Review Date: December 2, 2000
Released by: Synpase
Release date: 11/21/2000
Region 1, NTSC
Full Frame 1.33:1
Synapse has released Six Days In Roswell onto DVD, a hilarious look into one man's journey to Roswell U.F.O Encounter 97. Lets take a look at the DVD.
Back on July 1, 1997 Richard Kronfeld traveled to Roswell, New Mexico from Minnesota. His goal was to research aliens and alien abductions by interviewing a variety of people at Roswell U.F.O Encounter 97. Rich, who seems to be in his late 20's and lives at home with Mom, starts preparing for the event a few months in advance. While many of his friends have moved on and accomplished things in their life, Rich has not. He's never had a girlfriend and has never really accomplished anything meaningful. He's hopes to change that by learning about U.F.O's and, hopefully, becoming abducted. Finally the day arrives when he leaves for Roswell, much to his Mom's disapproval. Packed onto a school bus full of other soon-to-be tourists, Rich's journey begins.
Days after living on the road, eating and bathing at rest stops, Rich arrives in Roswell, New Mexico. He immediately encounters his first problem, which is a very big one - he has no place to stay while in Roswell! After getting turned away from several hotels that have no vacancy, Rich finally finds an old man who agrees to allow Rich to sleep in his RV for $120.00 a night. Rich can't afford this, but fortunately the old man agrees to lower the price in exchange for Rich doing some chores around the place and allowing two dogs to sleep in the RV.
Rich spends a total of 6 days in Roswell, some of which reach temperatures as high as 111 degrees. He sees all the whacky things you'd imagine at a U.F.O convention - alien salad bars, alien art direct from alien abductees, U.F.O pizza, cookies and haircuts (Rich himself even gets one). That's just the beginning! Anyone want a U.F.O abduction insurance policy? He ends up interviewing lots of people to get their thoughts on aliens and alien abductions, including previous and current mayor's of Roswell, alien writers, researchers and explorers, abductees, and many more. The end result is quite funny, but will Rich find what he needs to get abducted and accomplish something in his life, or is he bound to be a loser forever?
I've never seen Trekkies but after seeing Six Days in Roswell I definitely want to. This quirky documentary with some fiction and a big dose of humor mixed in is going to be a must own for many fans. It's lots of fun and is full of humorous moments. Rich himself is especially great, having a strange charisma that makes a lot of the humor work. This U.F.O Encounter 97 was an actual event, so you really do see a lot of strange and bizarre things relating to aliens. That alone ends up being funny, but as I said, Rich really helps bring the humor to higher levels. This may not be for everyone, but I think all Sci-Fi and alien fans who enjoy comedy are going to love Six Days in Roswell.
Synapse presents Six Days in Roswell in a full frame transfer in it's original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. We learn in the commentary that this was shot in 16mm, which is amazing because there's really not all that much grain to be seen. Some night scenes have a bit of heavy grain, but the days scenes it's either very light or non-existant. The colors are beautiful - very vivid and solid. Image was sharp overall, with only a few shots appearing a bit soft at times. A great transfer by Synapse that I'm going to rate with a B+.
Six Days in Roswell is presented in stereo sound. Given this is a documentary there's really no effects to rate. However, audio is crisp and clear with no problems noted.
Wow! Great documentary and great supplements! First up is the commentary track with producer Roger Nygard, director Timothy B. Johnson and Richard Kronfeld. It's a great track and there's a handful of moments where I found myself laughing out loud. It's not all jokes, however. There's a nice balance of jokes and useful information in the commentary, making it very enjoyable. They all seem very down-to-earth and it's obvious the three are all friends in real life.
Next up is a featurette "The Making of Six Days in Roswell" which runs about 19 minutes long. It features interviews with producer Roger Nygard, director Timothy B. Johnson and Richard Kronfeld. The three take some time and explain how Trekkies came to be, and ultimately how Six Days in Roswell came to be because of Trekkies. It also features footage of the premiere held in Roswell, New Mexico in July 2000, along with interviews of people coming out of the theater immediately after - the general feeling was that they loved it. This featurette definitely has a nice pace to it and packs in a lot of information for 19 minutes.
There's lots of deleted footage included on the DVD, totaling nearly 35 minutes in length. The scenes are broken down into several sections: Out and About Roswell, More Alien Experts, Roswell Pilgrims, Home Life, More Sightings and Abductions, Gopher Pride, Travelmates and More Raspberry Parade. Nothing significant was cut, it's mostly just extended interviews or interviews that never made it into the final film. A few laughs can be had watching them and it's definitely worth viewing once.
The next extra is titled The Filmmakers' Other Works. In this section you'll find several shorts - early video works, experiments, Super 8's, excerpts, etc. - that either Timothy B. Johnson, Rich Kronfeld or Roger Nygard were involved in. Total running time for all combined shorts is nearly 35 minutes, so it ends up being quite a treat. You definitely get a mixed bagged here - funny ones, bad ones, strange ones, weird ones...you name it, you get it. Some are just so pathetic you have to laugh, but hey it seems like all the good filmmakers got started by shooting Super 8's when they were kids. Obviously with no money you use your imagination and that's exactly what occurs in many of these. All in all I found them quite enjoyable.
Next section is titled Additional Information that contains a photo gallery, reviewer quotes, production notes, U.F.O facts & trivia, credits, filmmaker bios, film festivals and web site info. PHEW! Damn that's a lot of extras. To top if off there are trailers to both Six Days in Roswell and Trekkies. If you add up the running time for all of them, you're practically getting an entire second movie with the extras alone. But more importantly is that the extras are all enjoyable, making this DVD an absolute gem.
Audio/video is great, especially considering this is a 16mm "docu-comedy". You get a great documentary/comedy and tons of enjoyable extras, making this DVD an absolute steal at $29.95. I definitely recommend this as a must purchase for all you Sci-Fi fans out there - this is a disc you don't want to miss.
Movie - B+
Image Quality - B+
Sound - B+
Supplements - A
- Running time - 1 hour 28 minutes
- Rated R
- 1 Disc
- Chapter stops
- English Dolby Digital 5.1
- French Dolby Digital 5.1
- Optional Spanish subtitles
- Audio commentary with Producer Roger Nygard, Director Timothy B. Johnson and Richard Kronfeld
- Deleted Scenes
- "The Making of Six Days in Roswell" Featurette
- The Filmmakers' Other Works - over 35 minutes of early video works, experiments, Super 8's, excerpts and more.
- Photo Gallery
- Reviewer Quotes
- Production Notes
- U.F.O facts & trivia
- Filmmaker Bios
- Film Festivals
- Web Site Info
- Trailers - Six Days in Roswell and Trekkies