They Live [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1988]

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  • Release Date: 11/06/2012
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (123 out of 124)

Special Features


  • Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Actor Roddy Piper
  • New Interview with Director John Carpenter
  • "Making Of" They Live
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot

Synopsis


They Live
John Carpenter wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifted who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy concerning aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies. When Nada looks through special Ray-Bans developed by the resistance leaders, the aliens lose their clean-cut "Dan Quayle" looks and resemble crusty-looking reptiles. Nada joins the underground, teaming up with rebel-leader Frank (Keith David) to eradicate the lizard-like aliens from the body politic. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Roddy Piper
    Roddy Piper - John Nada
  • Keith David
    Keith David - Frank
  • Meg Foster
    Meg Foster - Holly
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    George "Buck" Flower - Drifter
  • Peter Jason
    Peter Jason - Gilbert



Overall customer rating

4.6
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Camp factor is very high, but actors make it work

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    ipsofacto
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    This movies story line is a metafore and way a head of its time since its about a homeless drifter who discovers a reason for the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor, turns out it's a conspiracy by non-human aliens. He can see the aliens with these sun glasses he finds in the trash and the story gets interesting as no one else seems to see the alien conspiracy. Ray Nelson wrote it and it was directed by the great John Carpenter back in 1988. It always looked very well filmed when I saw it on TV and it looks good on blu ray. This film was considered a light weight as a Sci Fi movie in the 80's, and somewhat of a "campy, tongue in cheek" flick even back then. After all the primary hero in this movie was a real life wrestler, Roddy Piper. But it turns out this is a really good modern story for our time, with a now-a-days narrative that rings true on many social levels. And the "lightness" of casting a non traditional actor as the cental hero even helps to keep you focused on the films true storyline. So overall it's a really good effort and it holds up after many decades and it will keep you wondering how it's all going to end. I liked it for all those reasons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good.

    Posted
    redandblack6s

    This is not one of John Carpenter's best by a long shot, but worth watching. I'm a huge movie collector and a fan of John Carpenter's. I have almost all of his movies. This one, believe it or not, I never got around to watching until recently. My wife and I thought it was ok. The plots original, but the acting and special effects were poor. After making The Thing in '82, I questioned why the special effects were so poor in an '88 film. I know he can do better, I would've thought this movie came out in the '60s or '70s. I found myself double checking the DVD case to see when it came out. And as much as I liked seeing Roddy Piper in a movie, he's not the best actor. I did, however, enjoy the epic fight scene I'd heard people talk about. If you don't know, there's a South Park episode where Timmy and Jimmy go at it. This fight scene was choreographed identically with the fight scene between Roddy Piper and Keith David. That was fun to watch, (you should check it out!) The movie itself was rather cheesy and more of a comedy than a horror, sort of like Big Trouble in Little China, also by John Carpenter, (which I thought was better). Like I said this isn't one his best films, but worth watching. I'll also recommend some of my personal J.C. favorites; The Thing, Cigarette Burns, Prince of Darkness, and In the Mouth of Madness. Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Late 80s Classic - Sunglasses Not Needed

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    y2craig

    20 years ago this classic came out. Has it been that long already? On that note, do not expect any special features to the DVD. I call "They Live" a fun movie, if not a forgotten one. Not the greatest acting in the world, top-notch dialog or bombarded with special effects, but what it lacks the movie makes up with a good story foundation and plot. Aliens living among us and controlling our lives and the only way to see them is by wearing special sunglasses. What makes the movie memorable is a five minute fight scene between Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David, Men at Work) just to wear those special sunglasses. Other than that there is really nothing horribly graphic or terrifying about the movie - just aliens and a few people getting shot. At least by today's standards. Being a 20 year old movie you would think there could possibly be a director's cut or something, but that would possibly extend that fight scene to 7+ minutes. The Sunglasses Edition? "They Live" is a decent addition to almost any DVD collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    They Live Blu Ray

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    tb46667
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    What an amazing film this was back in the 80's . This film was ahead of its time. The cult status this film garners is deserving. Shout Factory is like Arrow they publish cult movies and take the time and care these movies deserve. The Blu ray transfer is amazing. Every single major studio needs to take note on Shout factory and Arrow and how to properly transfer older movies to Blu Ray. Besides the great transfer Shout factory caters to their fans the way a studio should and the blu ray is loaded with extras. The blu ray also comes with a reversible cover. I switched my cover since I love the original movie art. RIP Rowdey Piper. If you don't know the premise of the move than I wont spoil it for you. Buy this NOW>

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film finally on Blu Ray

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    Venkman84
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    They Live is a cult classic that finally got the Blu-Ray treatment. The extras include a commentary and the movie looks and sounds great. Sadly, Best Buy as usual didn't have this in the store. I had to order it. What made it more frustrating was that I had two "In store only" coupons, which apparently you can't use if you're ordering something in store. With Best Buy's complete lack of products in store (unless you want one of their 115 copies of "Ted" on DVD) I don't really understand why they would even have in-store only coupons. Does anyone else?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    they live is another classic from john carpenter

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    tooshort74
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    they live is another one of john carpenter classic films this film is good from start to finish and it has some of the best one liners i seen in movies and again to bad this did not do well at the box office bc like his other films it was left open at the end for a sequel but again it did not do well enough to get one all i can say it is another classic bc it is good from start to finish and the blu-ray is well worth owning bc it looks and sounds good and it has extras on it to so if you are a fan than i would check it out

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    John Carpenter - Aliens take over the Earth

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    RLR5659
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    I'm a big John Carpenter fan. Remember seeing this when it first came out and had forgotten about it over the years. When I saw it available on Blu-ray, I had to get it. It is a good premise that has been explored in other films but I like Carpenter's take on it. Seeing Roddy Piper trying to act outside of the wrestling ring is still "interesting"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Aliens in disguise

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    Magana1
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    The eighties had all different kinds of sci fi's i.e. Close Encounters of the 3rd kind, Aliens & the Thing J Carpenters' but "they live" had rawdy rod piper (wwf) wrestler in the lead trying to get people to believe in an alien invasion "wear your sunglasses". And less we forget "Allen nation". They live is fun, has action and humor it's a good movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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