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Hangar 18 [Blu-ray]

 

(James L. Conway, 1980)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Sunn Classic Pictures

Video: Olive Films

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:37:29.802

Disc Size: 21,446,550,384 bytes

Feature Size: 21,391,276,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 25th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 869 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 869 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: A shocking story of government cover-up in space! What would happen is a UFO was to crash-land on Earth? What the government let us know? Or would they fear nationwide panic and keep it under cover? This intense thriller opens as two astronauts (Gary Collins and James Hampton) are deploying a satellite from a space shuttle when it collides with an unidentified object. The object makes a crippled but safe landing in the remote southwestern desert where it is quickly carted off by government agencies to a secret Air Force base. Meanwhile, the two astronauts are back on earth and are anxious to know what happened, but no one is talking. When they begin to investigate they learn that the government will stop at nothing to keep them from discovering the truth! The stellar cast includes Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story), Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Pamela Bellwood (Dynasty). Stylishly directed by James L. Conway (The Boogens) who also co-wrote the story.

 

 

The Film:

Could it be true? Is the U.S. government really hiding an alien spaceship in the mysterious Hangar 18? According to the producers at Sunn Classic Pictures, the answer is yes, and this sci-fi drama sets out to prove it. The trouble begins when an orbiting satellite runs into the UFO and it crashes. Inside are alien bodies, and the President, who is busy with his re-election campaign, is most eager to conceal them.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Yes, the folks that presented the awful big-screen "documentaries" IN SEARCH OF NOAH'S ARK and IN SEARCH OF HISTORIC JESUS, Sunn Classic Pictures, attempted to present a straightforward, dramatic science-fiction film here, with predictable results. Forbes (Darren McGavin) is the leader of a group of scientists studying a flying saucer that is being hidden by the US government; Gordon (Robert Vaughn) is the slimy, paranoid politician who keeps the lid on this discovery at any cost. Not much of interest here.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Hangar 18 has a modest Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. The single-layered rendering looks clean but there is little to no depth. Colors fluctuate depending on the film's lighting but the contrast of the 1080P seems stable. It tends to improve as the films runs along and detail is acceptable - if not stellar. Even at it's best Hangar 18 probably didn't look much better than this. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering but not by a dramatic amount. Olive was, again, at the mercy of the unremarkable source.

 

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Audio :

Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master mono track at 869 kbps. There are some effects that export bass but overall there isn't anything demonstrative. The score is by John Cacavas (and Bob Summers.) Cacavas had done almost exclusively TV work until Hangar 18 and the music here seems to suit the film passively in the background.  There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Hangar 18 is dated and quite goofy. It's appeal will lie solely with its nostalgia or those very forgiving of its lack of science-fiction prescience. I was caught-up in a lot of the film - it is not horrible or anything. I've always liked McGavin and the rest of the cast helps things along. It just didn't hold to my expectations. The Blu-ray is what we have come to expect from Olive Films - a straight transfer (no manipulation) and bare-bones. This is just outside my comfort range for a recommendation. At this price, I'd suggest holding off on a purchase. 

Gary Tooze

June 22nd, 2013

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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