Kino Lorber Studio Classics is giving a 1970s sci-fi classic the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray treatment.
The independent supplier has announced the Nov. 23 release of director Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers in a special two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc set.
The first disc contains a 4KUHD newly restored HDR Dolby Vision master and the second disc features a newly restored UHD SDR master, both from a 4K scan of the original camera negative and approved and color graded by Kaufman.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released theatrically in December 1978.
An adaptation of Jack Finney’s classic novel The Body Snatchers, the film begins with filmy spores that fall from space over San Francisco, causing the city to blossom with a new flora. When people take the flowers home, it is discovered that the plants can devour humans and steal their identities and emotions, uniqueness, and even their souls.
Featuring a screenplay by W.D. Richter (Big Trouble in Little China) and camerawork by Michael Chapman (Raging Bull), the film stars Donald Sutherland (The Puppet Masters), Brooke Adams (The Dead Zone), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly) and Veronica Cartwright (Alien).
Art School Confidential
MVD, Comedy, $24.95 Blu-ray, ‘R.’
Stars Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent.
2006. Something of a halfway follow-up to Ghost World, Art School Confidential remains the last feature to date of Terry Zwigoff, full of been-there comic observations that give Confidential a distinct point of view.
Extras: This Blu-ray release is basically a replication of the old Sony DVD, but the colors have added vibrancy, a couple of the bonus deleted scenes add to the dark party.
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Olive, Sci-Fi, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates.
1956. Whether viewed as the sci-fi/horror classic it justifiably is, or as an example of inept studio suits sabotaging their own picture, or as an early example of a theatrical underachiever subsequently “made” by television showings, the original screen version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has provided lots of fodder for yarn-spinning over the years.
Extras: Includes a pair of commentaries, one by historian Richard Harland Smith, another by director Joe Dante with stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. There are also readings from director Don Siegel’s autobiography, other filmmakers describing what the film meant to them, a look at the filming locations and numerious retrospectives.
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