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The Invasion (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2007)

Jeremy Northam , Susan Floyd , Oliver Hirschbiegel  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Northam, Susan Floyd, Adam Le Fevre, Jean Miller, Jean Schertler
  • Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2JKFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Invasion (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)" on IMDb

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The Invasion tells the story of a mysterious epidemic that alters the behavior of human beings. When a Washington D.C. psychiatrist (Nicole Kidman) discovers the epidemics origins are extraterrestrial, she must fight to protect her son, who may hold the key to stopping the escalating invasion.

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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Science-Fiction Classic January 13, 2008
Someone must defend the exquisite "The Invasion", which was a huge critical and commercial disaster when released in 2007. Personally, I think it was way ahead of its' time, and it is quite ironic that most people are waking up to its' genius on DVD.

Nicole Kidman, in perhaps her most restrained performance plays 'a woman against the world'. Holding onto her sanity while the rest of the world around her are converted literally into zombies, she plays a simple woman who has to deal with some extraordinary circumstances. I found her insomniac performance while teetering on the verge of a nervous breakdown while trapped in the convenience store, to be one of her greatest screen moments.

Its moments like that which define "The Invasion". This is NOT a film for special effects afficionados. In fact, I can't recall even one significant special effect or 'things blowing up'. What I got instead was a quiet, intelligent science fiction thriller that relied upon dialog and languid camera movement to convey a sense of fear and mayhem. In fact, the Directors' style here is an amalgamation of David Lynch and two of his best movies - "Dune" and "Mulholland Drive". The film-noir vibe is stark throughout this film, and I would say this is closer to an art film that a typical commercial thriller.

Perhaps its that sensibility that made this a commercial failure. In one extended sequence, Nicole Kidman is informed that in order to escape being noticed by the zombies, you need to be 'emotionless'. Nicole then proceeds to take the train and walk the streets, and does a fine job of conveying nothingness, simply to escape being killed, while all the while her character is dying inside. Superb.
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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another remake of a classic story. August 21, 2007
Every era seems to have a connection to the "Body Snatchers" as there have been about 4 films so far that are based on the classic tale and it has spawned numerous similarily themed films and silly rip-offs (Invasion of the Pod People).

The first version and arguably the best is Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) which dealt with McCarthism. The next take on the classic came in 1978 with Invasion of the Body Snatchers and has become my favorite version of the tale. It focused on our need to be emotional even when it makes no sense, hence, the appearance of Leonard Nimoy in the film who built a career playing Spock, part emotionless Vulcan and part human, on Star Trek. Then there came Body Snatchers in 1994 and although that was a rather forgettable version, it did have something to say about the "me" and "greed" era of the 1980's.

Now we have "The Invasion" in which Nicole Kidman takes on Leonard Nimoy's supporting role in the 1978 version and makes it the starring role. She is well-supported by the new James Bond, Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, and even the actor who plays the new Felix Liter in the same Bond film. In addition, there is Jeremy Northam (
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe it's that bug that's been going around." January 27, 2010
All the succeeding versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers have been weaker than the ones which came before, but they've all had interesting additions to the basic story of the pods taking over people.

The original (1956 with Kevin McCarthy) was the best because it was a low-budget film noir that didn't take itself too seriously. The Philip Kaufman remake in 1978 set in San Francisco anticipated the AIDS/STD crisis that was just around the corner. Abel Ferrara's version Body Snatchers (1993), set on an Army post, gave us a look at what happens when a society is increasingly militarized without wide scale involvement in the military by civilians for a temporary term of service, the way Americans experienced World War II.

The Invasion starring Nicole Kidman is the least interesting yet, but even it has a couple of intriguing ideas. I get the feeling it was intended to say some halfway serious things about the United States and its place in the world before a glamorous movie star got involved.

Pills have replaced pods in this version of the story.

Psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Kidman) prescribes a change in medication when a woman in an abusive marriage reports that her husband has become much calmer, except for strangling the dog when it growled at him.

Later one of the newly infected asks Bennell if she can give him a pill to prevent a Darfur, or a New Orleans.

Before the alien infection arrives on Earth, Bennell is caught between her ex-husband and her platonic boyfriend. We see both men before and after they're infected. Unlike previous versions of the story, people aren't killed and replaced by duplicates grown from pods, they are just transformed by an infection into a joint human-alien entity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good remake and the first one with a true happy ending
I liked the movie especially with it ending on the absolute truth of the Russian Ambassadors quote. Humans are a product of their inbred nature and always will be...... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion Nicole Kidman Daniel Craig
Great sci fi movie and third remake of body snatchers,,,this one takes on a different angle and is a great addition to the other two. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JKINSPECTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!
This is one of my favorite movies! A great up-to-date take on the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Sterling
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Variation of an Old Favorite
Nothing spectacular, but well worth the $2.99. I had already seen it in the theaters when it was originally released, and remember enjoying it well enough then, so decided to rent... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Kept My Interest
This remake of The Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers was passable. I did, however, sit through the whole move as I wanted to see the outcome. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TattooGrandma
3.0 out of 5 stars Body snatchers in another form.
Same old story. Entertaining without needing too much thought. Just sit there. Eat your popcorn, and veg out. I may have to give this DVD away. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Puck
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Sci-Fi Action
A fun sci-fi action film with the added bonus of the always compelling Nicole Kidman. I like how easily she killed people that got in her way.
Published 4 months ago by AgentOrange80
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a must see. A soon to be classic based on a classic.
Great twist on the classic movie. I love the modern theme with the old time feel. Everyone that I've recommended it to has loved it.
Published 4 months ago by Audrey Gossett
3.0 out of 5 stars A flawed movie which suffered from major post production changes-...
This movie was completed, then major changes were made before release. This is evident when you watch this remake of the 1956 classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. M. Fitzpatrick
4.0 out of 5 stars I used to love sci fi...still do
I love science fiction movies ever since I was a little kid. I remember seeing the Blob when it forst came out and it panicked all the kids. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sage
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