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The widescreen DVD presentation, though not anamorphic, is completely acceptable and beautifully showcases the often gorgeous cinematography. The sound and video tranfers are fine, although the source print does seem a bit grainy near the beginning of the movie. Extras include a director's commentary and the Original Theatrical Trailer. Overall, a very nice edition of a film that deservedly enjoys a small - but loyal - cult following.
This homage to the 1950's martian classics brings together a great cast: Nancy Allen brings a great deal of depth to her role as Betty Walker, the tabloid reporter hot on the trail of the clandestine "visitors". Other actresses may have faltered considereing the circumstances, but Allen takes the ball and runs with it. Her solid performance adds the extra initiative that the viewer needs to actually care what happens to the cast. Paul LeMat, although a usual favorite, plays his role as Charles Bigelow a bit too stiff but for the most gives an impressive performance. Oscar nominees Diana Scarwid (as Margaret, Charlie's alien ex-wife and mother of their child) and Michael Lerner (as Willie, the now-locked-up key to understanding why the aliens are here on earth) co-star with One Flew Over the Kookoo's Nest Oscar Winner Louise Flether, who seems disgusted that after winning an Academy Award, her agent allowed her to get fifth billing in Strange Invaders.
The great special effects, chillingly memorable score, tongue-in-cheek humor mixed with genuine thrills and the great performances (most notably the wonderful Nancy Allen who has been stuck in supporting roles in recent flicks like Steven Soderberg's Clooney-Lopez hit Out Of Sight and the Christopher Walken-Michael Rappaport mafia comedy Kiss Toledo Goodbye)
Yes, it IS Strange, but campy good fun, too. Now MGM just needs to release this on DVD and all will be good....strange, but good.
If you're going to spoof such unforgettable classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, you better have a small town with personality. It also helps the play the game with a straight face, which "Strange Invaders" rarely does. Should we forgive the film's faults or is it a way to camouflage lazy filmmaking? Most of the action takes place in Centerville, USA, a rural town without a smidgen of character. It appears to have a diner and rooming house (no motel?). It can only be reached by a dirt road crossing a railroad track. After what appears to be a 1950's alien invasion during the prologue, with special effects only Ed Wood could love, it's now reduced to a modern day ghost town.Read more ›
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Rather bland and dull throwback to the 50s and 60s sci-fi/alien films that were much more entertaining than Strange Invaders. Read morePublished 2 months ago by westicles
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I remember back in the early eighties when director Michael Laughlin was the talk of the town in numerous horror... Read more
I loved this when I first saw this as a kid and loved this when recently watching. This is one of the better alien invasion movies out her. The story/plot was very well executed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mars
Dreadfully bland homage to the SF films of yesteryear. Even 'Mac and Me' could've surpassed the drivel served up in this 90 minute Science Fiction waste. Avoid at all cost.Published 23 months ago by Rick Riojas
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