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Aliens In The Attic (2009/Fox Blu-ray)

 

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

 

 

Though it does not come out and try to be so in obvious ways, John Schultzís Aliens In The Attic (2009) wants to be another E.T., but the competent-at-best Mark Burton/Adam F. Goldberg (who penned the underwhelming Fanboys) tries to be just another formulaic kids comedy before veering off into that direction.At least this does not pretend to be original, but it also has nothing new to offer and no matter how happy your unknown young actors act, that cannot change the source material.

 

When the CG-animated title characters show up, they are looking more like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than anything else, but I was only so impressed with the animation or the fact that Thomas Hayden Church, Josh Peck and J.K. Simmons were called in to do some voice work.Passable at best, we have seen worse, but this is not very ambitious and slight.

 

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC @ 22 MBPS digital High Definition image has a good look, but is not that great and detail can be an issue.Director of Photography Don Burgess delivers his usual professional camerawork, but this canít save this.The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is not bad either, but nothing too impressive, even when the surrounds kick in at best.Composer John Debney turns in another score that is not up to his best work, but then, look what he had to score.

 

Extras include a bonus DVD-ROM disc with Digital Copy for PC and PC portable devices, while the Blu-ray adds introduction to the film and special features with Ashley Tisdale, Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Behind The Zirkonians animated short, Meet The Zirkonians Interactive Featurette, The Ashley Encounters Featurette, Lights, Camera, Aliens! Featurette, Kung Fu Grandma Featurette, promo Music Video and Fox Movie Channel episode of Life After Film School promoting the film with Producer Barry Josephson, whose career has not been filled with the most inspired work.

 

 

-Nicholas Sheffo


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