Cocoon (Blu-ray)

Art (Don Ameche), Ben (Wilford Brimley), and Joe (Hume Cronyn) live a perfectly respectable life in a Florida retirement community. In order to feel younger, the three break into an indoor pool at a nearby property for the thrill of the experience and some private pool time. When a group of aliens from another world rent the property some strange physiological changes begin to occur making the men wonder if they've discovered the Fountain of Youth.

It's hard to believe 25 years have passed but this film holds up remarkably well. Ron Howard takes a story that could have turned ultra-corny and creates a toughing and sometimes hilarious look at growing old and dealing with mortality.

Video Highlights

  • AVC/1080p encode on a BD-50 disc
  • Occasional edge enhancement
  • Soft and filtered cinematography
  • Decent special effects for the era
  • Clean print
  • Adequate color saturation and black level

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack
  • Decent dynamics
  • Surprisingly good surround envelopment
  • Intelligible dialog

The film certainly shows its age, but Fox has done a decent job with the encode.

Bonus Materials

  • Commentary by Ron Howard/LI>
  • 4 featurettes (SD)
  • Trailers and TV spots

I consider this a classic film from the 1980s and love the interplay between the main characters. The audio/video presentation is quite good and if you're looking for some good laughs be sure to check this one out. Recommended.

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Release Date: April 6, 2010
Studio: Fox

Movie: 8/10
Picture: 7/10
Sound: 8/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS1 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Onkyo Pro PR-SC885 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Panamax M5400PM power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics