Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

DVD - 2007
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In a remake of the 1956 classic of the same title, filmy spores fall from space and produce flowers. When people sleep, the plants creep over them, devouring their bodies and stealing their identities.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Collector's ed. --
Branch Call Number: DVD Science fiction / Invas 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (117 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container +,1 insert

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Mooseum
Aug 31, 2017

There are lots of details in this film which add to it's effectiveness to set the tone. Although the look is dated (it was filmed in 1978) it feels contemporary.

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Calvacade
Apr 27, 2017

There are 4 or 5 remakes of " Body Snatchers " out there, and I think this one ranks near the top- a classic sci-fi film.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 27, 2017

Jack Finney's classic science fiction novel has been the basis of three big-screen adaptations, beginning with the 1956 chiller Invasion of the Body Snatchers and most recently as 1994's underrated Body Snatchers. This acclaimed 1978 version from director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) is every bit as creepy as the '56 original, and it fits perfectly into the cycle of paranoid thrillers that thrived in American movies of the 1970s. Kaufman stylishly directs from an intelligent screenplay by W.D. Richter, while Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams lead a distinguished cast (including Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Veronica Cartwright) and must fight for survival as the population of San Francisco is systematically cloned by alien "pods" from a distant, dying planet. The atmosphere of dread and paranoia grows increasingly intense as the complexity of the alien invasion is gradually revealed, until nobody can be trusted to be who they appear. Finely tuned performances enhance the film's eerie atmosphere, highlighted by moments that will lurk in your memory long after the movie's over.

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chriscoleman
Apr 08, 2017

This is the 1978 version and the characters have changed significantly so it really doesn't resemble the novel much. They added a part in the beginning that shows the spores on another planet floating in the air down to Earth and blooming into those little plants that become "pod people". There's also a very well-done special effects scene about an hour in with Donald Sutherland asleep and several pod people growing in his flower bed. Still scary. The story takes place in San Francisco, so if you're from the Bay Area you'll find the background interesting since it's changed significantly since 1978. I couldn't watch the whole thing. I was hoping it stuck to the novel, but it varied just too much.

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XGirl
Oct 25, 2016

Well, darlings - With actor Donald Sutherland being in this one, that almost ruined it for me.

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Gizmo_Joe
Feb 18, 2016

Released in 1978 - This is only a marginally chilling remake of the 1956 classic, with a number of new twists and turns thrown into its story.

And, unfortunately the whole premiss quickly runs out of steam as it tries to offer the viewer one climax too many.

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blurpblurp
Apr 21, 2015

How do we get the library to get a new copy asap? I want to see this again. Its been years.

I love the part about the caper. I am still laughing after... geez it must be twenty years since I last saw it.

floreslady Apr 13, 2015

This disc is damaged such that the end of the movie can't be viewed.

- quite a bummer.

CONTAINS SPOILER ALERTS!!Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a film that has stayed with me over the years. The 1978 version starring my favorite actor of all time, Mr Donald Sutherland, was the most haunting of the versions I have seen. The incredible rendition of Amazing Grace closer to the end of the film always brings me to tears. And so appropriate considering Donald Sutherland is of Celtic descent (go figure, eh?) I adore Leonard Nimoy of course (I am an Original Trekkie) but out of the two of them; Donald Sutherland's character, Matthew, had more of an impact on me. And I love the subtle love story between Matthew (Donald Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Brooke Adams)!! Its so beautiful when they finally tell each other that they love each other!! This film has stayed with me for a few reasons. Not being a fan of horror, I was able to watch this movie without wanting to take a shower afterwards. The gore was there but was for the most part kept to a minimum; which I greatly appreciated considering so many horrors are a blood bath. And of course the idea that when we are most vulnerable is when these disgusting beings come after you is very frightening. Many a night I have found myself fighting off sleep from the subconscious fear that arises after watching this movie. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch a Donald Sutherland film or who just simply who, like me, was curious what was the hype about the story behind this cult classic.

Missumuch Jan 12, 2013

I own both versions, the original with a dvd of the kevin mccarthy one and the dvd and vhs of the 1978 version with donald sutherland. I love both. Eash for different reasons, but the 1978 one I adore because of the music by donald stewart making it particularly scary, but in san francisco, where Im from, you get to see Powell and Market as it isn't anymore, including the Woolworth Building. I like all the actors, Sutherland my favorite way back from his Fellini movie, his acting is glorious, in this invasion version, Veronica is a sweetheart in this one, Goldblum you feel sorry for, and its frightening when he turns, Nemoy actually scared the heck out of me just being in a normal role and we wont even mention what happens to him, and Brooke , well, you just have to see this. Its 5 stars from me. and I watch this constantly. Thanks.

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