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One look, and you know they’re from a very strange place. They’re from New Jersey, by way of “France”, by way of far-off, far-out Remulak. They’re Coneheads. And their comedy antics are heads above the crowd.

Coneheads
Beldar (Dan Aykroyd) and Prymaat (Jane Curtin) are emissaries from Remulak, a planet within the Cone Nebula 26 light years from Earth. They belong to a civilisation intent on expanding its empire by enslaving the populations of other worlds. The Coneheads' mission – to conquer the Earth. When a wrong turn at Machu Pichu crash-lands them in the middle of New York's East River, Beldar and Prymaat find themselves stranded and forced to assimilate into mainstream America. With INS agents in hot pursuit of these most unexpected of illegal aliens, the Coneheads find safe haven in Paramus, New Jersey, where they become typical hard-working parents raising their 16-year old daughter Connie (Michelle Burke)...

Coneheads
I bet the above description doesn’t inspire you? Well you have every right to be apprehensive. Coneheads started out as a Saturday Night Live sketch and sadly that’s where it should have stayed. I am sure a ten minute sketch may have been bearable, but eighty minutes of this was a painful experience. What is even more confusing is how Dan Aykroyd managed to get involved with such a poor movie. Coneheads is meant to be a comedy, but I can honestly say I didn’t laugh once during the whole film. Definitely one to avoid.

Video
Coneheads is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is anamorphic as well. This transfer is the highlight of the disc and deserves a much better movie. The print is in reasonable condition with no obvious flaws. Colours are vibrant and skin tones accurate. There was no sign of edge enhancements, and only minor occurrences of artifacting during some of the darker scenes.

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Audio
Paramount have provided an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack with this disc. Surprisingly this track is very active, with the rears being used well for some of the sci-fi aspects of the movie. Dialogue is clear throughout, and overall this is a solid effort. Also supplied are German, Spanish, Italian and French surround tracks. There are eleven different sets of subtitles provided too, ensuring that most European languages are accounted for.

Extras
In line with other Paramount back catalogue titles, it was not great surprise to find only a theatrical trailer with this release. The trailer lasts for just over a minute and only goes to strengthen the fact that the movie is so dull.

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Overall
Paramount have done a reasonable job of bringing Coneheads to our favourite format. Unfortunately the movie is so lame that the majority of DVD enthusiasts would not consider buying it. If you are a fan of this movie (there must be some!), then this disc is probably the first and final version, so you might as well purchase it. The transfer is the main highlight of this release, but even that cannot make up for the lack of humour provided, which is inexcusable considering the fact that this is a comedy movie.    


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