The Arrival

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Radio astronomer Zane Zaminsky (Charlie Sheen) believes he’s picked up a cosmic noise that signals extraterrestrial intelligence. His desperate search for answers leads him to Mexico and a mysterious power plant, where is arrested for the murder of a scientist. Zane must escape with his proof of the world-shattering alien invasion in this intense sci-fi thriller…. More >>

The Arrival

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  1. Twoly writes some good yarns and this film is moody and full of surprises in plot and production. As a fan I’ve seen it many times and the BD is the best; even better than DVD in image and…. Sound is rich, loud with bass activity that is strong enough from the recording period.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Version: U.S.A / Lionsgate / Region Free

    MPEG-4 AVC BD-25 / AACS / High Profile 4.1

    Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

    Running time: 1:55:14

    Movie size: 18,53 GB

    Disc size: 19,71 GB

    Total bit rate: 21.45 Mbps

    Average video bit rate: 15.00 Mbps

    DTS-HD Master Audio English 5185 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5185 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

    Subtitles: English (SDH), English, Spanish

    Number of chapters: 28

    #Previews and Trailers
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. 4 of 5 stars for the Charlie Sheen Sci-FI movie The Arrival. First contact with aliens? No, in this movie they are already here! I’ve seen this movie several times and always find it fun to watch. So, let’s start with Charlie Sheen who plays a (non-comical) radio astronomer. Nice to see him playing a real character without the jokes and womanizing. He makes a discovery of a radio signal beaming from Mexico to a distant planet. “They” have been keeping an eye on him and get him fired from his job and banded from the telescope. Sheen uses a series of TV dishes in the neighborhood to create a radio telescope ganged array to resume his search for that signal. Eventually he travels to Mexico to look for the source of the signal. Let’s just say he discovers several twin brothers for his old boss; hummm? Soon he begins to discover that not all of the towns people are human.

    This is a fun sci-fi movie with some good effects. The effects are in good check and not too many; this is a sci-fi story movie. Happy with Sheen’s character. A really good fun movie to watch with some popcorn! Highly recommended.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. A well-crafted Sci-Fi thriller that should have gotten better attention during it’s theatrical run. Don’t bother with the sequel though. The BR transfer is great, audio is good too. The disc has no extras but who cares, The Arrival is a classic!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. This reviewer considers The Arrival one of the TEN BEST science fiction films ever!

    My comparisons between the standard (red-ray) Live-Artisan DVD double feature (The Arrival and Arrival II, dual sided single disc); and the blu-ray release are below. I have never seen the original single-sided red-ray release of just The Arrival (Live-Artisan); or the red-ray two-disc double feature edition of same put out by Lions Gate. It is possible that either of those two editions have better picture quality than the comparison red-ray release.

    I used a 1080p LCD (Sony Bravia 32XBR6), a Pioneer (BDP-51FD) Blu-ray Disc player; a Pioneer Elite DVD Player DV-59AVi (top of the line!) for standard red-ray DVDs; and a Sunfire receiver-amp with the largest Klipsch speakers and woofer money could buy. I have neither the proper equipment, time, nor inclination to make a more scientific analysis. I can’t count speckle density or minute dirt fleck artifacts or other source contaminants. I can’t freeze frame to examine defects. But I can mount the standard red-ray disc in the Pioneer Elite player, mount the blu-ray disc in the Pioneer Blu-ray player, and then intercut selected scenes of special interest between these two onto a shared Sony 32XBR6.

    Upon doing this, one thing becomes very clear: The blu-ray image is VASTLY SUPERIOR in every respect! By comparison, the red-ray image looks grubby, blurry and truly awful (the price one apparently pays for getting used to blu-ray?)! And the DTS sound track is spectacular. If you are a big fan of this film, have blu-ray, can afford the reasonable price, and are debating; then the decision is clear: Get the blu-ray release for your collection and dispose of the other one!

    That being said, this blu-ray release is not without problems, likely tracking back to the original filming. Image quality varies from scene to scene depending on such factors as underground, indoor or outdoor locales; and foreground versus background definition. The opening scene of the earth from space fading into the giant radio receiver antenna is great! By comparison, the red-ray image appears grey and drab. Other shots of Californian or Mexican mountains are good in their faded desert clarity and color definition. Details on close-ups of faces, facial wrinkles and blemishes, strands of hair, sweating from the excessive heat, clothing fabric weaves and patterns, neck-tie details, are exceptionally sharp and up to full blu-ray standards.

    Blu-ray’s superior definition reinforces a key plot-point: Earthlings are suffering from the sweltering temperatures induced by the alien terra-forming. Sweat literally rolls off Zane’s face. But the aliens of course (like Gordy) don’t sweat; THEY LIKE IT HOT! On red-ray DVD, picture detail is so poor that such a subtle reinforcement almost escapes notice.

    Filmed in Technicolor, no grain was visible except where intended. I’ve heard they use a newer Technicolor process than that of old, wherein colors are muted and blacks lack good fidelity as is the case here. Knowing little about photography, the cameras used for the filming obviously had very poor depth of field. (Some big budget recent films – I Am Legend – display exquisite detail simultaneously in both foreground AND background, NOT true here!) Why? Because of computer-generated digital backgrounds? More sophisticated cameras? Rear projection techniques? Use of blue screen? In this film, camera shots lacking foreground focal points (like faces), where depth of field is not a problem display very pleasing distance detail: the walls inside and outside of this “one of our much very best hotels;” the water trickling down and over the tile floor; many of the panning landscape shots in California and Mexico; images of that giant radio receiver; were all good, some even showing exquisite detail.

    My biggest criticisms concern the underground scenes which are grey, foggy and indistinct; colors are excessively muted and black saturation fidelity is abominable! As said in another review somewhere: it’s as if an obscuring film was laying over everything. Two positive notes on these underground scenes: First, close-up details of Zane’s face, that of other aliens, and foreground shots of equipment and the like are crisp, despite the background color fidelity issues, the color for such underground foregrounds being mostly pretty good. Second, after comparing several key scenes, I saw no instance where the underground special effects weren’t at least the equal of, or significantly improved (sometimes much more) over red-ray: There is more detail in close-up alien shots and in the underground combustion chamber, with better color too.

    It’s pretty hard to compete with big budget computer generated digital backdrops, likely why some recent films with such newer technology come out so well on blu-ray. Yet this release is a clear step up from what was out before.

    Rating: 3 / 5

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