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Alien Nation

Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 49 (June 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp & Kevyn Major Howard

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the theatrical trailer and TV spots.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2001302
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1988
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/27/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Graham Baker
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
There are some fresh faces in Los Angeles. Called the Newcomers, they hail from another planet, and while they are not feared, prejudices abound, ad many of them have remained isolated in their own communities. One such Alien Nation is Slagtown. Detective Matthew Sykes (Caan) works this crime-ridden area and recently lost his partner during a robbery shootout. His new partner is Sam Francisco (Patinkin), the first Newcomer detective on the LAPD. Together, they set out to find a killer as well as stop a greedy Newcomer, William Harcourt (Stamp) from taking control of his people

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a nicely rendered picture, with images that are sharp and detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. The night scenes exhibit excellent depth, especially the exterior scenes. Colors are fully saturated and well balanced, with natural fleshtones, bold hues and deep blacks. Cool hues are used stylistically. There is minimal edge enhancement, but pixelization is detected at times. While fine film grain is noticed, source element artifacts are not a factor. (Suzanne Hodges)

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