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Invasion of the Body Snatchers [DVD] [1956]

  • SKU: 20231761
  • Release Date: 07/17/2012
  • Rating: NR
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (21 out of 21)

    Synopsis


    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Don Siegel's classic exercise in psychological science fiction has often been interpreted as a cautionary fable about the blacklisting hysteria of the McCarthy era. It can be read as a political metaphor or enjoyed as a fine low-budget suspense movie, and it works well either way. Kevin McCarthy stars as Miles Bennel, a doctor in the small California community of Santa Mira, where several patients begin reporting that their loved ones don't seem to be themselves lately. They look the same but seem cold, emotionally distant, and somehow unfamiliar. The longer Miles looks into these reports, the more stock he places in them, and in time he makes a shocking discovery: aliens from another world are taking over Santa Mira, one citizen at a time. Emissaries from a distant planet have sent massive seed pods containing creatures that can assume the exact physical likeness of anyone they choose. When Santa Mirans go to sleep, the pod creatures take on the shape of their victims and then destroy their bodies. The aliens may look the same, but they possess no human emotions and, like plants, are concerned only with propagating themselves and eventually subsuming the earth. Needless to say, Miles and his friends are terrified, but since it's hard to tell who's a person and who's a pod, they're at a loss for what to do, especially when it seems that there are increasingly more aliens than humans. Invasion of the Body Snatchers builds tension slowly and steadily, dealing not in the shock of bug-eyed monsters common to other 1950s science-fiction movies but in the unnerving possibility that the enemy is among us -- and impossible to tell from our allies. The ultra-paranoid conclusion of Siegel's original cut was softened by Allied Artists, who added a framing device that suggested help was on the way. This coda was as effective in blunting the film's grim conclusion as giving a Band-Aid to a beheading victim; few films of the era make it more painfully clear that for these people (and maybe for ourselves), there's no turning back and no way home. Keep an eye peeled for a bit part by soon-to-be-legendary Western director Sam Peckinpah, who plays a meter reader and also (uncredited) helped write the screenplay. Based on a novel by Jack Finney, Invasion of the Body Snatchers was remade in 1978 by Philip Kaufman and in 1993 by Abel Ferrara (as Body Snatchers); and its influence can be felt from The Stepford Wives (1975) to The X-Files. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kevin McCarthy
      Kevin McCarthy - Dr. Miles Bennel
    • Dana Wynter
      Dana Wynter - Becky Driscoll
    • Larry Gates
      Larry Gates - Dr. Dan Kauffmann
    • Image coming soon
      King Donovan - Jack
    • Carolyn Jones
      Carolyn Jones - Theodore



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic of the sci fi/horror genre

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      dukeroberts
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      One of the best science fiction films of the 50s comes to Blu-ray and it looks magnificent and sounds marvelous. The picture and sound are crisp and clear, probably the best they have looked since the movie was released in theaters. The film is tense and suspenseful and stars Kevin McCarthy, who is great in the role of a small town doctor, and Dana Wynter, who is beautiful as the newly-rekindled love of the small town doctor. Paranoia and mistrust run deep in director Don Siegel's wonderful INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The classic thriller in high-def

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      Dmonik
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      What can you say about Invasion of the Body Snatchers that hasn't already been said? The original version is a classic however you look at it, even if it was originally a Cold War, anti-Communist fable from the McCarthy era adapted from Jack Finney's novel. Kevin McCarthy (no relation to the notorious Senator) and Dana Wynter star in this still-upsetting tale of alien seed pods looking to replace humankind with emotionless copies. And now it's on Blu-ray Disc, bringing a new level of clarity to the picture and sound.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The original "identity theft" creepfest.

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      constantwatcher
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      Make no mistake - in the genre of '50's Sci-Fi, this is a classic (the fact that they've tried to re-make it TWICE speaks to that)! It's in B/W, but widescreen, and the transfer to blu-ray is very good (the phenomenon of backgrounds being "crawly" when they transfer old movies to blu-ray is well under control). Yes, it's a little "dated", but still WELL worth a look (do yourself a favor). One sad omission - there are no "extras" (even though I know that an interview with star Kevin McCarthy is available).

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An absolute SciFi Horror classic!

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      DynamiteDreams
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      What needs to be said? Any self-respecting collector/fan of science fiction and/or horror should own this film. This Blu-ray release has beautiful movie poster style artwork on the slip cover, and was priced CHEAPER than Amazon through Best Buy at the time of my purchase. Great work, Best Buy!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Sci-Fi thriller shines on blu-ray!

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      mormovies
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      The sci-fi masterpiece is nicely upgraded to blu-ray. A must for any serious film collector. Atmospheric noir photography. Best Buy has a great price to boot!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sci-Fi/Horror classic

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      Stever25
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      Great movie, in crisp Blu-Ray quality. A must own for any sci-fi/horror fanatic

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A classic B&W thriller

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      beek
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      This is a great film for fans of the genre. It is better than the typical drive-in type "B" horror movie, but it is of its time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I love movies

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      GGGirl
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      The advantage of owning them is that I can look at what I want, when I want, and as many times as I want.

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