Invaders from Mars (50th Anniversary)
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- U.S. and Alternate British Versions of the Film
- Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 3, 2002
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Bonus Footage: U.S. and Alternate British Versions of the Film
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Additional Products:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Arthur Franz, Helena Carter & Jimmy Hunt|
|Performer:||Leif Erickson, Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Max Wagner, Helena Carter & Jimmy Hunt|
|Directed by||William Cameron Menzies|
|Edited by||Arthur Roberts|
|Screenwriting by||John Tucker Battle, William Cameron Menzies & Richard Blake|
|Composition by||Raoul Kraushaar|
|Cinematography by||John F. Seitz|
|Produced by||Edward L. Alperson|
"...Packed with eerie backyard scenes that anticipate the early parts of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith an effective underlying fear of loss of personality, and of the unknown."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Description by Image Entertainment:
- Image laserdisc #7639 includes a restored print of the film, the original trailer, an alternate versions of the ending and the observatory scene, production photos, press materials, promotional materials, and a jacket essay.
- A 3-d version of this film was also made.
- Color Eastman Color. Prints by Cinecolor.
- Copyright 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 15 ratings.
The first movie I saw on my Uncle's brand new color television (yes, about a hundred years ago). Presented (and mostly seen) from a young boy's perspective, "Invaders From Mars" scared the hell out of me. The creepy a capella choir music made my skin crawl. The exaggerated 'bigness' of most of the sets contributes to this unease/unreality. This DVD includes both the U.S. and U.K. versions of the film. Compare the differences in the observatory scenes and (especially) the endings. One drawback is the much too long stock footage scenes of tanks being loaded onto railroad flatcars and troop train debarkations; although, in retrospect, it was reassuring to see all that military involvement when I was watching the film at the age of 10. Don't look for the zippers in the mutants' costumes, bouncing balloons, David's unexplained wardrobe changes, reused scene segments, etc. Just marvel at the sincerity of Arthur Franz as he alternately clenches that pipe between his teeth and divulges military secrets to a 12 year old boy! A truly marvelous movie!
Hey folks - wanna see a movie that was both simplistic in design and yet complex in emotions? Well, this is it - I still get the willies when I see this flick, and I'm 58 years old, for cryin' out loud! The settings were really minimalist, but the political point was pretty complex, yet obvious - they are out there - they will get you - they will control you - one mind - one body of many - be a drone, be a drone, all the world loves a drone......
What a livin' nightmare this movie was - some kid lookin' out his bedroom window sees a strange object land and go underground. Pretty soon, his parents are acting strange, his neighbors are too, and so are the police - no one believes him - except, of course, an astronomer and his girlfriend. And then there's the guy who looks like Sabu the Elephant Boy sitting inside a bauble with tentacles being held up by these martians who, if you look carefully, are wearing zippered flannel outfits. If your not careful, they'll suck you underground (with some really spooky background music to boot!)
Hey! What are you doing? What's that needle you are trying to stick into the back of my neck??! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmpht! Arrrrrrrrrgh! Uuuugggh!
NOW LISTEN CLOSELY - BUY THIS MOVIE - BUY THIS MOVIE - BUY THIS MOVIE - BUY THIS MOVIE.
Hey, wait! It's all a dream! Hah! Thought it was real! What a jerk! Hey - What's that noise outside - hey, lookit that! It went right underground! BUY THIS MOVIE! BUY THIS MOVIE!!!
Invaders is every kid's nightmare... something has landed with a great flash of light, just beyond vision. Within a few days, people are acting kinda weird. Our young hero tries to convince them stupid grown-ups, but nobody will listen. Your standard, run-of-the-mill Martian is kinda hokey in a green suit and bug-eyes, but the Martian Leader is really creepy, and watching how they "convert" humans to their control is more repulsive than being forced to listen to a dentist's drill. This is an enjoyable popcorn-nibbler for the whole family (but leave the kids' night-lights on for a few days afterward).
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