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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Blu-ray Review

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is one of the best classic sci-fi films.

Set in a small California town, ‘Invasion’ revolves around Dr. Miles Bennell who finds himself engulfed in strange medical cases early on in the film. Not only are people claiming that family members are not acting like themselves, but folks who have complained of illnesses are miraculously healed now. As Miles looks into these matters further with his former lover Becky, he soon discovers the horrifying truth-emotionless alien invaders (AKA pod people) are taking over townspeople one by one and they have their sights set on turning Miles and Becky.

Having been remade and reimagined several times over the years, the original 1956 “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” remains the best of the lot. Critics and film historians often say that the best sci-fi films incorporate themes and ideas from the time period they were made in and the original ‘Invasion’ certainly fits that bill with its cold war paranoia message.

Aside from the timely themes, however, the film is just supremely well made thanks to the skillful direction of Don Siegel (one of the most underrated directors in my eyes). Siegel never wastes any time in building suspense and he also does an excellent job of giving us characters to care about in the rather short running time. Having the film told through the eyes of Miles (wonderfully played by Kevin McCarthy) makes the movie all the more intense as we see and experience things the same time he does as the epidemic grows.


‘Invasion,’ which is presented in the unique 2.00:1 Superscope format, looks shockingly impressive in hi-def. Having seen this film in countless formats over the years, I couldn’t believe how crisp and clear this film looked. Everything from the reflections off of the old cars to the pods popping opening appear crystal clear. This is truly a prime example of how B&W classics should look on Blu-ray.

The DTS-HD Mono audio track is surprisingly full of life for a mere Mono track.  From the opening credit music with the drum roll to McCarthy yelling “They’re here already! You’re next!,” this is the best the film has sounded on home video.

If you’re a special features junkie, I’m sorry to report that this disc has zero extras. Still, don’t let that be of any concern. The excellent video and audio quality is enough to warrant a purchase here.

September 27, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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