Aviator(Blu-ray)

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by Joey on 12/16/2007

The Aviator is one of my favorite movies. The movie looks exceptionally better on blu-ray than on standard dvd. If you are a fan of Scorsese, then you should definitely get this movie. Read More

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Great movie

by Abey on 7/16/2011

Howard Hughes has a dream to fly a plane across the sea, will he be able to accomplish this with all the phobias he has to deal with? This is great movie, nominated for many awards, the cast is top notch. This is a movie you would not regret watching. Read More

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Product Overview

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Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 205709186
UPC 085391186281
UPC 14 00085391186281
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/24/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Airplanes
Biographical
Film About Film
Film Directors
Flying
Historic Figures
Historical
Hollywood
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "[C]ome fly with Scorsese for a fine, forceful film that's always arresting..." 02/01/2005 p.98,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
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
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cate Blanchett
Cast & Crew
Alan Alda - Actor
Alec Baldwin - Actor
Brent Spiner - Actor
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Charlie "Papa" Jackson - Original Music By
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Frances Conroy - Actor
Gwen Stefani - Actor
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Howard Shore - Original Music By
Ian Holm - Actor
John C. Reilly - Actor
John Logan - Writer
Jude Law - Actor
Kate Beckinsale - Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor
Luca Tranchino - Art Director
Martin Scorsese - Director
Michael Mann - Producer
Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Willem Dafoe - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1000027138
UPC 00085391186281
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 170 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (2005) Golden Globe, The Aviator, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Howard Shore, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Oscar, Robert Richardson, Best Achievement in Cinematography,Oscar, Sandy Powell, Best Achievement in Costume Design,Oscar, Thelma Schoonmaker, Best Achievement in Editing
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC ...DiCaprio gives the finest, most complex performance of his career.
Mike Clark, USA Today Spectacular!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...when it flies, it soars.
Richard Schickel, Time The best picture of the year! Filmmaking on a grand and rare scale.
Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper Two BIG thumbs up!

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