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on 10 March 2009
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on 4 December 2008
You are about to witness the second and final season (1967-1968) of Quinn Martin's sci-fi series "The Invaders", produced by Alan Armer and whose new associate producer named David W. Rintells revises the series' original concept by introducing a team of experts called "The Believers", led by financier/industrialist Edgar Scoville (played by Kent Smith) who support the struggle of architect David Vincent (played by Roy Thinnes).

A new team of composers popsup under the direction of jazzman Duane Tatro who writes six scores. A fine writer named Laurence Heath (former "Mission: Impossible" writer and story consultant) puts to pen four scripts: the mind control intrigue "Condition: Red" (guest starring Jason Evers, Antoinette Bower and Mort Mills), the Soviet-oriented plot "The Captive" (guest starring Fritz Weaver and Dana Wynter), "Counterattack" (guest starring Anna Capri and Lin McCarthy) and perhaps' the season most challenging story "The Life Seekers" (guest starring Barry Morse and Diana Muldaur) in which David Vincent meets a couple of pacifist invaders willing to reform the politics of their society.

Find a selection of shocking episodes dealing with mental cruel acts as "Valley of the Shadow" (an entire town is reprogrammed to forget the presence of the invaders, guest starring Nan Martin, Harry Townes and Joe Maross), "Dark Outpost" (in which four students are brainwashed to see one of them executed in different ways, guest starring William Sargent, Andrew Prine and Whit Bissell), "The Possessed" (in wich an alien conditions the brain of a scientist to kill at will as a Pavlov's dog, guest starring Michael Tolan, Michael Constantine and William Smithers), "The Pit" (in which the invaders fashion a dream machine to turn scientists into madmen inside a Research Center, guest starring Charles Aidman, Joanne Linville and Donald Harron) and "The Pursued" (the unofficial sequel to "The Mutation" in which a female invader is the victim of a failed experiment and cannot control her wild impulses, guest starring Suzanne Pleshette, Dana Elcar and Will Geer). Two episodes try to depict the true form of the invaders: "The Spores" (guest starring Gene Hackman) which makes a veiled reference to alien seed pods from Don Siegel's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Enemy" (guest starring Richard Anderson).

This season 2 set contains optional English subtitles (SDH) which is a good tool to read the dramatical narrations of the voice-over William Woodson.

Find the list of the 26 episodes from this season:
"Condition: Red"
"The Saucer"
"The Watchers"
"Valley of the Shadow"
"The Enemy"
"The Trial"
"The Spores"
"Dark Outpost"
"Summit Meeting, Part I"
"Summit Meeting, Part II"
"The Prophet"
"The Captive"
"The Believers"
"The Ransom"
"Task Force"
"The Possessed"
"The Pit"
"The Organization"
"The Peacemaker"
"The Vise"
"The Miracle"
"The Life Seekers"
"The Pursued"
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on 13 December 2008
I am so looking forward to the release of season two of The Invaders on R2 soon.... US tv at it's very best, and a wonderful example of the finest skills, and amazing creative ability that can be achieved by mere humans.... 40 years on, and I still find it so enjoyable and rewarding to watch, even though I have been recording it on video for years, to be able to own the Invaders (complete) in perfect dvd, will be the end of a mission for me.... All around us the rat race comes ever closer, and the world seems to have lost direction, but being able to collect the things which we value so much, gives us all a chance to preserve them, and to re-visit them knowing that they will never change, a refuge maybe, but at least something we have control over.... The Invaders to me was a very intelligent series, cleverly written, directed, filmed, (35mm) acted and produded, it could also be quite sinister, as with the aliens taking human form you couldn't trust anyone.... Some of the settings looked a little frightening, and I for one wouldn't venture into that power plant in the opening episode, so your on your own!.... Great series, Roy Thinnes did a wonderful job, I believed him anyway!.... One concern I have though, Roy Thinnes has hardly been seen since he made the Invaders, any thoughts?.... The Invaders!!.... a great piece of American tv, great price, thanks Amazon, buy and enjoy.
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on 13 March 2009
this is compulsive viewing and you just can't wait to watch the next episode and can't wait for season 3 to be released
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TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 9 January 2011
Just about everyone thinks David Vincent is crazy to believe the world is being taken over by a race of aliens who are here because their own world is dying.
David Vincent, the main character in this classic American sixties drama, goes from town to town, episode to episode trying to warn people of this peril. And in doing so he encounters the aliens, who know he knows their secret.
Vincent had witnessed the arrival of a spaceship and during the series he encounters other people who also know what is going on. But both Vincent and these other characters come up against a brick wall when it comes to proving things. Usually the other characters get killed and Vincent is left with no hard evidence and the stigma that he is deluded.
Everything seems to be against Vincent. The aliens assume human form so they look just like all humans. And Vincent has difficulty convincing anybody of his story. Often Vincent trusts people who then turn out to be aliens thus proving the difficulty in seeing the truth of who are aliens. However he learns that they have a few defects, a crooked little finger, no heart, no pulse and no emotions.
Eventually he gets a group together who support him in a financial and practical way and he continues his crusade against the aliens. The aliens glow red and disappear when they are killed which aggravates lack of evidence. They also have weapons to kill humans that only show up as heart failure.
The United States were ahead of the UK in terms of TV production in the early 1960s, and although the UK were catching up by the time of this series the vast experience of slick production shows in this classic.
The show was made by Quinn Martin productions and each episode is divided by four "Acts" and an "Epilogue".
By the standards of today the special effects are basic, and the dialogue is dated. But the originality of plot and production and the expert execution of those skills still shine through. There is an excellent sinister element about the aliens which makes good viewing and the music score is perfect for atmosphere and suspense.
This is a great, classic, science fiction series from a golden era.
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on 27 March 2009
It's the second season of the show and those poor aliens still have to deal with their inability to shoot the broadside of a barn with human guns, that little problem with the finger, those fashion-challenged ugly teal-blue jumpsuits, and the relentless pursuit of that architect with obvious deep pockets, David Vincent (Roy Thinnes). This DVD compilation of the ABC series' 1967-68 season sports some nifty intros from Thinnes, along with stunning color and sound, and an easily navigable menu, with or without introductory comments on each episode.

