October Sky (1999)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Chad Lindberg & William Lee Scott. Directed by: Joe Johnston Synopsis: Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern star in October Sky, a...

October Sky (1)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, Chad Lindberg & William Lee Scott.
Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern star in October Sky, a touching and inspiring drama that’s based on a true story. Working in the coal mines was an inescapable way of life in the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia in 1957. When high schooler Homer Hickman, Jr. sees the Sputnik satellite in the night sky, he dares to break free of the mines and reach for the stars. With the support of his teacher and three friends, Homer sets out on an inspiring quest to build his own rocket. Overcoming a poor education, a tough father and a series of misfires, Homer turns his dreams into reality in this incredible true story of hope, determination and triumph.

October Sky is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and delivers phenomenal results. Through its 1080p transfer, rich detail in sharpness and colors that saturate this film with dark hues and settle smooth pallets only increase the satisfaction of your viewing experience. Universal does a wonderful job on this transfer and I have no complaints. Dark lush tones enrich the environment of this film with a dramatic feel with no scratches or hiccups during my viewing experience. Colors are very consistent throughout the film and if there was any small damage at all, it would be very unnoticeable. Universal didn’t disappoint with their exclusive release from Best Buy and I highly recommend this film.


The film presents itself from a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, a norm for film releases. The audio dialogue is crisp and clear with no clicks or pops to be heard throughout the 107 minute length of this film. The sounds of rockets launching mixed in with the music by Mark Isham only adds to one of my best visual and audio experiences. In comparison to another prior release that I felt was very exceptional is the 30th anniversary edition of The Breakfast Club. The transition of high sounds mixed with dialogue never had me reach for my remote to adjust the volume.  A balanced experience throughout the film. Universal hits another home run with this release.



Aiming High: The Story of the Rocket Boys
-Feature Commentary with Homer Hickman
-Spotlight on Location
-Theatrical Trailer

Closing thoughts:
October Sky is one of my favorite films of all time. I am a sucker for dramas, especially those that are based on true events. Performances of this film all around were phenomenal and they couldn’t have done any better with the casting. Any heartfelt film with a touching story gets my award. As I praised Universal with their release of this film, which I have been waiting nearly a decade for, this film is truly one of a kind and I am glad to own this version in my collection. 10/10.

Technical specifications:


Production release: Universal Pictures
Video release: Universal Studios

Number of discs: 1
Region A
Runtime: 107 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: October 4, 2016

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, Original aspect: 2.39.1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English SDH, French & Spanish



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