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Strange Invaders
     

Strange Invaders

Director: Michael Laughlin

Cast: Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid

 
Michael Laughlin's humorous homage to '50s science fiction films, Strange Invaders comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary

Overview

Michael Laughlin's humorous homage to '50s science fiction films, Strange Invaders comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary with Laughlin and screenwriter William Condon, and the original theatrical trailer. These fine features, along with the inexpensive list price, make this MGM/UA disc an interesting item for both genre enthusiasts and anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This modest, low-budgeted throwback to the alien invasion films of the fifties is likable and ambitious but sometimes lacks the craftsmanship to realize its ideas. The script for Stange Invaders blends ideas from sci-fi films old (I Married A Monster From Outer Space) and new (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) to create a clever premise but unfortunately suffers from an awkwardly structured first half and characterizations that are often more clever than they are well-crafted. Michael Laughlin's direction is stylish but unfortunately lacks the kinetic touch of the films he pays homage to here: as a result, the film lacks the snappy pacing that would have pushed it from diverting to enthralling. Despite these serious problems, Strange Invaders remains worth a look for sci-fi fans because its special effects are quite good (especially the creepy alien-to-human transformations), the film is littered with cameos by sci-fi favorites like Kenneth Tobey and June Lockhart and the second half of the film offers enough action and surprises to keep the viewer hooked. Best of all, the film has a wonderful cast that offers inspired performances throughout: Paul LeMat is an amusingly unconventional hero and Fiona Lewis steals a few scenes as an alien who disguises herself as 'The Avon Lady.' In the end, Strange Invaders is a bit too inconsistent for a general audience but is smart enough to warm the hearts of genre fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
UPC:
0027616868473
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Michael Laughlin and writer William Condon; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Le Mat Charles Bigelow
Nancy Allen Betty Walker
Diana Scarwid Margaret
Michael Lerner Willie Collins
Louise Fletcher Mrs. Benjamin
Wallace Shawn Earl
Fiona Lewis Waitress/Avon lady
Kenneth Tobey Arthur Newman
June Lockhart Mrs. Bigelow
Charles Lane Prof. Hollister
Lulu Sylbert Elizabeth
Joel Cohen Tim
Dan Shor Teen Boy
Dey Young Teen Girl
Jack Kehler Gas Station Attendant
Mark Goddard Detective
Thomas Kopache State Trooper
Bobby "Boris" Pickett Editor Connie Kellers
Nancy Johnson Stewardess #1

Technical Credits
Michael Laughlin Director,Screenwriter
John Addison Score Composer
Larry Benson Special Effects
Ken Brooke Makeup
Walter Coblenz Producer
Martin Coblenz Special Effects
Chuck Comisky Special Effects
Bill Condon Screenwriter
Walter Halsey Davis Screenwriter
Stephan Dupuis Special Effects
Emad Helmey Art Director
Michael Helmy Art Director
Louis Horvath Cinematographer
Kenneth V. Jones Special Effects
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Linda Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gus Meunier Set Decoration/Design
Richard Moore Associate Producer
Sue Moore Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
John Muto Special Effects
Mischa Petrow Art Director
Bob Skotak Special Effects
John W. Wheeler Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. That Night!/Main Title [5:00]
2. Bugs & Missing Persons [6:09]
3. Welcome to Centerville [7:24]
4. What Charlie Saw [5:06]
5. Terror Comes to Town [8:47]
6. "Don't You Think We'd Know?" [3:28]
7. Betty/Avon Calling! [9:02]
8. Drinks, Dinner and ... [4:36]
9. Margaret/"I Shot One!" [4:47]
10. "We've Known"/Taken! [3:34]
11. What Willie Saw [2:47]
12. Back to Centerville [10:30]
13. A Welcome Addition [5:16]
14. "Now Elizabeth!" [6:07]
15. "She'll Be Back..." [5:43]
16. End Credits [1:52]

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