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Flight [DVD]


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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly, Melissa Leo, Don Cheadle
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZK30KC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington stars in this “riveting and powerful nail-biting thriller”* from Robert Zemeckis, the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Washington) miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. But even as he’s being hailed for his heroic efforts, questions arise as to who or what was really at fault. Action-packed, engrossing and powerful, Washington’s performance is being hailed as “a triumph”** and one that “will be talked about for years.”***

* Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood
** Richard Corliss, TIME
*** Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Special Features:
  • Anatomy of a Plane Crash

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Few directors can meld high-tech whiz-bang with solid narrative values like Robert Zemeckis, a filmmaker whose best work (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, Cast Away) stands tall among the blockbusters. Although there have been times when Zemeckis's insistence on pushing the special effects envelope can end up overshadowing the story being told (as in his animated version of A Christmas Carol), his innate gifts persist: when he's in the groove, he can show you something you've never seen before, as well as a reason to care about it. Flight, the director's first wholly live-action film in over a decade, serves as a reminder of just how good he can be, featuring both an exquisitely terrifying crash sequence and a fearless central performance from Denzel Washington. John Gatins's script serves as a bizarro inversion of the Sully Sullenberger tale: when a routine flight over Atlanta goes terrifyingly wrong, the aircraft's pilot (Washington) saves his passengers with a near-miraculous display of skill. As the investigation into the disaster begins, however, it becomes apparent that its hero's impromptu bravery hides a multitude of bad habits. Washington does a brilliant job as a man who is all too aware of his feet of clay, subverting his innate nobility to shattering effect. (As in the earlier Training Day, when he goes to the dark side, the shock ripples the screen.) The strength of his central performance is only amplified by some outstanding supporting work from Kelly Reilly (as a recovering heroin addict), Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, and a scene-stealing John Goodman, who gets a few lines crass enough to remind you that yes, Zemeckis is the same person who once made the low-taste classic Used Cars. Impressive as the cast is, though, it's unlikely that things would work nearly as well without the director's grasp of the material, which shifts between horror, black comedy, and uplifting pathos without missing a beat. In his hands, this potential sap story makes for a smart, worldly addiction saga that blessedly refuses to stay within the usual melodramatic lines. Just don't ever, ever expect to see it as the in-flight entertainment. --Andrew Wright

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2013
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From the opening scene of Washington waking up in bed with a stewardess, drinking leftover booze and snorting a line of coke - before heading to the airport to fly a plane... we know we are in for a role from him a little different than we have seen for a while. This is a man whose life is figuratively, and pretty soon literally, in freefall. The opening act of the movie is a plane crash that is both visceral and believable.. a reminder of Zemeckis the director who knows the value of special effects and how they help you tell a story. The rest of the movie reveals a different director altogether, the director of Castaway, Forrest Gump and Contact, who understands how to reveal character and make people 3 dimensional. After that crash, the movie's drama is all based on the character. He is told he has to stay clean and off the booze, and his battle with that is what drives the movie forward, as the movie explores the period up to the Federal investigation hearing. As the debris from the plane is pulled to together to investigate the crash, the movie starts to explore the wreckage that is Denzel's life. The middle stretch of the movie is a bit baggy for sure, but it's hard to say what should have been cut, because every minute of Washington on screen is electric. If it hadn't been for Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, I'm sure the Oscar would have been his. A memorable scene involves him and a hotel mini-bar, in a will he-won't he moment that is wonderfully cut together and shows the director and actor in top form.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Flight is a drama that mostly hits the mark but is decidedly saggy towards the end. Whittaker is a pilot with a drink problem. He turns up to work one day drunk and high. Just another normal day in his life. That is until things go dramatically wrong and his plane crashes killing six people on board.

This is where the story shakes off the normal conventions and starts to explore some interesting threads. Whittaker is a drunk, but the plane didn't crash because he was under the influence of alcohol.

The initial plane crash is jarring and brilliantly filmed. As the audience you really do feel caught up in this disaster. The camera bucks and shakes with every movement of the plane. The feeling of being dragged at high speed towards the ground with no control is immense. It really is edge of the seat stuff.

Once the crash has happened and the dust starts to settle, the film gets into its emotional core exploring alcoholism. Whittaker's first reaction is to never drink again, that is until it is suggested he could be blamed for the accident after a toxicology report shows he had alcohol and drugs in his system. He hits the bottle hard and begins his own nose dive.

Denzel Washington uses Flight to show everyone why he won the Oscar for Training Day and his latest nomination is well deserved. He has emotional weight and real gravitas. You believe every move he makes and everything he says. He dominates the film and doesn't give anyone else room to manoeuvre. This is certainly his film. It just doesnt feel like the right film for him.

As good as Washington is, his character is just unlikable. The fact of the matter is he was drunk when flying a plane full of passengers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By electronicafan on 9 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
From the academy award winning director that brought us Forrest Gump and Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis returns with another intense drama / thriller entitled Flight, starring Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood.
The film is based around the character of an American airline pilot, Whip Whitaker (Denzel) and his “doomed” flight, SouthJet 227, from Orlando to Atlanta. The movie starts off on a roll with Denzel's exceptional acting, in bed with a stewardess, Katerina Marquez (Nadine), smoking and snorting a line of cocaine before going for his flight. Whip goes to the flight with this happy go lucky attitude and utters, “like a game”, while actually taking off in a severe thunderstorm and sings “feeling alright, feeling alright” at the amazement of his co-pilot. As thrilling events of the flight unfold, we see the plane malfunction and Whip pulling a stunt that although it doesn't help from the plane crashing, manages to save 96 people out of the 102 souls on board the plane. This part is so realistic that it makes you feel like not boarding another plane in your life.
The crash is Whip's wake up call and from this moment onwards, the movie takes a drama approach and we see him battling his alcohol addiction through his lifes' up and downs. Simultaneously we are also introduced to the life of Nicole (Kelly), who also has a drug addiction. This is a very interesting side of the movie-making process as we can see how Robert manages to connect their lives together. Whip is dealing with his alcohol addiction and the crash. At the same time, Nicole is struggling with a drug addiction.
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