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Great movie to own on dvd

by Will Chang on 10/7/1999

I love this movie. It has everything; action, drama, and romance. If you own a great home theater set, the sound is just incredible. If you've never seen this movie, get it on dvd. Read More

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An action-thriller depicting the nerve-shattering, life and death struggles of today's firefighters. An arson investigation is the focus of this white-knuckle adventure. Bonus features: production notes, talent bios and film highlights.


Studio Universal
SKU 40017580
UPC 025192004124
UPC 14 00025192004124
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Two feuding brothers carry on a heroic family tradition in the Chicago Fire Department. Before the smoke clears, love affairs are rekindled and lives are shattered as the brothers fight to resolve their differences and solve a puzzling series of arson attacks, each ignited by explosive phenomena known as backdrafts.
Rolling Stone "...Solid performances....An earnest testimonial to firefighters..." 06/27/1991 p.78
Sight and Sound "...BACKDRAFT prides itself on the authenticity of its action sequences..." 08/01/1991 p.38-9
USA Today "...Brilliant....Astonishing..." 05/24/1991 p.1D
Ron Howard
Rebecca De Mornay
Kurt Russell
William Baldwin
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Donald Sutherland - Actor
J.T. Walsh - Actor
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Actor
Kurt Russell - Actor
Rebecca DeMornay - Actor
Scott Glenn - Actor
William Baldwin - Actor
Robert De Niro - Actor
Ron Howard - Director
Mikael Salomon - Director of Photography
Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
Richard B. Lewis, et al. - Producer
Gregory Widen - Writer
Clint Howard - Actor
Daniel P. Hanley - Editor
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Mikael Salomon - Cinematographer
Mike Hill - Editor
Pen Densham - Producer
Raffaella De Laurentiis - Executive Producer
Rebecca De Mornay - Actor
Robert DeNiro - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 20041
UPC 00025192004124
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1992) Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom, Nominee, Best Sound Effects Editing,Scott Farrar, et al., Nominee, Best Visual Effects,Gary Summers, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Mikael Salomon, et. al., Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects
British Academy Awards (1992) Allen Hall, et. al., Nominee, Best Special Visual Effects
MTV Award (1992) Backdraft, Nominee, Best Action Sequence,Backdraft, Nominee, Best Movie
Nominee (1992) British Academy Awards, Allen Hall, et. al., Best Special Visual Effects,MTV Award, Backdraft, Best Action Sequence,MTV Award, Backdraft, Best Movie,Oscar, Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Oscar, Mikael Salomon, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, Gary Summers, et. al., Best Sound
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Ron Howard's "Backdraft" is a movie half in love with fire, a film like "Fahrenheit 451" that finds something seductive in tendrils of smoke and boiling cauldrons of flame. Never before in the movies have I seen fire portrayed by such convincing, encompassing special effects. Unfortunately, they are at the service of an unworthy plot...What is particularly impressive is the way the filmmakers are able to convince us the stars are in the middle of the action. A conventional fire scene uses doubles and stand-ins, over-the-shoulder shots and other evasive tricks, for brief scenes showing men in the middle of a fire.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource At-A-Glance Film Reviews
Review This movie is very orange. Not surprising, considering it's director Ron Howard's tribute to firefighters. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin play two brothers, one whose a fireman and one who would like to be, with some fundamental differences. It's more than the average buddy picture -- the characters are better rounded than that -- and the special effects are amazing. Robert DeNiro and Donald Sutherland shine in supporting roles. At times, the story falters, and the picture takes a while to build up steam, but the closing hour makes it well worth a viewing.
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Keep Case, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Product Attributes
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Dennis Cunningham, CBS-TV ...soars with spectacle, heroism and humanity.
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV In every way, Backdraft will take your breath away.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...stunning special effects.

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