The Invaders - The First Season
The Invaders - The First Season
USA 1967 - 68
Architect David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) embarks on a one-man crusade after witnessing the landing of an alien spacecraft in ABC-TV's science fiction classic, The Invaders.
The Invaders -- a Quinn Martin Production -- lasted but two seasons on television, producing 43 hour-long episodes from 1967-68. But in those 43 episodes are packed some of the finest science fiction fare ever to grace the small screen, with Roy Thinnes starring as David Vincent, a man on a mission who tries to convince a disbelieving world that the alien invaders are now among us!
David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) knows that The Invaders alien beings from a dying planet have arrived to take over the Earth! To make matters worse the aliens know who he is and most of the time where he is. Somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun.
An architect learns that aliens invaded Earth and assumed human form. But there was a flaw in the extraterrestrials' disguise: a bent pinky finger. An intriguing combination of `Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and `The Fugitive,' the series focused on David Vincent's determined, if often futile, efforts to alert mankind. Near the end of the run, however, Vincent found a believer in tycoon Edgar Scoville.
Television Premiere: January 10th, 1967 - USA and Canada
DVD Review: Paramount (5 single-sided dual-layered discs) - Region 1- NTSC
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|Distribution||Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC|
|Runtime||Each episode is around 51 minutes X 17. Almost 15 hours of entertainment|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s (sample)
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
NOTE: Aliens appears to have altered the spikes!
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)|
1, Pilot Episode: Beachhead
• Extended 60 minute version of the pilot
• New interview with and episode introductions by Roy Thinnes (27:23)
• Commentary by series creator Larry Cohen on The Innocent episode
• Season One promos
This represents some excellent value
for the money. 15+ hours of classic TV. This collection includes the
first 17 episodes from season 1 (1967) on five single-sided dual-layered
discs. I imagine Season 2 (the final season) will be coming out early
I have a couple of niggling points to bring up. Firstly - these are interlaced with visible combing. It is an unfortunate trend that appears to be more frequently utilized in vintage TV-to-DVD production - most likely as a cost effective solution. Another negative is that there are no optional subtitles - more understandable but again a cost effective decision. Some episodes show a little more damage (in the form of speckles and light scratch marks) than others but it is not untoward. Colors are a shade faded but, actually, not bad considering the age of the series. There is some noise here and there. The caps below give you a good idea of how it looks - starts fair-to-midland but improves as it goes along. Audio is clean, consistent and clear.
Extras include, on disc 5, the extended 60 minute version of the pilot (Beachhead), a 30 minute interview with star Roy Thinnes and a short intro to each episode by that man. There is one commentary - on The Innocent (Disc 3) episode by series creator Larry Cohen. Finally a few streamed together season one promos.
A huge plus is that these appear to be the complete 51+ minute versions (syndicated versions have 4-5 minutes or more missing from each episode.)
The series has that Quinn Martin - `The Fugitive' feel to it - very nice. It can be a bit herky-jerky and vaults right into the plots but it is amusing to see the cavalcade of stars in these first season episodes including Suzanne Pleshette, Edward Asner, Diane Baker, Jack Lord, Susan Oliver, Burgess Meredith, Michael Rennie and many, many others. Very cool! I enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to Season 2 as things are progressing nicely. I adore vintage television and you can't really beat this value for the money!
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