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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror/Things That Go Bump/Monsters|
|Format||Collector's Edition, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Donald Sutherland, Philip Kaufman, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum|
|Runtime||1 hour and 55 minutes|
Under cover of darkness, while an unsuspecting city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum star in this shocking, "first-rate suspense thriller", (Newsday).
One by one, the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows of their former selves. As the phenomenon spreads, two Department of Health workers, Matthew (Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Adams), uncover the horrifying truth: Mysterious pods are cloning humans and destroying the originals! The unworldly invasion grows stronger with each passing minute, hurling Matthew and Elizabeth into a desperate race to save not only their own lives, but the future of the entire human race.
Special Features Include:
-2K scan of the inter-positive
-“Star-Crossed in The Invasion:” An interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes)
-“Leading the Invasion:” An interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes)
-“Re-Creating The Invasion:” An interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes)
-“Scoring the Invasion:” An interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes)
-Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman
-Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman
-“Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod:” Including interviews with director Philip Kaufman, screenwriter W.D. Richter, director of photography Michael Chapman, and actors Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright (15 minutes)
-“Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod” (4 minutes)
-“The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod:” An interview with Ben Burtt and sound editor Bonnie Koehler (12 minutes)
-“The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod” (5 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Photo Gallery
- An episode of SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE, “Time is Just A Place,: based on Jack Finney’s short story directed by Jack Arnold
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 35497346
- Director : Philip Kaufman
- Media Format : Collector's Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 55 minutes
- Release date : August 2, 2016
- Actors : Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B01F6EHO80
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #3,150 in Horror (Movies & TV)
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The film begins with scenes of a creepy, cosmic landscape inundated with space spores, which begin to drift off into space, carried by solar winds (this can't be good). Eventually some end up drifting towards Earth, specifically to San Francisco, where they start glomming onto the local foliage, much like that of a parasite onto a host. The cross-pollination results in some rather unique looking flowers that catch the attention of Elizabeth Driscoll (Adams), a civil servant working for the Department of Health...there's a joke in here somewhere with regards to the 1967 Scott McKenzie song `San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)', but its not coming to me. The next morning she notices her boyfriend Geoffrey (Hindle) isn't quite himself...oh, he looks and sounds like Geoffrey, but he's odd, emotionless, and distant. She brings up her concerns to co-worker Matthew Bennell (Sutherland), who suggests maybe she should visit one of his friends, a famed psychiatrist named Dr. David Kibner (Nimoy), not because he thinks she's crazy, but just to help `put things in perspective'. Turns out the doctor has been receiving a number of patients who are claiming the same thing as Elizabeth, to which he accredits to some sort of psychological flu. Anyway, Matthew, along with friends Jack (Goldblum) and Nancy (Cartwright) Bellicec, who run a local Turkish mud bath (seems strangely fitting for some reason), learn that Elizabeth's fears are very real, as the Earthbound space spores not only grown pretty little flowers, but also good sized pods which act as organic replicating devices that create an exact duplicate of an individual while they sleep...but what happens to the human being duplicated? Perhaps the question is moot, as soon the four find themselves neck deep in an ever growing conspiracy, looking for answers, never knowing whom can be trusted. The pods are here, and humankind will never be the same...
