Has the UFO phenomenon in a nutshell: sightings by rational people, crowds of people, military people; photographs and video that are intriguing; documented evidence of incidents, official reaction including the intention to debunk; and a creditable number of senior people who would like to see information released or acknowledged, but who get nowhere, even the President of the United States. When J Edgar Hoover and two presidents in the video get no answers, just who has control now? It certainly isn't the government of the United States. That has ramifications not just for UFO's but for any (American) citizen who wants to know who really answers to the people, if anybody, and who really has the power now.
This was a surprisingly well researched and put together documentary - well worth a watch by believers and skeptics alike. The only thing that I didn't like was the stupid background music - it's like that awful background lift or shop musac. Absolutely dreadful to the point that I almost switched off because it gave the film the feeling of a seventies spoof.
The "music" aside, this is an excellent starting point for anyone even vaguely interested in the UFO phenomenon.
James Fox is the best in the business when it comes to anything UFO related. this Documentray is simply outstanding in so many ways. If your looking for a serious Documentray that's enjoyable to watch this is the one to watch. He's got astronauts, military pilots, commercial pilots, a govener, 2 presidents, scientist's, police officers, generals the list is endless of the great witnesses he's giving evidence. Any skeptic with a open mind either has to be blind or stupid not to believe something is truly going on in our skies after watching this documentray. James fox has also made the very good Documentries, I know what I saw & 50 years of denial & hes also in the process of making 701 a big budget UFO Documentray which I'm told is going to blow out of the blue, out of the water. Well done James fox you are indeed a shining light on the UFO subject & I for one love all of your work.
A nicely put together documentary which differ from other programs I watched. I would say it is well worth a watch by people having an interest on the subject, that you believe or not, I think it will give you some reasonable material for you to make your mind up.
This is the definitive documentary made on this subject. Very well put together with an array of retired military and government personnel who experienced many of the incidents suppressed to the public at the time, coming forward to give their evidence. It also contains the outcome of a French Government investigation into the phenomenon, published (in French) to the French public, concluding that in some reported cases, there is compelling evidence to suggest some of the reported experiences were genuine. I am surprised that this film has been available since 2002 and that is has never surfaced as a serious topic of discussion in mainstream media here in the UK or the US.
Independent film-maker James Fox's widely respected documentary on the UFO phenomenon and evidence for the official cover-up is probably the best ever made on the subject, its only rival being his more recent 2009 film titled "I know what I saw."
"Out of the Blue" presents some of the most convincing evidence for UFOs as real craft of non-human manufacture, and allows witnesses to speak for themselves. Researchers, politicians, high-ranking military and ex-military people and two astronauts (Dr. Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper) speak frankly about what they know of the ET issue and how it is managed at the deepest level of government. It's good to see the French Government's COMETA report given such prominence in a mainstream documentary, because the content of this milestone report is generally unknown to many outside France unless they study the subject in detail.
The film is an excellent introduction for anyone either mildly curious about the issue or with little exposure to the mountain of hard evidence of unknown flying objects seen and radar-tracked in our skies. Fox wisely keeps to the best cases and most credible witnesses: he does not venture into the more paradigm-stretching areas of alien abductions, cattle mutilations or other controversial and unsettling (though compelling) aspects of the phenomenon. The film sticks to the basics, and as a consequence remains grounded and very difficult for a debunker to deal with. The viewer is left with a strong sense that yes, something is really there and there is a big cover-up - which was Fox's intended result.
Minor quibbles might be the use of jaunty, distracting synthesiser music on parts of the soundtrack and the now-mainly-discredited Philip Corso as one of the chief talking-head witnesses (though thankfully his sound-bites are relevant to the issue and his own questionable personal ego-driven claims largely edited out). Overall though, "out of the Blue" is first class with both content and tone exactly right.
If you only ever watch one film-documentary about the UFO issue, make it "Out of the Blue." Fox's follow-up film, "I know what I saw," focuses on the participants in the November 2007 Washington DC press conference and their highly-credible stories, and is also worth seeing.
I am a bit of a UFO buff and did find this particular DVD very good - a lot of discs waste time and regurgitate the information. This is didn't do that so I think it's good value for money, and some of the cases, like the Phoenix Lights one, was very informative.
Out of the Blue, which first aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, is an excellent, sound, and sober documentary that ends up being as much about the cover-up as the UFO phenomenon itself, which is only to be expected since the two cannot be separated until the dark veil of truth is finally torn asunder. While you can't even begin to examine more than a few of the most compelling UFO cases in such a short amount of time, the video does offer a good overview of the history of UFO activity and highlights a select number of important sightings and events from various parts of the world. A vast array of experts (scientists, astronauts, cosmonauts, physicists, pilots, military officers, government officials) are consulted, and many competent witnesses describe what they saw or experienced. Roswell, Rendlesham Forest, the 1976 Iranian air force encounter, and the more recent Phoenix Lights are all mentioned, but the scientific rigor of the presentation precludes any mention of more sensational topics such as alien abduction. Among the most significant (but less famous) events touched upon are Gordon Cooper's filming of a craft landing and taking off from a California military base in 1955 (the film disappeared after it got to D.C.), footage of a Trident missile being blown apart by laser-beam-like weapons from a UFO, and the disabling of 10-20 nuclear missiles in Montana missile silos by a UFO which hovered over the base in broad daylight).
The second half of the video really gets to the heart of the official cover-up, wherein, in America, a completely covert group even denies requests for information from presidents (Carter), senators (Goldwater), Congressmen (Steven Schiff of New Mexico), and FBI directors (including J. Edgar Hoover). While some provocative information has somehow been obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, the paper trail of government lies extends as far as the eye can see, typified by the infamous Condon report, an "objective" study led by an academic who made clear his unrestrained bias both before and after he wrote his bogus summary of the group's findings (findings which included several unexplained cases with a high probability of being extraterrestrial in origin). The government's contempt for and ridicule of those who would press them on the UFO issue is best typified by Arizona's disgrace of an ex-governor, Fyfe Symington, who - five hours after vowing a serious investigation into the source of mysterious lights seen by thousands of concerned citizens - held a live press conference in which he dressed his chief of staff in an absurd alien costume and had a big laugh identifying this "alien" as the culprit.
In contrast to the USA, whose highest leaders have no idea themselves as to what covert group actually knows the truth, other governments have been much more forthcoming with serious information about documented UFO incidents. While I hate to say anything good about France, the 1999 COMETA report (little reported outside of France itself), based on a study by the Institute of Higher Studies for National Defence, sets a new standard for the proper and serious investigation of the UFO phenomenon by a professional group of objective scientists and military men. This report does not state categorically that UFOs are real, but it does conclude that "Only one hypothesis takes into account the available data: the hypothesis of extraterrestrial visitors," and stresses the importance of figuring out what the goal of any such visitors is on this planet.
Basically, the only people who won't take anything away from this documentary are close-minded skeptics who would not believe in the vaguest possibility of UFOs even if one landed on their foot. Out of the Blue truly raises the bar for all quality UFO documentaries now and in the future.