In the second season, Vincent is joined by an evergrowing number of "believers," people that learn of the alien invasion and join him on his quest. But those are not the only changes in the storylines: the aliens themselves expand their own human images; this season, as opposed to the predominately white males of season one, there are black aliens, more females, and even a couple of kids sporting those tell-tale extended "pinkies."

The stories reflect the Cold War atmosphere of the time of the show's production, along with commentary on race relations, the "make peace, not war" outcries of the youth, and the changing politics of America. Though most sci-fi of the period was aimed at a younger audience, "The Invaders" didn't dumb down its stories, even tackling pre-marital sexual relations in one episode.

Best episodes: "Valley of the Shadow," "The Enemy," "The Trial," "The Spores," "The Prophet," "Labyrinth," "The Captive," "The Ransom," "The Possessed," "The Pit," "The Organization", "The Miracle," "The Pursued," and the final one of the series, "Inquisition." The only complaint about the latter is that it has a bad audio transfer, resulting in a slight "wavy" sound.

Unlike other sci-fi shows of the decade that were dependent on elaborate sets, "The Invaders" added a touch of "realism" through its use of location shots, ranging from countrysides to shipyards to amusement parks and others.

But, a true plus is the use of a stellar cast of guest stars, which could be divided into several categories.

There are the episodic television actors and "return players" (those that made more than one appearance on the show): Michael Tolan, Fritz Weaver, Nancy Kovack, Andrew Prine, Pat Hingle, Ford Rainey, Don Gordon, Susan Oliver, Booth Coleman, Linden Chiles, Laurence Naismith, Katherine Justice, Harold Gould, Ed Begley, William Windom, James Callahan, John Zaremba, Susan Oliver, R.G. Armstrong, Joanne Linville, Barbara Barrie, Ian Wolfe, Janet McLachlan, Ross Elliott ( in two episodes,with and without a toupee), Ken Lynch, Roy Poole, Chris Robinson, Phyllis Thaxter, Frank Marth, Charles Aidman, Lin McCarthy, Joel Fluellen, Ron Hayes, Simon Scott, in addition to James Daly (father of Tyne and Tim) and J.D. Cannon who were both featured in the '67 pilot. Veteran Kent Smith has a recurring role as millionaire and fellow alien hunter Edgar Scoville. Alfred Ryder, himself a first-year guest star, has two turns as the alien "leader." Gene Lyons, John Milford, and Robert O'Brien, each, appear in two episodes in this compilation.

Then, there are the "up-and-comers," those whose star would shine brighter in future film and television roles: Gene Hackman, Sally Kellerman, Dabney Coleman, Wayne Rogers, Richard Anderson, Lynda Day, Karen Black, William Smithers, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Michael Constantine, Diana Hyland, Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Atwater, James B. Sikking, Louis Gossett, Jr., Barbara Hershey, Diana Muldaur, Will Geer, and Barry Williams, a few years shy of his debut as one of "The Brady Bunch."

