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The Invaders: Season 1 (1000)

Roy Thinnes , Hank Simms  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Roy Thinnes, Hank Simms, William Woodson, Kent Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 933 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Z36EO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) knows that The Invaders, alien beings from a dying planet, have arrived to take over the Earth! To make matters worse, the aliens know who he is, and most of the time where he is. Somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun.

"If they’re really after you, you’re not paranoid" is a lesson The Invaders' David Vincent has learned all too well. Vincent (portrayed by Roy Thinnes) knows that aliens from a dying planet have come to Earth and are planning to take over; having lost his way and fallen asleep in his car in the remote woods one night, he saw their flying saucer land. What’s worse, the invaders know he knows. And worst of all, the rest of the world is willfully oblivious, and little interested in the rantings of this madman. That's the premise of this series from producer Quinn (The Fugitive) Martin, and even if the 16 episodes from the show’s first season (1967) don’t always match the promise of the concept, this is still an intriguing, entertaining ride.

The aliens, crafty critters that they are, look exactly like us, save for a slight disfigurement of one finger; they also completely disintegrate when killed, a convenient little conceit that prevents anyone from figuring out who or what they really are. Their dastardly schemes for eliminating the Earthlings are many and varied, ranging from nuclear bombs, plagues of locusts (and carnivorous butterflies!), and manufactured hurricanes to brainwashing and mind control experiments. Standing against this implacable foe is just one man--an amateur (Vincent was an architect before all the craziness began) who works alone (the other true believers he encounters almost invariably end up dead) and is often stymied by his own impetuousness and lack of preparation. Admittedly, the concept doesn’t hold up under close scrutiny; even if the aliens are trying to take over by stealth instead of one massive invasion, it doesn’t make a lot of sense that they can’t eliminate a guy who doesn’t even own a gun. There is no series arc; each episode is stand-alone, so by the end of the season the invaders still have barely established a foothold. Moreover, while there are plenty of fistfights and chase sequences, the special effects are ludicrous, the alien technology looks like something out of a high school play, the stories are obvious, and the acting is melodramatic (notwithstanding guest appearances by the Jack Warden and familiar TV faces like Suzanne Pleshette, Arthur Hill, Joseph Campanella, Jack Lord, Ed Asner, and many others). Nevertheless, with the help of Dominic Frontiere’s music and the portentous narration that begins and ends each episode, The Invaders manages to consistently maintain its paranoid, Kafka-esque vibe, and that alone makes it compellingly watchable. Thinnes’ episode intros and a new interview with the actor are the main bonus features. --Sam Graham

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182 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Nightmare Continues!!! January 27, 2008
When I was a kid, this show truly terrified me and DID give me nightmares - but I loved it anyway! Now, at long last, the original, iconic Sci-Fi TV Classic "The Invaders" is being released on DVD in boxed season sets. The first 17 episodes have been gathered in the initial DVD release.

The Invaders, which premiered on ABC in 1967, starred Roy Thinnes. It was a mid-season replacement show that was an hour-long, full-color science fiction thriller that sadly lasted only 43 episodes. Families across the country truly gathered around their TV sets when the series aired on Tuesday's at 8:30 p.m. to see what happened next.

The show opened with an unforgettable and chilling narration: "The Invaders, a Quinn Martin Production starring Roy Thinnes as architect David Vincent. The Invaders - alien beings from a dying planet. Their destination - the Earth. Their purpose: to make it `their' world. David Vincent has seen them. For him, it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a closed, deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy. Now, David Vincent knows that the Invaders are here; that they have taken human form. Somehow, he must convince a disbelieving world, that the nightmare has already begun..."

Voice talents were Hank Simms, who was the introductory narrator, and William Woodson who was episode narrator for the entire series.

