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.

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Year: 1985
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Run time: 104 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD25
Region: A

“Cocoon” is an excellent movie that should be enjoyable to the whole family. It is the story of a virtual fountain of youth discovered by several elderly men in a nearby nursing home. They check out a private swimming pool that has some large pods on it. They come back invigorated and start to make regular trips to the pool. It turns out that the pool’s pods are alien cocoons nutured by the special water of the pool. Well, the story takes off from there.

“Cocoon” is a sort of social comedy that appeals to virtually all groups on different levels. It will appeal to the elderly with a semi-serious look at aging and the pros and cons of looking to reverse the process. Is growing old a bad things to be avoided or is it a honor that is entered into gracefully? We can see both sides through the various characters. The youngsters in the audience will focus with interest on the aliens. Everybody, except the most cynical amonst us, will enjoy the comedy and stranges twists that the movie takes.

This is a “feel good” movie and Ron Howard seems to be the right director for the job. The acting is good and involves some of the better senior actors available. If you’re wondering why there don’t seem to be any “good” movies these days, go back and check out “Cocoon”.
Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. FOX does yet another outstanding job with this 25+ year old film on Blu-ray. The video presentation is clean with no apparent issues such as dirt or artifacts as I would have expected from a film of this age. There are a few white specs throughout the presentation, but nothing that becomes a hindrance to the image. I was surprised that colors were strong having a natural look throughout the print. I was expecting faded looking colors with no pop, but I was proven wrong. Details are also very well done with close ups looking very nice bringing out a nice attention to details. Fans of the film will not be disappointed at all.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is not an audio mix that you will go in expecting huge things from the soundfield as it is primarily a dialogue driven film. Dialogue was well balanced through the center channel. There is no action in this film, but there is a nice amount of sound effects throughout which sound good for the age of the film. There were many effects coming from the rears like the dolphins splashing and making squealing noises.
Audio Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • Commentary by Director Ron Howard
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Ron Howard Profile
  • Underwater Training
  • Actors
  • Creating Antareans
  • Theatrical Teaser
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Three TV Spots
  • Cocoon: The Return Theatrical Teaser

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

“Cocoon” is an excellent film that you will enjoy from start to finish even 25+ years later. The film still holds up well albeit the goofy story, but it is such a cute little film that you will never feel like you wasted your time. On Blu-ray this film offers excellent video presentation and a solid audio mix. If you are a fan of this film, get rid of that DVD in your collection and get this on Blu-ray.
Overall Rating: 8/10