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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Donald Faison
  • Directors: Colin Strause
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CR4X2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The residents of Los Angeles are awakened in the dead of night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into thin air. As the world unravels around them, our band of survivors soon discover they must fight for their lives against the onslaught of a mysterious alien horde. Who or what are these extraterrestrials and how long before mankind succumbs to their overwhelming power? Skyline is a high velocity special effects bonanza in the tradition of Cloverfield and 2012.

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Skyline, an effects-laden thriller from directors Colin and Greg Strause, wears its various influences--films like Alien, District 9, Independence Day, and War of the Worlds--on its sleeve, but even if it doesn't measure up to those predecessors, the film offers enough thrills and action to keep sci-fi fans interested. The Brothers Strause, as they call themselves, have done visual-effects work on blockbusters like Avatar, Titanic, and 300, and the effects are by far the best part of this tale (scripted by Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell) about an armada of giant spaceships that suddenly appear in the skies over Los Angeles and immediately set about their business--namely, shooting down immense blue columns of light that hoover every human in sight up into the ships, where aliens will do nasty things to them. Observing this horror from a posh Marina Del Rey penthouse are a group of gorgeous, strikingly solipsistic young people in skimpy clothes, including Jarrod and Elaine (Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson), a couple visiting from New York. A few action sequences find them trying to escape (bad idea, as the mother ships disgorge an endless supply of smaller, tentacled craft and troops of gross, city-stomping monsters to seek and destroy any luckless fool they encounter). But for the most part they huddle inside, watching the action, screaming hysterically, and uttering dialogue that's either cliché ridden ("What are those things?" "Does it even matter?!") or merely inane (mid-attack, Elaine, who's just learned that she's pregnant, complains when someone lights up a cigarette; you'd think she'd have more pressing concerns). And therein lies the problem, as some cool images and jolting moments are mitigated by Skyline's lame script and below-average acting. --Sam Graham

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STEVENSEAGALFAN+THE WIFE on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
*** SPOILER ALERT*** Very good film but for me it should of ended ten minutes earlier, why do they do that? I know they have to have some excuse for a sequel but the ending was abysmal. The film is set in Los Angles when some weird things start falling out of the sky in the dead of night, people are attracted by light shining thought there windows, which then takes over them, then they are taken up to the sky, this is the start of a alien invasion.

There is a great scene when the army fight back by sending nuclear drones to attack the alien mother ship which is huge and looks brilliant, and there are some great action when the aliens hunt down the remaining survivors. I was really enjoying the film right up to the point when the two main characters were take up to the ship, it should of ended there with the shots of the invasion of the rest of the world being taken over, but no they had to push it a little bit further with a crap ending, when will they learn? to tell you the truth, when I watch this film again I will turn it off at that point.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Deleted, Alternate and Extended scenes
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. H. Button on 22 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is one of those films that is incredibly difficult to rate. As you will be aware, and having been made abundantly clear from other reviews; the script in this film is terrible. There is no denying that fact, but going into this film with that knowledge increases the entertainment to no end.

This is a film that that is greater than the sum of its parts in my opinion. A bad script, and by extension bad acting actually do little to harm it. In fact the worst (though still enjoyable) parts of this film are the most derivative scenes, of which there are plenty. War of the Worlds and Independence Day are probably the most plagiarised, but any sci-fi afficianado will spot plenty of stolen scenes.

I suppose what really redeemed this film was the action scenes, as well as the most engaging alien threat committed to film since the aforementioned War of the Worlds remake. Make no mistake, the aliens are not as threatening or original as can be found elsewhere, but they do have a sense of overwhelming doom that most end of the world films really fail to convey.

In the end, the relatively small budget is evident in the acting and not the action, and in reaching for the sky and coming up short this ambitious film is destined to garner bad reviews and a lot of hate, but will be considered a flawed gem by a cult following. And rightly so, as with the right mindset this is an enjoyable action flick that is easy on the brain (Unless you happen to star in the film. Watch it, you'll see what I mean).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Smooth! on 2 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Saw this in the cinema ,where my friend worked, for free on her family discount. There were six of us in there, of whom I think two or three were staff. We laughed quite a lot, which I don't think was the point of the movie.
It wasn't quite worth every penny I didn't spend. So, save your pennies and buy "Contact" instead..
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Movie Don on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This film is completely different from indepance day etc. It's a new take on alien invasion movies and I do rather like it. It's not amazing but is noway a diabolical film which some people are making out to be. The only downer is indeed the ending however. Not that great. If the ending was much better this would be 4 stars
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fiasco on 3 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I suspect many of the bad reviews for this film are from 'part-time' sci-fi fans.

Firstly, this film kept me entertained all the way through; at no point did i look at my watch or stare repeatedly away from the screen. Most times i know roughly what to expect from a film; in this instance i didn't assume something along the lines of Citizen Kane or some braindead romcom - what i got was a good honest alien invasion film with a little bit of innovation, a few surprises and some cliches, acting which will never win any oscars, some very good action sequences, and decent special effects, considering the budget. I never over analyse a film when i'm watching it (as some filmgoers do), this spoils my entertainment, which to be honest is what we all want, isn't it, to be entertained?

As for the Blu-Ray presentation itself - picture quality is good, the sound (DTS HD-A/Master) is first rate.

A great addition to my film collection.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Private on 11 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Either this film is the worse film I have ever watched or some joker swapped the original for a version made by a 12 year old.

Let's assume its the correct movie. In short, I wish I had had a severe case of Diarrhoea last night, I would of had more fun racing to the loo every 5 minutes rather than watching this utter rubbish.

Although I don't want to waste too much more of my time up on this tripe, I feel it is my duty to give a more detailed review so you can make your own mind up.

The Start - Well its promising, the strange blue lights shooting down to the ground look good - At this stage I thought we were onto a winner.

The Party - Here The Poo Brothers allow us to focus on the acting skills of the main cast. You will find better acting skills at your local zoo in the ape in closure.

Invasion - Ok, again for the budget, the CGI looked ok, but you're watching the invasion from a afar, in fact on top of the building (where I should add, all of the filming takes place) so you don't really get any sense of fear or what's going on, just 2 guys on a building...oh and they accidently lock the fire escape and can't get off the top, the tension...wow

The Aliens - Like others, they are a cross between Cloverfield, War of the Worlds, Independence Day and Malcolm who pushes the trolleys at Tesco's - You know you shouldn't approach him, but you need that trolley, same sort of thing but instead of trolleys the Aliens have this Blue Light.

Mid Way - Ok, Wife has gone to sleep by now and I'm left scratching my nuts wondering what's happening on Corrie (which I hate).
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