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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fountain of youth
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.
Published on 12 Jan 2002 by Gordon

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2.0 out of 5 stars poor quality
I loved the film when it came out and decided to buy it. the value was good but while watching it the picture keeps going and coming back almost like a shutter on a camera would do.very annoying although it did improve after about 20 minutes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fountain of youth, 12 Jan 2002
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Gordon (Newcastle upon Tyne) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cocoon [VHS] [1985] (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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BONUS EXTRAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 6 Mar 2014
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallow In Pure Fantesy And Keep A Hankychef Handy!!!, 23 Jan 2005
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Mr. R. S. Clancy "deejayclancy" (GUERNSEY CHANNEL ISLANDS) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COCOON [1985] [Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray], 8 Mar 2014
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COCOON [1985] [Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray] A CELEBRATION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT!

A group of shut-ins at a rest home get a new lease on life when they're offered the gift of eternal youth by visiting aliens led by Brian Dennehy, who are visitors from a distant galaxy. Steve Guttenberg plays a charter boat captain who helps Brian Dennehy and Don Ameche (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) marshal their fellow seniors Hume Cronyn, Wilford Brimley, Jack Gilford, Jessica Tandy and Maureen Stapleton into making the choice between perennial youth or old age. They have come to Earth on a rescue mission to retrieve a secret which has lain hidden on the ocean floor for thousands of years. They share a more wondrous adventure of love and friendship that they could ever have imagined.

FILM FACT: Academy Awards 1985: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Don Ameche. Best Visual Effects 1985: David Berry, Scott Farrar, Ralph McQuarrie and Ken Ralston.

Cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Herta Ware, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee Welch, Barret Oliver, Linda Harrison, Tyrone Power Jr., Clint Howard, Jim Fitzpatrick, Charles Lampkin, Jorge Gil, Rance Howard and James Ritz

Director: Ron Howard

Producers: David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck

Screenplay: Tom Benedek

Cinematographer: Donald Peterman

Special FX: Ken Ralston, Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar and David Berry

Composer: James Horner

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo and Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Running Time: 117 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review – Takeaway the aliens from director Ron Howard's 1985 film ‘Cocoon’ and you no longer have "science fiction," but a drama about the enduring human spirit. This oft-overlooked gem from the mid-1980′s took a step back from the onslaught of hyperactive special effects and paranoia associated with the "me" generation and instead, like Steven Spielberg's E.T., inserted a breath of fresh air, relaxation, optimism that hearkened back to another Spielberg sci-fi film, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’

Unlike the latter that came along at a time when the country and the world were in an emotional and financial funk, with dismal spirits all around, E.T. and Cocoon came at a time during the 1980′s when people were riding a seeming financial boom. It was the decade of skinny ties, the Hollywood blockbuster and yuppies.

Science fiction was meant to be spectacle and it was ‘Dune,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Alien,’ and ‘Terminator.’ We were going to be destroyed by our technological success or by an unknown entity and that was that. But in ‘Cocoon’ was a quiet story crafted around characters that offered an inward and almost nave optimism that returned to the 1970s, or perhaps even the 1960s era of plain drama.

In ‘Cocoon’ a group of elderly people in a nursing home accidentally discovers the fountain of youth in the swimming pool of a vacant home next to their residence. It turns out, however, that the "fountain," is really causing their reinvigoration due to alien cocoons that are resting there. After purchasing the house, a group of aliens has been scavenging their cocoons from the sea floor and resting them in the house's pool. They discover the elderly folks swimming, but agree to allow them to continue to swim there and benefit from the pool's energy. ‘Cocoon’ has a cast is filled with veteran actors like Jessica Tandy, Don Ameche and Maureen Stapleton and also features Steve Guttenberg as the boat captain helping the aliens recover their cocoons.

The alterations to the old folk's lives begin to have repercussions beyond just their newfound youth. It forces them to re-examine what they want out of life and from their partners. Beyond being just a story of the elderly seeking to regain their youth, ‘Cocoon’ is a film about the undying energy of the spirit within us all, regardless of our age. It's a feel good film for sure, and it may be unevenly charted between comedy, drama, and science fiction, but it is a wholesomely enjoyable gem nonetheless.

In closing, ‘Cocoon’ was a bit of a stretch out into new storytelling territory at the time for director Ron Howard, as he himself even discusses briefly in the provided supplements. However, looking at it closely, going towards the sci-fi direction was not too much of a departure from a fantasy oriented film about a mermaid in ‘Splash.’ Larger than the plotline of Antareans gathering extra-terrestrial cocoons from the ocean floor is the story within the elderly men who become involved with the life force charmed pool. This element of the story feels sincerely more like Ron Howard’s touch, as the emotions and scenarios involved with the elderly regaining their youth and vitality brings about a fork in the road of whether reversing their decline of health is right or wrong. On the side regarding the film’s sci-fi pieces, it doesn’t go way over-the-top and become outrageous and silly, but rather leaves a lot to the viewer’s imagination. This does help keep the story stable, as the film is strongly a bit of a pop-culture icon, with references to its unique story seen in many outlets of entertainment over the years, and with that in mind it is worthy of a solid endorsement.

Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘Cocoon’ gets a wonderful 1080p encoded image with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. For a 1985 film, this is definitely an impressive transfer considering the film’s 25 year-old age. For the most part, the picture looks very clean, rarely exhibiting the usual soft quality seen in films from the 1980′s and even the 1990′s and typically, the rare occasions that a softer video quality is present are usually in specific interior shots that are largely relying on natural lighting beaming in through windows. Otherwise, the Hi-Definition presentation of this film has a very clean look, with well-balanced saturation that in no way suggested the film’s age, and a colour palette that is mostly neutral, exhibiting flesh tones with the most accuracy possible, and a black level that is nearly solid.

