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Invasion USA
     

Invasion USA

Director: Alfred E. Green

Cast: Gerald Mohr, Peggie Castle, Dan O'Herlihy

 
A peek into a possible World War III is the backdrop for the 1952 classic Invasion U.S.A. The image for this film is presented in a black-and-white 1.33:1 full frame and shows many signs of wear and tear (including grain, nicks, and scratches on the print). The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and is uniformly flat and lifeless. While most of

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A peek into a possible World War III is the backdrop for the 1952 classic Invasion U.S.A. The image for this film is presented in a black-and-white 1.33:1 full frame and shows many signs of wear and tear (including grain, nicks, and scratches on the print). The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and is uniformly flat and lifeless. While most of the mix is free of hiss or distortion, overall the audio track on this disc is very thin. No alternate subtitles are available on this disc. The extra features on this DVD edition should please any fan of the film. First off, there is a weird short film titled Red Nightmare, which was a red scare classic made around 1962. "Atomic Audio" includes two strange commentary tracks that run the length of the film. Each audio track is from a spoken word record from the 1960s about nuclear war and what to do in case of an emergency. Interviews with three of the main cast members (Dan O'Herlihy, William Schallert, and Noel Neill) provide some insight into the making of the film and allows viewers to see what they look like 50 years after the film was made. Finally, there is a theatrical trailer for the film as well as a film encyclopedia featuring the 100 greatest atomic films ever made.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A big hit with Cold War era audiences, Invasion USA may still have some appeal for audience members with an unquenchable thirst for all things anti-Communist, but even diehards may flinch at the heavyhandedness that permeates Invasion. Written with a sledgehammer rather than a typewriter, Invasion's screenplay hammers home its point relentlessly, and if it feels that someone in the audience may perhaps have missed a point, it is happy to repeat it again and again. Invasion also may set a new record for the amount of stock footage used in one film, as a huge percentage of the picture is made up of footage found in earlier movies, newsreels and other sources. Director Alfred E. Green is perhaps a bit more successful at integrating the stock film into the picture than he is at wringing real drama from the crudely manipulative screenplay -- but only a tiny bit more. The performances are as to-the-point as the material, with precious little time for anything resembling subtlety or nuance. As drama, Invasion is a total waste, but it does hold some interest as comedy for those who appreciate over-the-top films and as a social study of the era.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
UPC:
0654930301890
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
12,520

Special Features

New window-boxed (1.33:1) digital transfer; Atomic Audio Feature: Two original Civil Defense department audio recordings; 1956 re-issue theatrical trailer; Original "Red Scare" short film, "Red Nightmare," starring Jack Webb; Conelrad 100: Film encyclopedia of the top 100 atomic films ever made; Interviews with stars Dan O'Herlihy, William Schallert, and Noel Neill

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerald Mohr Vince
Peggie Castle Carla
Dan O'Herlihy Mr. Ohman
Robert Bice George Sylvester
Tom Kennedy Bartender
Wade Crosby Congressman
Erik Blythe Ed Mulfory
Aram Katcher 5th Column Leader
Noel Neill Actor
Edward G. Robinson Actor
Phyllis Coates Mrs. Mulfory
Knox Manning TV Newsman
William Schallert TV Newscaster

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Albert Glasser Score Composer
Donn W. Hayes Editor
Frank McWhorter Sound/Sound Designer
John L. Russell Cinematographer
Robert Smith Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Franz G. Spencer Original Story
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design
James Sullivan Art Director
Albert Zugsmith Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [1:10]
2. The Mysterious Mr. Ohman [9:13]
3. The Blue Alert Is on! [8:12]
4. Another Day of Infamy [5:02]
5. Extra! America Invaded! [4:50]
6. All Flights Cancelled [1:39]
7. San Francisco Attack [4:08]
8. War or No War! [10:38]
9. Boulder Dam [4:23]
10. The Red Alert Is on! [8:38]
11. Ever See the Cubs Play? [8:15]
12. The Last Broadcast [7:09]

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