WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Body Snatchers: The Invasion Continues

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gabrielle Anwar, Terry Kinny, Billy Wirth, Forest Whitamer, Meg Tilly.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13027
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 07/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Abel Ferrara
(Screenplay/Written By): Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli & Nicholas St. John
(Story): Raymond Cistheri & Larry Cohen
(Music): Joe Delia
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter Jamison
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(Editor): Anthony Redman, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert H. Solo

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Body Snatchers, The Invasion Continues is a frightening thriller, a modern and surreal version of the 1956 science fiction classic, which tells the terrifying story of alien-life, in the form of pods, that invade the earth and enter the bodies of humans as they sleep, taking over their being and causing devastation to the human hosts and their earth. This time the story is centered on an Army base from which the lifeform spreads and infests the nation. Creepy special effects depict the actual birthing of a pod and its devastating effects on the human host

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.40:1 picture is grain infested throughout the mostly dark, filtered cinematography. Shadow detail is poor and fleshtones are inconsistent with an orange cast. No glaring artifacts mar the otherwise dark, eerie look.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is ex-tremely spatial and enveloping with aggressive surrounds and an extended dynamic presence. Effects are spatially directional to good effect. Bass extension is down to 30 Hz in the surrounds which significantly adds to the overall intensity of the night base scenes.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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