Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"This science-fiction epic delivers all the goods" (The Creature Features Movie Guide) 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. Year: 1981 Director: Peter Hyams Starring: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen]]>
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I like this movie because it is not the run-of-the-mill sci-fi aliens vs. humans in space movie. It's a good cop movie about humans and their problems (specifically drug addiction and corruption) in space. Sean Connery plays a no-nonsense cop that goes up against the druggies, drug-runners and corrupt cops/administrators in a mining space station on Io, one of Jupiter’s moons. There's that famous scene of a prisoner murdered in a zero-gravity cell. Because it's space, all these people find that their options are limited. If you like cop movies, this is a good one for your collection.
The DVD I got was a brand-new Warner Home Video release from November 2007. This one was closed-captioned (not subtitled for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing for those interested since the formatting for both are different). The closed-captioning works great; my copy did not have any glitches. The vendor I ordered this from was scannerama18. Highly recommend this vendor. Will answer questions like they answered mine about the closed-captioning. Shipped out quickly and arrived equally as quickly in a padded envelope.
I watched the DVD two or three nights later to check for quality. It’s perfect.
Five stars for both product and vendor.
Most people think of "Outland" as a western set in outerspace, and listening to the worthwhile director's commentary proves them correct. That may be one reason it holds up so well for a movie from 1981. These are flawed characters who when faced with the harsh realities of frontier life have to find out who they really are. Connery may be the star, but there is a good supporting cast, especially Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond) as the corrupt head of a moon mining operation.
Much of the set is reminiscent of the original "Alien" movie, and while the special effects from then won't wow anyone there are only a couple times when their age is a little distracting. The "space saloon" features some hi-tech laser dancing I could have lived without. The rest of the film, which is ultimately a character driven movie about people, more than makes up for it.
Aside from a somewhat cheesy ending at the VERY end (the climax is great, we're only talking literally about the final minute here) this is almost a perfect movie. 4 1/2 stars.
THOUGHTS: This unusual yet oddly routine crime thriller could have just as easily been set in a gold or diamond mine on Earth. There are a couple of slick kill scenes using decompression & weightlessness, but other than for the novelty factor (and sci-fi being a hot box office ticket at that time), I cannot see the reason for this taking place in space. Still, any chance to see ex-Bond Connery kicking arse is always a welcome one. Other actors are uniformly good across the board, the action sequences are well done and the special effects, though sadly dated now in the era of CGI, are still fun to look at. Peter Hyams, who directed CAPRICORN ONE and 2010, (along with the excellent 1997 monster amok thriller, THE RELIC), here returns to familiar extraterrestrial territory, but basically just goes through the motions and coughs up a by-the-numbers crime flick, thinly disguised by rockets & space suit trappings. A fun diversion and an acceptable time-waster, but that's really about it.
THE BLU-RAY: This high-def release from Warner looks & sounds very good, but is nothing to dazzle your senses. Picture is solid and clear, with only minimal artifacting & pixelation. Although no restoration or remastering appear to have been done, the dirt & grit present in the film source looks minimal. Dark scenes are mostly noise free and the midtones are even. Soundmix is strong & consistent. The disc includes the theatrical trailer and a full-length Director's Commentary audio track from Hyams. If you're a fan of Connery then you'll doubtless enjoy his odd turn here as a no-nonsense space sheriff. Others may want to just rent this one first before deciding to buy it. OUTLAND is okay but not anything to get overly excited about. I enjoyed it well enough though, so I give it 4 STARS.
Connery, Sternhagen are excellent; Boyle as the head villain does well but should have been on screen a bit more. The sets and effects are first class along with Jerry Goldsmith's score.