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"The Fourth Kind" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

In Nome, Alaska, a large group of people are experiencing severe sleeping difficulties.  Attempting to get to the bottom of the problem, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) uses hypnosis in an attempt to figure out what is happening to the townspeople.   She finds that there are many similarities between each case, with a haunting white owl at the center of it all.  But is the owl really an owl?

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, PG-13, 1 Hour 38 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  Not listed
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Elias Koteas
  • Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I remember seeing the trailers for this film and being mildly interested.  As a big sci-fi fan, I’m always on the lookout for a good alien flick.  Sadly, this didn’t turn out to be one of them.  The story is supposed to be based on true events, which is a total fallacy.   The “actual video” of the original therapy sessions is just footage shot for the movie, and then re-enacted.   So we end up watching fake characters act out a fake story, then we are treated to even more fake characters re-enacting the first fake footage.  What’s the point of that?   It is wholly unbelievable and annoyingly redundant.   It’s a shame as there was some real potential with the plot.

Technical

Audio and video quality are fortunately far better than the storyline.  The image is sharp, with fairly natural color tones.  Black levels are solid, and there is a good amount of detail in the picture.  The “original” footage is supposed to look like it was shot with a home video camera and for the most part the producers accomplished the task.  Audio was immersive throughout the film, with very good use of the surrounds and clear dialogue.  There is some solid bass scattered throughout the film as well.

Extras

The only real extras on this disc are the deleted scenes, which I couldn’t bring myself to watch.  The disc has some BD-Live enabled interactive features and is also D-Box motion-enabled.