The Outer Limits-Sex & Science Fiction (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-Sex And Science Fiction
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 259:00
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
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: Sex & Science Fiction is a 2 disc set which offers six episodes from the new Outer Limits series which ran from 1995 - 2001 (the first series ran from 1963 to 1965). Much like the Twilight Zone series, the episodes are individual non-related stories. Although grouping several episodes into a sub-genre like Sex And Science Fiction is a novel idea, I would have much preferred the series to be released by season as per usual. However, the discs are not without merit and are a good way to pass the time.

Disc 1

1. "Caught in the Act" - A young woman becomes infected with an alien creature and finds herself with an uncontrollably need to mate. Unfortunately, she absorbs her more-than-willing partners. The episode stars Jason London and Alyssa Milano.

2. "Bits of Love" - In the year 2047 a man surviving a nuclear holocaust in an underground bunker creates a virtual reality simulator that becomes more than an obsession.

3. "Valerie 23" - A wheelchair bound scientist creates a synthetic skin for a company that tests it on an android "companion". This episode stars William Sadler.

4. "Last Supper" - When a mysterious ageless woman falls in love with a young man, she is reunited with his father, who rescued her from an inhuman experience twenty years earlier

Disc 2

5. "From Within" - People in a small town fall victim to parasitic worms which infect the brain and cause people to lose their inhibitions.

6. "The New Breed" - A scientist who's trying to find a way to repair damaged cells develops robots of microscopic size - with which a lab assistant secretly injects himself in hopes of curing his cancer.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The Outer Limits - Sex And Science Fiction is presented in 1.33:1 full frame as it was broadcast on television and it is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness levels were strong with no signs of aliasing. Shadow detail was pleasing with strong black levels. There were no grain or low level noise problems.

    Colours were natural and well defined. There were no bleeding issues detected.

    There were little to no video artefacts apparent.

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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 always clear and there are no audio sync problems.

    The show's music fits the episodes well and is not intrusive.

    Surround channel usage is minimal. There are little in the way of directional sound effects. The show's music and character dialogue make up the majority of contributing elements to the rear channels.

    The subwoofer adds minimal bass and is not needed in most cases.

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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

    The Outer Limits logo with backing music.

Main Menu

    A static menu with the series theme music as underscore.

Featurette - Sex And Science Fiction.

    A very brief 5 minute feature discussing why sex is so often linked with science fiction.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The R4 version contains 3 episodes not contained on the R1 version, and vice-versa.

    The episodes Human Operators, Skin Deep and Flower Child are absent from the R4 version and have been replaced with Last Supper, From Within and The New Breed.

    The only reason the R4 gets the nod is the superior quality of a PAL transfer.

Summary

    The Outer Limits is a reasonably solid Science Fiction series with several intelligent and thought-provoking concepts explored. This 2 disc set has 6 quality episodes presented with reasonable transfers. The extras have been skimped on unfortunately, but all in all this is a decent purchase.

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Saturday, September 03, 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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