Thousands of people say they have seen them. Hundreds of people claim they have been kidnapped by them. In 1947, a pilot made the first reported UFO sighting a formation of disks flying over Mount Rainier at speeds over 1,... more »200 miles per hour. Within weeks, UFO accounts began flooding in including now-famous reports of an alien crash and U.S. military cover-up in Roswell, New Mexico. By 1961, UFO mania had taken a new twist: under hypnosis, people began relating detailed stories of abductions by aliens. Could these sightings and memories be a part of Cold War hysteria? Or the result of high-tech government experiments? Are officials hiding something? This comprehensive program examines all the evidence including shocking photographs and films, eyewitness interviews and precise simulations to create the ultimate UFO dossier.« less
Made to look UFO believers look crazy by picking obvious kooks to interview and analyzing cases of fraud or misidentification. Not at all balanced. I dont know what is out there, but I do know the official answers are not correct either. Painting all incidents with this brush is rather disingenuous.
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For SKEPTICS ONLY
S. L. Swayze | Mesa, AZ United States | 08/31/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a UFO skeptic and of the view that anyone who believes in UFOs is insane look no further, this is the DVD for you.Also, Amazon is promoting this DVD as being made in 2005. It was actually copyrighted in 1996.The producers, in order to make their case picked and chose what went into this DVD very carefully. And it's heavily biased toward making believers look crazy.As an example they went back in the archives from the 1950s and dug up video from every deep fringe lunatic they could find. It's almost as if they went straight to the asylum to interview these crack-pots.Throughout the DVD they chose photographs and home movies that are easily debunked. The really obvious stuff--cooking pots on the end of fishing poles and cut-outs stuck to windows and photogrphed.For crop circles they found those two guys from England who made a few of the original crop circles with boards and ropes, and stopped their investigation right there. This was their final answer to ALL crop circles.And as for the abductee cases; they said it was all caused by the earth emitting electromagnetic charges which interact with the human brain to create an other-worldly effect. And that most abductees live in the middle of New York City (rooftop abductions and what not). If anything, I must say that's an original theory.Much has happened since 1996. NASA has released a lot of UFO video from space and much has been captured on home video. Not to mention all the credible witnesses that have come forward.If you really want good UFO DVD then find yourself a copy of one titled OUT OF THE BLUE. It's outstanding! The Unsolved Mysteries UFO set is another great one. And I can't say enough good things about the Dan Aykroyd UFO DVD--for ten bucks it's a definate keeper!"
A truly outstanding UFO documentary...
Commander Adama | USA | 03/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the problems which confronts anyone who wants to seriously study the UFO phenomenon is learning which books and documentaries on the subject can be trusted, and which books and documentaries are done by con artists or "true believers" who take obviously fake UFO stories or videos and claim they're the "real thing". Sadly, the "sham" UFO documentaries tend to greatly outnumber the reliable ones. However, this marvelous UFO documentary - created by the A&E Network - is probably the single best documentary I've ever seen on the subject of UFOs. Narrated by Michael Dorn (who played the Klingon "Worf" on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") and released in 1997, it was also released on VHS under the title of "UFOs: Encounters and Abductions". The video's strengths lie in the superb history of the UFO phenomenon it offers to viewers. It starts with the first famous UFO sighting in America in 1947 (and it wasn't Roswell). In June 1947, a private pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted nine disk-shaped objects flying near Mt. Rainier in Washington State; his sighting was given wide publicity and is considered the starting point of the UFO phenomenon in America. This documentary offers some rare audio footage from a radio interview Kenneth Arnold did a few days after his sighting. The documentary then examines in-depth the famous "Roswell UFO Crash", and traces the major UFO sightings since the 1940's. It explores the US Air Force's top-secret "Project Blue Book" investigation into UFOs in the fifties and sixties, and looks at the modern "crop circles" and "alien abduction" phenomena. The documentary even explores UFOs as a pop-culture fad, and gives the viewer an amusing look at the self-proclaimed "contactees" of the fifties - they were people who claimed to be in contact with friendly, humanoid "Space Brothers" who wanted to save the Earth from nuclear war (some of these people were simply con artists; others were, well, just weird).
The documentary also explores some scientific theories which could explain some UFO-related phenomena, such as "Earthlights", which are caused by stress along earthquake faults, and "sleep paralysis", which could explain some "alien abduction" stories. What makes this documentary particularly reliable is its admirable emphasis on balance - it includes both the UFO "believer" and UFO "skeptic" viewpoints. The documentary features interviews with some of the best-known and most respected "Ufologists" and skeptics. Jerome Clark, Dr. Kevin Randle, Dr. Mark Rodeghier, and Dr. Michael Swords are all prominent ufologists who are featured, and among the skeptics is Curtis Peebles, an aviation historian for the Smithsonian Institution. Peebles argues that just as fairies or witches were the myths of earlier historical eras, so UFOs are a "modern myth"; naturally the ufologists disagree and offer their views and assessments. If you're interested in watching a truly serious, balanced, and well-made study of the UFO phenomenon, then "Where Are All The UFOs?" is easily one of the best documentaries you can buy. Highly Recommended!"
Must See for Critical Thinkers
Santi Tafarella | california | 08/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary is excellent---really a "must see" for anyone interested in critically examining UFOs as a phenomenon. The thesis of the documentary is that UFOs are probably not extraterrestrial. Still, the word "probably" must remain operative here, for the documentary also presents, despite its anti-extraterrestrial thesis, anomolies such as the UFO incident in Brazil at Tinidade Island in 1958. This UFO incident was accompanied by a series of photographs taken by a professional photographer, and a scientific team was also present and witnessing the event. The witnesses saw a "Saturn-like" UFO, and there were dozens of people accompanying the photographer. This is, therefore, not a fraudulent series of photographs, and has real evidential value, and the documentary deals with the incident with fairness, and not dismissal. I think that this is true of the documentary throughout. It is an important film to see for balancing other good documentaries (like the pro-extraterrestrial thesis documentary, "Out of the Blue")."
Where are all the ufo's?
Gregory P. House | 09/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The History Channel has some of the very best programs on UFO's and this is one of them. They also have other DVD programs like UFO FILES and UFO HUNTERS which are both very interesting and informative. Anyone interested in life forms of other kinds not of this Earth should buy these programs on DVD or watch them on The History Channel."
Interesting to Watch
Michael A. Saxton | USA | 05/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rather than give another summary, I just want to discuss why I enjoyed this documentary and why I gave it 5 stars. I liked it because it presented two sides: evidence for extraterrestrial visits and evidence against. It's actually not as common as one might think to find a documentary that does this. There is discussion into methods of both investigating UFO's and Alien Abductions as well as methods to fake these. What this does is allow the viewer to engage in actual critical analysis.
I myself am open to the idea of Alien visitation. That being the case, there were examples that, to me, were obvious figments of one's imagination and other things that I really had to scratch my head on. That's what I like. I like it when I feel the need to engage my brain instead of experiencing a highly one-sided, mind-numbing presentation. If you have any interest in the area of UFOs and Alien visitors (even if the interest is in debunking it), take a look at this documentary. It's worth it.