20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 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. The cast is also quite good, with McGavin giving one of his most memorable and stimulating performances. Robert Vaughn is equally good as the President's devious chief-of-staff, who concots the cover-up to get his boss re-elected.
To sum it up, HANGAR 18 is a somewhat imperfect movie, but it still holds up well despite its flaws.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 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?
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 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. Darren McGavin, Gary Collins, James Hampton, Pamela Bellwood, Robert Vaughn, William Schallert, Joseph Campenella, and Bill Zuckert among others. Though one wishes that James Brolin, Roy Thinnes, or Tom Berenger had been in the role played by Collins. Collins did a good job, however, if I had been the casting director, I would have picked one of those three.
Overall, a very good and entertaining film. One of the best in the hall of science fiction. If you enjoy watching the X-Files and other films about flying saucers, then you will definately enjoy this film.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 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!
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. >:(
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Well after almost 30 years, finally hangar 18 is on bluray and you can watch it on your 16:9 TV without stretching it. Previous VHS,DVD releases and the netflix and amazon prime versions are in 4:3 format.
The bluray release don't have any extras, the main menu has 2 options: play the movie and the chapters. Audio quality is acceptable for a mono. The video quality is far away better than previous releases (of course) but also a little bit of high contrast. Perhaps to enhance the deterioration of the old original film itself.
There are video noise in several scenes, at the beginning with the space shuttle shots where the space sometime turns to dark blue.
Overall the bluray video quality now can reveal the special effects of this 80's film, specially space shuttle scenes, and the end with the plane crashing the hangar.
Other revelations about quality is you can read almost all the space shuttle panel, and inside the UFO too, specially the panel buttons. The images on the big screen inside the UFO are more vivid, the symbols and the graphics, I notice more pink variation colors than instead of the red on previous releases.
The bluray doesn't have subtitles or any other audio format.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2010
As a film goes, it is a nice B-movie. It could be remade into something really terrific. A shuttle mission launches a satellite that strikes a UFO and cases one astronaut to be killed and a deadly cover up. Good actors: Robert Vaughn, Darrin McGavin, Pamela Belwood, Gary Collins, Joseph Campenella, et al. This is a DVD-R and it looks like it was taken from a VHS. The transfer is crap. Cheaper than the original but let the buyer be ware.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2007
1980 SCI-FI CULT CLASSIC A MUST FOR ANY TRUE SCI-FI FAN,KEEPING IN MIND THIS DVD HAS NOT BEEN REMASTERED AND THE SOUND IS IN MONO.
I STILL ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH THE SPACE CRAFT EFFECTS ARE TOP RATE,
BOTH INSIDE AND OUT..THE STORY LINE HAS BEEN PLAYED SO MUCH ON THE X FILES IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY, GOVERMENT COVER UP'S!!. BUT BACK IN THE DAY IT WAS 1ST RATE..HEY FOR 5.00 DOLLARS YOU CANT GO WRONG.
DVD IS A PRODUCT OF CANADA/R1/LEGACY ENT.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2007
Dispite the fact that it has been over twenty years since I saw this movie,I would still give it a good rating.I was disappointed with the quality of the dvd all together.The sound was just as bad and hard to understand sometimes.I had the volune of my t.v. set to over 48 to be able to hear the dialogue.But enough bad points about the movie,On to the good points!The story still holds through the twenty plus years since it's release.The characters are somewhat two-dimensional,but the story itself is good enough to keep your interest through and through.The effects are typical 80's along with the sound effects.The twist about the president being a non ufo believer was a good add on to the whole of the story.Darren Mcgavin was... well Darren Mcgavin,need I say anymore?He brought his ususual character and colorfullness to this movie and it showed.Robert Vaughn plays his typical character that has good intentions gone bad.Gary Collins,plays the good guy wrongly accused along with his fellow astronaut,James Hampton.There were certain points in the movie when I thought I was watching Apollo and Starbuck from the REAL Battlestar Galactica( Not that abomination on the sci-fi channel!!!)in conversation.It also reminded me at certain points of Capricorn One without O.J.Simpson (Thank God!).If you decide to buy this movie be ready to be disappointed by the audio and video transfer quality.The story and action from it however,will make up for the down side of the movie.There are some scenes in the motion picture that leaves one to wonder how close is this movie in relation to the 1947 Roswell incident,Anyone care to comment?Overall,Hanger 18 holds true to the whole of the plot and story line.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2007
This movie is one of the few sci-fi movies which is still one of the best
movies to come out way back, it still has the interest in the subject of
UFOs, and is a must movie to have in your collection of sci-fi films.
to me Hanger 18 is one of the classic's which has a host of stars,the late
Darren McGavin and another great actor Robert Vaughin, the dvd runs for
Approx.97min. and still is very good value for money.
a must have.