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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 12 2007 - 09:32 PM

SLEEP… SLEEP… AND BE REBORN
INTO A WORLD WITHOUT FEAR OR HATE

THE TERRIFYING SCI-FI MASTERWORK RETURNS
TO SUBJUGATE A NEW GENERATION

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers

Collector’s Edition

MGM Home Entertainment’s Paranoia Classic Infiltrates DVD
On August 7 With An All-New Array Of Bonus Materials

Two-Disc Edition Features Director Audio Commentary,
Retrospective Featurettes With New Interviews From Cast And Crew,
Special Effects Breakdowns And More

LOS ANGELES, CA – From deep space, the seed is planted… and terror grows. The paranoid frenzy begins anew on August 7, when Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) returns to DVD in an all-new Two-Disc Collector’s Edition from MGM Home Entertainment. A horror classic in which a small group discovers that the human race is quietly being supplanted by alien beings devoid of emotion, the edgy thriller is directed by Oscar®-nominated master storyteller Philip Kaufman (Best Screenplay, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, 1988; The Right Stuff) and stars an A-List cast of genre favorites and Hollywood heavyweights, including screen legend Donald Sutherland (The Puppet Masters, Animal House), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Brooke Adams (Days Of Heaven, The Dead Zone), Veronica Cartwright (The Invasion, Alien) and sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek: The Original Series”). A remake of the 1956 propaganda masterpiece, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is timed to coincide with the August 17 theatrical release of The Invasion, the latest re-imagining of the timeless story starring Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!), Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park) and Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale). Presented on two-discs, the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition DVD hosts an impressive array of all-new bonus materials, including commentary by director Philip Kaufman, a retrospective look at the film titled Re-Visitors >From Outer Space or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod, additional featurettes with new interviews from cast and crew, the original theatrical trailer and more.

The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98 US/$25.98 Canada. Prebook is July 11, 2007.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition
Under cover of darkness, while an unwary city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum star in this shocking, “first-rate suspense thriller” (Newsday) that “literally chills the blood” (The Hollywood Reporter). One by one the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows of their former selves. As the phenomenon spreads, two Department of Health workers, Matthew (Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Adams), uncover the horrifying truth: Mysterious pods are cloning humans – and destroying the originals! The unworldly invasion grows stronger with each passing minute, hurling Matthew and Elizabeth into a desperate race to save not only their own lives, but the future of the entire human race.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition bonus features include:
Disc One:
Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman
Disc Two:
Re-Visitors From Outer Space or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod featurette
Practical Magic: The Special Effect Pod featurette
The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod featurette
The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer


Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition
Price: $19.98 U.S./$25.98 Canada
Pre-Order Date: August 7, 2007
Street Date: July 11, 2007
Running Time: 117 minutes
Catalog Number: M108292
Language: English Dolby Surround, Spanish Stereo, French Mono
English/Spanish Subtitles
Closed Captioned

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#2 of 20 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted June 12 2007 - 09:54 PM

The Million-Dollar Question is: uh, anamorphic widescreen?

#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted June 13 2007 - 12:30 AM

Yeah. No mention of a remaster or even an anamorphic transfer in the specs doesn't leave me much hope, seeing as how it's a key selling point.

It very well might be the same transfer + some fluff featurettes.

Looks like I might be scratching this off the "might buy" list.
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#4 of 20 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted June 13 2007 - 01:15 AM

If the transfer is anamorphic - can't see why not at this point....then I will definitely pick it up. Love this film.....scared the living crap out of me as a kid. Posted Image

Wish they had a cast commentary too.....oh well, you can't have everything. I hope the cast interviews are decent.
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#5 of 20 OFFLINE   Anthony Neilson

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Posted August 03 2007 - 02:14 AM

I got notice from dvdpacific.com today saying that this has been cancelled. Anyone heard anything?

UPDATE: Other sites are still showing it but amazon.com are showing a 9/11 street date.
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#6 of 20 OFFLINE   Douglas Bailey

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Posted August 03 2007 - 04:29 AM

[retailer] shipped my copy to me today, so I don't think it's been cancelled or pushed back.
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#7 of 20 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted August 03 2007 - 05:38 AM

Got the same notice for this from DVD Pacific. Also for The Graduate SE. Seems like a mistake on their part.

