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Becoming somewhat of a fan favorite during the years, "Fire In The Sky" is based on the supposedly true story of six men in Arizona who discover a UFO, and how one of them - Travis Walton (D.B. Sweeney) - is taken aboard and given some intense treatment. No one really believes the remaining men's story about the UFO, and when Walton comes back he doesn't quite remember what happened.
Fun Fact: Director Robert Lieberman used to be married to Marilu Henner.
The transfer, in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, is pretty superb. Black levels are a lot better than I expected, detail is handled quite well and fleshtones look pretty remarkable. Color saturation is most impressive, as the country-ish atmosphere of the Arizona town - and Walton's UFO visit - are well represented. The film itself has a few flaws on the print, is slightly grainy and has a tiny bit of edge enhancement.
In addition to the Dolby Surround tracks in French and English (plus English subtitles and closed captions), "Fire In The Sky" gets the 5.1 Dolby Digital treatment and sounds pretty nifty. Mark Isham's score is definitely a highlight here, as his tension-filled and moody score certainly becomes powerful. There are plenty of action parts to it, with robust surrounds, great bass and strong imaging. The .1 LFE is fine to boot as well, while dialogue is pretty crisp and clear. Very well done.
Someone abducted the supplements!
The presentation is pretty good for a Paramount catalog title, and some of you have been waiting quite a bit for this one. If you're a fan, then it's definitely worth picking up.
Retail Price: $14.99
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)
Released: October 19th, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Sci-Fi Violence)
Running Time: 109 minutes
Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg and James Garner
Screenplay by: Tracy
Directed by: Robert Lieberman