The Blu-ray release of The Fourth Kind features deleted scenes which don’t really add any value to the film. In many cases, they're scenes that were redone as opposed to storylines that were left out completely and there are so many of them too that it got pretty monotonous. Naturally, the Blu-ray browsing and navigation is infinitely more seamless than that of the DVD format and is a definite bonus.
The greatest benefit of watching Blu-ray films is the enhanced video and audio quality. The 1080p high definition quality of this release is most evident in the aerial scenes of Nome as we see breathtaking vistas of the mountains and the surrounding areas. Colors and depth seem that much more striking and the image is noticeably crisper. However, as this film relies so much on "archived footage" designed to look jumpy and grainy, I wouldn't say this is the best example of Blu-ray quality I have seen.
The audio is impressive with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and it made for an incredible experience at one stage. The alien was speaking in Sumerian and Dr Tyler reported hearing it inside her head. As the distorted and furious voice rose, it almost felt for a time that I was enveloped in the sound and that the alien was inside my head. Such is the benefit of a great sound system and Blu-ray technology.
The best feature of the Blu-ray release is the BD-Live featurette which includes “The Four Kinds” and paranormal writer and researcher Marie D. Jones discussing the film and paranormal phenomenon in general. Of course, she sounds bat crazy but it is a very interesting featurette. Thank goodness for the iPhone application “pocket BLU” which now allows you to easily sign in to BD-live using the iPhone keyboard.
I wouldn’t recommend The Fourth Kind, which is quite sad really as I am still thinking about the themes and plot of the film, but it was badly done.