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Enemy Mine [Blu-ray]

 

(Wolfgang Petersen, 1985)

 

Region FREE Blu-ray available from Twilight Time in the US:

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Video: Eureka (UK)

 

Disc:

Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:48:07.397

Disc Size: 38,244,729,279 bytes

Feature Size: 36,984,397,248 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.36 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 20th, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3315 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3315 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Music and Effects:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

Trailer (1:59)
• Extended Scene (3:07 in German with Eng subs)
Collectors Booklet

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: From director Wolfgang Petersen (Troy, The NeverEnding Story) comes a tale of two enemies thrown together in a hostile world where to survive they must become allies.

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

Starring Dennis Quaid (The Right Stuff, The Day after Tomorrow) and Academy Award Winner Louis Gosset Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) this sci-fi adventure is a tale of an unexpected friendship and newly found respect. Eureka Classics presents the film in high-definition for the first time in the UK in a special edition Blu-ray.

 

 

The Film:

Love means never having to say that you're ugly in the extravagant fantasy film Enemy Mine. Earthling Dennis Quaid is Davidge, one of many space warriors engaged in a bloody extraterrestrial battle against the Draconians. Crash-landing on a faraway planet, Davidge is forced into an "up close and personal" with the Drac (Lou Gossett Jr.), a repellant, reptilian creature. Evidently a bivalve, the Drac gives birth to a baby Drac just before expiring. Now a reluctant foster father, Davidge tries to keep himself and the baby alive while the war continues to rage all around them. The special effects (courtesy Industrial Light and Magic) are serviceable if not brilliant, and the acting is okay so far as it goes. What socks over Enemy Mine is Rolf Zehetbauer's awe-inspiring production design and Chris Walas' superb makeup work.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Little more than a buddy movie set in space which, sadly, relies like Wolfgang Petersen's earlier NeverEnding Story more upon special effects than storyline. Earth warrior Quaid shoots it out with 'Drac' warrior Gossett, then both man and creature crash-land on the deserted Fyrine IV. The gloomy planet, with its meteor storms and bug-eyed monsters, soon draws the combatants together as they realise that the greatest threat to their survival is not each other, but the planet itself. Enemy Mine then mutates into a story of friendship, understanding and eventual love between the two Robinson Crusoes in space. Both Quaid and Gossett, the latter doing a passable imitation of a fish, perform like troopers, and one special effect in particular, where Gossett gives birth to a Drac-brat, is impressively moving. What the film lacks, however, is the epic vision to match its epic pretensions, something to bind together the action and the ideas.

Excerpt fromTimeOut located HERE

 

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

Enemy Mine looks gorgeous on Blu-ray from Eureka in the UK. I would guess this may, again, be Twilight Time sharing their D1 and it probably looks the same as the US 1080P transfer. The dual-layered image quality with a max'ed out bitrate exports the film's effects (looking a shade more transparent in HD) as crispy as could be expected. Colors are bright and rich and this Blu-ray offers a exceptionally appealing 1080P presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

We get the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.0 track at a whopping 3315 kbps or a more modest linear PCM track at 2304 kbps. There is a lot of aggressive, science-fiction related, audio and a few adroit separations but the intensity of the depth is overwhelming. The score is by the great Maurice Jarre (The Tin Drum, The Man Who Would Be King, The Damned) and via the lossless renderings it adds some atmospheric layer onto the film's already abundant effects. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

 

Extras :

Not much - a trailer and extended scene plus the package has a collector's booklet with a new essay by Craig Ian Mann and color photos.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Enemy Mine is a good film - one that took me a while to warm to after seeing it years ago. The stellar a/v certainly benefitted my presentation and there is a lot about Wolfgang Petersen's film to appreciate. It also evokes the nostalgic appeal of Robinson Crusoe on MarsEnemy Mine is a film that I will revisit and a solid choice for Eureka to release on Blu-ray. The 1080P presentation is gorgeous and the package with booklet makes it a valued purchase for lovers of science-fiction. Strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

June 14th, 2016

 

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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 3500 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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