The Brother from Another Planet
Corresponding with its very small budget, The Brother From Another Planet receives a very minimal DVD release. Its menu consists of a simple "Start Movie" prompt and offers no chance to access specific scenes. The disc does contain chapter cues, but they are only accessible by using the remote control during the film. While not totally surprising, the lack of even the most basic interactive menus here is disappointing. The movie appears in the basic 1.33:1 full-frame version that is only marginally superior to its VHS release. It does feature less grain than before, but the colors still lack the clarity normally associated with the DVD format. However, the fair quality is almost certainly a product of its low-budget stature, and nothing provides a major hindrance. The 5.0-channel Dolby Digital audio track is actually a pleasant surprise when compared to the video transfer. The limited effects and music move nicely across the sound field, which leads to an effective listening experience. The clarity level is not remarkable, but it still represents an impressive enhancement over the VHS release.