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Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray] (1956)

Kevin McCarthy , Dana Wynter , Don Siegel  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, King Donovan
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Y1NPSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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One of the greatest and most influential Sci-Fi films of all time stars Kevin McCarthy as a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming hysterical and accuse their loved ones as emotionless imposters. Plant-like extra-terrestrials have invaded Earth, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking position of their souls while they sleep. Realizing that the epidemic is out of control, in a terrifying race for his life, he escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people! Directed by the great Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) and co-starring Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates and King Donovan. Remade in 1978, 1997 and 2007.

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166 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Film in Excellent No-Frills DVD Release October 10, 2003
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According to Hollywood lore, the cast and crew of this film decided to play a practical joke on actress Carolyn Jones during the filming: while she was out of her bungalow, they slipped in and left one of the large seedpods made for the film on her bed. They received a more memorable response than they expected, for when Jones returned to her bungalow for a nap and found the pod she ran screaming out into the street.

And such is the power of this film. There are no major special effects, and for the most part everything looks the way it should in small town America of the 1950s. But the idea it presents and the paranoia it creates is a remarkable, tangible thing.

Loosely based on the novella by Jack Finney and directed by Don Siegel, THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS was just a little black and white horror film--but it exploded within America's 1950s subconscious with all the force of an atomic bomb, tapping into fears of everything from Cold War-era communism to a decreasing sense of community to the notorious House Unamerican Activities Committee. And in the process it became one of the most influential horror films ever made, a motion picture that would exert a strong pull on every one from novelist Stephen King to filmmakers like Wolf Rilla.

The story has been told in no fewer than three film versions, but while the Donald Sutherland and the Meg Tilley versions are each quite fine in their own ways, the original remains the most powerful. Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to the small California town of Santa Mira from a medical convention--only to discover that several members of the community have developed a strange form of hysteria: they have become convinced that certain friends and relatives are being impersonated by exact duplicates.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep awake, keep awake!!!!. June 17, 2004
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This is a remarkable movie in many ways. With a relatively small budget a very interesting Sci-Fi / horror film is made. No big visual effects, no Big Stars in the cast, black n' white photography and still a griping story. There are two remakes of this story, they can't stand against the original one, even if they were produced with a bigger budget and known actors.

This is the plot: Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to his small home town ready to attend patients. Different consultants tell him of a paranoid syndrome: their relatives seem somehow changed. A couple of days after that, they return to his office and tell him "Everything is OK".
Dr. Bennell and her old times girl friend Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) soon realize the town is being subject to an alien invasion plot. Huge seed are "planted" in basements or garages and evolved in a duplicate of a person (a clone will be called today). As soon as the victim fells asleep is "transformed". The tension grows up as time pass and the characters need to sleep.

Some comments issued around the film pointed out that it may be taken as a parable of the Cold War raging at the time it was released (1956). I think that there are more films of that period, alluding the frightful issue of "They are like us but they are NOT us and they are dangerous", as in "The Thing from another World" (1951) or "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" (1958).

The actress Carolyn Jones (later best known by her impersonation of Morticia at the "Addams Family" TV serial) play a short, but very well enacted, role
A very enjoyable film to be seen.
Duration: 80 minutes.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Don Siegel's film of Jack Finney's classic novel "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" remains a seminal, powerful science fiction classic. Seen as something of a political allergory by many critics in retrospect, director Don Siegel and producer Walter Wagner created a classic film that has continued to influence the genre even six decades later.

Small town doctor Miles (Kevin McCarthy who is marvelous)returns to his hometown after a medical meeting to find that a little boy claims his mother isn't his mother. This isn't an isolated case as his former girlfriend Becky (the stunning Dana Wynter)returns to town to visit her father and tells Miles that her cousin is claiming the same thing about her father. It's almost like a mass delusion is gripping the town (although not identified there is a condition called folie à plusieurs i.e.,"madness of many" a shared delusion that takes root and is passed on). Miles goes along with that explanation until his writer friend (King Donovan)and his wife (Carolyn Jones) FIND a body without finger prints and, while not dead, he isn't alive either. Miles begins to suspect something darker is going on when he begins to notice the change in behavior of his friends.

Olive Films which has adopted lesser known and older Paramount titles for release has done an exceptionally good tranfer for the film. Presented in black & white on a 25g disc in the original Superscope widescreen presentation (which the producer was against...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
This was the first film that laid the way for all the later versions and it is still my favorite. Yes it shows it's age in the lack of technology but that's what makes it so good. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Marty Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best of the 4.
Published 4 days ago by DT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The classic is always the best!
Published 6 days ago by Casandra Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
After watching this movie, I never go past a greenhouse without looking in.(chilled to the bone)
Published 6 days ago by Dane Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars CHECK YOUR CLOSETS; LOOK UNDER THE BED!
There's something amiss in the small town of Santa Mira CA. It seems the inhabitants are not quite themselves. Now it's up to Dr. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ernest
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic on Blu-Ray
How can you not love the original of this movie? If you haven't seen this by now..... where have you been? Read more
Published 8 days ago by mattm9y
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the finest science fiction films to come out of Hollywood...
Truly one of the finest science fiction films to come out of Hollywood during the 1950s. "Invasion" manages to create paranoia of the Red Menace and the suburbanization of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Rob McCabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best Sci-fi flicks of the 1950's!
Published 16 days ago by David W Stone Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical part of the evolution of horror movies.
Superb perfomances and CREEPY!!!
Published 23 days ago by Tony Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best of a fun era.Kevin McCarthy at his best. Highly recommended..
Published 23 days ago by Enginman
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