Reality Entertainment // 2011 // 240 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Steve Power (Retired) // February 4th, 2012
Do you want to believe?
Over the next four hours of your life, prepare to be inundated with every fact, tidbit, and morsel of information you've ever heard on the subject of UFOs. No cliché is left unexplored, no urban legend left untold, no scientific theory left unexplained. From the more mundane tales we're all used to hearing, to the out and out "Aliens built the pyramids" insanity that is the stuff of bad science fiction and Roland Emmerich movies. I'm sure this all sounds very exciting, and sure, the subject matter isn't without its built-in The X-Files intrigue: Men in black, government cover-ups, mind wipes, abduction tales, it's all in there. Sadly, the presentation is so horribly low rent, that the only emotion stirred will be utter boredom.
Aliens from Outer Space (repeat the title in that "extended vowel sound" that 1950s narrators use for added entertainment value) is a four-hour slideshow. Four hours! Still photos! Creepy stock music! Yes, stare in awe as your DVD player pans across blurry black and white photos as though it were reading the jpeg files off of the memory stick from Fox Mulder's Cybershot. There may have been a news clip or two in there, but honestly, my mind was too numb to notice.
UFO expert Bill Knell, who may or may not have been a frequent caller on "Coast to Coast," is our narrator, and while it's obvious that this guy has a more than vested interest in the subject matter, his delivery typically falls somewhere between "high school biology" and "town council meeting." The monotone delivery does have the occasional rise in excitement, but it feels detached from the presentation, like someone stuck a mic on Bill and had him ramble a while, and then used the audio to spruce up a slideshow.
Even more detrimental; there's nothing here that we haven't heard before. Every rock has been overturned ad nauseum, every story so easily telegraphed by repeated pop culture hammering, that we're rolling our eyes in the first ten minutes. There's no truly convincing argument or counter for the skeptics, the program just assumes that you're a believer, and then proceeds to overload you with information you may already know.
Since everything is free form slide show with narration, the image quality is all over the place, varying with the quality of the photos on display. I did notice some compression pixelization here and there, probably due to pictures being increased in size digitally before being inserted, and there was interlacing present as well. Why is it that UFO photos are always blurry? Is it that UFO-ologists don't own fancy cameras with variable shutter speeds and zoom lenses?
The audio is strictly basic as well, sounding like it could have been recorded during a University lecture. Stammers, mispronunciations, and other errors work their way in with alarming frequency, but at least it's clear and easily understood.
No extras that I could find on the nigh incomprehensible menus. Just another reason to take this sucker out of the player that much quicker. The presentation is just so all around bland, that Aliens from Ouuuuuuttterrr Spaaaaaaaace is pretty much guaranteed to turn even the most hardcore Fox Mulder into a Dana Scully.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Reality Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 240 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated