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Lifeforce (Collector's Edition) [Blu-Ray/DVD Combo] (1985)

Steve Railsback , Peter Firth , Tobe Hooper  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio Commentary With Director Tobe Hooper

All New Retrospective With Cast And Crew Including Actor Steve Railsback, Director Tobe Hooper and more

Vintage 'Making Of Lifeforce' Featurette

Theatrical Trailers

TV Spot

Still Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A mission to investigate Halley's Comet discovers an alien spacecraft. After a deadly confrontation, the aliens travel to Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the life force of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger.

An excessive failure in a decade known for excess at movie houses, Tobe Hooper's eccentric science fiction/horror epic Lifeforce (1985) has enjoyed in recent years a reappraisal from genre fans, which undoubtedly sparked the release of this deluxe Blu-ray/DVD presentation. Despite the best efforts of an impressive array of behind-the-scenes talent, from director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and writers Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby (Alien) to special effects designer John Dykstra (Star Wars), Lifeforce never quite blossoms into the phantasmagoric spectacle its producers--Cannon Films' infamous Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus--envisioned when they optioned Colin Wilson's The Space Vampires in their mid-'80s bid for respectability. Instead, it's a curious blend of pulp outer space adventure, with American astronaut Steve Railsback discovering a trio of aliens, including the comely Mathilda May, in a ship attached to Halley's comet, and apocalypse horror, with the aliens laying waste to London by draining its occupants of their vital energies. Hooper delivers some impressive set pieces in the picture's opening and final, manic third, as Railsback and SAS colonel Peter Firth attempt to track down May's hiding place as London collapses into anarchy, but often falters in his attempt to keep the high-minded, blockbuster-focused concept on track in the face of exceptionally purple dialogue and wildly varying performances (especially Railsback, who seems very uncomfortable throughout the film, and Frank Finlay as a babble-spouting professor). The decision to depict May in the nude throughout the film, while an obvious audience draw and one of the key reasons for the film's lasting appeal, also hampers the tone, pushing it towards drive-in territory when it clearly hoped to cleave towards the Star Wars/Star Trek ticket. The result is a genuinely offbeat film (a label that can be applied to nearly all of Hooper's CV), neither camp nor underrated classic, though it's never a dull ride, thanks to its bristling energy and the (literally) eye-popping special effects.

Audiences and critics dismissed Lifeforce upon its release in 1985, but years of (heavily edited) TV broadcasts and home video have provided it with a fan base that should be pleased with Scream Factory's typically impressive Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Its chief appeal is the inclusion of both the 101-minute domestic cut by Tri-Star pictures, and the 116-minute international theatrical edit, which features more graphic material than the American version as well as composer Henry Mancini's complete score (which was replaced in part with cues by Michael Kamen). Two commentary tracks are also included: the first features Hooper with filmmaker Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), whose enthusiasm occasionally overshadows the director's understated but informative contributions, while the second pairs special makeup effects supervisor Nick Maley (Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) with DVD producer Michael Felsher. Hooper, Railsback, and May are all showcased in short interview featurettes in which they discuss their experiences on the film, as well as the effect that Lifeforce had on their subsequent careers, while an electronic press kit created to promote the theatrical release offers vintage interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Two theatrical trailers, a TV spot, and an HD gallery of production stills round out the two-disc set. --Paul Gaita