In the first episode, Vincent is driving home at night after working a long, tiring day. He turns onto what he believes is a shortcut, then down the dark, isolated road. Unexpectedly, he ends up at Bud's Cafe, situated in a ghost town.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincents Crusade. February 27, 2008
(Act 1) Sci-Fi thriller with a coldwar background.
Most shows in the sci-fi genre are either pure science fiction, science fantasy or sci-Fi/horror.
But this show takes the less used path of sci-fi/thriller.
I find it's blend of science-fiction/thriller elements are done very well indeed.
The format has a vein of cold war paranoia running through it, (at the time it was made, 1960's, that's not surprising.) it could have worked equally well with east European enemy agents instead of alien invaders, but I prefer the sci-fi element in it. (The Invaders even glow RED before they disappear.)
A clever device used by the writers to emphasize Vincents apparent paranoia, was the fact that whenever an Invader was killed, the body glowed then disappered, leaving nothing remaining as evidence.
But one element of the show I will criticize is, if these aliens were capable of making spacecraft that can traverse galaxies, why could they not make a mutated free little finger.
Nearly every Invader exhibits a dodgy little finger during this first season.
I realize this was a plot-device used by the writers solely for dramatic purposes, but it just seemed a little too weak for me.
Weaponry in the invaders arsenal include the ubiqitous; "ray gun", but by far the nastiest weapon is a small disc with lights that when clamped to the back of a person's head kills them by inducing a cerebral haemorrhage. Very nasty, but clever as an autopsy carried out on the body would put death as natural causes.
(Act 2)
Roy Thinnes hit's all the right notes as the frightened and intimidated architect David Vincent, leading a one man crusade against the Invaders.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I have updated my review of THE INVADERS.

The film transfers appear to be from 35mm positive prints, rather than the original negatives. There is some grain & too much film dust.
The episodes have been slightly sped up to run 49 minutes instead of 51 minutes. The theory is that these are from the European PAL transfers where their projectors run at 25 frames per second (as opposed to our 24 frames stretched to 30). Roy Thinnes says this show is very popular in France where it is in syndication. This is probably the source material.

Still, these look better than they originally did on first airing.

The 27:25 long interview with Roy Thinnes is very informative, giving us insight on how he got involved with the series & some of his memories with the other actors.
BUT I would suggest not watching the individual show intros that he does as he talks about the plot of the episode, and gives no insight about its production. I think it is better to let the episodes tell the story first, then watch the intro after.

-Original Review-

Some reviewers here talked about the poor region 2 DVD case. I want to re-assure U.S. buyers that the region 1 case does NOT have overlapping discs. The slightly thicker keepcase has two swinging holders inside that store two discs on opposite sides of each other. The 5th disc is stored on the inside back of the case.

The clear case has a two-sided insert that gives the episode information (showing through the clear case) on the inside of the case.

There are 5 single-sided discs.
The 17 episodes have new introductions by Roy Thinnes. ***SKIP OVER THIS INTRO IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE EPISODES*** . Roy just gives you some of the plot and no insite about the making of the episode.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and creepy!
What if the conspiracy theorists were RIGHT?!? Architect David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) discovers that at least one popular conspiracy - a secret alien invasion - is true, and as the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Paul Beyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction for NON Sci Fi fanatics
MODERN Sci Fi does not have this level of suspense & acting. NOT Campy, Excellent Acting, Good Big Name Actors you will recognize if you're a baby boomer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenpo Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Carol J. Wooldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Unfortunately they needed more writers with vision because this series should have lasted for 10+ years. Very engaging and I just loved it then and love it now!
Published 8 months ago by Sher
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Suspense Series from 40+ Years Ago
A fun series to watch - the spooky music draws you in as well. The special effects are nothing like today's work, but it is still a story that brings you into the action.
Published 8 months ago by Glen B Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60s TV Series Holds Up Well Today
After the success of The Fugitive, producer Quinn Martin's next effort built on the themes that worked so well in The Fugitive: a lone hero on a mission, finding that danger lurks... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Silver Screen Videos
5.0 out of 5 stars invaders
cool movie so many people with blue eyes back to the good o days m lots of action with space aliens trying to take over earth good acting and good everthing
Published 13 months ago by J. ta
5.0 out of 5 stars Same as for the first season.
AS i stated before that I was busy when the show came out and didn't get to see all of then. The second season I was in the Army.
Published 15 months ago by Robert Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invaders Season One WOW
I cannot write a review about a series like this because it is television Sci-fi history. Perhaps just one or two words. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald T. Marion
This show was simply way!way! ahead of its time.The way they used color and darkness on film is spellbinding,its like film noir sci-fi. Read more
Published 18 months ago by REDFIRE66
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