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Academy Award nominees James Caan and Terence Stamp star in the classic sci-fi tale Alien NATION, In the film that inspired the hit television series.
Alien NATIONcombines elements of science fiction with those of the classic buddy cop genre to produce an imaginative and highly entertaining experience.
Feature Running time: 86 minutes> Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish.
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (16x9)
Sound Quality: English 4.1
DVD Special features: Theatrical trailer, Featurette, Behind the scenes and 3 TV spots.
Alien Nation is a routine cop thriller with a comedic sci-fi twist. They get drunk on sour milk. They have two hearts and bald, spotted heads. They're highly intelligent, but if you drop them in seawater they'll melt into a puddle of goop. They're "Newcomers", and they arrived as refugees in a massive alien slave-ship, quarantined for three years and then reluctantly accepted as citizens of Earth. To some humans--including seasoned Los Angeles cop Matt Sykes (James Caan)--the Newcomers are unwelcomed "slags". Sykes' own virulent "speciesism" intensifies when Newcomer thugs kill his partner, but he sees logic in teaming up with Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin), the first Newcomer detective in the LAPD. Francisco's Newcomer knowledge is vital to their investigation of an alien drug ring, and a friendship grows from life-or-death circumstances.
Alien Nation has two things working in its favour: Caan and Patinkin form a memorable duo, and the basic premise--as conceived by Rockne S O'Bannon (who later developed the film as a TV series)--intelligently accounts for the sociological impact of an alien population. The subtle point is made that humans are extraordinary beings who squander their potential, and the evil of drugs--as dealt by a social-climbing Newcomer played by Terence Stamp--leads to a crisis that threatens to generate global intolerance. These points are well presented in a context of overly familiar plotting and standard-issue sarcasm. It's entertaining for a brisk 90 minutes, but in its attempt to be widely appealing, Alien Nation glosses over issues that might have made it more uniquely provocative. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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Picture and sound quality (DTS-MA 5.1) are good but where it falls down is there are no subtitles for when the aliens are talking in Tenctonese.
I have the R1 DVD release and it has both forced subtitles for Tenctonese and an option for those hard of hearing.
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