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Hangar 18 [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This was very cool! Good Cast and not bad effects for tv. Reminded me of the Roswell movie for tv.Published 5 days ago by Michael
Didn't leave much of an impression on me, thus I can't recall much for this review. Darin McGavin was okay; the story line was not very good.Published 5 days ago by Dog and cat lover
Blu-ray version of this film making its home video debut from Olive Films looks good in HD, but the complete lack of any extras is disappointing, especially regarding no audio... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Quiet Knight
Seen this a hundred times. Interesting after a visit to the UFO museum in Roswell, NM.Published 26 days ago by Henri De Roule
Too long for a short story. The end was expected and the drama in between was redundant.Published 1 month ago by John
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