“Invaders from Mars” is a film about how a single child holds the key to stopping a Martian invasion. The creature designs are amazing, but the film suffers from two giant hurdles. Stan Winston was working on “Aliens” and this film at the same time. The other being that this was a Cannon release at the start of the company’s collapse. It didn’t hurt that Golan/Globus hated the film and felt that Hooper screwed them over again.
I’m not against remaking Sci-Fi/Horror movies. I’m against doing a terrible job at remaking those works. Tobe Hooper has a grasp on what he wanted to do, as everything is framed through the eyes of a kid belonging to the 1980s. The original film was a Commie scare picture, as was most of the 1950s genre entertainment. However, this film wants to hit you with the visual overload of a kid living on a steady diet of Spielberg, Yoda and MTV. No wonder Spielberg was debating taking this film on after finishing “The Color Purple”.
The Blu-Ray comes with an all-new retrospective, commentary, featurettes, trailer, TV spot, storyboards and original production art from the legendary William Stout as the special features. The 1080p transfer really pops. I did notice a smidge of grain in the transfer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is keen, but I prefer the DTS-HD 2.0 master track to be closer to the source elements. All horror fans will want to purchase this one.
Release Date: 04/07/15