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Enemy Mine

review by Tony Medina

Rated R

Studio: Fox

Running Time: 108 minutes

Starring Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen

Retail Price: $24.98

Features: Theatrical Trailers, Stills

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 4.0, English Dolby Surround, French Stereo, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search

Have you ever found yourself caught in the middle of something that you had nothing to do with? If you can answer yes (and I think most of us can) then whether you are a Science Fiction Fan or not, you can relate to this film.

Directed by the director of "Das Boot", Wolfgang Petersen's Film appears to be a Science Fiction Film which it is but, it is more a story of survival and friendship.

The scenario sets Earth and the planet Dracon at war sometime in the late twenty first century.

Louis Gossett Jr. plays a Draconian ( resembling a lizard) who along with a mortal earth enemy fiendishly played by Dennis Quaid fall into a desolate planet after they have a crash landing.

Once again, we are dealt into a world where our hates and dislikes soon become irrelevant as the need for survival proves necessary. This is basically a buddy movie set in outer space showing us that no matter what we are on the outside, we are the same from within.

Louis Gossett Jr. and Dennis Quaid play off of one another superbly. As the film progresses, we see different sides of one another that make them more similar than they had thought possible.

As with most of the Fox Transfers I have seen, this is no exception. The quality of this transfer is sharp and well defined. The costumes and sets are striking and well detailed in this transfer. The colors are richly expressed and even the finest detail shines through.

For a Science Fiction Film, I was not overly impressed with the Dolby Digital 4.0 Mix. In certain instances, the sound was a bit hollow. The rear channels were well balanced but a 5.1 mix would have suited this title far more.

The theatrical trailer is an interesting preview into the film. The stills are at most a small view into the behind the scene scenarios of making the film but had they not been included would have not hindered the disc any. The theatrical trailer featured in a 1.33:1 ratio looks as though there is some wear and tear on it.

Considered a Science Fiction Film, this buddy film takes a clichéd story and updates it to the future. This film lost my attention in areas but bought a clear message stating that the problems of yesterday and today will more than likely be around tomorrow.

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