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Olive Films Announces October 2018 Olive Signature Title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

'Olive Films Announces October 2018 Olive Signature Title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)'

“They’re already here! You’re next!” Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the 1956 sci-fi classic, returns to Blu-ray October 16 as part of our Olive Signature series. Only 5000 units are available, so preorder yours before they’re all gone!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

KEVIN MCCARTHY (Death of a Salesman, The Misfits, Innerspace)
DANA WYNTER (Airport, Sink the Bismarck, The Crimson Pirate)
CAROLYN JONES (The Bachelor Party, A Hole in the Head, TV’s The Addams Family)
LARRY GATES (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In the Heat of the Night, The Sand Pebbles)
KING DONOVAN (The Defiant Ones, The Enforcer, The Hanging Tree)

Directed by DON SIEGEL (Dirty Harry, The Shootist, Jinxed)

YEAR: 1956
GENRE: SCI-FI
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 80 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 2.00:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES

  • New High-Definition digital restoration
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • Audio Commentary by actors Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, and filmmaker Joe Dante
  • “The Stranger in Your Lover’s Eyes” — A two-part visual essay with actor and son of director Don Siegel, Kristoffer Tabori, reading from his father’s book “A Siegel Film”
  • “The Fear is Real” — filmmakers Larry Cohen and Joe Dante on the film’s cultural significance
  • “I No Longer Belong: The Rise and Fall of Walter Wanger” — Film scholar and author Matthew Bernstein discusses the life and career of the film’s producer
  • “Sleep No More: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Revisited” — An appreciation of the film featuring actors Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, along with comments from film directors and fans, John Landis, Mick Garris, and Stuart Gordon
  • “The Fear and the Fiction: The Body Snatchers Phenomenon” — Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, along with film directors John Landis, Mick Garris and Stuart Gordon, discuss the making of the film, its place in history, and its meaning.
  • “Return to Santa Mira” – an exploration of the film’s locations
  • “What’s In a Name?” – on the film’s title
  • Gallery of rare documents detailing aspects of the film’s production including the never-produced opening narration to have been read by Orson Welles.
  • Essay by author and film programmer Kier-La Janisse
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers sounded a clarion call to the dangers of conformity, paranoia, and mass hysteria at the heart of 1950s American life. Considered one of the greatest science fiction films ever made, Invasion of the Body Snatchers stars Kevin McCarthy (Academy Award nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Death of A Salesman – 1952) stars as Miles Bennell, a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming increasingly overwrought, accusing their loved ones of being emotionless imposters. They’re right! Plant-like aliens have invaded Earth, taking possession of humans as they sleep and replicating them in giant seed pods. Convinced that a catastrophic epidemic is imminent, Bennell, in a terrifying race for his life, must warn the world of this deadly invasion of the pod people before it’s too late!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by the accomplished Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, The Shootist) and co-starring Dana Wynter (Airport), Carolyn Jones (A Hole in the Head), Larry Gates (The Sand Pebbles) and King Donovan (The Enforcer), was photographed by Academy Award nominee Ellsworth Fredericks (Best Cinematography, Sayonara – 1958) with production design by Academy Award winner Ted Haworth (Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Sayonara – 1958).

September 18, 2018

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