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on 19 July 2005
Based on a Collier's Magazine serial by Jack Finney, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is an intelligent, superb example of its era and genre, with excellent direction and cast. Director Don Siegel said that this was probably his best film, though he deplored that the film studio (United Artists) made him add a prologue and epilogue, and tell the story with narration as a flashback. Though this format would weaken the chilling effect of the story somewhat, it is nevertheless riveting and quite frightening. When Doctor Miles Bennell returns from a business trip, he finds his small town changed, with people saying that their loved ones are "no longer the same." Miles also finds that his sweetheart of many years ago, Becky Driscoll, has come home after a 5 year absence, and a divorce, and they make a marvelous duo, quoting Shakespeare to each other, and with some dialogue that in the mid 1950s would have been quite racy.
Kevin McCarthy is marvelous as Miles, who runs a race against time and sleep to fight the pod people, and Dana Wynter is beautiful as Becky. There are others in the above average cast that will be familiar to old time TV viewers, like Carolyn Jones (Morticia of "The Adams Family"), Virginia Christine (Mrs. Olsen of the Folger's Coffee commercials), and Richard Deacon (Mel Cooley of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"). Among the credits, the great Carmen Dragon did the soundtrack, Ellsworth Fredericks the cinematography, and Daniel Mainwaring the bright and clever script.
The premise as I see it (and I think every viewer will bring his own interpretation to this film depending on his viewpoint) is still valid, as conformity is still king, and pod people are ever present. The 1978 remake is one of the few that lives up to the original, and is also highly recommended. Total running time is 80 minutes.
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on 31 May 2015
I first saw this film at my local cinemas Horror week, so all week i could watch a double bill on any day,wonderfull times.
Owning a multi-region player i decided to go for a blueray region free from Olive Films in the states.
The quality is first class,sound and picture, I could find no faults, maybe the fact that there were no extras, that aside great.
This film along with The Day the Earth Stood Still are my alltime favourite american scifi movies.
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on 16 May 2017
Great 1950s classic great bluray copy
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on 2 November 2017
Wonderful
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on 11 September 2017
THE classic version
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on 18 July 2017
Classic 50's sci fi , still packs a punch.
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on 3 December 2017
An absolute classic one of my favourite films of all time. A tense and sometimes slightly scary film . Worth watching
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on 17 February 2016
Not just the best Sci-Fi movie of the 50’s, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is one of the best Sci-Fi films of all time. Brilliantly directed by Don Siegel (of Dirty Harry fame) it’s really chilling.
This Spanish Blu-ray plays in 16:9 which I believe is the original aspect. It’s in black and white, not the dreadful hand coloured version. The picture quality is excellent and looks as though the movie has been remastered. The default language is Castellano (Spanish), so you need to select Audio in the Main Menu and select Ingles (English), which is easy enough.
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on 7 November 2015
Better than all the updates, much closer to the original story, the only change coming at the end. I always loved the book, and have been a fan of Dana Andrews all my life - and his, I think, don't know if he's still alive. A really good classic film. Never needed updating.
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on 21 June 2015
Bought for my hubby it's one of his fav films
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