Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray] [1978]

  • SKU: 5579032
  • Release Date: 08/02/2016
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (136 out of 138)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary with director Phillip Kaufman
    • NEW interviews with actors Brooke Adams and Art Hindle, writer W.D. Richter and composer Denny Zeitlin
    • Re-Visitors from outer space featuring interviews with Phillip Kaufman, actor Donald Southerland, writer W.D. Richter and more...
    • Practical magic: the special effects
    • The man behind the scream: sound effects
    • The cinematography - an interview with cimematographer Michael Chapman
    • Episode of Science Fiction Theatre, "Time Is Just A Place," based on Jack Finney's short story, directed by Jack Arnold
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Photo gallery
    • Radio spots
    • TV spots

    Synopsis


    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    This remake of the 1956 horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers moves the action from small-town USA to 1970s San Francisco and replaces at least part of the original's psychological horror with special effects. Spores rain forth, unseen, from outer space, and soon strange flowers begin popping up all over the city. After bringing one of these hybrid specimens home with her one night, biologist Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) notices that her live-in boyfriend, Geoffrey (Art Hindle), doesn't seem like himself; he's cold and distant and somehow just not quite there. When she turns to her friend Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a colleague at the Department of Public Health, he convinces her to see his friend Dr. Kibner (Leonard Nimoy), a pop psychologist who argues that the problem is all in Elizabeth's head. Soon, though, Matthew and Elizabeth begin to notice that people all over the city are changing subtly and inexplicably. When their friend Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) and his wife Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) find a lifeless, half-formed doppelganger covered with plant fibers in the mud baths they own and operate, the group of friends finally begins to understand that a sinister transformation is sweeping their city. Kevin McCarthy and Don Siegel, respectively the star and director of the original film, have small roles in the new version, as does an unbilled Robert Duvall. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Donald Sutherland
      Donald Sutherland - Matthew Bennell
    • Brooke Adams
      Brooke Adams - Elizabeth Driscoll
    • Leonard Nimoy
      Leonard Nimoy - Dr. David Kibner
    • Veronica Cartwright
      Veronica Cartwright - Nancy Bellicec
    • Jeff Goldblum
      Jeff Goldblum - Jack Bellicec



    Customer rating

    4.6
    99%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classy, spooky 1970s horror remake

      Posted
      AntoNEO

      Phillip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers has got to be one of the finest remakes ever created, especially in the sci-fi/horror genre. This is one classy sci-fi paranoia thriller. The script is intelligent and well written, the directing captures the paranoia of the film wonderfully, the ensemble cast members seem to fit their roles perfectly, and the special effects are way ahead of their time and still quite startling to this day. Unfortunately, with this DVD release MGM continues their string of somewhat disappointing 2-Disc Special Editions. When a Special Edition is spread over 2 discs, I tend to expect a load of special features, which is usually what I get from most studios. However, virtually all of MGMs 2-Disc Special Editions have a quantity of extras that could easily fit on one disc. I suppose if their releases were only one disc I wouldn't respond as negatively because the quantity of extras would seem appropriate. Quantity aside, the quality of what we have here is pretty good. The only elements that get terribly short changed are the groundbreaking special effects, which are all but ignored save for the opening title sequence. The anamorphic transfer is also much better than the previous non-anamorphic DVD release. Much more detail and much less grain, so that was a pleasure to find. Overall, this film is a classic that stands proudly right alongside the original, and it should definitely be seen by any true sci-fi/horror fan. The DVD release leaves a bit to be desired in the extras department, but what's there is good. Definitely worth checking out!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AS Good As The Original

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      Mickthemadde
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      It is not necessary to sing the praises of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Anyone who enjoyed that one should be pleased by the 1978 re-make. On the whole I rarely find a re-make to be near as good as the original, and usually they are unbelievably bad. This is the exception! With a good cast (Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams) and biting social commentary (Leonard Nimoy plays a '70's style self-help guru in a hilarious turn, but played perfectly straight) this works as a semi-comedy, a social tongue-in-cheek social satire AND as a good old fashioned sci-fi/horror movie. Kevin McCarthy (who starred in the original) has a cameo as basically the same character 20 years on trying to warn of the invasion. Don Siegel (director of the original) also has a cameo as a cab driver. While it does lose some of its momentum towards the end, the ending is still one that fans talk about today. If they remember nothing else, they remember that. Definitely worth seeing. PARTICULARLY if you find it in a remainder bin or on sale as I did.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Scream! Factory does it again

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      HiatusRex
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      It is no secret that, as a somewhat avid fan of 1970s-80s horror, I love Scream! Factory. They continuously give us previously unreleased classic horror flicks in glorious 1080p HD, all cleaned up and spiffy for our viewing enjoyment. Some of you may have noticed that MGM has already released this 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the blu-ray format several years back, at a price point that's difficult to refuse. The difference here is primarily one of quality, and this version puts your fancy High Definition home theatre to better use than the original release does. As for the movie itself, if you like the idea of conformist alien pod people hatching (no pun intended) a clandestine operation to take over the earth-- then this movie may be for you. Also if you like Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, a very cute Brooke Adams, and a dog with a human face, purchase this film immediately!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Body Snatchers!

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      eckoe
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      Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction horror film directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. Released on December 20, 1978, it is a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), which is based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. The plot involves a San Francisco health inspector and his colleague who discover that humans are being replaced by alien duplicates; each is a perfect copy of the person replaced, only devoid of human emotion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, good blu-ray, but superseded by now

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      callahan09
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      Scream Factory has released a collector's edition of this movie with tons of new special features, so if you're a super big fan of the movie, consider buying that version instead. It is about twice as expensive though, so if you want this cheaper edition, it's still a really good presentation of the movie with some decent special features as well. All special features on this disc are also on the Scream Factory disc, so there's no reason to own both.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Edition

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      dburg14
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      Scream Factory serve up another fine example of what collector's are looking for in complete blu ray packages. The transfer looks stunning, preserving that fine grain of a film that's nearly 40 years old. SF ports over all special features from the previous MGM blu release, while contributing newly commissioned interviews with the cast and crew. Oh, and the movie? Gory, cheesy 70s sci-fi at its finest. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Remake Done Right

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      Spartacus23
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      I forgot how great this movie is. I see why it's a classic in it's own terms, even though is it a remake (which the original is good as well). But this film is chalked full of great performances (Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nemoy, and Jeff Goldblum) and thrilling dramatic action. Let's just hope this never actually happens in the real world cause I don't want a copy of myself being boring and not silly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Paranoia Classic

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      horrorfrog
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      The extras on this are great! I had 2 previous releases and this is totally worth the triple dip. Best trasfer/ picture too. Can't think of any other movie that exudes a fearful smothering sense of paranoia like this one. Maybe The Thing. Sutherland and Brooke Adam's are great. Special FX still stand up after all these years. Better than CGI. Classic low let alien horror.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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