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Outland Blu-ray ReviewJohn Delia
Police Marshall O'Neil gets reassigned to take over as head enforcer on a mining outpost at one of the small moons of Jupiter. Upon arriving at the space colony he gets introduced to the town's boss Sheppard (Peter Boyle), a tough leader who feels O'Neil is more of a nuisance than help. Getting a cold welcome from the miner's headman, O'Neil responds with a few sly remarks of his own putting him at odds.
Strange deaths to several miners start occurring and O'Neil has suspicions that it's due to a virus of some kind. Working with Dr. Lazarus (Frances Sternhagan) the two find evidence that a drug ring has been working its way through the populace of the colony and there's evidence that the bad dope they are serving has been causing widespread psychological damage. Alarmed, O'Neil starts to investigate, but when the ringleaders start to retaliate, things get out of control.
The incredible sets, use of green screen and special effects are brilliant for this 1980's era of filmmaking. Although fantasy effects using computer graphics today do outweigh the ones used in Outland, the production here still shines brighter than other science fiction films during the same period. Very credible filmmaking, the exploding of the bodies due to 0 gravity are cringing, the weightless space walks convincing and the multi-level space station a realistic possibility. Director Peter Hyams (Running Scared, Time Cop) pulls off an exciting film on the set giving a claustrophobic touch to the interior chase while providing a vast view of space during the action outside the mining village's space station.
The acting takes over the film's focus with Sean Connery putting on a great show as a adamant police marshal who won't back down. He's James Bond and John Patrick Mason (The Rock) all rolled into one. When he speaks, the dialog flows like only he can project. In support, James Sikking plays Sergeant Montone, O'Neil's only support on the huge colony. He's quick to come to O'Neil's aid, but not fast enough to do him enough good.
The Blu-ray has an interesting and revealing Commentary by director Peter Hyams. After you have watched the film or for fun if you have already seen the film in the movie theater, turn it on and listen to Peter. In an appealing way he gives many details including some of the reason why each cast member was chosen, Peter Boyle's fine delivery of his character in spite of not having a clue about the fantasy of the storyline, how the sets were developed and much more. It's like have a ‘making of' during the showing of the movie.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A classic that has not been duplicated. (B)
Specifications and additional film information:
- Cast: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagan and James Sikking
- Directed by: Peter Hyams
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre: Action/Thriller, Crime, and Sci-fi
- Running Time: 112 min
- Street Date: July 10, 2011
- Original Theatrical Release Date: May 22, 1981
- Language: English
- Format: Blu-ray
- Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
- Video: 1080p HD, 16X9, 2.4:1,
- Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
- Awards: Nominated for an Academy Award, Nominated for 6 Saturn Awards
- Number of Discs: 1
- Distributed by: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
-- John Delia
Cast: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James B. Sikking, John Ratzenberger
Directed by: Peter Hyams
MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Running Time: 109 minutes
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making, publicist to Assistant Director. He has been a film critic for 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. He is listed in IMDb under his name JOHN DELIA. He free lances for a number of web magazines including FlickDirect. He is located in Florida in the Tampa Area. His interview with Benicio Del Toro received nearly 13,000 hits on youtube when Che opened and the interview with the unknown Bradley Cooper nearly 14,000 when The Hangover opened.He enjoys movie music, especially those from most Disney animated features.
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