When I saw that this great TV show was finally being released on DVD, I just knew I had to get hold of a copy. OK, so it was 40 years ago that it originally aired. Who could resist a show with the opening tag line of:

The Invaders: alien beings from a dying planet. Their destination: the Earth. Their purpose: to make it ‘their’ world. David Vincent has seen them. For him, it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy. Now, David Vincent knows that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form. Somehow, he must convince a disbelieving world, that the nightmare has already begun…

One of the great things about watching these shows from the late sixties is the inevitable announcement that the next show is “in color”, we take it for granted that all TV is in color, in fact today many people take it for granted that it will be in High Def. That was not the case back then.

The Invaders was a groundbreaking series, the precept involved the idea that aliens had arrived on Earth and taken a human form, with just one little flaw, a problem with one of their figures. Our hero David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) seems to be the only person who knows for sure. And the series follows David in his quest to prove his knowledge to a very disbelieving world, his efforts being thwarted at every turn by these invaders.

This was a show that Quinn Martin had his hand in, and the production style is very much in the style of Quinn Martins other huge hit series ‘The Fugitive’, melodramatic music, and voice over commentaries. Yet when I talked to Larry Cohen, the creator of the series he assured me that he alone invented the show, and Quinn Martin came along sometime later.

This is fabulous TV, and an absolute must for any fan of the show. One of the outstanding features of this 5 DVD set (17 episodes) is the great quality of the video and sound. For 40 years these master tapes have been sitting in a film vault, and have been through the wonderful array of modern technology that brings the original vibrancy back to old tapes.

You can grab your own copy of this great piece of TV history from Amazon (but you will have to wait till May/27).

Simon Barrett


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