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The Space Between Us (2017/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)

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

The Space Between Us (2017) is a fish out of water romantic sci-fi film that sports an interesting concept and isn't just for a young audience. Featuring a well-rounded cast including Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, and BD Wong, the film is similar to others in its genre such as the superior comedy Blast From The Past (1999), where an unlikely romance is formed between two very different people seemingly from two different backgrounds, that find equal ground and fall in love despite many trying to keep them apart.

Well shot with impressive special effects, the film spans the course of nearly two decades as it begins with an astronaut who lands on Mars with a NASA team and is discovered that she is pregnant a bit too late. Having her baby on the foreign planet and dying during child birth, the team back on earth (led by Oldman) decide to keep the child's birth a secret in an attempt to protect the integrity of the mission. Sixteen years later, Gardner (Butterfield) is growing wary on the planet as he starts talking to a girl on earth named Tulsa (Robertson) - an outsider on her planet as well. Destined to meet his birth father and the girl of his dreams, Gardner ends up on Earth and adjusts to life on his home planet while falling in love for the first time.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless track that is up to standards with Blu-ray presentations. There are many great locations in the film and the detail on the characters is pretty intricate with little to complain about in terms of transfer, but could be improved with a 4K UHD transfer.

Also included is a standard definition DVD of the film with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, lacking the detail evident in the higher def version. A UV digital copy is also included.

Special Features:

Alternate Ending

Deleted Scenes

''Love'' Featurette - An inside look, with the cast and filmmakers, at the themes of the film, highlighting the one theme that connects us all - Love.

Feature Commentary with Director Peter Chelsom

While there are many plot holes in the film's plausibility, it attempts to tell an love story that spans two very different planets. Worth a watch for its cast and impressive cinematography alone, The Space Between Us isn't quite as heartfelt as it aims but isn't a total loss either.

- James Lockhart



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