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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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But anyway Studio Canal to the rescue who have not only released a UK version of this classic John Carpenter movie but also included all the extras off the Scream Factory disc and flung them onto this one. I believe a similar pattern has emerged with other releases but all in all this is the perfect solution going forward especially as Scream Factory do not take orders from UK buyers as they do not ship to this part of the world.
The film truly speaks its for itself, it was way ahead of its time and is just as important now as it was then. The release is perfection all the way, giving you great insights in a funny audio commentary from Carpenter himself and Roddy Piper. It also contains interviews with Keith David and Meg Foster plus much more. The cover artwork is a little off but by today's standard's is actually very cool with plenty to feast your eyes on. OBEY this release.
On finding a special pair of sunglasses which allow him to see how things really are, down and out Roddy Piper discovers that we have been invaded and are being controlled by aliens and joins an underground resistance group fighting to get the human race to wake up and smell the coffee.
Tongue in cheek sci fi but with one or two wee social comments.
The Bluray quality was excellent all round and the extras are nicely put together too.
A drifter arrives in the city looking for work and a roof over his head. He accidentally stumbles into an alien invasion which no one, apart from a small selection of locals, has noticed. The aliens are disguising themselves by brainwashing everyone through their televisions. It isn’t until he finds a pair of sunglasses that have the ability to see past the brainwashing and see who is human and who is alien that he realises what is really going on.
Carpenter often has something to say in his films and here it seems to be that the world being blinded by consumerism and not seeing what is in front of their own eyes. Here the message is a little haphazard and doesn’t come across that well as it is lost amongst the outlandish action and over the top set pieces.
One stand out scene is an extended fist fight which lurches on even when you think it has come to an end. Its brilliantly stupid and fun.
The action is great and plentiful. There is no slow burn drama here just all out gunfights with a pleasingly day-glow gloop to the blood effects. Of course the soundtrack is great and composed by the main man himself.
Silly and fun this is a gem.