I re-watched Out of the Blue
last night and then directly followed it up with my first viewing of I Know What I Saw
For those who are unfamiliar with either film, Out of the Blue
is a UFO documentary by director James Fox (called the best UFO documentary ever
by some) and I Know What I Saw
is its sequel. (The I Know What I Saw
trailer can be viewed at the official website:
First off, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with I Know What I Saw
. It was several years in the making and just did not quite
live up to my expectations. This is not to say that it's not good. It's still very good. Just not as great as the hype that lead up to it.
A few thoughts. . .
Out of the Blue
was packed full of some very good information and also wisely stayed away from some of the more controversial elements of
UFOlogy, such as the Roswell crash. Fox wanted to only present the most convincing and indisputable data, and he did so, complete with tons of info
taken from government documents that I had not yet been exposed to. However, the film suffered from being just a notch below theatrical quality as
the production values were mildly lacking, though this is a minor concern. Overall, a great film and wonderful documentary on the UFO phenomena.
I Know What I Saw
was being touted as everything Out of the Blue
was + more. In fact, while a very good film that gave us lots of good
information, it just felt a little more fluffy. It was not as hard hitting. And yes, the excerpts from the National Press Club conference were
fascinating, but still something was lacking.
Also, I Know What I Saw
was released by the History Channel. And I do love the History Channel. But the style of this second film was SO
different from the first and it's obvious that the History Channel had way too much control. While the evidence is very solid, the style leads one
to feel as if they're watching an extended episode of UFO Hunters. And while I actually liked UFO Hunters--I really did--I was hoping for more from
a documentary that Fox once said was potentially going to theaters.
To conclude, both films are great and are highly recommended. But I Know What I Saw
was mildly disapponting after several years of waiting.
Anyone else's thoughts on either film?
[edit on 25-6-2010 by shadow_priest_x]