The time is the 1990s. The place is the fabled Scottish highlands. The players hail from different worlds. The dimensions are countless. At stake is the planet Earth. From the BBC and the Sci Fi Channel comes INVASION EAR... more »TH, an ambitious, thought-provoking sci-fi epic on DVD for the first time. When an ace pilot and a beautiful scientist investigate a UFO crash, they discover two alien races at war with each other, the peace-loving Echos and the dimension-hopping nD's. It seems Earth is the battlefield and Time (another dimension) is running out. It's up to a small band of humans save us all. INVASION EARTH is sci-fi of the highest order, filled with inventive plots, startling special effects and gut-wrenching cliffhangers. Starring Vincent Regan (Troy), Fred Ward (The Right Stuff) and Maggie O'Neill (Under Suspicion) in all six episodes of the original hit miniseries. DVD Features: Production Notes; History of Alien Invasion Films; Cast Biographies; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection« less
William E. from ATKINSON, IL Reviewed on 3/18/2011...
Before writing this review I actually had to watch some of it to remember what I saw.
The title: great! The storyline: forgetable. The characters: forgetable. The actors: forgetable (and I like Fred Ward).
This is one film that should not have been exported out of Great Britain. I did not like it. I'll be offering it back up for a swap soon...
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Elizabeth L. (liz5353) from LEBANON, OR Reviewed on 3/26/2008...
Excellant BBC mini series production!
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Could have been better....still good for a viewing
Andre Villemaire | Canada | 12/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love invasion films...saw most and this one rates pretty good. The story is solid and the acting pretty good, but like any TV science fiction...there seem to be missing a few millions dollars on their production. Instead of a large scale movie we end up with a small scale movie that has not enough people in it...too much of some actors/actresses and that sleepy moog synthesizer music for all the mushy scenes(too many...we dont care). I still bought the movie as there is not enough good alien invasion movies out there and this is is worth a visit."
Great Story Telling - Part 2 (of three) is the most powerful
J. Cavacini | Coplay, PA Corporate States of America | 04/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a creative and well produced miniseries. The use of location, props, makeup, etc. were well handled. The second part of the three parts is by far the most powerful and best story telling in the series. It could have been better as part three leaves you a little down with weak character resolutions, but the truth is that these situations are more real-life than fantastical and over dramatic. Very intelligent, realistic and well acted. Any fan of serious science fiction and story telling should give this a try because its great qualities by far make up for its detractors."
Good Solid Drama
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 02/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An RAF pilot shoots down a UFO and the pilot is recovered. This sets in motion an escalation of a war that had been going on for fifty years without humans being aware. There are two alien races. The Echo are peaceful and want to warn the Earth about the dimension-hopping NDs. A NATO General gets put in charge of the escape craft and its occupant. While he is quickly convinced of the existence of aliens, there is no real hard proof that his superiors accept. But if the General is right, the NDs have been tainting the Earth's water supplies for the past fifty years but with the downing of the Echo craft, they are stepping up the campaign.
The NDs civilization is based upon the manipulation of living matter. They take over worlds where life is present. Earth may have an intelligence but that means nothing to the NDs. They will go about harvesting humans as they need them. Finally the extent of their plans is revealed and NATO command accepts the existence of the alien threat. But it is still up to a small handful of people to develop the strategies against the aliens and carry them out.
Although the plot is similar and the title is identical to Harry Harrison's novel INVASION: EARTH, there is no credit given and the story soon deviates drastically from Harrison's. While the special effects are good, it is the solid acting and drama that drives this mini-series. I really enjoyed the acting and the way the plot unfolded. The way some people bought into the alien story and some did not seemed very plausible to me. I was just a little disappointed in the ending although it made a lot more sense than many movie endings. If you like your science fiction filled with solid drama then this one is for you."
Invasion Earth -The world has begun
Paul Haigh | NORTHCOTE, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA Australia | 08/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was shown in Australia a few years ago on late night T.V.Times and days were always changed and never saw the ending.What i saw was fantastic and gets you hooked on this show.I love SciFi and this was very different to watch.Its a shame there is no sequal and longer series.I was waiting for this to come on on dvd(Not released in Australia at all)and got a copy of Amazon.Now i have a copy I can watch again and again. It could have had more special features but i am happy now its on dvd(Finally) I recomend this show - 100% Paul Haigh (Melbourne, Australia) "
S. Parsons | Newcastle England | 03/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Invasion Earth is an excellent example of British sci-fi at its best, following in the tradition of Quatermass rather than Dr Who. Some of the acting is rather stereotyped and the dialogue at times is like wading through thick mud but the originality of the concept and the intelligent tackling of complex ideas eclipses the shortcomings of this movie. The exploration of an alien species (NDs) that is just that, alien, is rarely done in science fiction. The Aliens in Star trek or Babylon 5 are usually a human with bumpy foreheads but here they are very alien with a totally non-human psychology. It is this alien ness that gives the movie its suspense and drama. It is interesting to see North American viewers commenting on the unusual end. The British, unlike the North Americans, often like their drama to have realistic themes and if necessary messy endings; just like real life. Look at our Soaps if you want other examples. This movie is no different; an alien invasion or take over would be far more likely to be successful or hugely destructive than to finish with an independence day ending, also as in real life there would be a lot of loose endings. It is refreshing to see a science fiction movie ending with the death of a key character, a lot of unanswered questions and with no guarantee of the survival of the human species."