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Hangar 18 [Blu-ray] (1980)

Darren McGavin , Robert Vaughn , James L. Conway  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, James Hampton, Pamela Bellwood
  • Directors: James L. Conway
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CFHEEVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, Terrible Quality Conversion to DVD October 22, 2005
This poor quality transfer to DVD looks as though it was converted from an old, full-screen VHS of the film. The chapter selection and menu screen have a home-job appearance. Stranger still, the picture on the box (of a green bug-eyed alien emerging from a door, bears no actual connection to the film.) In fact, except for the fact that it was sold on Amazon, you would think that this is a fly-by-night bootleg. Did anyone at Legacy Enterntainment (the DVD producer) actually care about the DVD they were releasing?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars UFO intrigue. March 12, 2006
Astronauts, including Gary Collins, sight a UFO from the shuttle. NASA chief Darren McGavin tracks it on radar, but White House officials (Robert Vaughn & Joseph Campanella) want to keep it covered up until the election, because the president had previously ridiculed his opponent for reporting a UFO. McGavin is sent to investigate, but Collins and the other astronaut are kept in the dark - but they investigate unofficially. It turns into an action pic as the government tries to stop them, but meanwhile McGavin and his team have found dead aliens on the ship, and learn of their previous visits to Earth. Considering how old this is it's a pretty good effort and precursor to Roswell, The X-Files, etc.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watergate + "2001" + "Close Encounters" = HANGAR 18 July 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The Utah-based Schick Sunn Pictures corporation, known for churning out highly speculative documentaries, turns to science fiction for this interesting conspiracy sci-fi drama. The question: What would the U.S. government do if it suddenly had an alien spacecraft in its possession?
Two shuttle astronauts (Gary Collins, James Hampton) are in the process of launching a military satellite from the shuttle, when they encounter a UFO in orbit. When the satellite is launched, it hits the UFO with explosive results, killing a third man who was inside the shuttle's cargo bay watching the satellite's progress. The UFO, however, makes a controlled landing in the Arizona desert.
When they get back on the ground, Collins and Hampton soon find themselves the target of charges that the incident in orbit was their fault, and are forced to clear their names by finding the right evidence, all the while being tracked by government agents. Meanwhile, a team of scientists, led by Darren McGavin, are ensconsed at Hangar 18, located on the grounds of an Air Force base in Texas, trying to learn everything possible about the UFO and its occupants...whose appearances bear an all-too-uncanny resemblance to humans.
Thought I dock this film one star because its special effects aren't exactly up to snuff (a lowered budget is the reason), HANGAR 18 is otherwise a very good film. In basic terms, it combines a Watergate-style political scenario with elements from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, and Steven Spielberg's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. This is not to say that HANGAR 18 is a masterpiece like those two films are. But the combination of such elements manages to work in a fairly narrow framework.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-X Files, but only better and much more exciting!! January 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I remember when this classic movie came out in 1980. I really enjoyed seeing the previews and what the film was all about. Surprisingly, my parents took me to see the film, and all of us really enjoyed this science fiction/conspiracy thriller classic. All of us even jumped when that alien environment suit popped out of the UFO's closet by accident. Nevertheless, the movie was in a way like an earlier version of The X-Files. Only just as better and more exciting than the series that would come some 13 years later.
Hanger 18 tells the story of how a satellite, launched by a NASA space shuttle/orbiter, collides with an Unidentified Flying Object, causing the death of an American astronaut in the process. When the UFO crashes on Earth, the U.S. Air Force and NASA recover it, and take it to a manned lunar receiving station in Texas. There, they uncover some hidden secrets that soon take the scientists by surprise. And makes the Government nervous. At the same time, two of the shuttle astronauts who witnessed the incident in space, are "blamed" for the other astronaut's death, and try to clear up the situation, by hunting for the UFO. The government tries to prevent the two from locating the UFO, but to little or no avail. That situation leads to something even more drastic made by the CIA and The Department Of Defense.
Like the classic film Capricorn One, Hanger 18 does a remarkable job of playing on the government conspiracy angle, and at the same time, deals with the ancient astronaut theory. The subplot involving the two astronauts trying to clear their names is also good, as is the storyline about the scientists trying to unlock whatever secrets are in the flying saucer.
And it also had a wonderful cats of veterans.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE QUALITY, NOT THEATRICAL VERSION! November 12, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Since this was available on Amazon Prime, I thought this would be presented in HD and in the theatrical aspect ratio.

IT MOST CERTAINLY WAS NOT!

The video looked as if it had been stolen from a VHS copy of a copy of a copy of some copy someone found in the bin, and then copied again!

I FEEL VIOLATED!

RENTAL!? REALLY!?

SHould be FREE, and there should bloody well have been notification UP FRONT that the aspect was NTSC 4:3 ratio, and a copy of a VHS tape!

HOW COULD YOU DO THIS AMAZON?

SO LET DOWN. >:(
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadly zero extras but a good version of this B Movie Classic
I saw this movie with my folks at the local flea pit when it was released and the print even then was dire. Ive only ever seen ropey VHS copies and so to see a full HD 1. Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Hevingham
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Has very good lighting and color but it's more of a detective movie taking place on the Earth 90% of the time. Low budget talk fest. Read more
Published 12 days ago by BB Indiana
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad...but not great
The movie was ok. It is clearly an earlier film reflecting the 70's. McGavin is McGavin . . . always Kojak!
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...
I remembered this movie from years ago. When I saw it on Amazon, I had to get it. Great movie for UFO believers.
Published 27 days ago by Robert Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good drama movie
Intriguing movie about government trying to cover up a NASA boo boo and how the astronauts had to outwit the bad guys and stay alive and prove the government was lying.
Published 2 months ago by Loren Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars A different twist on the "Hangar 18" folklore ...
The film "Hangar 18" opens as an American space shuttle crew inadvertently launches a satellite right into a UFO hovering above the ship - causing the UFO to crash on the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jerome G. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars cult classic
The quintessential alien conspiracy film.
Are we truly alone.
Never believe what you have been told !
Who's Your DADY ?
Published 2 months ago by Drew Dixon
1.0 out of 5 stars Hanger 18
This movie is pretty good due to no closed caption or subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing. If within. I would raise the star. I'm very disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by chrus
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Description - bad copying
HORRIBLE COPY, NOT EVEN WIDESCREEN. Not even anamorphic widescreen. 7.50 price tag? wrong. Looks like a region free copy and I feel ripped off. Read more
Published 4 months ago by nascarnbroncosfans
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found it ...
I found this gem years ago on VHS and wanted to update my DVD collection. While not the best acting in the world, the familiar stars and interesting premise make it a true... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Randolph Warren
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