Blu-ray Review: Project Blue Book: Season 1

HISTORY’s Project Blue Book: Season 1 is based on true top-secret investigations into unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and stars Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey, along with Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell and Ksenia Solo. The series is executive produced by
Robert Zemeckis.

Project Blue Book is inspired by the real-life experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen). A brilliant college professor, Hynek is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation, code-named Project Blue Book, which investigates UFO sightings and alleged extraterrestrial encounters. Each episode draws from those actual case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. Throughout the season, documented occurrences will be explored, including the Gorman Dogfight of Fargo, North Dakota; the Flatwoods Monster incident of Flatwoods, West Virginia; and the Lubbock Lights of Lubbock, Texas, as well as many others. Project Blue Book ultimately investigated more than 12,000 UFO cases, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. By delving into the origins of fake news, espionage, and government cover-ups, Project Blue Book: Season 1straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown, exposing an incredible mystery that continues to persist.

The first season of Project Blue Book follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a skeptic who is brought in by the government to investigate unexplained UFO sightings and mysterious incidents with Air Force Capt. Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey). Their mission takes them all across the country where they interview key witnesses and investigate whatever the case is they’re tasked with. The ultimate goal is to debunk these claims and most of the time they’re able to but there ends up being a few standout cases that appear to be the real thing.

The more they investigate, the closer the two men get to the truth and even end up having their own close encounter of the third kind. All of this takes place during the Cold War so the Russians no doubt have their own interest in Project Blue Book and are even blamed for some of the sightings. This is where Susie Miller (Ksenia Solo) comes into play. The two men even meet up with a group of “Men in Black” that helps them but when they find out that General James Harding (Neal McDonough) and the very government that assigned them to this is also trying to find a reason to derail the controversial project. Hyneck and Quinn have to back off with their discoveries so that the government will allow them to keep investigating cases from Project Blue Book.

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, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is blue and features the series logo. 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, the first season of Project Blue Book ended up being a fascinating watch that’s based on these mysterious real-life experiences. This series takes a little more of a grounded approach than The X-Files and focuses more on the characters involved than special effects, even though there are a few well executed visuals here and there and it all looked really good. Everything about Project Blue Book‘s vintage look comes across as authentic because it all takes place decades ago. Each thought-provoking episode was extremely well written and the cast did a great job with these interesting characters of theirs and each one has an important part to play as some of the mysteries of the first season unfold. The thing about this first season is that even though we may have gotten a few answers to some questions – even more were introduced. Some mysteries were solved but the key ones were left unanswered and that helps keep the suspense throughout the watch. All in all, Project Blue Book is one of the best things going and I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the second season. Project Blue Book: Season 1 will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on April 9th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 1 Disc / 10 Episodes / 440 Minutes

Rated: TV-MA

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The only extra included with this Blu-ray release is a digital copy of the first season.

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