Movie Review: PHOENIX FORGOTTEN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

PHOENIX FORGOTTEN was directed by Justin Barber from a screenplay by  T.S. Nowlin and Justin Barber and stars Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews and Luke Spencer Roberts. Ridley Scott, Wes Ball, Courtney Solomon and more served as executive producers.

From legendary producer Ridley Scott comes a chilling revelation based on the true events of March 13, 1997, when a strange pattern of lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. PHOENIX FORGOTTEN tells the story of three high school students who went into the desert to document this phenomenon. They were never seen again. Two decades later, the sister of one of the missing teens returns to investigate, suspecting a massive cover-up by the government and local law enforcement. But nothing could prepare her for the shocking discovery of the footage from that fateful expedition…and now the terrifying truth will finally be revealed!

The beginning of this found-footage sci-fi thriller takes place on March 13th, 1997 when the mysterious lights (aka the Phoenix Lights) first appeared in the sky over Phoenix, Arizona and were witnessed across a 300 mile area. The movie follows the sister of one of the three teens who is now searching for some kind of clues or answers twenty years after her brother’s disappearance. Her journey finally leads her to discovering some unseen footage that documents the terrifying final moments of her brother and his two friends on the night they vanished without a trace. What she ends up witnessing in the video footage is something that is definitely not of this world and it’s not friendly. The footage reveals what possibly could have been an alien abduction and an event that the government has been covering up and denying for twenty years. Whatever it was, the three friends have never been found.

Okay, I’m a huge UFO nut anyway and Phoenix Forgotten ended up being this well crafted movie that shows a what if scenerio of what could have taken place back in 1997. The mysterious lights haven’t been explained to this very day and there were too many eye witnesses who saw the event take place over a wide spread area. The government denies any knowledge of this even, so yeah, it’s a government cover up. The thought-provoking story was really interesting and the movie itself is this found-footage mixture of videotape footage and present day footage that goes back and forth. The videotape looks dated and is fullscreen and the present day is the widescreen part of the movie. Phoenix Forgotten is definitely story and character driven as the viewer not only gets to follow the young woman who is searching for clues or answers but they also get to go on the journey with the three teens who went on this fateful expedition and how it all ended for them. The movie has a touch of slow burn to it until the final thirty minutes and things really pick up then.

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. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. The movie is shot found-footage style so it does have its shaky cam moments.

Bottom line is, Phoenix Forgotten ended up being a thought-provoking found-footage thriller that shows what could possibly have happened to these three friends who simply vanished into thin air twenty years ago. It’s a good movie but not great. I remember the Phoenix Lights making the news twenty years ago and this movie simply shows one possibility that could have happened. There are other things that could have happened so this is just one of several. The mysterious UFO sighting was witnessed by people who lived in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, March 13, 1997 and the sightings expanded out to over 300 miles away. There are no answers about the lights or what happened to the missing friends which led to the making of Phoenix Forgotten. The movie is now available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack and is worth a watch. This is a pretty good one for conspiracy theorists and UFO experts.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

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

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two featurettes that connect to the movie, some audio commentary, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Sophie’s Story (03:12)
  • Phoenix Found (07:16)
  • Audio Commentary with Justin Barber, Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez and Justin Matthews
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:02)
  • Digital HD Copy


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