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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 87 (Aug 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware & Tahnee Welch

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary by director Ron Howard; five 1985-produced featurettes including a seven-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a three-minute profile on Ron Howard, and highlights on Underwater Training, the Actors, and Creating Antareans; a still gallery; trailers; and TV spots.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): NA
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1985
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/01/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ron Howard
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Three old timers become concerned for their daily dip in a pool where they trespass, when a stranger (Dennehy) rents the abandoned estate. When they discover strange Cocoons in the pool, the aging gents still decide to swim, and join the foreign objects the forbidden water. Soon, they discover that they feel younger than they have for many years. But they soon learn that the miracle of ever-lasting life comes with a price. "Cocoon" spawned a sequel (1988) and won an Oscar for Visual Effects. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
Despite some dated characteristics, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 picture offers a well balanced color palette. At times, the picture can appear sharp, though finer details and textures are a bit lacking and some smearing is evident. Contrast can seem a bit low at times, further limiting detail. The source element is quite clean, with only occasional artifacts. Edge enhancement can be a problem, however. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified full screen (1.33:1) presentation

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