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Learn more about Backdraft:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40017580
UPC: 025192004124
UPC 14: 00025192004124
Rating: Game Rating Code
See more in Action/Adventure
Silently behind a door, it waits. One breath of oxygen and it explodes in a deadly rage. In that instant it can create a hero...or cover a secret.|One Breath of Oxygen and it Explodes in a Deadly Rage.
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.

"...soars with spectacle, heroism and humanity.  Dennis Cunningham, CBS-TV
"In every way, Backdraft will take your breath away.  Pat Collins, WWOR-TV
"...stunning special effects.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Keep Case, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/6/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 135 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1991
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20041
Video UPC UPC: 00025192004124
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Donald Sutherland
Video Cast Info J.T. Walsh
Video Cast Info Jennifer Jason Leigh
Video Cast Info Kurt Russell
Video Cast Info Rebecca DeMornay
Video Cast Info Scott Glenn
Video Cast Info William Baldwin
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Clint Howard
Video Cast Info Rebecca De Mornay
Video Cast Info Robert DeNiro
Video Cast Info Ron Howard - Director
Video Cast Info Mikael Salomon - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Richard B. Lewis, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Gregory Widen - Writer
Video Cast Info Daniel P. Hanley - Editor
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Mikael Salomon - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mike Hill - Editor
Video Cast Info Pen Densham - Producer
Video Cast Info Raffaella De Laurentiis - Executive Producer


Oscar (1992)
   Video Award Name Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom, Nominee, Best Sound Effects Editing
   Video Award Name Scott Farrar, et al., Nominee, Best Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Gary Summers, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound

British Academy Awards (1992)
   Video Award Name Allen Hall, et. al., Nominee, Best Special Visual Effects

MTV Award (1992)
   Video Award Name Backdraft, Nominee, Best Action Sequence
   Video Award Name Backdraft, Nominee, Best Movie

Oscar (1992)
   Video Award Name Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
   Video Award Name Mikael Salomon, et. al., Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects

Nominee (1992)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Allen Hall, et. al., Best Special Visual Effects
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Backdraft, Best Action Sequence
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Backdraft, Best Movie
   Video Award Name Oscar, Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Mikael Salomon, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Oscar, Gary Summers, et. al., Best Sound

Professional Reviews

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

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

At-A-Glance Film Reviews 9 of 10
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.

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