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Alien Raiders (2008/Warner DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C     Film: C



Though Ben Rock’s Alien Raiders (2008) starts out with a suspenseful invasion of a supermarket by some strange, violent gunmen who have some psychic type with them, it soon turns into another formula flick after a few reels and that is a shame.  It is under the Raw Feed line of genre releases Warner Bros. has been issuing for a while now and is the best one we have seen by default, which explains why they are pushing it, but even by keeping the setting in the invaded supermarket, it eventually does not go far.


The cast of unknowns are not bad, but it is just a shame that this stops short after such a good start and by the end of 85 minutes, just too short to really achieve anything.  Turns out the gunmen are searching for aliens taking over the planet and a disease invading the bodies of others.  There is even some energy here, but it is somewhat misplaced.  The only good thing we can say is that it is a step above the cheap B direct-to-DVD genre product that is glutting the market.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is weaker than expected for a new production, digitally degraded to some extent and color limits, but there is still some good scope composition, but this should have more detail.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes are surprisingly troublesome and not by design, with compression, inconsistent soundfields and awkward mixing.  Be careful of playback levels.  Extras include seven featurettes and Raw Feed trailers.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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