Okay, first of all, if the alien presence really knew what they were getting themselves into, do you think they would really try to clone Jeff Goldblum? I have to figure this would result in a serious case of `assimilation' remorse. As I said earlier, I did enjoy this remake, but my favorite is still the original, as it seemed to resonant more so with the time period of when it was made, despite director Don Siegel's denying any intentional efforts to present an allegory towards the political situations of the time. I think one of the aspects I liked a lot about this film was that while it went further with the effects than they ever could have with the 1956 version, there was a sense of staying true to the material, a respect not often seen in remakes as many see it as a challenge to out do what came before, put their own spin on it, and also distance themselves as perhaps not to be labeled as a plagiarizing hack, I guess...regardless, I truly believe Kaufman meant this in more of a complementary sense rather than trying to do it bigger and better. The story is pretty much the same, with a few changes. Some aspects felt a little odd, like the quickness in Elizabeth's perception of something not being right. She seemed to pick up on it almost immediately, even though many around her thought she was just suffering a mental disorder of some kind. Also, I thought Matthew seemed a little too naive at times, especially when he was trying to work his way through the gooberment channels, hoping to warn those in power of the situation most dire. But these were relatively minor things, as the rest of the story is a lot of fun, especially the widening conspiracy aspect, the key players never knowing whom to trust as the pod culture spreads like a plague. How do you fight something so invasive that takes hold while you sleep? Not only does it steal your identity, but essentially destroys your soul, turning you into a human/plant hybrid devoid of the qualities that make us human. The creepiest sequence (besides the dog with the mans face...see the film and you'll know what I'm talking about) was the one with the little children being led into the front of a building (probably their school), with one saying "Why do we have to take a nap? I'm not tired." while in the back of the building we see people carrying pods through an open doorway. I thought the special effects were well done, and felt a lot like something often found in a David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome) film, especially the hideously grotesque pod `babies'. There is a real sense of unease developed throughout the film, aided by an odd, but suitable musical score, topped off by a strong, chill down your spine ending...
MGM presents on this DVD both the non-anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) and fullscreen versions. The picture quality is decent, but it could have used some cleaning, and it did appear murky at times. It is definitely watchable, but some of the flaws are noticeable. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio comes through cleaning, and I had no complaints. There are some special features, including a commentary track with director Philip Kaufman and an original theatrical trailer. There is supposed to be a booklet included, one that contains trivia, production notes, and a `Pod Culture' retrospective, but it was not to be found in my DVD case. Perhaps this was one that didn't get it, I don't know, but I did send a note to MGM and am waiting for their reply. Overall a good transfer of an excellent film, one that acknowledges and celebrates from whence it came, rather than trying to avoid or overly outdo its predecessor.
The story begins with spores from another planet landing in San Francisco where they form flowers on existing plants. Little do people know that they are aliens that replace humans that come into contact with them.
The main characters are Donald Sutherland as a city health inspector Matthew Bennell and his friends. Brooke Adams as Elizabeth Driscoll who works in the Health Dept, Leonard Nimoy who is a famous psychiatrist Dr. David Kibner, Jeff Goldblum is a frustrated writer Jack Bellicec, and his wife Veronica Cartwright as Nancy Bellicec. Matthew and Brooke first discover the spores and try to warn the authorities, but are constantly frustrated by skeptical officials and friends.
The movie captures the real horror of an alien take over. First people just act a little odd, not showing any emotions. Next they start having meetings at all hours with strange people passing along packages. Then friends and family start claiming their loved ones are not who they are like when Matthew drops off his dry cleaning and the owner tells him over and over again that his wife is not his wife. Then there are shocking scenes such as when a man jumps onto Matthew’s car and warns that people are coming and they’re endangered before a small mob chases after him. He’s suddenly killed and a silent and emotionless crowd stares down at him. Eventually the process is shown how the spores replace people and it’s not a pretty sight. It’s this steady building of tension that really makes the movie. As Elizabeth says, life becomes a nightmare and it’s like the entire city changed overnight.
Nimoy and Goldblum even though they’re supporting characters also have standout performances. Nimoy plays a suave, know it all psychiatrist who is so assuring to everyone with a calm doctor’s voice. Goldblum on the other hand is a neurotic writer who is jealous of Nimoy and can’t stop talking about how his dreams are unfulfilled.
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In order to heighten the increasing paranoia and mistrust, Kaufman uses strange camera angles, bizarre sounds and shots of people silently gathering. He has also assembled a great cast: Donald Sutherland; Brooke Adams; Veronica Cartwright: a young Jeff Goldblum: and Leonard Nimoy. In my opinion, it is one of the finest remakes ever made!
As well as the film, there are the obligatory extras and they are all worth a look but my favourite is, 'Discussing The Pod,' which is basically, novelist and film critic, Kim Newman discussing the movie with filmmakers Norman J. Warren and Ben Wheatley, which is heaven for a sci-fi geek like myself.