Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray SteelBook]
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WATCH OUT! THEY GET YOU WHILE YOU RE SLEEPING!
When health official Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) notices that her lover has become strangely distant, this sets in train a series of shocking discoveries that sees both her and colleague Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) fleeing for their lives to the sound of ear-piercing alien screams.
Remakes of great films are usually on a hiding to nothing, but Philip Kaufman s brilliant update of the 1956 classic is a rare and memorable exception. Transposing the action to the heart of San Francisco allows Kaufman to retain all the suspense of Jack Finney s original story while adding caustic social commentary about the selfishness of the 1970s me generation that remains all too relevant today.
But it s a paranoid thriller first and foremost, based on one of the most psychologically terrifying of all premises what happens when you can no longer trust not just the authorities but even your nearest and dearest?
- Limited Edition SteelBook packaging featuring original poster artwork
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film
- Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio / 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with director Philip Kaufman
- Pod Discussion: A new panel conversation about Invasion of the Body Snatchers and invasion cinema featuring critic Kim Newman and filmmakers Ben Wheatley and Norman J. Warren
- Dissecting the Pod: A new interview with Kaufman biographer Annette Insdorf
- Pod Novel: A new interview with Jack Seabrook, author of Stealing through Time: On the Writings of Jack Finney about Finney s original novel The Body Snatchers
- Re-Visitors from Outer Space: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pod a documentary on the making of the film featuring Philip Kaufman, Donald Sutherland, writer W.D. Richter and more
- The Man Behind the Scream: The Sound Effects Pod a look at the film s pioneering sound effects
- The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod cinematographer Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) discusses the look of and influences on the visual style of the film
- Practical Magic: The Special Effect Pod A look at the creation of the special effects from the opening space sequence
- Original Theatrical Trailer <
- Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns, as well as re-prints of classic articles including contemporary interviews with Philip Kaufman and W.D. Richter, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
In San Francisco everyone can hear Veronica (Alien) Cartwright scream. In the ultimate urban nightmare, to sleep is to die, to be replaced by a soulless alien duplicate. Less a remake of the 1956 classic of the same name, more a fresh vision of Jack Finney's source novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the archetypal story of humans supplanted by unemotional "vegetable pods". A masterstroke is the introduction of SF icon Leonard Nimoy as a very West Coast relationships guru determined to explain everything in terms of urban psychological alienation, and the story does prove more unsettling on the big city's forbidding streets. This is very much an ensemble movie, with outstanding performances from Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, and what proved to be the first of several key genre roles for Jeff (The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day) Goldblum. With minimal effects and very little gore, but filled with unnerving camera angles and a underpinned by a chillingly effective score, the film is relentlessly suspenseful, culminating in a sequence of terrifying set-pieces and a truly spine-tingling finale. More resonant with each passing year, the story was reworked in 1993 as Body Snatchers.
On the DVD: While the print is more than acceptable there is a loss of detail and some shimmering artefacts in the very dark scenes. The disc is not anamorphically enhanced, which really should be a standard DVD feature. Still, the picture is considerably ahead of VHS and the stereo sound is highly unsettling. An eight-page booklet gives an intelligent overview of all three Body Snatchers movies, and director Phil Kaufman's commentary is packed with information. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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This was perhaps not the best year to release a movie entitled 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. Star Wars was still filling the cinemas a year after its release, and the big-budget remake of Superman was released at around the same time, while IOTBS was initially perceived as another shaky 1950's remake.
However, IOTBS is a genunely edgy, frightening film that has been critically under-rated for many years. The lead performances from Sutherland, Adams, Goldblum, Cartwright and Nimoy are excellent, and we have genuine sympathy for each of the characters involved as the unseen, parasitical alien forces close-in on them one by one. You will not 'sleep' easily after seeing this, so to speak.
Director Kaufmann accurately portrays an unsettling undercurrent of 1970's urban paranoia in the setting of San Francisco, and almost parodies the needless psychotherapy undertaken by millions of American's during this period, in a country not completely at ease with itself in the first place.
