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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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When filmy spores fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extraterrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their earthly admirers. These blossoms are going to slowly clone human bodies and then dispose of the originals.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : MGM Home Entertainment ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Collector's ed
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE I
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 pamphlet ([7] p. ; 19 cm.)

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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.

Jun 13, 2013
  • laustcawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I vehemently disagree with kennykckwok. I think this is perhaps the best remake ever made, with the sort of doom-filled, ominous ending the original should've had. I've heard that the original was re-released around the time of the remake, without the optimistic told-in-flashback ending it originally had. I've never seen the original that way & it would certainly be an improvement, but it would still fall short of the 1978 version, which boasts indelible performances, great effects, razor-sharp writing & ultra-paranoia run rampant from director Philip Kaufman. Considering that the movie's setting, San Francisco, was sort of the hippie capital, this feels sort of like a reversal of the whole thing...an "anti-hippie" movie, if you will, an antidote to '70s pretentiousness (like playing soft music to help plants grow, for example--"Classical music is good for the plants..." [including pods]). Cameos from Robert Duvall & the original's star, Kevin McCarthy (as if he'd been running non-stop for 20+ years, trying to warn everyone), Jeff Goldblum, terrific in one of his early roles ("I don't have any friends."), Veronica Cartwright ("Is it contagious?"), Leonard Nimoy in a rare non-Spock role, Brooke Adams demonstrating a "stupid people trick" that's at least as freaky as anything else in the film & Donald Sutherland in an unforgettable film-ending zoom-in.

MICHELE R STEWART--music for the 1978 version is actually by Denny Zeitlin (his only score) & what Fellini movie was Sutherland in?? I agree it's nice to have a Woolworth shown in a film.

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.

Jan 11, 2013
  • Monuu rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The plot is interesting and different, but the movie was just boring to me.

I'm totally with laustcawz here. So few remakes are worthwhile, but this one stands on its own as one of the best examples of horror, sci-fi, and '70's American film in general.

Mar 14, 2012
  • kennykckwok rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Don't waste your time.

My borrowed copy of this item is the1993 version! I was looking forward to the 1978 version. Disappointing that we have to sort out cataloging problems. I want zing189's copy!

This is the 1978 version. It's not the 2007 version as indicated by library records.

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