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Fire In The Sky [DVD]

D.B. Sweeney , Robert Patrick , Robert Lieberman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, James Garner
  • Directors: Robert Lieberman
  • Writers: Travis Walton, Tracy Torme
  • Producers: Joe Wizan, Todd Black
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W10U0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the actual events that occurred in 1975 and on "The Walton Experience" by Travis Walton. The true story of five Arizona lo ggers accused of committing a hoax or a murderous crime after they report a crew member's mysterious disappearance and possible alie n abduction.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the Sky, good stuff on film 16 July 2010
By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The 1975 UFO-abduction of Travis Walton near Snowflafe Arizona is probably the most convincing such case on record. It was multiply witnessed; Travis (the abductee) was missing for five days and nights to be returned traumatised and dehydrated; extensive investigation including polygraph testing of all the witnesses only strengthened the reality of the case, and not one of the witnesses has changed a single detail of his testimony after 35 years. Anomalies in tree growth compatible with high radiation exposure have been identified in subsequent years in the precise location where the encounter with the UFO reportedly took place, so despite being outside our normal paradigms of consensus reality, it looks like it really happened.

Tracy Torme's 1993 film is a thoughtful piece of work which conveys the essential elements of the story and is largely faithful to the real-life narrative. D. B. Sweeney as Travis and Robert Patrick (the Terminator 2 himself) as Mike Rogers are particularly outstanding in an excellent cast. All the cast and crew became convinced by the story during the shoot. A town in Oregon substituted for Snowflake in the film.

The film begins on the morning of 5 November 1975, a normal day for the young loggers engaged in their tree-thinning contract. The encounter takes place as the seven loggers make their journey home down a mountain road in Mike Rogers' pick-up truck in the early evening, and is shown from the perspective of the five witnesses in the pick-up as Travis is knocked off his feet by a beam from the hovering UFO. The subsequent difficulties experienced by members of the crew during the five days Travis was missing is well realised, as they deal with accusations and incredulity from the wider community and suspicion from the local police authorities.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Watch Film 21 Mar 2011
By elaine
Format:DVD
We found this an absolutely riveting film to watch and were glued to the tv set all the way through. My other half isn't really interested in much to do with alien/ufo topics but even he admitted that it was a really good film.
The reason I wanted to see it more-so is because it is based on a true story. All the acting is excellent and you find yourself almost becoming part of the film. I can't belive I had never heard of it before seeing as it's an old film.
The end is definitely worth waiting for as the alien scenes are pretty scary and all I can say is that Travis is a brave, brave man dealing with what he went through.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From out of this world! 10 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
When I first saw the end of this film I could barely watch it and remember feeling terrified for the guy having to go through what he did. The ending is portrayed different to what Travis Walton wrote in his book 'The Walton Experience' which I read after the film. After reading his true experience you can understand why the filmakers changed it slightly but the real story is extremely scary too (he actually woke up in the middle of being abducted and thought at the time due to his poor vision he was in a hospital). After seeing evidence in his book that they passed lie detecter tests you have to come to the belief that it was in fact a true story and it did happen.
For those who want further info I reccommend the book but it is
quite heavy going in places. I loved the film and even the actor who played Elliot in E.T features as the youngest member of the crew - he must really love alien flicks!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional direction, cast, and realism 16 Oct 2007
By calmly
Format:DVD
I've seen this movie 3 times now over the past decade. I'm probably more impressed with each viewing.

The story is presented very clearly and with no wasted time. A strong cast has been assembled: this is no "B" movie. Reportedly it has only made $20 million domestically since its 1993 release which is a shame. I can only assume it wasn't marketed well.

I hadn't realized that one of the leads, Robert Patrick, had been T-1000 in Terminator 2 (in 1991). It is indeed hard to recognize him here from that earlier role. He's as convincing as possible as Mike, the best friend, of the abductee Travis. James Garner has a key role as an investigator. Henry Thomas, "ET"'s Elliot and by this time a teenager, is one of the loggers who witnessed the UFO. I hadn't recognized him either until this viewing.

The episode aboard the UFO, presented in flashbacks, was the work of "Industrial Light and Magic". It's eiree enough that, unlike Travis, you would think twice before stepping out to go up to a UFO.

As in the book, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the polygraph tests. It's easy to accept the movie as entertainment: in the book Walton is insistent on the truth of what he experienced. But a polygraph, as I understand it, is not scientifically accepted as a reliable lie detector.

Travis Walton participated in the movie production but accepted a completely different presentation of the abduction sequence than his book presents. His book's version, supposedly what really happened, would not have been as interesting. If you had been abducted, would you care that Hollywood used your story as input for a yarn that distorted what the aliens were like or would you want people to see what really happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by peter
4.0 out of 5 stars pc format only!!!
Great film... had to watch it on pc... won't work in dvd player... silly!
Published 8 days ago by Dicky D
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares.
This is the first film that gave me nightmares and it wasnt until years later that I had the courage to watch it again. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Wooly
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Film !
It depends on what you believe, or want to believe. I enjoyed watching this film .
Glad I purchased this DVD to watch again
Published 29 days ago by AS
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
One of the most frightening UFO abduction films I have ever seen.If you are a SCI-FI fan don't miss this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by miss marple
5.0 out of 5 stars true story
one of the best true movies around,so compelling one of my most favourite films ever,would recommend to any syfy buff...
Published 3 months ago by Allan Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars a remarkable film.
this film portraying the abduction of travis walton by aliens and the resulting aftermath had me glued to the chair! Read more
Published 3 months ago by patricia hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Aside from one stomach churningly grim sequence involving e.b.e.s this...
D.b. Sweeney is a very handsome man and a fairly competent actor. The gorgeous Henry Thomas is always watchable. In fact the entire cast make the film watchable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this.
Fast delivery, great condition. Thanks. Great film, brings back great childhood memories.my husband was well chuffed with it aswell. Thanks.
Published 4 months ago by Kazza
4.0 out of 5 stars A `real' X-file
How many times have you seen the words, `Based on a true story,' at the beginning of a Hollywood film? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Albatross
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