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Dark Skies [Blu-ray]


(Scott Stewart, 2013)



On Blu-ray From eOne in the UK:

Also available on Blu-ray from Weinstein in the US:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Alliance Films

Video: EntertainmentOne



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

Runtime: 1:37:08.823 

Disc Size: 22,727,870,514 bytes

Feature Size: 20,526,336,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.35 Mbps

Chapters: 18

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 28th, 2013



Aspect ratio: 2.4:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3564 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3564 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -4dB)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB



English (SDH), French, none


Commentary with writer/director Scott Stewart, producer Jason Blum, executive -producer Brian Kavanaug-Jones and editor Peter Gvozdas
Deleted or Alternate Scenes with optional commentary with writer/director Scott Stewart, and editor Peter Gvozdas (14:23)






Description: From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion).



The Film:

Dark Skies was a derivative yet engaging affair that hit the spot and gave me an hour and a half of genuine chills and thrills. It did right by me by following the two simple rules that usually make for a solid horror experience. Number 1: Introduce me to compelling characters and relationships that I can care about. This one nailed that angle! I fell in love with the family unit here, related to a lot of what they were going through, thought the acting by all was on the money, hence I cared about their fate big time. Big kudos to Keri Russell (Lacy), Josh Hamilton (Daniel) Dakota Goyo (Jesse) and Kadan Rockett (Sam)! They sold me and then some as individuals and a loving family! Shit, the flick even managed to squeeze in a “it's hard and confusing to be a teenager” subplot by way of Dakota Goyo's character's plight which added a sense of pathos and further realism to the story. And with that on its side it gunned out rule Number 2: Put them endearing and credible peeps in harms way. Again, a winner here.

Excerpt from SArrowintheHead located HERE

Effectively unsettling, Dark Skies is a science-fiction thriller that plays like an episode of The Twilight Zone crossed with Poltergeist. More chilling than terrifying, this movie’s predatory aliens are creatures that mostly mess with people’s heads prior to abducting them. Why they do that seems more related to the filmmaker’s need to prolong the mystery rather than any innate alien logic – but what does this measly earthling know?

Writer-director Stewart demonstrated his prowess with genre mash-ups in his previous two films, Priest and Legion, and continues in that vein in Dark Skies. Amid all the strange and inexplicable events that occur at the Barrett household, we also witness a suburban family in financial crisis – a family whose security alarm isn’t initially tripped by the space invaders because they have canceled their contract in order to cut back on bills.

Excerpt from Austin Chronicle located HERE


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

Dark Skies looks reasonable on Blu-ray from EOne. It's another modern film shot with the Arri Alexa. There is some depth in the 2.4:1 frame. The visuals seem heavy but smooth in-motion. This single-layered Blu-ray, reproduced a watchable 1080P presentation with no noise or artifacts.




















Audio :

Another intense DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at a whopping 3564 kbps (24-bit). For horror flics a notable part of the viewing experience is the sound and this track handles the film's diverse requirements - a few intense thumps - with unusual effects and another good score by Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring, Insidious). There are optional English and French subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.


Extras :

EOne include an optional commentary track with writer/director Scott Stewart, producer Jason Blum, executive-producer Brian Kavanaug-Jones and editor Peter Gvozdas and it is production-centric but I enjoyed details on how the project came together and Stewart's input ion the final product. There are also 1/4 hour's worth of deleted or alternate scenes with an optional commentary track via Stewart, and editor Gvozdas. It was interesting to see what got left on the cutting room floor... and why.



Dark Skies is my type of horror - with the smattering of science-fiction and I am always pleased with an Edwin Pollard character (played here by J.K. Simmons) - an eccentric loner who ties up the mysteries with an unfathomable truth. Very cool! Keri Russell is also great. I don't know if this relates to the late 90's TV series about an alien invasion (of the same name) but I was hoping there was a sequel. This Blu-ray package is recommended at, current, discount prices. Enjoy!

Gary Tooze

October 25th, 2016


On Blu-ray From eOne in the UK:

Also available on Blu-ray from Weinstein in the US:


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.

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