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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Strange Invaders (Twilight Time Blu-ray)

I laugh at myself when I think of just how much I enjoyed Strange Invaders as a kid. My dad taped it off TV, and the quality was tragic. I don’t know that I fully grasped the concept, but it certainly reminded me of what I enjoyed about the Twilight Zone. There are perfectly rebuild 1950’s Science Fiction elements combined with some strong 80’s effects work and a nice mystery to carry the whole story through to the end. In my mind Strange Invaders has come just a long way especially with my earliest memories of this one. For me, this was a movie taped off of TV that now looks like a complete work of art courtesy of Twilight Time.
                           
What you’ll love about Strange Invaders is reliance on proven alien stories that speak to subverted invasion in a quiet 50’s era middle America. Performances from Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen and even June Lockhart are excellent. I’ve always found Paul Le Mat to be a melodramatic fella who overacts his way through movies, but his oversell is what I love about him.

This release is limited to 3000 units, and while I adore it, I’m not sure if it’s going to sell out immediately given it’s somewhat cult status. The packaging is fresh and updated with a nice booklet essay inside. The extras are a bit light. You do get a commentary with the director, but that’s about it. I’m not sure I would expect much more for this release given its lack of popularity. It’s one gorgeous looking disc. The colors are deep and the black uncrushed with nice film grain. Of course this is a far cry from how I viewed it initially, but this is well worth the pick up.

This is a great companion movie to movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Invaders from Mars. Any 50’s alien flicks really. It brings the genre forward while maintaining tropes that you’ve come to adore about “invasion planet Earth” movies.


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From Twilight Time

Michael Laughlin directs Strange Invaders (1983), an affectionate homage to science fiction/alien takeover films of the 1950s that stars Paul Le Mat as a university professor searching for his ex-wife (Diana Scarwid), who seems to have disappeared while visiting her hometown of Centerville, Illinois. In fact, the place turns out to be a hotbed of aliens, in place since the Fifties and weirdly unaware of how the outside world has changed. Also starring Nancy Allen as a helpful journalist, and a lively supporting cast including Michael Lerner, Louise Fletcher, Wallace Shawn, Fiona Lewis, and period icon June Lockhart.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1983 / Color
93 MINUTES
RATED PG
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Director Michael Laughlin and Writer William Condon / Original Theatrical Trailer


LIMITED TO 3000 UNITS

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