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Backdraft [DVD] [1991]

Kurt Russell , William Baldwin , Ron Howard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Gregory Widen
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, John Watson, Larry DeWaay, Pen Densham, Raffaella De Laurentiis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Czech
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D305
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,066 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A somewhat contrived screenplay doesn't stop this thriller from serving up some of the most spectacular fire sequences ever committed to film. Like any Ron Howard production Backdraft is impressively slick and boasts a stellar cast, including Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. The actors play sibling rivals who have been at odds since the death of their firefighter father years earlier. Robert De Niro is the veteran fire inspector who is tracking a series of mysterious and deadly arsons and Donald Sutherland is effectively creepy as the former arsonist who understands the criminal psychology of pyromaniacs. Rebecca De Mornay, Scott Glenn and Jennifer Jason Leigh are featured in supporting roles. Backdraft is a triumph of stunt work and flaming special effects. --Jeff Shannon

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Backdraft [DVD] [1991]

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire In The Hole 26 Jan 2006
Backdraft may be a glorified soap opera but it is still the best film about firemen ever committed to celluloid.
Finely acted by all involved and with a top notch supporting cast. The story although mirroring every cop drama ever made runs along nicely giving you enough twists to throw you off the scent and also to talk about long after the final credits have rolled.

What helps Backdraft stand head and shoulders above it's competitors though is the fire itself, the special effects are excellent. Becoming an integral supporting character, Howard directs the flames as if they were another actor and as fire weaves its magic you can't help but be drawn into the plot.

Despite his oscar successes since this film. Backdraft still remains director Ron Howard's finest moment.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Backdraft has some of the most impressive fire scenes ever shot and some daring stunt work (three of the leads, Kurt Russell, Scott Glenn and William Baldwin, are actually billed as stuntmen), but unfortunately it's wrapped up in a trite two-brothers-at-each-other's-throats plot that keeps it from being anything more than a high-priced soap opera with burning buildings. And, it has to be said, it looks a lot less impressive on the small screen than it did on the big one. Despite the ostensibly impressive ensemble cast, some of the supporting performances are weak, with Jennifer Jason Leigh proving big time that she really can't play `normal' while Donald Sutherland's Hannibal Firelighter is too Looney Tunes to convince even in his brief screen time, while Baldwin is a considerably less compelling leading man than Russell but gets the lion's share of the screen time anyway. The result is a modestly entertaining but entirely predictable studio picture that plays everything but the conflagrations safe.

The original UK DVD was disappointingly bare-bones, but the Blu-ray release includes all the extras from the US two-disc DVD special edition. While many of the plethora of deleted scenes are just brief trims or purely redundant, it seems that a lot of the murder mystery plot and much of Robert De Niro's lazy turn as an arson investigator also hit the cutting room floor, alongside a couple of good fraternal confrontations, but there's little to imply that a better film was left on the cutting room floor. There's a good selection of featurettes as well to make up for the original bare-bones release, though it's disappointing that the two good theatrical trailers aren't included in the set. Picture quality on the Blu-ray is certainly an improvement over the DVD without the kind of excessive DNR problems that some early Universal Blu-ray titles like Tremors were notorious for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning special effects and fire sequences 10 Dec 2011
Directed by Ron Howard starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland and Jennifer Jason Leigh, without doubt, for me, the stars of the film are the fire and special effects! The story about the firefighters was interesting and gave some fascinating insights into why some exceptional and brave people decide to devote their lives and, in extreme cases, give their lives to firefighting.

Having the DVD (with a good set of bonus material listed above) allows me to freeze and stop-action the fire sequences, showing clearly the awesome destructive power of fire and the creative and technical expertise which created the effects.

I know this is not why I should have enjoyed the film (particularly in the cinema when the sound effects were so powerful) and that I should have been paying more attention to the storyline but, there it is. The fire is the star and, ever since, I have appreciated our firefighters so much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars burn 'em all 28 Dec 2008
It's years since I last watched this movie, but I was sorting out my dvd collection and decided to slip it in the player. I was so glad that I did.

It wasn't that I had forgotten that it was a great film, it was that I wondered if it was a good as I remembered, it wasn't it was better than I remembered.

Kurt Russell, Robert DeNiro, and Donald Sutherland are particularly good, but the entire cast does so well. It is an amazing film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Backdraft (1991) 17 Mar 2005
Excellant film kept me on the edge of my seat and also the music is brillint.The music seemes to keep the film going but its still a film you can watch over and over again and never loose interest i am so glad i bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 26 Jun 2014
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I have been searching for this DVD for quite some time either to rent or buy - impossible. My daughter was thrilled with the surprise parcel that come in the post last week.

Great film - great cast - strongly recommended.

Price perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars he s my brother 12 May 2014
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a brilliant film as two boys lose their firefighter father and both turn out as firefighters o,elder brother a higher rank,as tthey fight fires,and try to find who is the fire starter,great special effects and a brilliant film,definately recommend this
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4.0 out of 5 stars A myst see 24 April 2014
By poet
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This is the best firefighting film that I've ever viewed, a well-crafted film, with a decent cast. It is a cult-classic, as far as I'm concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ultimate cheese... But brilliant
Published 5 hours ago by Steven Jevons
5.0 out of 5 stars mm
What a film !!!! This is one of my favourite films. I wore my last one out so im glad there was a replacement.. . good value, good service and delivery within days
Published 7 months ago by jennie ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This film, is actually amazing! It took me so long to get round to watching it and when I did, I wish I'd seen it before, because it is truly magnificent. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tamara2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron's finest two hours
Some of these big budget films simply have it all, which is mind you, included in salaries as well as special effects no doubt, but a film with a top notch all star cast, with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by No1MovieFan
5.0 out of 5 stars backdraft
thanks for the dvd it was a brill film to watch and I enjoyed the film so thank you I'll keep watching the film
Published 9 months ago by shrek
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movies
I bought this for my daughter who likes watching and re watching old films, these are really good value, brilliant.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth Royle
3.0 out of 5 stars CORNY AS HELL BUT WORTH A WATCH.
This is a review of the 1999 video.The sound is 5.1 and fairly good and the picture widescreen.The film is corny but entertaining.
Published 15 months ago by Vlad the emailer
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
great film, one of those type of films which you can watch over and over again (have a box of tissues handy). Would recommend to others
Published 16 months ago by mrs emma vamplew
4.0 out of 5 stars Backdraft
I thought this was quite a good film centering around two fire fighting brothers. There were a few twists to the story keeping it watchable to the end.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Julie Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 18 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
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