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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars imaginative vampire twist December 23, 2003
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This movie has a very original twist on the old standard vampire tale, with the horror Cult King director - Tobe Hooper at the helm. It is taut pace movie scripted by Dan O'Bannon (Blue Thunder) from a Colin Wilson (Max Headroom) book. The casts is a powerhouse, Frank Finlay as Dr. Hanns Fallada, Peter Firth Brit Colonel Colin Caine, the always bizarrely brilliant Steve Railsback, Mathilda May as the female Space Vampire (not many lines but she does make an "impression"), Patrick Stewart (pre Jean Luc) as Dr. Armstrong, John Hallam (The Mummy) as Lamson and Chris Jagger as a guard (Yeppers, that is the brother of Mick!). Add in some nifty Special Effects for the vampire victims and you have one really great time!
The vampire tale is rather worn, but they manage to give a fresh take on it. Instead of fangs and sucking neck, they suck the "lifeforce" from humans, leaving the body robbed of everything and looking like a "tube of toothpaste all squished out". Worse, in short order we see that it spreads like a plague with the rapidness of dominoes.
The movie opens with the return of the multi-national spaceshuttle The Church to earth. It's overdue and they anticipate something is wrong. When the board it, they find the spaceship had been set to flame, the crew supposedly all dead, and three perfect bodies in glass coffins. They haul them back, quarantine them, but they don't stay that way for long. They soon find out they are space vampires and are now a loose on earth. Enter Railsback as the US army Colonel, the only survivor from the Churchill who escaped in a pod. He tells how they found a strange spaceship hidden in Hailey's Comet. When they boarded the found the glass coffins and lots of weird dead bats-type things.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated Sci/Fi epic February 14, 2004
Though director Tobe Hoooper has had more downs than ups in his career, his film Lifeforce comes out being one of his best, following only Texas Chainsaw Massacre adn Poltergeist. Though initially a box-office failure, I found Lifeforce to be a refreshing story in the otherwise repetitive Science Fiction genre. That's whats sad about the genre; when filmmakers come out with somehting new and different, it flops, but if it's another ALien rip-off, box-office hit. This "vampire" story takes a new turn on the vampire myth, with aliens arriving on Earth that drain people of "lifeforce," the essence of life. I found most of the performances to be great, espiceally Peter Firth as British Agaent Kane. He makes this film totally believable. Steve Railsback is actually the weakest in the cast, but I have to hand it to him, he had a difficult role to play and he did a credible job at it. The effects are also very good for the time and the filmmakers use their fairly high budget to their addvantage. The one thing I hate about this film is that all people seem to recognize is the nudity. They forget about the story and focus on Mathilda May's body (though she I will say she does have a great body). This film goes far beyond the nudity. It drives me nuts when I ask someone if they've seen Lifeforce and they respond "is that the film with that hot naked chick?" So look beyond the nudity and find and marvel at the very creative story aided by the mesmerizing score by Henry Mancini and the London Symphony Orchestra. I found the film very good all the way through . Some seem to think the film fizzles out towards the end when London is in anarchy with zombies running around but I myself found it very exciting and the zombie scenes rivel those of even George Romero. Read more ›
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for a pretty good vampires-from-space flick February 5, 2013
I'm chuckling with myself at my over-the-top rating for this over-the-top movie. I stumbled upon this movie years ago and had it on VHS tape copied from somewhere. I then found a DVD version with an upgraded soundtrack (Henry Mancini!!) and bought it. I think that is the first time I'd seen it on DVD. It looks good except the widescreen isn't upgraded to anamorphic. That's all fixed with this new Blu ray version. Transferred with a 1080p resolution and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, this is a big improvement over the old DVD. A DVD is included in this package properly formatted.

"Lifeforce" is a sci-fi horror film ala "Alien" (same screenwriter, Dan O'Bannon along with Don Jakoby) with a bigger budget and with extra nudity. Directed by "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" & "Poltergeist" filmmake Tobe Hooper, the movie is pretty good, even without the nudity.

While on a mission to hunt down Halley's Comet, Col. Carlsen (Steve Railsback) and his crew encounter a space craft floating nearby. Investigating they find dead bat-like creatures and 3 nude humanoids perfectly preserved. Carlsen is the only crewmember to return alive, but the ship is found in Earth's orbit with the 3 humanoids (2 good looking dudes and one hot chick) still in good form.

It turns out these humanoids need human "lifeforce" instead of blood that let's say, a vampire might need. Pretty much the same result however. Some excellent special effects and makeup make for a decent thriller. And of course there is first-time "actress" Mathilda May walking around for almost the entire movie totally nude. I tossed in half a star for that alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Collector's Edition.
I was not originally going to write a review since I did not feel I could add anymore to what has already been written. But, it turns out there is something to be said. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Glen A. Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Thomas J Skatter
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy movies from the UK!
As I can't play it on my computer or my DVD player because it is from the UK, I wasted my money and I'm not real happy about that.
Published 20 days ago by Beverly I Booker
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun 80's British B movie
This a fun rainy day B movie. It was made back in 80's and the special effects are out of date, but as with 80's B movies there is lots of skin to be seen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by srh2767
5.0 out of 5 stars This will be review of the Bluray itself. The ...
This will be review of the Bluray itself. The film is a guilty pleasure ( 3.5 out of 5 stars). The picture, sound and extras are worth the upgrade.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malachy
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie
It is hard to find this movie. I love it and the special effects hold up well to modern movies.
Published 1 month ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Cindy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Maverick
4.0 out of 5 stars Original take on the vampire mythos
I watched this movie when it came out back in the 80's and all I remembered as a teenager was Mathilda May. What can I say the woman is gorgeous. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fenrir Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
P & A Very Good.
Published 2 months ago by Andyguan
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Which edition of the film
The cut version is around 101 minutes and the director's cut is 116 which is listed here. I can't say if Amazon has it listed correctly or not.
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