The Outer Limits-Aliens Among Us (1995)

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Released 12-Sep-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Mystery Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-The Outer Limits Story
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 271:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Allan Eastman
Michael Robison
Tibor Takács
Brad Turner
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Kevin Conway
Alex Diakun
Eric Schneider
Larry Musser
Garvin Cross
Scott Swanson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $24.95 Music Christophe Beck
Daryl Bennett
David Bergeaud


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
German for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    The Outer Limits - Aliens Among Us is a reasonably solid two disc package containing 6 episodes of the revamped series. The most enjoyable, and well written episode is the two part series pilot The Sandkings. The other episodes are reasonable, but not the strongest in the series. A decent package, but not what it should have been.

Disc1

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.

Disc 2

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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    Score played over static menu.

Featurette - The Outer Limits Story.

    Producers Pen Densham and Joseph Stefano discuss the origins of the series and the revamped 1990s model. A brief but interesting feature. 10 Minutes.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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