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Outland [Blu-ray] (2012)

Sean Connery , Peter Boyle , Peter Hyams  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Peter Hyams
  • Producers: Richard A. Roth, Stanley O'toole
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NR93KG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A federal marshal on an outer-space mining colony uncovers deadly secrets, triggering a showdown. Oscar(R) winner Sean Connery lays down the law in Peter Hyams' sci-fi sizzler.

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, mediocre DVD November 3, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Outland is an above-average early-1980s sci-fi Western that benefited from smart casting.

Unfortunately, the 1997 and 2007 DVD releases of Outland suffered from lackluster transfer -- grainy, distorted images and letterboxed widescreen.

The February 2008 DVD release seems to be marginally less grainy and distorted. However, the color intensity and resolution are still not quite up to par with present-day movie transfers. Low-light scenes suffer from fading and graininess which may become especially apparent on large screens. On smaller widescreen TVs (under 30 inches), filmed signs and lettering are acceptably crisp but post-production titles and captions remain blurred.

I have always liked Outland because it relied more upon mature characters (including a tough female country doctor) to tell the story, and resisted the temptation in Hollywood to fall back upon gun-blazing mayhem conducted by inexperienced young rookies. I continue to hope the studios find a way to produce a fully restored version of the film.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best SF movies you haven't seen December 21, 2003
Format:DVD
It's not quite one of the all-time greats, but it's not a 'B movie' either. It's a well-constructed, well-acted drama that doesn't aim _too_ high but does hit what it aims at.
See, out on Io (a moon of Jupiter), there's a titanium mining operation owned by some interplanetary mega-corporation. Federal Marshal William O'Niel (that's how it's spelled) gets assigned there and starts to investigate a series of odd deaths that don't seem to be murders but don't pass the smell test all the same. Getting almost no support from the mining station's personnel, O'Niel is on his own in uncovering the unpleasant truth behind the deaths. I won't tell you any more than that; what follows contains no spoilers.
The mind behind _Outland_ is Peter Hyams, who later brought us the excellent _Timecop_. But the movie benefits also from a wonderful ensemble cast. Sean Connery is, well, Sean Connery; he's worth watching as Bill O'Niel or as anybody else. Frances Sternhagen is delightful as the crusty and somewhat scatterbrained Dr. Lazarus (not the one from _GalaxyQuest_; she's an M.D. at the mining station). There are also the ever-reliable Peter Boyle and James B. Sikking, and a handful of other well-cast and competent supporting players. Since so much of the 'action' is dialogue and character interplay, it would have failed miserably with a lesser cast; here, it succeeds very well.
The special effects are pretty good too, particularly for 1981. The whole thing looks pretty dark and gritty, which wasn't the standard in 1981 but works much better today. At any rate, the mining colony looks right and not at all dated. (However, longtime SF geeks, of whom I am one, will have no trouble finding things to complain about, beginning with the inconsistent gravitational forces.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst studio DVD ever? November 28, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I never bought the first release of this DVD because those who did savaged it for its poor quality. I figured WB couldn't possibly make the same mistake twice. Maybe they didn't - maybe they just repackaged the rotten DVD they manufactured before. Seriously, this is absolutely the worst DVD I've ever seen from a major producer. The quality may not even match those cheapie Canadian tv transfers in the bargain bins. It looks worse than standard definition - hardly a horizontal line looks straight, and any lettering is blurry. Within each scene, the image jumps up and down from one frame to the next. After 10 minutes, I stopped watching, and I really like this movie. The Amazon info (as of this day) is incorrect; the aspect ratio is extreme widescreen. However, the case says "enhanced", which is a flat-out lie. Perhaps they meant disenhanced.
Maybe there's a problem with the film elements, but this movie never looked this bad in the theaters; people would have walked out if it did.
Unless you are going to watch this on a 2" screen, or you're a serious collector of visual artifacts, I WOULD NOT BUY THIS INCREDIBLE PIECE OF GARBAGE. Caveat emptor.
MUCH LATER: The Blu-ray disc is, however, excellent, and bargain-priced to boot. It is in the original aspect ratio (not 16:9) and looks great in a home theater. Amazing what Hyams was able to do before CGI - one of the best-looking SF films of its time. In the commentary, he says he originally wanted to do a western, and realized that they had become SF films. Shiny.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another terrible transfer of a very good film August 2, 2005
Format:DVD
Too bad. I'ts a 4 1/2 star sci-fi film. However, the wide screen transfer is terrible. There are a lot of horizontal and vertical lines in the high-tech sets and the bad transfer has them continuously "crawling" in the background. I could make a better copy from TV to VHS. Sorry to complain, but how else can we try to get the studios to release acceptable transfers?
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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This is the same terrible, highly compressed transfer that you could buy for $9.95 a couple of years ago. I returned two of those hoping that I just got a bad disk. No improvement with this release. And, it is interesting to see that Amazon deleted all the bad reviews and started all over again. Unless you know this film, and need it for a classic Sci-Fi film collection, the quality will drive your eyes crazy. If you need an example for teaching what poorly done MPG video high compression can do - this is an excellent example. Indicator lights, sign lettering, horizontal lines in the background, are continually "squirming" and slightly changing position, flickering around in almost every scene. They squeezed widescreen on one side and put 4:3 P&S on the other.

For the film itself, four and one half stars: **** */2.

The story is great, it is "High Noon". The music is very good. The acting and directing are fine. The WARNER BROS DVD still stinks. They just re-released the same bad master with a higher price. Buy a used one. I'm asking Amazon for my money back. It is obvious that Warner Bros cares only about short term revenue and trying to catch a few more suckers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good science fiction that needs to be remastered
Sean Connery and Peter Boyle are great in this sci-fi version of High Noon. The drawback for me is that some of the scenes look dated in what is supposed to be a futuristic world... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Film Fanatic C
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this way back when...
Good flick, haven't seen it in years. Good to be able to see it again. Nice clean clear copy. Good quality.
Published 10 days ago by ManicBobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Outland DVD
A classic sci-fi thriller. Sean Connery plays a cop at an off-world mining planet. He is as good as ever. Totally recommend this movie.
Published 11 days ago by Rebecca A Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars at last decent video qulaity
The set design is amazing, the acting also.. A very tough title to get in high quality, a great buy
Published 26 days ago by Mitchell J. Mehdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Known 80's Sci-Fi Gem
Outland was released in 1981, right when Sean Connery's career began to taper off. During an era in the late 70's and early 80's when audiences were engrossed in blockbusters like... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Alex RR
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Thriller
I enjoyed the whole premise of a mining company set on Jupiter's moon, Io, where it's business as usual to exploit the workers with a drug to increase productivity and profits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diceman
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Sean Connery does a great job in this action packed movie with lots of drama he has to try and stop two killers who are out to get him because of the station manager
Published 1 month ago by Duane Viegas
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination ahead of its time
Good old fashion sci-fi with a elite actor . Only if itwas a series . This movie has events that every sci- fi movie made now copies.
Published 1 month ago by R. Solis
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild West in space
Sean Connery Classic , a must see. This movie follows the western story line with the new sheriff fighting corruption, saves the town and rides off into the sunset......... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Sanford
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good Blu-ray
I really liked this movie when I first saw it in the theater years ago. But I wasn't as impressed seeing it after getting it on this Blu-ray edition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L Roger Speakman
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