They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They Live.


John Nada comes to Los Angeles to search for a Job. On the same working place, when he finds a job. John meets Frank, Frank asks John to come along. Where Frank stays with poor people and a place to rest. Once he gets there, John watches television and sees some subliminal reporting by a scientist. The scientist is trying to get an important message on television by using frequency. John knows, there is something unusual going on at a house nearby. After a small band of cops are beating these poor people trying to find, where does that frequency is coming from. The next day, John goes to the house nearby and he finds one thing an open box. That box was hidden in the wall and when John open that box. He finds nothing but sunglasses. When he takes one of them, John sees a whole different world.

Carpenter trusts the material to the point where he takes it seriously on one side and not on the other. There’s a kind of attitude about the film, as with others in his work, that reflect of course cynicism and outrage at the system, but all in the guise of something much more sinister at work. As the best sci-fi gets at criticism of society as it is, the underlying current in They Live does get some very good jabs in. Perhaps what I mean by this divide in serious and humorous is when Piper puts on the glasses the first time and almost bugs out at what is all around him. The jokes go on too long, then you realize how he’s being perceived by the outside world. Gallows humor at its finest.

The Blu-Ray comes with commentary, new interviews, trailers, featurettes, TV spots and just about everything made for this movie. The DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track suits the film period and helps to carry the action. Plus, you’ve got an amazing transfer that sports no DNR. It’s quite the release and serves to show just how much ass Scream Factory has been kicking. Honestly, these guys are becoming the Criterion of Genre Films. Sorry, Severin.


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