Best UFO documentary I've seen
Philip A. Carter | Sydney, NSW Australia | 03/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary is thought provoking and compelling.First of all, everything is up to date and there is excellent footage of UFO's and modern computer simulations where video of sightings are not available. Forget the blurry blobs of the past. Feast you eyes on relatively sharp images and clear shapes in colour.Secondly, it makes use of old footage of statements made by Government officials during the late forties and fifties to great effect. Each statement on it's own seems insignificant but when many such statements are seen together it soon becomes clear that something "funny" is going on. By the end you'll realise that the government position is a joke. How stupid do they think we are?Thirdly, this documentary is suitable for skeptics and those who know little about the subject. You will be informed about the origins of the "flying saucer" phenomenon and where it's at now. A case will be presented in which the evidence cannot be denied. Only a fool would persist in saying there is nothing to it. People who believe in the existance of extra-terrestrial life will get a lot out of it as well. You may feel like shouting "See - I told you so!".Another interesting point is that this documentary covers the religious aspect and interviews two theologians to great effect. What they have to say is fascinating.This is easily the best UFO documentary I have seen and I commend its creators. They have presented the evidence in a professional and exhaustive manner. The DVD contains a 1 hour bonus entitled "UFO's Fifty Years of Denial" which is also excellent. I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough!"
One of the most serious, professional UFO documentaries out
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 09/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Out of the Blue, which first aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, is an excellent, sound, and sober documentary that ends up being as much about the cover-up as the UFO phenomenon itself, which is only to be expected since the two cannot be separated until the dark veil of truth is finally torn asunder. While you can't even begin to examine more than a few of the most compelling UFO cases in such a short amount of time, the video does offer a good overview of the history of UFO activity and highlights a select number of important sightings and events from various parts of the world. A vast array of experts (scientists, astronauts, cosmonauts, physicists, pilots, military officers, government officials) are consulted, and many competent witnesses describe what they saw or experienced. Roswell, Rendlesham Forest, the 1976 Iranian air force encounter, and the more recent Phoenix Lights are all mentioned, but the scientific rigor of the presentation precludes any mention of more sensational topics such as alien abduction. Among the most significant (but less famous) events touched upon are Gordon Cooper's filming of a craft landing and taking off from a California military base in 1955 (the film disappeared after it got to D.C.), footage of a Trident missile being blown apart by laser-beam-like weapons from a UFO, and the disabling of 10-20 nuclear missiles in Montana missile silos by a UFO which hovered over the base in broad daylight).
The second half of the video really gets to the heart of the official cover-up, wherein, in America, a completely covert group even denies requests for information from presidents (Carter), senators (Goldwater), Congressmen (Steven Schiff of New Mexico), and FBI directors (including J. Edgar Hoover). While some provocative information has somehow been obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, the paper trail of government lies extends as far as the eye can see, typified by the infamous Condon report, an "objective" study led by an academic who made clear his unrestrained bias both before and after he wrote his bogus summary of the group's findings (findings which included several unexplained cases with a high probability of being extraterrestrial in origin). The government's contempt for and ridicule of those who would press them on the UFO issue is best typified by Arizona's disgrace of an ex-governor, Fyfe Symington, who - five hours after vowing a serious investigation into the source of mysterious lights seen by thousands of concerned citizens - held a live press conference in which he dressed his chief of staff in an absurd alien costume and had a big laugh identifying this "alien" as the culprit.
In contrast to the USA, whose highest leaders have no idea themselves as to what covert group actually knows the truth, other governments have been much more forthcoming with serious information about documented UFO incidents. While I hate to say anything good about France, the 1999 COMETA report (little reported outside of France itself), based on a study by the Institute of Higher Studies for National Defence, sets a new standard for the proper and serious investigation of the UFO phenomenon by a professional group of objective scientists and military men. This report does not state categorically that UFOs are real, but it does conclude that "Only one hypothesis takes into account the available data: the hypothesis of extraterrestrial visitors," and stresses the importance of figuring out what the goal of any such visitors is on this planet.
Basically, the only people who won't take anything away from this documentary are close-minded skeptics who would not believe in the vaguest possibility of UFOs even if one landed on their foot. Out of the Blue truly raises the bar for all quality UFO documentaries now and in the future."
Outstanding, thorough, enlightening and informative
E. Parkinson | Los Angeles, CA | 11/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Approaching the subject matter of UFO's through a purely scientific "skeptical" viewpoint, producer James Fox presents a stunning look at the body of "true evidence" into this phenomenon. No wonder top skeptic and scientific-approach supporter Michael Schermer (Scientific American) speaks so highly of "OUT OF THE BLUE." If you do not believe in UFO's, you are not alone. But when you see first hand evidence from Nasa, including on-camera interviews with astronauts, government leaders and scientists, it's pretty hard to discount the subject matter. You really need to check this out!"