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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 205709186
UPC: 085391186281
UPC 14: 00085391186281
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"...DiCaprio gives the finest, most complex performance of his career.  Jeffrey Lyons, NBC
"Spectacular!  Mike Clark, USA Today
"...when it flies, it soars.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The best picture of the year! Filmmaking on a grand and rare scale.  Richard Schickel, Time
"Two BIG thumbs up!  Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Editor's Note
Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR is a lavish spectacle of a motion picture that harks back to Hollywood's Golden Era in telling the story of Howard Hughes, one of 20th-century America's most pioneering and influential figures. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric billionaire, Scorsese's biopic concentrates on Hughes's life between the 1920s and '40s, when he made striking contributions to both the film and aviation industries. At only 25 years of age, Hughes directed the most expensive film ever made up to that point, HELL'S ANGELS (1930), which Scorsese gleefully recreates here in all its sprawling, audacious glory. At the same time, he became known as an unabashed playboy, bedding the likes of Jean Harlow (singer Gwen Stefani), Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and Katherine Hepburn (a brilliant Cate Blanchett). In the mid-'30s, he turned his attention to the aviation industry, where he quickly became world-renowned for shattering speed and distance records. He also continued to test the limits of flight technology, building bigger, faster, and stronger aircrafts. All the while, he struggled with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sent him into a full-fledged tailspin after a near-fatal plane crash. The film concludes with Hughes being called before the Senate in 1947 to defend himself against the nefarious Senator Owen Brewster (Alan Alda), who accused Hughes of taking money from the United States government during wartime.

Stunningly photographed by Robert Richardson, Scorsese's nearly three-hour drama features an impassioned performance by DiCaprio, who is also credited as an executive producer. Although she appears in less than a third of the film, Blanchett delivers a performance that cements her status as one of the finest actresses ever to appear on the big screen.


Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/24/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 170 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000027138
Video UPC UPC: 00085391186281
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Alda
Video Cast Info Alec Baldwin
Video Cast Info Brent Spiner
Video Cast Info Cate Blanchett
Video Cast Info Frances Conroy
Video Cast Info Gwen Stefani
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info John C. Reilly
Video Cast Info Jude Law
Video Cast Info Kate Beckinsale
Video Cast Info Leonardo DiCaprio
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info Charlie "Papa" Jackson - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Shore - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Logan - Writer
Video Cast Info Luca Tranchino - Art Director
Video Cast Info Martin Scorsese - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor


Winner (2005)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The Aviator, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Howard Shore, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Oscar, Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Best Achievement in Art Direction
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Richardson, Best Achievement in Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sandy Powell, Best Achievement in Costume Design
   Video Award Name Oscar, Thelma Schoonmaker, Best Achievement in Editing

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"DiCaprio convincingly conveys the hard shrewdness and the petulance of the man. It's a make-or-break performance for the film, and it pays off." 12/17/2004 p.E1

USA Today
"A magnificent DiCaprio fully captures Hughes' drive and intensity..." 12/17/2004 p.1E

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]here's a sleek, almost tactile pleasure to be had in getting swept up in the gale force of a man who smashed through limits because he didn't see them." 12/24/2004 p.48-9

Rolling Stone
"DiCaprio gives a turbocharged, ready-to-rock performance....Stunningly shot..." 12/30/2004 p.170

"[C]ome fly with Scorsese for a fine, forceful film that's always arresting..." 02/01/2005 p.98

Chicago Sun-Times
"THE AVIATOR celebrates Scorsese's zest for finding excitement in a period setting?.Scorsese has emerged into the full flower of his gifts." 12/24/2004 p.27

Sight and Sound
"[E]ngrossing, witty, elegant and inventive..." 03/01/2005 p.43-4

Ranked #29 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] lavish, glamorous biopic of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes that doubles as a feverish tribute to the golden age of Hollywood movie-making." 01/01/2006 p.82-83

ReelViews 8 of 10
The Aviator is a good, but not great, filmed biography, and continues Scorsese's recent flirtation with mediocrity. Since Casino, there has been a distinct lack of energy and creative drive in the master director's movies. Kun-Dun, Bringing Out the Dead, Gangs of New York, and now The Aviator have all been respectable efforts, but they are in the minor leagues when compared to Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. It is unfair to expect Scorsese to fashion a masterpiece every time out, but this is an unusually long dry spell. One could make the argument that he needs once again to team with Robert De Niro. For now, however, it appears that Leonardo DiCaprio has replaced De Niro as Scorsese's leading man. DiCaprio not only headlines Gangs of New York and The Aviator, but he has been picked to star in the director's next movie (The Departed)...For those with an interest in Hughes and/or the era in which he operated, The Aviator represents a flawed but entertaining (and perhaps informative) tale. Others, unfortunately, will likely be more bored than engrossed once the first hour has passed. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"The Aviator" celebrates Scorsese's zest for finding excitement in a period setting, re-creating the kind of glamor he heard about when he was growing up. It is possible to imagine him wanting to be Howard Hughes. Their lives, in fact, are even a little similar: Heedless ambition and talent when young, great early success, tempestuous romances and a dark period, although with Hughes it got darker and darker, while Scorsese has emerged into the full flower of his gifts...The movie achieves the difficult feat of following two intersecting story arcs, one in which everything goes right for Hughes and the other in which everything goes wrong. Scorsese chronicled similar life patterns in "GoodFellas," "Raging Bull," "The King of Comedy," "Casino," actually even "The Last Temptation of Christ." Leonardo DiCaprio is convincing in his transitions between these emotional weathers; playing madness is a notorious invitation to overact, but he shows Hughes contained, even trapped, within his secrets, able to put on a public act even when his private moments are desperate. - Roger Ebert

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