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Cocoon / Cocoon: The Return [DVD] [1985 / 1987]

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  • Actors: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford
  • Directors: Daniel Petrie, Ron Howard
  • Writers: David Saperstein, Elizabeth Bradley, Stephen McPherson, Tom Benedek
  • Producers: David Brown, Gary Daigler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z65BC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,762 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Double bill of two gentle tales about friendly aliens, hope and rejuvenation. In the first 'Cocoon', three elderly friends in a Florida retirement home (Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn) discover a swimming pool that renews their energy and gives them a new lease of life. The pool is full of cocoons belonging to a group of friendly aliens in human disguise. In 'Cocoon 2', the group, who were taken to a better life by the aliens in the original film, return to Earth for a visit. They help the aliens on a rescue mission to save the remaining cocoons left on Earth, which have become endangered by an imminent earthquake.

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In 1985 Cocoon was a significant trend-bucker amongst summer blockbusters. Whereas other genre efforts were devised to lure a teenage audience into FX extravaganzas, this looked like one for their grandparents. Except that it turned out to be a gentle, affecting tale for all ages. Adapted from David Saperstein's novel, director Ron Howard took great delight in focusing on family relationships and the encroachment of old age (themes that reappeared in nearly all his work from here on).

The plot is rather surreal in summary: a group of Florida OAPs befriend aliens in next-door's swimming pool and are rejuvenated to youthful well-being. It's in the FX and characterisations that the story comes alive. Both were acknowledged with Academy Awards; with Don Ameche's supporting role deserving praise for more than just the moment when he does some bodypopping on the dance floor. Wilford Brimley is the real star, a bluff old codger wanting to do right by everyone. Steve Guttenberg provides comic support and allows for a little non-wrinkly nudity with foxy space gal Kitty (Tahnee Welch). ILM's visuals remain polished and inspired, but never allowing us to lose sight of the characters basking in their dazzle. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cinemascope on 6 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Just received my steel book copy from amazon today i am pleased to report to any fans of the film that this UK edition has all the extras from the USA edition- Directors commentary with Ron Howard,5 featurettes, trailers,tv spots.Picture quality superb,5.1 DTS sound great also i confirm the run time is 117 mins NOT 107 mins as on box Oh sorry to nit pick as already spotted by a reviewer major cock up by FOX unbelievable this the credits printed on the back of the steel book are for the sequel COCOON THE RETURN!!!!!!!!!!! it beggars belief how these people keep their jobs what about quality control never mind False advertising,i will still keep hold of my steel book copy might make it very collectible in years to come. Hope this helps you with your purchase of this great movie enjoy.
Mark, Wallasey, Merseyside. 6/3/14.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on 12 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Too many stars to mention in this almost two hour gem. Senior citizens rule in this film with great material from Ron Howard (Director). It's a sunny film with lots of laughs and a plot to keep you interested to the end. Don Ameche won best supporting actor for this film.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. S. Clancy on 23 Jan. 2005
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Both these movies are pure escapeism,well acted and very emotional in places.They don't make movies like these any more,the movie makers of today have lost the plot i'm afraid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Osborne on 21 Jan. 2010
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I waited a long time for 'Cocoon' to be released on DVD and to get both the original and the sequel was a real bonus. Cocoon is packed with wonder-ful moments and the CGG effects in some places are truly amazing. A film for the whole family, especially perhaps the old and the quite young. A story of gentle evolved alien visitors and a group of elderly men and women who become involved with each other, with the humans finding that age is no barrier to helping friends. Also the interaction between the female alien and a human man has some beautiful special effects - the restaurant scene in particular is quite spectacular. A joy to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ratmonkey on 1 Aug. 2012
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On of the first Ron Howard films, and as with Splash, Coccoon exhibits a 'niceness' that permeates a lot of the director's earlier works(and indeed some latter). Today (2012) it might not hold up quite so well with a younger audience but I have fond memories of this blockbuster of sorts back when it was released. The effects at the time were some of the best, but alas the cgi playing field has changed dramatically in those 20+ years.

As a film and a story in its own right it still works however. All the actors are top notch. Guttenburg is sufficiently 'Guttenburgy' and no doubt put a few bums on seats but it is the older cast that shine and are the heart of this film. Jessica Tandy, Don Ameche and Wilford Brimble all excel in very understated but touching roles. But it is Jack Gilford as Bernie who steals the show as the unexpected soul of the piece. His humanity and humility and honesty leads to a more touching ending than simply a boat-load of septogenarians riding off into the sunset to live forever. And Brian Dennehy is always worth the price tag!

Modest, moving and emotional. With aliens.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2002
Format: DVD
If you don't want to read the following review - Here's the short version -
Cocoon is great!
- for those of you that do, read on...
Cocoon is so well known that I think it's pointless to recount the plot, although what there is of it is faintly nonsensical (involving OAP's, aliens and Steve Guttenburg). What makes this film great however, is the wonderfully warm and enthusiastic interplay between the old cronies - Hume Cronyn, Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy and Don Ameche all turning in excellent performances.
Ron Howard's sci-fi tale is engaging, sweet and funny leaving you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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By DK-BUYER on 24 July 2013
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I bought these because I loved the movie way back when.....

The movie can still motivate me like it did in the old days. It tells the story of residents at an elderly home, who find a pool with cocoons in it. When they swim in the pool they're rejuvenated and they suddenly meet the aliens, who are there to collect the cocoons, which actually have aliens inside who were left behind thousands of years ago. They promise not to tell anyone, but of course things go bad between the team and one of the members.
At the end the group from the pool is offered to join the aliens when they go back and they agree.

In number two the collection continues where the first one left off. The elderly group returns because they have to find the remaining cocoons and they decide one by one to stay on earth because they miss their family......
One cocoon is found by scientists, who, like in most movies, do their studying of the alien even when they can see he/she is dying.
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By D.W.hattermann on 24 Jun. 2014
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at the height of eighties film making both cocoon films were brought out,in the first a pennyless hungry fishy boat skipper has a group hire his boat for 27 days ,in the meantime at a nearby test home three old friends keep trespassing to use the pool ,when the cocoons are brought in they revitalise the o.a.p.s with drastic implication that the aliens who are in the cocoons waiting to be taken home now have to be put back into the sea.a really good family film
in cocoon 2 they come back to earth with the oaps to regain there friends in the ocean ,but as one of the aops dies one of the couples decide to stay on earth with their daughter and grandson,the other couple one prefnant in her 70s decide to go back with the aliens and jack the fisherman is shown by one of the aliens a premonition of having a nice house and car wth a wife a nd two children,a great pair of film for all the family
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