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review by Tony Medina
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.
(3.5/5 - NOT included in
NOT an average)