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Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs

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Investigate the mysterious world of UFO's with actor/writer Dan Aykroyd, whose personal experiences led him to a deeper study of this controversial phenomenon. Joined by renowned author David Sereda, the two discuss recent findings, international UFO technology, governmental cover-ups and potential military intervention in a possible attack. Includes compelling UFO footage along with testimonials from astronaut Gordon Cooper and others.

Former Saturday Night Live performer Dan Aykroyd has built a sideline as a researcher into UFOs and tried to create an investigative program called Out There that was cancelled before it aired. Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs is an unusual combination of an interview with a compilation of striking (albeit blurry and inconclusive) footage of lights in the sky and other unexplained phenomena. Regrettably, Unplugged on UFOs undercuts itself by mixing compelling, inexplicable video (including footage from the Mexican air force and of the widely-seen Phoenix Lights) with more dubious images (like Billy Meier's discredited photos of spaceships in Switzerland). The movie also contains interviews with former astronaut Gordon Cooper and excerpts from a lecture by former Canadian Minister of Defense Paul Hellyer, but front and center is Aykroyd (who has appeared in movies ranging from Ghost Busters to Driving Miss Daisy, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), who muses on topics ranging from sightings around the world to alien abduction to what he would do if he could travel in time. Though Aykroyd's comments on scientific topics are unrevelatory, his descriptions of personal encounters seem lucid and grounded in experience. --Bret Fetzer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dan Aykroyd, David Sereda, Gordon Cooper, Paul Hellyer, Ronald Reagan
  • Directors: David Sereda
  • Producers: David Sereda, John R. Johnston, Jonathan Dana
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs" on IMDb

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While it's true that I found the production value lacking, I hate to see this video maligned by people with short attention spans and fragile egos. You must consider Akroyd's motivation in doing this. It's not for fame or fortune; he already has that. He risks credibility and marketability with this project; yet proceeds, albeit calmly, to express sincere belief in these " vehicles" moving in our atmosphere ( and just outside of it, too. ) I particularly found the infra-red footage very compelling. Strangely, no reviewer has mentioned it. Perhaps they turned it off too soon. ( There are, after all, no explosions or MTV-like editing tricks to hold your interest. ) There are many who found "March of the Penguins" boring and failed to consider the implications of that film as well. But for those seriously trying to understand our world and the times we live in, this video is an excellent wake-up call and jumping-off point for further study of higher technologies, alternative histories and our future. Decide for yourself. Don't let somebody else decide what is or isn't significant for you. ( That seems to be a common motif in our world now. ) Those with an open and inquisitive mind will be highly entertained to say the least, and maybe even profoundly affected.
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I purchased this after hearing Dan Akroyd on Coast to Coast AM and viewed him as knowledgeable on the subject matter. He was fine on the topics discussed but I was led to believe there was new UFO video footage of great quality. While some of the video footage was newer, I would still not rate the quality as superior. We are left with the same age-old pro & con arguments with really no better photographic evidence than has been presented over the last 60 years. Overall, a good effort but a little below expectations.
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This is quite an odd video - not for the subject matter so much as for the style of presentation. According to filmmaker David Sereda, he was so fascinated by a UFO-related conversation he had with actor Dan Aykroyd that he just had to interview him in front of the cameras, and this video is basically a conversation between the two about a range of issues related to UFO phenomena. Apparently, Aykroyd has long been interested in the subject and had recently interviewed a number of prominent ufologists for his own UFO-related show for Sci-Fi (before the series was abruptly and mysteriously cancelled before it ever made it to air). Aykroyd, it's important to note, does not pretend to be a scientist or an expert (even though Sereda bills him as one of the greatest minds on earth), and he really doesn't have any vast truths to communicate - he's just, like so many of us, fascinated and well-read on the subject, a believer who wants to push the UFO debate more firmly into public awareness.

The production quality of the actual interview leaves something to be desired. I think both men were there facing each other, but the shots of Sereda show him against a white background while Aykroyd looms in front of a shadowy background, with all manner of strange close-ups and camera angles of him interspersed throughout. To my eyes, at least, the presentation sometimes takes on the look of a mockumentary, especially when Aykroyd lights up a cigarette.

Since the topics cover a wide range of issues, from space shuttle sightings to alien abduction to parallel dimensions to Men in Black and beyond, you almost need to have at least a basic background in the history of UFOs and alien literature to put some of what is discussed in a proper context.
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This film added little to my understanding of UFOs, but it still makes a cool introduction to contemporary UFOlogy - some recent sightings, history, conspiracy theory, abductions, theoretical propulsion, and so on. Not really for the hard-core sceptic, nor the learned Ufologist, this film is great, however, for what it sets out to do - to get more people thinking and talking about UFOs and disclosure.

Dan Aykroyd and ufologist David Sereda chat semi-formally on UFOs while we're shown sightings, related footage, and testimony. It's an interesting mix of hyped production and a frank down-to-earth discussion which seems to work. Some of the info was new to me and worth seeing, such as Hellyer, the Canadian Defense Minister, testifying. Personally I find Aykroyd to be a likable fellow and a great presenter. He is, afterall, a MUFON spokesman, and his beleif is based on his own UFO experiences which he also discusses.

Sereda compares Aykroyd to 'Einstein', 'genius', 'professor' and 'one of the great minds of our time'. I have my doubts, and Aykroyd admits himself that he's not even a scientist, but neverthess he does come across as intelligent, articulate and knowledgeable about Physics and UFO's. Sereda, doing a fair job, throws in some of his own research ideas in too, and why not?

As is typical with this genre, the footage gets a bit repetative, and there could have been more. And I'll never understand the obsession of over-zooming into footage until you see only a useless blured blob.

Mostly a joy to watch, this film also got a few unbelieving friends thinking and talking about UFOs. Aykroyd and Sereda should be proud of this little UFO production. Well done Dan and Dave!
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