Fire in the Sky on DVD
Break out your tin foil hat, fasten your seatbelt, and get ready
for a nifty alien abduction ride.
Fire in the Sky is the story of the supposed abduction of Travis
Walton from an Arizona forest in 1975. But its more than that; its
also a decent whodunit (or, perhaps whatdunit) as well as a
brooding and moody tale of paranoia, spiced with loyalty and
D.B. Sweeny is Walton, though the star is really Robert Patrick as
Waltons best friend and the leader of the little band of loggers to whom
this misadventure supposedly happened.
The story is crafted quite craftily, and as the tale unfolds there
are times when we arent quite sure whether the members of the
little band of loggers are telling the truth or not. We do get the
story from their perspective, though, illustrated by shots of the UFO and
dramatic flashbacks, but theres enough doubt sowed in the viewers
minds that until about the point where Travis shows up again (naked, hurt and
very, very confused) you're still reserving judgement on these guys.
So's James Garner, who plays a federal investigator who thinks
Travis was murdered by one of the band of loggers and that the
whole gang are using the ludicrous tale of alien abduction to cover it up. This
theory falls by the wayside when Travis shows up, of course, but it works long
enough to add a nice strand to the narrative for the first two thirds of the
The entire film has this oppressive sense of dread to it, the kind
of thing youd expect in a suspense or horror flick and not a supposed
true story such as this. It's downright creepy.
And then theres the infamous scene aboard the alien ship.
Travis' ordeal is frightening indeed, and explains why hes so messed up
in the head and body when hes returned to earth.
Fire in the Sky isnt a real heavyweight film, but its
a gripping yarn that manages to make a mysterious incident into a compelling
The cast, which also includes Craig Sheffer and Peter Berg, does
an excellent job. Theyre believable everymen, small town folk
at whom the liberal elite would undoubtedly look down their noses but who are
the kind of quiet, hard working people who truly represent our
Hollywoodized, of course.
The aliens are very well designed and realized, and Travis
ordeal is enough to make your skin crawl. But the whole movie is well done.
The DVDs pretty good. Theres plenty of grain in
places, but the 16x9 TV-compatible widescreen picture is generally good. Colors
are very nice and theres good detail.
Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and though it offers nothing
in the way of breakthrough sound its up to the task of the disc. There
isnt a lot of surround, either, but what can you do?
There are no extras.
Fire in the Sky, from Paramount Home Entertainment
anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg
and James Garner
Produced by Joe Wizan and Todd Black
Written by Tracy
Torme, directed by Robert Lieberman
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