The Outer Limits-Aliens Among Us (1995)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-The Outer Limits Story
|Year Of Production||1995|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
1 & 2. The Sandkings pt1 & pt2 - A scientist has his project on Martian life scuttled by the Government after one of the alien critters almost escapes. Unwilling to abandon his research, he smuggles a sample of Martian sand containing eggs out of the lab and incubates them. What hatches is intelligent, fast...and hungry.
3. I Hear You Calling - A news reporter investigates a string of mysterious murders after overhearing a phone conversation.
4. Birthright - After suffering a head injury, a U.S. senator finds himself pursued by mysterious agents, and begins to suspect he may not be who he thinks he is.
5. Second Soul - A historic first encounter between aliens and humans take a bizarre twist when the beings request human corpses to use as host bodies for their own dying people.
6. Corner Of The Eye - An ailing priest believes the apparitions he sees are due to a brain tumour, but his doctor assures him they are real.
The Outer Limits: Aliens Among Us is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:33:1 as it was originally broadcast and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer presented here has a relatively sharp image with little in the way of edge enhancement. Shadow details are fine with strong black levels. There are occasional patches of grain during the transfer, but next to no low level noise problems.
Colours are natural if slightly washed out.
There are very few dirt or video artefacts to be found during the transfer.
The show has been given three audio tracks in Dolby Digital 2.0 surround. The tracks are in English, German and French.
Dialogue is clear and there are no audio sync problems save those created in post production.
The show's music is fairly non-descript, yet fits the low key approach found in most episodes.
Surround channel usage is very minimal. There are little in the way of directional effects. The rear channels carry occasional background chatter and elements of the show's score.
The subwoofer adds minimal bass and is not needed in most cases.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The R1 version contains six different, superior episodes: Quality of Mercy, Afterlife, The Grell, Relative Theory, Alien Shop and Beyond the Veil.
The six episodes selected for this collection - Aliens Among Us - are a reasonably solid set of episodes, however the Region one disc has a superior collection of episodes with better guest stars. Mind you, that is a very subjective opinion and you might prefer the local disc selection. Regardless, the disc looks and sounds fine, but the lack of extra material is a missed opportunity.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|