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Cocoon [Blu-ray] by Directed by Ron Howard
Review by Charles Mohapel
20th Century Fox Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B00369ERBU
Date: 28 May 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Cocoon, an offbeat and charming comedy with elements of science fiction thrown in, director Ron Howard's (Ransom, Apollo 13) unlikely fantasy ponders the price of immortality and the power of everlasting love. A group of aliens travel to a Florida retirement community to rescue some long-stranded colleagues cocooned and buried beneath the sea. But as the aliens take on human form and stash their counterparts in a swimming pool, a group of elderly retirees discover the pool and after swimming in the water find themselves rejuvenated, with boundless energy and insatiable appetites. Soon the retirees are forced to choose between living out their lives on earth with their families, or leaving with the aliens and attaining immortality. More character driven than dependent on the incredible plot, the film's charm comes from its characters and the wonderful cast, including Don Ameche, who won an Academy Award for his role as one of the randy retirees. -- Robert Lane

Running time: 117 minutes

Blu-ray Disc contains:
Cocoon (117:10)

Special Features:
Commentary by Ron Howard (117:10)

"Behind-The-Scenes Featurette" with Director Ron Howard, Actor Brian Dennehy ("Walter"), Tyrone Power Jr. ("Pillsbury", but identified in this featurette as "Antarean"), Producer Lili Fini Zanuck, Actor Steve Guttenberg ("Jack Bonner", but identified in this featurette as "Jack"), Producer Richard Zanuck, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Ken Ralston, Visual Effects Production Supervisor Mitchell Suskin, and Tahnee Welch ("Kitty"). (6:56)

"Ron Howard Directs" with Ron Howard. (2:34)

"Underwater Training" with Actor & Diving Instructor Mike Nomad ("Doc"), Brian Dennehy, Tahnee Welch, and Steve Guttenberg. (3:35)

"Actors" with Steve Guttenberg, Actor Jack Gilford ("Bernie Lefkowitz"), Richard Zanuck, Actor Hume Cronyn ("Joe Finley"), Actor Jessica Tandy ("Alma Finley"), Actor Maureen Stapleton ("Mary Luckett"), and Brian Dennehy. (2:52)

"Creating Antareans" with Brian Dennehy, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Ken Ralston, Visual Effects Production Supervisor Mitchell Suskin, Producer Lili Fini Zanuck, Tyrone Power Jr., and Tahnee Welch. (3:56)

Theatrical Teaser (0:55)

Theatrical Trailer (1:27)

TV Spot #1 (0:31)

TV Spot #2 (0:32)

TV Spot #3 (0:32)

Cocoon: The Return (1:20)

(Source: 20th Century Fox)

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