#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Richard Michael Clark

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Posted August 06 2007 - 10:32 PM

What's going on with this release? Why has dvdpacific said it's cancelled, why have amazon.com got it as "4-6 weeks" for a new release?
Is there a recall / repress due to the presentation or something?
If you look at the back cover it doesn't mention anamorphic (which is very odd - as Fox's labelling is usually pretty good).
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#9 of 20 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott

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Posted August 07 2007 - 03:37 AM

People on other forums are reporting it IS anamorphic. Seems that, as was the case with the re-issue of Jean de Florette/Manon a couple weeks back, MGM is no longer designating 16:9 enhancement on their packaging (but the actual discs are).
This definitely hasn't been cancelled as I just picked up a copy from Best Buy ($16.99). It was on the New Release shelf, not in the Sci-fi or Horror section.

#10 of 20 OFFLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted August 07 2007 - 07:48 AM

I didn't know about this re-release till yesterday and after reading about the remake; The Invasion.

I just picked this up at Best Buy too. I am trying it out now and it is anamorphic. It is 1.85:1.

I always felt the Don Siegel/Kevin McCarthy original was the best version, but I am looking forward to revisiting as I've not seen it since I saw it in the cinema.

#11 of 20 OFFLINE   RickER

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Posted August 07 2007 - 08:00 AM

My BB was sold out. I have it on order from Amazon, but i dont have a clue what they are doing. Says will ship in 4 to 6 weeks.

#12 of 20 OFFLINE   Richard Michael Clark

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Posted August 07 2007 - 01:38 PM

Thanks guys! I'm glad it's out as planned and VERY glad it's anamorphic (I just wonder what the online retailers are playing at).

#13 of 20 OFFLINE   gushin

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Posted August 08 2007 - 02:05 AM

Found this at my local Wal-Mart yesterday. No shortage on hand. So it is out there. Saw about twenty minutes and it looks really good.

#14 of 20 OFFLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted August 08 2007 - 05:31 AM

I watched the DVD last night, first time I saw the film since 1978, I forgot how closely Kaufman follows the original film. Essentially resetting it in San Francisco.

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I didn't see it as a continuation, in spite of Kevin McCarthy's appearance for continuity, because it so closely follows the original. Every event, situation, and action the character's take is essentially the same. I am okay with how Kaufman wanted to show the pod life process and the conversion process more realistically, but I was fine with the original. How they got Becky at the end of the original was inconsistent, unless there was a pod nearby in that cave. Her human body suddenly converts during their last kiss, and was extremely well done. The remake's version of Brooke Adams rapid conversion was more how Becky should have converted, but the original's conversion of Becky was more artisitc and tragic and horrifying, I think.

I remember now what I didn't like about the Kaufman film. It was Sutherland in the lead role. He does a very fine job, but all that frizzy hair and crazy eyes put me off! What I liked about McCarthy was how normal he was. The other actors were good, it was nice to see Nimoy play a creepy character. Goldblum seems to play the same everytime. Cartwright was perfect for her version of the original character. It would have been interesting if they decided to switch Nimoy for the Bennell character instead and see how that worked out.

The twist ending was as I remembered it, just didn't care for the close-up of Sutherland's mustache!

#15 of 20 OFFLINE   Travis Brashear

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Posted August 08 2007 - 02:58 PM

Just did a comparison between this and the old non-anamorphic version and, whoa Nelly, is the difference utterly mind-blowing. This new master looks vastly superior. A very well-justified upgrade!
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#16 of 20 OFFLINE   ScottR

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Posted August 08 2007 - 04:34 PM

Is the AR 2.00:1?

#17 of 20 OFFLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted August 09 2007 - 05:05 AM

Scott, are you referring to the original 1956 Don Seigel/Kevin McCarthy version?

This 1978 version DVD is anamorphic at 1.85:1.

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Posted August 09 2007 - 09:35 AM

I'm eager for this one too as an anamorphic title. The old one is barely passable, quite grainy when blown up on a 55" widescreen TV.

Seeing this thread and the confusion of street dates and rumors of cancellations, I placed an order with one of my favorite online retailers last weekend. I got notice today that it had shipped, so I guess it really is out. What's odd is that it didn't ship on Tuesday, the theoretical release day.

But you folks say that it's around in Best Buy, so I guess it DID get a Tuesday release.

Theory about the confusion: a stealth recall to fix the "anamorphic" designation. Perhaps retailers were given the option of returning their initial shipment for corrected copies, or permitted to go ahead and release it as is. We'll know if in a few weeks we see corrected verbiage on the cover.

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Posted August 11 2007 - 10:10 AM

Update: it arrived in the mail today -so it DOES exist. Nice looking transfer too.

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#20 of 20 OFFLINE   Chuck Pennington

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Posted August 11 2007 - 01:28 PM

I've noticed MANY Fox titles lately haven't designated "anamorphic widescreen" on them at all! :-( The SE of MRS. DOUBTFIRE, for instance, which IS anamorphic - but doesn't have the fresh look of a new transfer to it...