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.
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)
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
Truth is, there is no other magazine, on-line or in print, that covers the substantive issues, controversies, and current topics of the A/V world with as much relevance and detail as WSR does without forcing the reader to filter out the bias of the reviewer. Some other notable sources of information are top-heavy with reviews suffering from too much coloration: the golden eyes or ears syndrome. I prefer the clinical analysis of WSR with a touch of humor thrown in, to make for better reading. Thanks for giving me the facts and helping me with my buying decisions.