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Village Of The Damned: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: April 12 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01AB4Y712
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,777 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.

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The original 1960 version of Village of the Damned is regarded as a classic of science-fiction and horror, and it remains one of the creepiest movies of its kind. Directed with occasional flair by John Carpenter, this 1995 remake trades subtlety for more explicit chills and violence, but the basic premise remains effectively eerie. In the tiny, idyllic town of Midwich, a strange mist causes the entire population to fall asleep, and when everyone awakes the town physician (Christopher Reeve) discovers that 10 women--including his wife and a local teenaged virgin--have mysteriously become pregnant. Their children are all born on the same day, with matching white hair and strange, glowing eyes, growing at an accelerated rate and raising Reeve's suspicion that they're not of Earthly origin. These demonic brats can control minds and wreak havoc with the power of their thoughts--so of course, they must be destroyed! Only Reeve knows how to get the job done, and his performance (the actor's last big-screen role before his paralyzing accident in 1995) grounds this otherwise superfluous remake with enough credibility to hold the viewer's attention. But for the real chills, definitely check out the original version--it's 20 minutes shorter but twice as spooky. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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i think this is one of John carpenter's best movies,though i may be in
the minority.the basic premise is that an unknown force passes over the
small village of Midwich,at which point every living thing goes
unconscious,awakening many hours later with no memory of the event.it
is soon discovered that nearly all of the women are pregnant dating
from the time of the blackout.once the children are born,it is
discovered that they are almost identical to one another.it is also
soon revealed that these children are not what they appear to be.the
movie is basically an update on the 1960's version of the film of the
same name.it has been changed somewhat for contemporary audiences,but
the core of the story remains the same.there are some first rate acting
performances here.Christopher Reeve proves he can act in a non Superman
role(not that he couldn't before)as Dr.Allen Chaffee,and Kirstie Alley
also shows some acting chops as Dr.Susan Verner.Also in the cast are
Michael Pare and mark Hamill,also with fine performances.but i believe
the real credit must go to young Lindsey Haun(11 at the time)who steals
every scene she is in as Mara,the leader of the children.This girl sent
shivers done my spine with simply a look.she is quite
terrifying.brilliant performance in a brilliant movie.special note must
also be made to the score of this movie,co written by Carpenter.very
haunting and eerie music,a perfect fit for this movie.i give Village of
the Damned (1995 version) a 4.5/5
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Horror master John Carpenter's 1995 remake of the 1960 film, of the same name, takes the original premise and adds a modern spin. The first time I saw the film, I have to say that, I thought it was just OK. When I looked at the movie again recently, I found myself gaining new respect for the film. It may not be tops among Carpenter films, but Village Of The Damned, isn't a total wash either.
In the California coastal town of Midwich, a strange unseen force causes the entire town to be rendered unconscience. When the populace reawakens, it is discovered the pregnancy rate has increased. The locals are at a loss to explain the cause. Soon, ten strange children are born, at the same time. All of them possessing platinum blone hair, piercing green eyes and supernatural powers. The intelligent, quiet children are instantly disliked by the townspeople. When residents begin to die under strange curcumstances, the first suspects are the "special" children. It's up to Dr. Alan Chaffee (Christopher Reeve, before his tragic horse riding accident) and Dr. Susan Verner (Kirstie Alley) to discover the truth and stop the children from destroying the town.
Carpenter infuses the film with plenty of his usual touches. The performances from Reeve and Alley are solid and the effects pretty good. The "kids" are genuinely creepy, all of this makes the film better than I remember. The movie script does have a number of problems that are troublesome and its finale seems a bit contrived.
The extras on the DVD are pretty slim at best. Production notes and the theatrical trailer are all you get. While more substantial bonus material, would have been nice, given the final product--I can almost see why things ended up the way they did. Recomended as a rental or for rabid fans of Carpenter's work
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If horror maven John Carpenter decides to do a remake of a classic sci-fi horror film, it should be safe for fans to assume that it's gonna be great. After all, this is the groundbreaking filmmaker who turned Michael Myers into a slasher-film icon in HALLOWEEN (1978) and directed the highly revered THE THING (1982), itself a remake of the classic 1951 film THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. So when Mr. Carpenter's 1995 remake of the classic 1960 thriller VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED came out, it should've been a fantastic cinematic experience for horror and science-fiction fans. It should've been. Sadly, it wasn't.
For those of you unfamiliar with the basic plot of both films, here's a quick summary. In the middle of a seemingly average day, all of the residents of a small village mysteriously fall unconscious, and anyone attempting to go into the slumbering village also passes out. When the folks finally awaken, most everything seems to be perfectly normal. Normal, that is, with the exception that all of the women of the village capable of bearing children are pregnant. The mystery children are all birthed nine months later, and as they grow, it is very apparent that all of them have eerily similar physical characteristics. Also, they mature and learn much faster than the average child, which is creepy enough. But the real terror begins when they start exercising their preternatural psychic powers.
In the original 1960 film, it was always tacitly implied that the strange children were fathered by extraterrestrials, but nothing occurs in the film to blatantly prove such. This actually adds to the mystery of the origin of the children, which in turn heightens the suspense and terror...and the fun for the audience.
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