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Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray] [Import]

Kevin McCarthy , Dana Wynter , Don Siegel    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Something's wrong in the town of Santa Mira, California. At first, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is unconcerned when the townsfolk accuse their loved ones of acting like emotionless imposters. But soon the evidence is overwhelming--Santa Mira has been invaded by alien "pods" that are capable of replicating humans and taking possession of their identities. It's up to McCarthy to spread the word of warning, battling the alien invasion at the risk of his own life. Considered one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s and '60s, this classic paranoid thriller was widely interpreted as a criticism of the McCarthy era (that's Senator Joseph, not actor Kevin), which was characterized by anticommunist witch-hunts and fear of the dreaded blacklist. Some hailed it as an attack on the oppressive power of government as Big Brother. However viewers interpret it, this original 1956 version of Invaders of the Body Snatchers (based on Jack Finney's serialized novel The Body Snatchers) remains a milestone movie in its genre, directed by Don Siegel with an inventive intensity that continues to pack an entertaining wallop. Look closely and you'll find future director Sam Peckinpah (an uncredited cowriter of this film) making a cameo appearance as a meter reader! --Jeff Shannon


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4.0 out of 5 stars A must own 50s Sci-Fi Classic Sept. 23 2005
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie is certainly a must own for those interested in the 50s Sc-Fi genre or just Sci-Fi/Horror buffs of any era.
This movie takes us on an exacting and tension building journey through the perspective of a doctor returning back to his home town and finding that all isn't at all right.It seems a few people,young and old,are reporting that their relatives aren't who they once were.At first he doesn't seem too fazed and fluffs it off as a coincidence and/or some kind of mass hysteria,a theory put forward by a collegue of his.
But from cancelled appointmemnts, a noticable drop off of trade all around the town to some very disturbing incidents he comes to realize that there is something VERY strange afoot.
He soon finds himself caught up in a series of very quick moving events all the while trying to save himself and some friends and at the same time trying to notify authorities about this dangerous menace.It's an uphill struggle all the way and the movie is at its' scary and intense best during this period.
Kevin McCarthy and his co-star Dana Winter pull in boffo performances playing it straight down the line and have us with them the entire time.
On the technical side I had to knock off a star because even though it's fantastic to finally have this movie in widescreen I thought the prints' graininess could have been cleaned up much better for this presentation.It is very noticable in the full screen format which I thought might have been better in widescreen just because of the aspect ratio difference but such is not the case.It's not AS bad just it could have been better.
And finally for all those who have for years thought this entire movie was just a sly metaphor for the Cold War,big government vs the little guy,etc.,etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep awake, keep awake!!!!. June 17 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a remarkable movie in many ways. With a relatively small budget a very interesting Sci-Fi / horror film is made. No big visual effects, no Big Stars in the cast, black n' white photography and still a griping story. There are two remakes of this story, they can't stand against the original one, even if they were produced with a bigger budget and known actors.
This is the plot: Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to his small home town ready to attend patients. Different consultants tell him of a paranoid syndrome: their relatives seem somehow changed. A couple of days after that, they return to his office and tell him "Everything is OK".
Dr. Bennell and her old times girl friend Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) soon realize the town is being subject to an alien invasion plot. Huge seed are "planted" in basements or garages and evolved in a duplicate of a person (a clone will be called today). As soon as the victim fells asleep is "transformed". The tension grows up as time pass and the characters need to sleep.
Some comments issued around the film pointed out that it may be taken as a parable of the Cold War raging at the time it was released (1956). I think that there are more films of that period, alluding the frightful issue of "They are like us but they are NOT us and they are dangerous", as in "The Thing from another World" (1951) or "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" (1958).
The actress Carolyn Jones (later best known by her impersonation of Morticia at the "Addams Family" TV serial) play a short, but very well enacted, role
A very enjoyable film to be seen.
Duration: 80 minutes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invasion of the MTV generation Feb. 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It is really a shame that most audiences today are not patient enough to sit through a black and white movie. If they were, they might be lucky enough to see such greats as The Big Sleep or Double Indemnity. However, in terms of horror movies, there aren't many better than most black and white films from the early days of Hollywood. Being restricted to shooting horror films in black and white was not a detractor but a very positive rule. The director could then make the ominous shadows that are so common in scary movies even more pronounced with the stark contrast between what is light and dark. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a prime example of this. Made in 1956 by Don Siegel, this film stars Kevin McCarthy as a suburbanite convinced that his neighbors are slowly being taken over by some evil force, but of course no one believes him. As the soulless duplicates hatch from their pods and infest the town, Dr. Miles Bennell (McCarthy) is running out of time to do something. The intense storyline makes it obvious that such a movie should be, and was, incredibly lit providing deep meaningful lighting and cinematography.
The cinematographer, Ellsworth Fredericks, did an excellent job at creating an intense mood in this fantasy thriller. The predominant shadows, as in most film noir and other black and white movies of the 40's and 50's, defines the tone in which the viewer should read the characters. But what is most interesting about this film, is that only the main character sees the alien townspeople in this light when he is alone and they are attacking him. For the majority of the time, they are lit with high-key lighting, what is typically used in sitcoms today, to give the viewer a sense of perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1950s classic
This is no doubt the finest sci-fi film of all-time!! The many remakes really can not compare to the original. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2012 by bobb
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright but I probably missed the political point
Having been born well after the McCarthy era the political sub-text was lost on me. I just thought it was another one of those 50s sci-fi b movies made. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by filterite
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
This is a GREAT transfer of the original film! The sound is good, the picture is good, it's simply a grand dvd! The film here has good acting and casting. Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by Lotus Scrum
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's a classic but...
It's severely spoiled by the imposed framing story - where the authorities defeat the Pod People after all - and (for me) by the obvious right-wing bias of the filmmakers. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by bruther
5.0 out of 5 stars "Whatever You Do, Don't Go to Sleep!"
Based on the 1955 novella by Jack Finney, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS is the definitive filmic allegory of 1950's McCarthyist paranoia and oppression, and it remains one of the... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Michael R Gates
3.0 out of 5 stars Bashful's DVD Summary #020
Best:
1) It's a great example of a B-movie that became a genre classic. That alone makes it worth a look. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Brian Hiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Have You Checked YOUR Basement For Pods?
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS is a gradually mounting nightmare. A creeping rumor that grows into an alien takeover before your eyes. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Bindy Sue Fr°nkŘnschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
The main character is the only guy in town who seems to know what's going on here. Did nobody else in the town realize what was going on and report it to the authorities??
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Sci-fi films ever made
By any conceivable standard, the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS is one of the greatest Sci-fi films ever made. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003 by Robert Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I lay me down to sleep...
A classic sci-fi thriller made on a small budget with a relatively unknown cast and no special effects. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by Cody
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