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Aviator (2004)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40712789
UPC: 085393894023
UPC 14: 00085393894023
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Imagine A Life Without Limits.
The epic biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator howard hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

"Two BIG thumbs up!  Ebert & Roeper, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper
"Leonardo DiCaprio gives the finest, most complex performance of his career.  NBC, Jeffrey Lyons
"The best picture of the year! Filmmaking on a grand and rare scale.  TIME, Richard Schickel
"Spectacular!  USA Today, Mike Clark

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 DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/10/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 170 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 38940
Video UPC UPC: 00085393894023
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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 Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cate Blanchett
Video Cast Info Kate Beckinsale
Video Cast Info Leonardo DiCaprio
Video Cast Info Noah Dietrich
Video Cast Info Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Howard Shore - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Logan - Writer
Video Cast Info Martin Scorsese - Director
Video Cast Info Martin Scorsese - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Mann - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor


Oscar (2005)
Video Award Name Cate Blanchett, Winner, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Leonardo DiCaprio, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Alan Alda, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
The Aviator is a good, but not great, filmed biography, and continues Scorsese's recent flirt - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
The Aviator is very much like the climactic scene of the visionary Hughes battling to get his - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
What an enthralling film, 166 minutes, and it races past. There's a match here between Scorsese and - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dicaprio,Leonardo
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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