And speaking of that archival footage—Osunsanmi manages to ruin its faux authenticity by using split screen for much of the film, with the actors and “real” people saying and doing the same things simultaneously on split screen, a la the “mirror game”. Moreover, whenever the archival footage shows anything of significance, it's camera work is blurry, shaky and static-y, because apparently the aliens don’t like being on film. (Osunsanmi also plays a significant role in the film, which makes me wonder just how big his ego is.)
The Fourth Kind also stars Elias Koteas (The Haunting in Connecticut) and Will Patton (Remember the Titans). The film has a 98-minute run time and is rated PG 13 for violent and disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality. It is presented in widescreen format with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Audio is available in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, French DTS Surround 5.1, and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, with subtitles in English SDH, Spanish and French. The only extra is approximately 23 minutes of deleted scenes.
The only thing I like about The Fourth Kind is the use of (real?) phone calls that are audible during the credits, in which (real?) people report alien sightings. Sadly, the movie isn’t worth watching through to that point.