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ALIENS IN THE ATTIC ($40) is a movie designed to be family friendly fare for a primarily kid to ‘tween to teen movie audience, without coming across as mind numbing to the adults who might be occupying the seat next to their tykes. Personally, I got more than a few chuckles from the material, but I can see the kids being thoroughly delighted with the story, the action, the comedy and special effects. The premise of ALIENS IN THE ATTIC finds fifteen-year-old Tom Pearson (Carter Jenkins) heading off on a family vacation to the middle of nowhere, along his parents Stuart (Kevin Nealon) and Nina (Gillian Vigman), as well as younger sister Hannah (Ashley Boettcher) and older sister Bethany (Ashley Tisdale). The extended family vacation also includes Uncle Nate (Andy Richter), Nate's sons Jake (Austin Butler), Art (Henri Young) and Lee (Regan Young), as well as the family matriarch Nana Rose (Doris Roberts). Of course a number of unexpected guests show up to disrupt the vacation, not the least of which is boyfriend Ricky Dillman (Robert Hoffman). However, the real trouble arises when an electrical storm coincides the arrival of four diminutive aliens on the roof of the house. As expected, the adults remain clueless about the extraterrestrial invasion force… so it falls to the kids to fight off the aliens in the attic. The cast of ALIENS IN THE ATTIC also includes Tim Meadows, as well as the vocal talents of Josh Peck, J. K. Simmons, Kari Wahlgren and Thomas Haden Church.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made ALIENS IN THE ATTIC available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. I have to say that ALIENS IN THE ATTIC sports a pretty terrific looking 1080p presentation. The image appears sharp, dimensional and nicely defined, with good levels of texturing. Sure, there are plenty of sequences with digital elements that come across just a hair softer, but for the most part it, the picture is very pleasing. Colors are well saturated, without appearing cartoony, plus the flesh tones are highly attractive. Blacks are deep and inky, while the whites are clean. Contrast has been given a little push, which looks great. Shadow detail is a bit lacking, but it appears to be on purpose. The elements from which ALIENS IN THE ATTIC has been mastered are virtually perfect. Modest grain is present, without any signs of excessive DNR.

ALIENS IN THE ATTIC is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The sound design is competent, with good implementation of all the outlying channels, but seems to lack the WOW factor of sci-fi action movies made for an adult audience. Still, action sequences are mixed in a fairly aggressive fashion, which perks things up pretty nicely. Also atmospheric sound effects are presented reasonably well, with a good level of clarity. The lossless encode enhances the fidelity of the music and effects. Bass is fairly potent and solidifies impacts and special effects sequences. Dialogue is always crystal clear. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Thai subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Featurettes and other programs include: Introduction By Ashley Tisdale (less than one minute), The Ashley Encounters (four minutes), Animated Short: Behind The Zirkonians (fifteen minutes), Lights! Camera! Aliens! (ten minutes), Meet The Zirkonians (twenty minutes), Kung Fu Grandma (one minute plus) and Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School With Barry Josephson (twenty eight minutes). A Music Video for Electricity by Brian Anthony is also included, while Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel close out the standard extras. A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

ALIENS IN THE ATTIC is a film that will primarily appeal to younger audiences, but adults should get a few chuckles from the proceedings. The Blu-ray looks great and sounds just fine, so if you are going to invite ALIENS IN THE ATTIC into your home, this is the way to do it.



Aliens In The Attic (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009)


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