There are horror favorites, cult classics, and well-known hits, and then there are bonafide classics. 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a remake of a film of the same name from 1956 and is not only an argument for a remake being a better film than the original, but is also a through and through classic horror movie that easily stands shoulder to shoulder with the greats like The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm St. Although Invasion of the Body Snatchers has already been released on Blu-ray, Shout Factory has seen fit to do it one better and release a new Collector’s Edition that is absolutely the definitive edition for fans to own.
Matthew (Donald Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Brooke Adams) are Department of Health workers in San Francisco. After some strange occurrences in the city they discover that a mysterious plague of some sort has began spreading around the city seeming to clone people at an alarming rate, replacing them with soulless replicas who work together to try and overtake the entire population. Now Matthew, Elizabeth and a small group of friends must find a way not only to survive but also to stop the phenomenon before it destroys the entire human population.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a perfect exercise in suspense with a phenomenal cast including Sutherland, Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright, Art Hindle and Kevin McCarthy. Director Philip Kaufman weaves a tightly knit story of paranoia and horror that is steadily paced and unbearably tense not to mention terrifying. It also happens to have one of the most classic endings of any film ever. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an all time horror great and fully deserving of this spectacular Collector’s Edition.
Not only do you get a brand new 2K restoration of the film but multiple new interviews with cast and crew, a brand new audio commentary with Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman, as well as an original commentary with the director, a great making of documentary, and a whole lot more. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a must see, a must own and one of the best catalog Blu-ray releases of the year. Very highly recommended.