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Invisible Invaders [Blu-ray]
(Edward L. Cahn, 1959)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Robert E. Kent Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 14,671,498,844 bytes
Feature Size: 14,292,523,008 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.87 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 12th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1675 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1675 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
• Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss
Description:Newly Re-mastered in HD! Cult director Edward L. Cahn (Curse of the Faceless Man) wonderfully directs this sci-fi shocker about invisible body snatchers invading earth to conquer humanity one corpse at a time. There's not just one man or even an army of men can do to stop them, but a scientist, a sergeant and a sexy gal figure out a way to destroy these invading grave robbers and defeat their transparent plot? The wonderful cast includes John Agar (Journey to the Seventh Planet, Miracle Mile), Jean Byron (The Patty Duke Show), Philip Tonge (Witness for the Prosecution), Robert Hutton (The Steel Helmet), Paul Langton (The Incredible Shrinking Man) and the great John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows).
The Earth is attacked by mysterious invaders from outer space, who plan on destroying humankind. The invaders are invisible in our atmosphere, but are able to inhabit and reanimate the bodies of the dead. The armies of rotting corpses march on the cities, and it seems as though there is no defense. Major Bruce Jay (John Agar) is put in charge of a small, secret research center with a group of scientists, who must find a way of combating the invaders. Personality conflicts develop as Jay's hard-nosed, by-the-book approach to his job -- which requires him to kill anyone who might jeopardize the mission -- put him in opposition to the scientists (played by Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, and Robert Hutton). They develop an ultra-sonic gun that has the combined effect of rendering the aliens visible and killing them, but first they must test it, by capturing an alien, an action that forces them to run the risk of being discovered.
OK, George Romero. Now we know where you got the inspiration for
Night of the Living Dead (1968). Take a look at the pasty-face,
black-eyed zombies in this flick and tell us if we're wrong. Invisible
aliens from the moon invade Earth and take over the bodies of recently
deceased humans in Invisible Invaders (1959). Only John Agar and
his high-frequency sound wave machine can save the day!
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The modest single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Invisible Invaders looks decent and consistent in 1080P. Not as crisp as we have seen but contrast benefits from the higher resolution. The film's cut-rate effects are fairly transparent but that only adds to the flavor. The source is clean, and I noticed no noise - but only minor depth in the 1.66:1 frame. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable viewing in regards to the HD picture quality.
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Audio in the form of a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1675 kbps (16-bit). It handles the film's effect requirements with relative ease. We get an original score by Paul Dunlap (Shield For Murder, Shock Corridor, Shack Out on 101, Cry Vengeance, Portland Expose, Big House U.S.A., Target Earth, Park Row) which supports the film reasonably well with some schlocky tension-building. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
I enjoyed the, included, audio commentary by film historians Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss who expose some fascinating tidbits of the production. Well worth the listen. There are also trailers for Invisible Invaders and The Magnetic Monster.
June 30th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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