they cant eliminate a guy who doesnt even own a gun. There is no series arc; each episode is stand-alone, so by the end of the season the invaders still have barely established a foothold. Moreover, while there are plenty of fistfights and chase sequences, the special effects are ludicrous, the alien technology looks like something out of a high school play, the stories are obvious, and the acting is melodramatic (notwithstanding guest appearances by the Jack Warden and familiar TV faces like Suzanne Pleshette, Arthur Hill, Joseph Campanella, Jack Lord, Ed Asner, and many others). Nevertheless, with the help of Dominic Frontieres music and the portentous narration that begins and ends each episode, The Invaders manages to consistently maintain its paranoid, Kafka-esque vibe, and that alone makes it compellingly watchable. --Sam Graham
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No news of any plans to release season 2 on dvd in the UK or US. However. there is an Australian dvd of season 2. This 7 disk set contains all the episodes from the second series of The Invaders. Sadly there are no special features. The Australian dvd is region 2 and 4 coded and should play on most UK dvd players. It is available on most Australian dvd web sites such as ezydvd.com.au or dvdcrave.com.
Originally made around 1967 from the creator of The Streets of San Francisco, it is truly amazing how high quality this DVD set is. Sure there are some scenes where the film has been marked, but not badly, probably in production rather than later. However the vast majority is flawless and stunning in its colour reproduction quality. I have been amazed at the beautiful outdoor scenes and even studio sets, could have been made yesterday far les 40 years ago, just has not aged.
As for the content, this is not your average Sci-Fi program, all about tech and warp drives, this is all about the main character and his fight to be believed in a world that is hostile to his words of alien invasion.
This is more thriller than pure sci-fi and that is what makes this so unmissable, if you havent seen this your doing yourself a great disservice, get this now. If you have seen this, your a fan, I can almost guarantee it, that is how groundbreaking this series was and still is.
The stories draw you in, they are action packed and exciting and the human story, the sympathy for David Vincents plight will have you hooked.
There are only two words needed in this review. Get it.
Well it's took me 30 odd years but now i'm watching them again, i'm a big fan of 50's America & SciFi, and to see some of that stuff (cars etc) on these is great, love the hammy acting and the dodgy sets (some great outdoors shots).
Whats not to like, see one of the earliest series of science fiction while its still cheap.
How much you like the programmes yourself will depend on your taste and they do show a bit of 60s style dating with feeble fist fights and credibility quirks. Me, I enjoyed them as much as before and can completely overlook the quirks.
Guest appearances by Jack Lord, Burgess Meredith, Michael Rennie (rather too much like Klatuu perhaps) and Ed Asner are among other less familiar names (but often familiar faces) to appear in these episodes.
Good value all round.
Roy Thinnes was great as the hero, and the show was so skilfully written that you suspected practically everyone of being one of 'them' ! Paranoia on a grand scale !
Great to have this entire series on dvd now - only complaint is the complete absence of any extras at all - especially when the US edition includes interviews and episode introduction by Roy Thinnes himself - why not us ?
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