There is little in way of gore, although what shocks do occur are effectively dealt with,with creepy camera angles which shows a weak society slowly and unconsciously surrendering to superior extraterrestrial forces, which manifest themselves in an unlikely yet frighteningly realistic manner. The depressing, final scene with Veronica Cartwright and Donald Sutherland is one of the most haunting endings of all time. Overall, this comes highly recommended.
The audio is fine for a film of this period and the depth, contrast, colour, contrast, sharpness and clarity of the video image are all good. Even if some noise is apparent during darker sequences and there are a few very minor examples of sparkle and print damage, these do not detract in any way from the viewing experience of this accomplished and still chilling horror film which is both well acted and directed. Be aware that this is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray.
the plot is the same as the 1958 version only difference is filmed in 1978 San francisco
plus you have Donald sutherland in the Lead role along with Brooke Adams
the 1978 version is more of a Psychological thriller brilliantly directed by Phillip kaufmann
but some of the scenes do seem to Drag a little
meaning the excitement does not start until maybe 60mins into the film
so the 1st hour builds up alot of suspense, still hell of a Good thriller anyway
Arrow films have released their blu-ray version
with the exact same HD transfer as the U.S. MGM blu-ray version which has both 2.0 stereo mix & 5.1 master audio mix options
the picture quality in 1:85:1 ratio is very sharp & clear, like i said the same transfer as the MGM blu-ray
Arrow films have carried over all the special features from the MGM blu-ray, but have also added new extras aswell
the extras carried over from the MGM blu-ray
RE-VISITORS FROM OUTER SPACE-retrospective featurette with Phillip kaufmann, Donald sutherland & Veronica cartwright
Brooke Adams & Jeff Goldblum, & Leornard nimoy are not interviewed for some reason
THE MEN BEHIND THE SCREAM, interview with sound effects man Ben Burtt
THE INVASION WILL BE TELEVISED, interview with Cinematographer Mark chapman
PRACTICAL EFFECTS- THE SPECIAL EFFECT POD,a featurette about the special effects in the film, the Pods mainly
plus AUDIO COMMENTARY by Phillip kaufmann from the DVD release, for some reason this commentary track
was not carried over to the U.S. blu-ray version so it's on this U.K.Read more ›
Most serious SF/Horror fans and critics agree that this, the second adaptation of Jack Finney's novel 'The Body Snatchers', is an essential addition to any good genre library and of significant interest to devotees of mainstream cinema also. Consequently, I'm not going to detail the plot here, but simply say that while the original Don Siegel version is the closest to the source novel, this 1978 re-imagining is every bit as strong as its rightly celebrated predecessor.
As most Bluray buyers are aware, Arrow are very inconsistent performers when it comes to creating fine hidef versions of important Horror and SF films. This is a shame, as they undoubtedly mean well and seem to have acquired the rights to most important genre films between 1975 and 1990 in the UK. Of course, the source materials are important, but when you see an excellent transfer of a film like 'Zombie Flesh Eaters' (aka 'Zombi 2') which had previously always looked terrible suddenly transformed into virtually a different movie that makes you gogle at the quality of the film-making displayed, you begin to wonder. So after being very pleased with the Arrow Fulci film I've mentioned, I was somewhat disappointed with their transfer of 'Day of the Dead' and massively upset by the terrible job they did of 'Tenebrae' (though I'm told that the forthcoming upgraded steelbook edition due in late 2913 exclusively from Zavvi initially is a massive improvement). It had better be....though to be fair, the Arrow BD of 'Inferno' is absolutely fine.
On to 'Invasion'. Overall, this movie is quite dark, so very often it doesn't feel as if one is watching a BD.Read more ›
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Another classic Arrow remaster of a great classic movie. Both picture and sound quality greatly improved...thanks ArrowPublished 4 months ago by Lokii