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Invaders From Mars Blu-ray Review

Invaders From Mars Blu-ray

“Invaders From Mars” is a forgettable remake.

Directed by Tobe Hooper of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” fame, the 1986 “Invaders From Mars” is a remake of the classic 1953 film of the same name. In this version, a young boy (David) discovers Aliens have landed on Earth and are controlling humans. Having avoided their control, David enlists the help of a nurse and eventually the U.S. Marines to stop the alien invaders.

Even with veteran director Tobe Hooper at the helm, this tribute to 50’s sci-fi feels like a mish mash of better films (including the original “Invaders From Mars”). Astute film fans will notice numerous parallels to films such as “Superman” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” all of which make you want to watch those films instead.

Aside from being overly familiar, “Invaders From Mars” suffers from being a cheesy and kiddy sci-fi film. The more lighthearted tone doesn’t quite fit the material here. Sure, it’s harmless entertainment that will appeal to younger viewers, but I think many sci-fi fans (myself included) were expecting something more.

Perhaps the film’s greatest offense is the infuriating ending. I won’t spoil what happens, but, suffice to say, it’s been done before and feels like a cheap gimmick here.

As flawed as ‘Invaders’ is, the film isn’t a total waste of time. The creature and visual effects by legends John Dykstra and Stan Winston stand out here even if they seem a bit dated by today’s standards. The cast (which contains genre favorites such as Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Bud Cort, and Louise Fletcher) is mostly impressive although I think most people will agree that Hunter Carson (David) was woefully miscast.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite the presence of grain and lines, this is a satisfactory transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track does not disappoint here.

Extras:
* A theatrical trailer and TV spot.
* A still gallery and a production illustration gallery from artist William Stout.
* 4 minutes of storyboards.
* The 36 ½ minute “The Martians Are Coming! The Making of Invaders From Mars” contains film clips, interviews, discussions about the production and experience, and more.
* A fact filled commentary by Tobe Hooper and moderator Michael Flesher.

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April 6, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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