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Enemy Mine (1985/Fox/Umbrella Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B- Extras: C- Film: C

PLEASE NOTE: The Enemy Mine Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia and can be ordered from the link below.

The 1985 Wolfgang Petersen film Enemy Mine finds it way onto Blu-ray again thanks to Umbrella. Being a huge fan of science fiction cinema, this one had somehow eluded me and now I see the reason why. Boasting similar science fiction themes apparent in stronger films, (i.e., two dueling races in the future as seen in Planet of the Apes, the human who sides with the alien side as seen in Avatar, etc.) and made before the dawn of CGI, what is most impressive about Enemy Mine is its production design by Rolf Zehetbauer. Made for forty million U.S. dollars back in 1985, the film has some pretty lavish sets and special effects by Industrial Light and Magic (not to mention fantastic matte paintings) with many layers that, if made today, would most definitely be CGI.

Straying from the novel by Barry Longyear, Enemy Mine stars Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. and takes place in distant future where war is being fought amongst the stars and humanity is in an all out war against the Dracs - a race who is also seeking to colonize the galaxy. During an impressive opening space battle, a space pilot Willis Davidge (Quaid) crashes on Fryine IV, a volcanic planet where he assumes he is the only inhabitant. However, he soon comes face to face with a Drac named Jeriba Shigan (Gossett Jr.) who has also crashed on the planet and neither are too happy to bump into each other at first. Soon, Davidge and Jeriba become friends and help one another survive the diverse creatures of the planet (including one venus flytrap-esque creature that is highly reminiscent of the Sarlacc Pit from Star Wars). When Jeriba dies and asexually gives birth to a child (weird scene) named Zammis. Davidge is forced to fend for the growing Zammis and soon finds himself in an odd situation with his own kind when Zammis is kidnapped and forced into being a slave miner. Davididge must now must launch a ridiculous rescue mission to save him and introduce him to his own species.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 4.0 lossless mix, the film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc and definitely superior to any previous release on DVD. It is also pretty much equivalent to the Twilight Time edition.

The only extras on the disc are a Image Gallery and Essay and the Original Theatrical Trailer, which is a shame as a retrospective on the making of the film or some sort of behind the features with ILM would have been an interesting edition.

Enemy Mine isn't a completely original concept but is interesting from a production and cinematic standpoint more than its acting or screenplay. The film takes itself a little too seriously at times and is light on humor for being a B-Movie. There is also almost a complete absence of women in the film, with the exception of Carolyn McCormick, which also makes the film feel a bit uneven. If you're a fan of '80s sci-fi, the film is worth checking out for the visual eye candy.

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- James Lockhart



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