Blu-ray Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray] [] [1 disc] [Region 1] [887090039000] (Blu-ray 16021103),
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Blu-ray] [] [1 disc] [Region 1] [887090039000]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Don Siegel's cult masterpiece, interpreted as an allegory of both McCarthyism and Communism, is undoubtedly one of the screen's most disturbing evocations of paranoia. It stars Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Miles Binnell, a physician whose traumatized arrival in the emergency room of a San Francisco hospital leads the staff to believe he's lost his mind. In a series of flashbacks, he unwinds a bizarre account of his last few days. After his return from a trip to rural Santa Mira, his nurse, Sally (Jean Willes), explains that his office has been flooded with patients who have made appointments yet never appeared. Former girlfriend Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) tells him that she's unable to rid herself of the belief that the man claiming to be her uncle is an impostor. A hysterical young boy refuses to return home, claiming that his mother is not his mother. Miles's concern over this pattern of incidents, temporarily allayed by some jargon from the town psychiatrist, is newly aroused when he gets a phone call from friend Jack Belicec (King Donovan), who begs him to come over and take a look at the strange mannequinlike figure that's suddenly appeared on his pool table. This exceptionally well written and directed fable, the ultimate comment on the subtly coercive conformity of the 1950s, may be Siegel's best film, and it is undoubtedly one of the most exciting science fiction films ever made.
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  • Credits
    Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Dagmar Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, Virginia Christine, Ralph Dumke, Jean Willes, King Donovan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Old-fashioned innocents unaware of infinite possibility....[McCarthy is] splendid..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Back in 1956, in crisp black-and-white, at the height of Cold War-fed paranoia, the story was at its most effective."
    Empire

    4 stars out of 5 -- "A concise but ambiguous masterpiece of paranoia, its sharp, haunting brilliance grows clearer with the appearance of each subsequent replicant."
    Uncut

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Don Siegel's taut, bleak, noir-flavoured picture is arguably the science fiction B-movie of the 1950s..."
    Total Film

    "Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening..."
    Wall Street Journal

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