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Directed by Alan Bridges
UK 1965

 

Based on a story by Doctor Who legend Robert Holmes, Public Eye creator Roger Marshall scripts this cult sci-fi thriller from Merton Park studios. Starring Edward Judd memorably powerful in The Day the Earth Caught Fire actor/writer Lyndon Brook and cult actress and cabaret artiste Yoko Tani, this immensely popular '60s drama is featured here in a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Routine tests on a traffic accident victim lead to shocking discoveries when the man's blood is found to be unidentifiable and x-rays reveal a disc embedded in his brain. His fabulous tale of being an escaped prisoner from an alien spaceship takes a turn for the sinister when the hospital staff realise that they're under a state of siege...

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An alien spaceship crashes near a rural hospital. When the aliens are taken to the hospital, a mysterious force field suddenly appears around it.

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Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1965

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Review: Network - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:21:05.166        
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1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,918,828,928 bytes

Feature: 17,059,946,496 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,918,828,928 bytes

Feature: 17,059,946,496 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Trailer (2:06)
Stills Gallery (0:59)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 31st, 2020
Standard Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Network Blu-ray (September 2020): Network have transferred a 60's science-fiction thriller, Invasion to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from "a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio". The 1.66:1 1080P looked pleasing on my system. Not abundant contrast layering but enough to export some depth. There isn't a lot of grain texture but consistent detail. A watchable image with a few light marks and speckles that easily advances beyond Network's own DVD from 2014.

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On their Blu-ray, Network use a linear PCM mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by Bernard Ebbinghouse (Tales That Witness Madness, Alan Bridges' Act of Murder, parts of The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre and others similar to this genre.) It sounds clean impacting on the viewing experience with some rocket-related depth. Network offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Network Blu-ray offers only a trailer and stills gallery as supplements.

I'm a huge fan of this genre from the 50's and 60's... especially the Brit variety of sci-fi gems (see Night of the Big Heat and Island of Terror). This isn't spectacular but I enjoyed the 'B'-film efficiency and mystery-filled compact running time. The minimal effects are part of the nostalgia. Seeing Edward Judd profusely sweating certainly evokes The Day the Earth Caught Fire. The Network Blu-ray is of their usual standard - a full a/v upgrade over SD but still, relatively, pragmatic with few extras. The price usually reflects that and we recommend for fans of the genre.

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