Invasion BRAY Cover Art
SRP $35.99 1.85:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 WARNER BROS
 
SRP $28.98 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 WARNER BROS
 

"THE INVASION" is being released on dvd, blu-ray, and hd-dvd combo, by WARNER BROS.  Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel(DOWNFALL), it's a remake of "THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS." It deserves a lot of credit for taking a plot that's been revisited several times and making much of it feel fresh for most of the film. Following a space shuttle crash, investigators are quickly infected by whatever alien form was on board. Quickly spreading throughout the population, everyone is vulnerable, and a conflict between what may at times be paranoia, but more often a horrific threat, provides great tension and the film moves at a steady, albeit uneven pace.  "Uneven" because it's been well reported, and upon reflection, quite apparent that the film had more than one director. The latter half of the film has some extremely effective chase sequences that almost feel part of another film. Why? Well, the Wachowski(MATRIX)brothers were brought in to add a better sense of action to the film.  Unfortunately, the film failed miserably at the box-office, even while far better than most film released over the summer. Nicole Kidman is effective and beautiful in every scene. Daniel Craig and the supporting cast are quite good as well, but the narrative calls for "underplaying" in various scenes, making their range, by definition, restrained.

WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this dvd release with 16:9 enhancement.  For the most part, it's a great looking transfer.  Colors are perfectly rendered in keeping with the theatrical presentation, often calling for colder hues. But, the image is surprisingly soft in various sequences, and with great detail in others. Even with some minor grain, it's a solid transfer, with only minor flaws. The blu-ray sports a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with the same aspect ratio.  In comparison to the standard dvd, colors are far more vibrant early on, pushed to the limits with only a hint over over-saturation in spots. As the paranoia and "invasion" begins to take hold, colors become more subdued, but deep blacks and grays prevent the image from ever appearing flat. It offers notably better depth than the dvd, as is expected. Grain is still present, but it can't detract from the otherwise great looking blu-ray transfer.   

WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. There are a number of extended sequences wherein the mix packs a punch! But, these moments are surrounded by equally long dead space!  Ambient effects are present, but notably restrained. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. The Blu-ray offers a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  Although it's not an aggressive mix for the most part, it sure is an effective one!  Discrete and surround effects are creatively utilize during the first half of the film, increasing in impact as the tension builds. During the last half, the surround mode almost takes over as scenes become action-packed. Bass effects are excellent and perfectly balanced with dialogue and music. A great mix!

Extras are minimal, with a featurette, offering behind-the scenes moments.  Some shorter featurettes are included, but really adding nothing to the film-viewing experience.

A "Fun" if uneven film, worth viewing, and then, for some(as with this reviewer)worth revisiting.