Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Alien spores end up in San Francisco, and start to blossom as beautiful flowers. Meanwhile, Matthew Bennell (Sutherland) from the Department of Health Control hears several of his friends complaining about their relatives becoming “different” as in that they show hardly any emotion anymore. When he witnesses one of his friends being cloned, the awful truth comes to him: the flowers are alien creatures that are trying to take over the world by cloning humans and then getting rid of the original. By the time he and a couple of friends realise this, it may already be too late as the aliens have taken over a huge part of the city already. Now they have to try to notify the outside world, but who can they trust?
Sound and Vision:
This movie is the first remake that was done from the original 1950’s movie and the film hasn’t been remastered for DVD use. Therefor, the image quality isn’t what we’re used to these days with blurry image from time to time and some grain aswell. Still, for a movie of 1978, things could have been worse.
The sound is given in its original stereo modus and sounds outdated. Effects tend to sound hollow and from time to time so do the dialogues. Watching this without a surround system will probably do the movie more good than harm as it will sound less outdated.
On the dvd you’ll only find director’s commentary from Philip Kaufman and the trailer but the most interesting extra is a booklet in the dvd case which has some background information on the film.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a classic story which has been remade already several times with this one being one of the better although there are a couple of scenes which don’t really fit (the dog with the human head to name just one). Throughout the movie you’ll have a feeling of unease which is very good and the ending is superb. I would love to see a big budget remake of this movie, but until then we’ll have to do with this DVD which would have profited big from a remastering and some more extras.