Then, there are the "inspired castings," which include Kevin McCarthy,Dana Wynter, and Larry Gates who themselves had battled aliens in the classic 50's "Invasion of the Body Snathers; Michael Rennie of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" fame; Whit Bissel, who made Michael Landon a "teenage werewolf'; Roscoe Lee Browne and Raymond St. Jacques in a landmark episode; and Dawn Wells and Russell Johnson, who managed to leave "Gilligan's Island" to find their way in an "Invaders'" tale.

Finally, there are the actors that are probably known more for their voices than their faces: cartoon voiceover actor John Stephenson ("Mr. Slate" on "The Flintstone" for one); Ben Wright, heard in numerous films and television shows; Barney Phillips, another famous voice; and young Christopher Shea, who provided the voice of "Linus" for many of the early Charlie Brown specials.

Like the first in the series, this DVD also features an interview with Thinnes. This time, however, the actor provides a fascinating look at the making of the series, as well as other aspects of acting and celebrity.
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on 13 October 2010
Invaders: Complete Series Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

This is a series that seeks to touch our fundamental fears of the threatening unknown. Its something only the best horror sci-fis could engender. Invasion of the Body Snatchers had it. So did The Thing from Another World. More recently it was Alien and Jaws. Its that lurking fearful unknown waiting for you under the bed at night when the lights are off. You know its there but you rarely see it and then only as a maybe shadow, and it grows and grows in the deep dark recesses of your mind waiting..always waiting.

The Invaders was one of the few true effective workers of that paranoia on TV (Outer Limits and Twilight Zone were possibly its match). The fear it fundamentally worked on was the threat to our society's security, and our personal safety. It was the fear of those nasty Nazi agents before and during WW11. It was the communist agents during the Cold War. It's today's terrorist extremists hidden in our respective home lands waiting to initiate their nefarious plans against us. It's that scary monster under the bed waiting, lurking, plotting.

The Invaders, especially in the first season, played this paranoia to a fine art. It didnt need the splashy action scenes or top of the range special effects. Most of the fear came from what was implied, what you imagined. In fact there was little in the way of special effects and what was used was sparing and always relevant and effective; that being limited to an occasional shot of a flying saucer, the occasional ray gun, the hypnotic spinning crysal, the hand held killing disc and of course the glowing deaths of the aliens. And poor David Vincent, our hero, could never seem to hold on to the proof he needed to show us that the monster under the bed really existed and threatened us all.

This is a classic horror Sci-Fi series, simple, well paced, conceived and written, supported by 'spooky music' and still relevant today. Roy Thinnes is ideal as our persistent and undaunted hero. It remains amongst my favoured top ten TV series and I strongly commend it to all adult ages.
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VINE VOICEon 21 April 2009
This 7 disk set contains the entire second and sadly final (except the awful mini series in the 90's) series of The Invaders. As was the case with the American dvd release of the first series this dvd also includes special features which are not on the UK or Australian dvd releases. The special features include episode introductions by Roy Thinnes (David Vincent), there is a audio commentary track on the episode The Peacemaker by Alan Armer, and finally a facinating interview with Roy Thinnes.

It is most annoying and totally pointless that these excellent extras are not on the UK release. This dvd is region 1 coded so you will need a compatable dvd player. If you have a multi region player and enjoy classic 1960's sci fi tele then give this dvd a go - you won't be dissapointed.
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on 28 February 2009
I watched this on a b/w tv as a child in the 60's and loved it. Now watching as an adult and in colour it is as good as I remembered. A bit dated in some respects and not the best of visual effects but better than most from the time. Good story-lines with all episodes worth viewing.

One minor niggle is why didn't they use THE INVADERS logo used in the titles on the box. It is so iconic and instantly recognisable.

Great value 25 stories (26 episodes) on 7 discs. I would have given 5 stars but marked it down due to a complete lack of extras .
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on 24 March 2012
i like both invaders seasons 1&2 from the 60s, these are amongst the greatest sci-fi series ever in my opinion, Roy Thinnies is perfect as the lead role - david vincent i have just watched "the innocent" from season 1 which was superb 10/10. First class sound & picture quality a brief synopsis can be found on the inside case of each box set, no extras i have bought a lot of box sets and these are nop notch.
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