Though the release is certainly not excessively soft in its presentation, definition of little details is not intense; however, it is still a definite improvement to any other releases of ‘Cocoon.’ A few close-ups of actors and/or props render what detail has been uncovered with this High Definition transfer, and when looking at other Blu-ray releases of films from this era, ‘Cocoon’ considerably outranks many others in the video quality department. There is an insignificant amount of small flaws that occur throughout the release’s runtime, mostly being interface deformation, though other typical artefacts, such as hairs, dirt, and specs, are basically obsolete. Perhaps the original source for this transfer had simply not succumbed to many elements/conditions that would have deteriorated its quality, or may be the situation of this film’s Hi-Definition transfer was simply more precise and thorough in cleaning up the flaws, but regardless, the Blu-ray release of ‘Cocoon’ is an impressive example of how films two decades old can look.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The ‘Cocoon’ soundtrack has been spruced up quite a bit for this Blu-ray release and given a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix. With the opening of the film’s story, we see the Antareans beaming the light of their spaceship above the ocean where their remaining race lies underwater in cocoons. The presence of their spaceship, and the chirping of the dolphins surrounding the area all creates an interesting conveyance of sound from the 5.1 setup, having a nearly metaphysical quality as it pans about the rear and front channels, and also makes for usage of the subwoofer. As amazing as this first moment in the audio track is, following along with the rest of the film’s content, the soundscape remains a bit more placid throughout the release’s runtime, though still retains a great performance. Dialogue is delivered perfectly without any flaws, and several examples of sound effects translate without issues, whether they be from natural surroundings, or a computer generated synthetic sound to depict the Antareans. There are a few minutes’ worth of intense audio content (aside from the described beginning) throughout the release’s runtime that really show a kick-up in the audio track’s performance, but otherwise the content relies on a more general well-balanced presentation, though is still worth a more than decent

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

There's nothing new provided on this release of ‘Cocoon,’ but viewers may still find the archival documentary that offer vintage interview segments of the cast, crew and filmmakers quite the treat.

Audio Commentary by Director Ron Howard: One of the nicest guys in Hollywood gives a candid, friendly, and informative commentary track that spans the usual topics and technical details, on-set stories, and other pertinent reminiscences. Well worth your time if you enjoy the film.

Behind-the-Scenes Documentary [480i] [6.56] Serves as the first of five brief documentaries for the film. Featuring interviews with the producers Richard and Lili Zanuck, several cast members, director Ron Howard, and special effects supervisor Ken Ralston (who went on to win an Oscar for his work on the movie.

Ron Howard Profile [480i] [2.34] From Opie to Richie to feature film, this vintage profile gives an overview of the then-34 year old director's career.

Underwater Training [480i] [3.35] Actor and diving instructor Mike Nomad who trained Ron Howard for the production of Splash, discusses the perils and challenges of shooting underwater.

Actors Interviews [480i] [2.52] An overview of Cocoon's ensemble cast, concerning their characters in the film are offered by Steve Guttenberg, Jack Gilford, Brian Dennehy, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and Maureen Stapleton.

Creating Antareans [480i] [3.56] The actors who play the film's aliens talk about the process of creating their characters and concerning their role in the film and are offered by Steve Guttenberg, Jack Gilford, Brian Dennehy, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and Maureen Stapleton.

Theatrical Teaser [480i] [0:55]

Theatrical Trailer [480i] [1:27]

TV Spot No.1 [480i] [0:31]

TV Spot No.2 [480i] [0:31]

TV Spot No.3 [480i] [0:31]

Cocoon: The Return Theatrical Teaser [480i] [1:20]

Finally, kick back and prepare for some warm light hearted sci-fi fun that forgoes the reliance on special effects and actually remembers there are people in the world. ‘Cocoon’ image is rather stellar, rarely becoming genuinely exceptional but always getting the job done in a satisfactory transfer. The special effects sequence come close to providing some real pop, but otherwise the transfer just offers a natural, warm image with solid detail. Flesh tones are warm and accurate while darker scenes benefit from good depth. ‘Cocoon’ itself on this Blu-ray disc has gotten some life-extending rejuvenation, thanks to a strong high definition transfer by 20th Century Fox and I am so pleased to have this unique Limited Edition SteelBook in my extensive Blu-ray Collection and especially a really great favourite film of mine, but now I wish they would release the follow up ‘Cocoon: The Return’ as a Limited Edition SteelBook Blu-ray. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two wonderful films in one!, 21 Jan 2010
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J. Osborne (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quite lovely film, 31 Dec 2009
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Mr. M. W. Lawson (Doncaster, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cocoon [DVD] (DVD)
I hesistate in using words such as 'nice' and 'lovely', as they're weak - but this is quite simply a lovely film!

It shows the love and humanity amongst elderly folk, and it really warms the cockles of the heart.

I watched this for the first time as a 21 year old, and it made my day. The ending was a bit bizarre, but overall well worth the purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One from my childhood..., 15 April 2002
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This review is from: Cocoon [DVD] (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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and cosy, 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, 1 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Cocoon / Cocoon: The Return [DVD] [1985 / 1987] (DVD)
Just good, old fashioned, entertainment - no violence, no sex (well, almost none - certainly not explicit) - just great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars there here again, 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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