Space Cowboys

Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

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Four of the best pilots in the U.S. Air Force are in training to be the first Americans in space. But just as the launch date approaches, the Air Force is replaced by a new civilian agency known as NASA, and the Space Cowboys are replaced by a chimpanzee! The four members of Team Daedalus couldn't be more stunned as they see their dreams of space exploration evaporate. But then, some forty years later, the flyboys are pressed into action: an ancient Russian communications satellite known as IKON is sorely in need of repair to its navigational systems, and the aging officers are the only ones who understand the outdated technology on board well enough to repair it and keep the space station from crashing into the earth. (Laurie Sevano)

The Blu-ray Disc movie starts playing immediately without first going to the menu. There are some of the same supplements as found on the DVD, however, and they include four behind-the-scenes featurettes: Up Close With The Editor, Tonight On Leno, The Effects, and Back At The Ranch; and the theatrical trailer.

The VC-1-encoded 2.35:1 Blu-ray Disc picture features lush colors, although flesh tones are slightly pallid due to the slightly blown-out whites. Details aren't as well resolved as other high-definition releases, although this could be due to the unmodified Samsung BD-P1000 player we use as a reference. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features impressive fidelity and ample envelopment around the soundfield. A slight ringing distortion can be heard, which is a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)