Blu-ray Review: BEYOND THE SKY

BEYOND THE SKY is the feature film directorial debut for Fulvio Sestito that’s based on a story he co-wrote the story with Rebecca Berrih and Warren Thomas from a screenplay by Marc Porterfield. The film stars Ryan Carnes, Jordan Hinson, Martin Sensmeier and Don Stark, with appearances by Peter Stormare and Dee Wallace.

In BEYOND THE SKY, Chris Norton (Carnes) has been hearing about alien abductions his entire life but, in his gut, he knows they are not real. Setting out to disprove the alien abduction phenomenon once and for all, he attends a UFO convention to meet alleged abductees and reveal the truth behind their experiences. It is only when he meets Emily, who claims to have been abducted every seven years on her birthday, that Chris realizes there may be more to these claims than meets the eye. With Emily’s 28th birthday only days away, Chris helps her to uncover the truth as they come face to face with the reality that we are not alone.

Beyond the Sky follows Chris Norton, a documentary filmmaker who’s a skeptic when it comes to alien abductions so he sets out to debunk the latest one that he runs across. This is where he meets up with Emily, a young woman who claims that she gets abducted every seven years on her birthday. Her claims are terrifying and she has the scars to go along with them. The two slowly form a close bond and as Chris dives deeper into his investigation, the stranger and darker everything starts to get.

The investigation takes an unexpected turn when more signs begin to show up that maybe something really is going on and that Emily is actually telling the truth but what happens next is what turns everything upside down for the skeptic and his new friend. The two discover the shocking truth that lured Chris into this investigation and would allow him to debunk the story but then something otherworldly finally presents itself that changes everything. Like that old saying from The X-Files goes, “the truth is out there” and these two people discover it as well as find love.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Beyond the Sky ended up being a pretty cool watch that not only deals with the mysteries surrounding alien abduction and the hoax that sometimes comes along with it but it’s also about finding love in the strangest place. The movie was a touch of a slow burn but the story was thought-provoking and the main characters were interesting. It’s one of those movies you know is going to get better as it plays out and the payoff is definitely worth it. I thought Fulvio Sestito delivered an entertaining sci-fi thriller for this to be his feature film debut and his work was complimented nicely by some impressive visual effects. The movie is more of a character driven sci-fi mystery so it doesn’t depend heavily on the special effects but what we do get looks really good. Ryan Carnes and Jordan Hinson did a good job as the leads plus there’s some cameos by Peter Stormare and Dee Wallace that’s sure to draw in some interest from their fans. This one fits in with recent alien abduction thrillers like Dark Skies and Extraterrestrial as well as classics like Fire in the Sky. It’s not a scary as these but you get the point.  Beyond the Sky will be available on Blu-ray on November 6th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The only extras included on the Blu-ray are two interviews.

  • Interview with Travis Walton, Alien Abductee and Author of “Fire in the Sky”
  • Interview with Navajo Artist at the International UFO Congress.


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