Friday, July 15, 2016

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Flowers for Goldblum

A movie that actually scares me is a rarity, but Invasion of the Body Snatchers does the trick. The original can get under my skin a little, tickling my terror button, but the remake is so pretty, the cast so strong and the effects so lifelike that I believe it. You nearly want to believe that the remake is actually a cover up video, showing what ACTUALLY happened. Scream Factory has given it a new Blu-ray that plays to its visually impressive effects and cinematography while providing a health dose of extras to demand the double dip.

Does everyone lump Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing together? Both remakes, both about alien invaders attempting to takeover for humanity?  Released within a couple years of one another. I always do. Figured I’d mention it from the outset to see if I’m alone.

The pitch perfect paranoia induction and well developed characterisation of late 70’s intellectual stereotypes sells the movie. From Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum playing a dasterdly duo of friends bent on skepticism and scientific intrigue to Brooke Adams caught on an emotional spectrum between love and alienation (literally) we have characters that make sense and make sense together. They feed off one another in a frenzy, forcing our own skeptical valve stuck to open balanced with self doubt and conspiracy theory levels set for stun. Leonard Nimoy will scare you. Veronica Cartwright makes me root for her (difficult for me at times given her role in The Witches of Eastwick). I love this cast. It’s the thing that makes you love this movie.

While I think the new transfer of the interpositive is a far cry above the DVD, it’s the extra package that sells me on this one including some perfect cover art. Art Hindle and Brooke Adams give new interviews for this release as well as the writer. Favorite extra: Interview with composer Denny Zeitlin. I’m a big fan of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers score, and I’m glad to see Scream Factory was able to get the composer on record for this release. The new artwork is spot on. The original artwork is on the reverse if you’re not a fan, but I find the new artwork to be superior to the classic cover. That’s not something I often say. Make sure to check out the included episode of Science Fiction Theater.

I’m a fan boy for Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and this is a damn fine release from Scream Factory.

You can order your copy now from Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD

From Scream Factory

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.

Bonus Features

NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
NEW Star-Crossed In The Invasion – An Interview With Actress Brooke Adams
NEW Leading The Invasion – An Interview With Actor Art Hindle
NEW Re-Creating The Invasion – An Interview With Writer W.D. Richter
NEW Scoring The Invasion – An Interview With Composer Denny Zeitlin
NEW 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
Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod
The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – An Interview With Ben Burtt And Sound Editor Bonnie Koehler
The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod
An episode of SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE, "Time Is Just A Place," Based On Jack Finney's Short Story, Directed By Jack Arnold
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Photo Gallery

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