Body Snatchers (1993)
|Year Of Production||1993|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Abel Ferrara|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
This modern version relocates the pod menace to a military base. A young father, Terry Kinney. who works for the Environmental Protection Agency arrives at the base with his young family in tow in order to conduct ecological tests. His eldest daughter, Gabrielle Anwar, discovers that the residents of the base are displaying some abnormal behaviour. The eventual discovery of the pod invasion forces Anwar, with the help of a heroic helicopter pilot played by Billy Wirth, to stage one last battle to remain human.
The film is directed efficiently by exploitation B movie stalwart Abel Ferrara. Ferrara excellently combines the story's paranoia and mistrust elements and thankfully gives them equal consideration as well as providing first rate action scenes. The entire cast provide solid performances and the make-up effects by Star Trek prosthetics guru Thomas Burman are first rate. The screenplay by Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli of Re-animator fame is a class act and revels in the subject's B movie roots. Although the film never scales the heights of the 1978 version, it remains a quality science fiction entry and should be relished by fans of the two previous versions.
The DVD cover indicates that Body Snatchers is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:85:1, but thankfully this is incorrect and we are given a superb 2:35:1 16x9 anamorphic version.
Sharpness levels are spot on with only one noticeable aliasing problem located at the 6:57 mark. Thankfully, it is of a miniscule duration and does not distract in the slightest. Shadow detail is solid with excellent depth and solid black levels. There were no grain or low level noise problems.
Colours were natural and there were no bleeding issues. It must be said that Director of Photography Bojan Bazelli's use of available light sources was exceptional, and thankfully the print shows this to best effect.
There was little to no interference from film or video artefacts.
The film has a solitary English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded track.
Dialogue is very clear and I did not detect any obvious audio sync problems.
The film's score by Joe Delia fits the film like a glove and adds an excellent atmosphere to the on-screen activity.
Surround channel usage was surprisingly solid. The soundtrack possesses many fine examples of directional sound manipulation.
The subwoofer supports the audio track very nicely indeed.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
All versions of this DVD are currently essentially the same.
Body Snatchers is a first rate moderately budgeted science fiction movie. The audio and video presentation are excellent, but the film is sadly lacking a solitary extra. Considering the retail price of this film is under thirteen dollars, Warner Home Video should be publicly congratulated for such a fine presentation.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|