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Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986]

Joey Cramer , Paul Reubens , Randal Kleiser    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young, Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Directors: Randal Kleiser
  • Writers: Mark H. Baker, Matt MacManus, Michael Burton
  • Producers: Jonathan Sanger, David Joseph, Dimitri Villard, John W. Hyde
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBYB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disney's 1986 Flight of the Navigator combines a strong ensemble cast and classic 80s soundtrack with dazzling special effects for a high-flying sci-fi adventure. While searching for his little brother in the woods, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) falls down a ravine and is knocked unconscious. After what seems like minutes, he returns home, only to discover that eight years have passed since he was declared missing and presumed dead. Even more mystifying is that David hasn't aged, nor can he account for the time lapse.

Meanwhile, NASA officials stumble upon a futuristic spacecraft and are determined to assess what David knows about it by locking him in a top-secret lab for scanning and testing. His only chance of escape is in the spacecraft manned by Max, a wisecracking robot. Cramer gives an earnest performance, which overcomes an imperfect script, while enough one-liners and imaginative animation will keep families engaged. Watch for Sarah Jessica Parker in one of her first film appearances. Rated PG for language. (Ages 6 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is an ordinary boy destined for a most extraordinary adventure--aboard a spectacular, futuristic spacecraft. After a mystifying disappearance, David returns--possessing vast, undiscovered knowledge about the farthest reaches of the universe. With these sudden navigational powers, David is able to take the fantastic flying machine anywhere he desires, accompanied by a wisecracking robotic commander, Max, and an assortment of bizarre extraterrestrial creatures! Embark on a fun-filled, fast-paced journey of fantasy and adventure as David takes off on the flight of his lifetime! Also featuring Sarah Jessica Parker and the voice of Paul Reubens.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make 'space' in your life for this gem!! 9 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
The first time I saw this film I refused to walk though the woods for fear of alien abduction! 15 years on... I still feel the same. A cult 80's classic that should surely rank along side the epics such as Back To The Future and Teenwolf (1 NOT 2).
It would be fair to say that they really do not make films like this anymore. In all honesty the DVD offers nothing more than the film itself, but believe me this is more than enough.
Not just a family film, this is an everyone film. If you havent seen this film yet buy it and understand exactly why 'Surfin' U.S.A' was a great record and if you have seen it... reflect and feel all nostalgic.
Just sitting around waiting for the release of 'The Boy Who Could Fly'...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic '80s kids movie 28 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Flight of the Navigator is a classic '80s kids movie. Its got everything: kids, computers, spaceships, robots, time travel, aliens, electronic music, and flying. It's a well produced, entertaining, innocent film that should definitely prove nostalgic to anyone in their mid-20s. The special effects are stunning given the age of the film, and the soundtrack by Alan Silvestri is magical and evocative.

Unforunately, the DVD production itself isn't particuarly good. It doesn't have any special features or bonus items. All you get is the film, and the picture quality isn't exactly good. In fact, it's grainy, blurry, with washed out blacks and a shimmering noise pattern visible on the titles. A terrible transfer. Still, at least it's presented in 16:9.

Worth noting, the film features a young Sarah Jessica Parker when she actually was a girl, and not a 40-year-old woman acting like a teenager and looking like The Wicked Witch of the West.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compliance!! 30 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
A great movie that some sad individuals slag off, but after viewing their DVD collection, I now know why they are not of this planet.
At this great price, every sci-fi or 80's fan should have it on their shelves at home! It holds a great storyline along with good music, and a barrel of laughs, action and suspense! Enjoy!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore... 7 Jan 2008
By Anna
Format:DVD
This film is wonderful. I'll expand on it all, but that's the very first thing that needed to be said. The Navigator chronicles the journey of David (Joey Cramer), a 12 year old boy who falls down a ravine in 1978. He then wakes up to discover it's 1986, his parents no longer live where they did, his little brother is now his big brother, and he was listed as dead many years ago after he "disappeared". He has no knowledge or memory of where he's been, and when NASA get a hold of him and subject him to testing, his subconscious mind tells them he's been on a planet called Phaelon, which is hundreds of light years away... Meanwhile, NASA have discovered a spaceship which has crashed into a pylon.

When David finds out the bods at NASA aren't planning to let him go, the spaceship - Max - calls him telepathically, and they escape before going on a wonderful voyage. Luckily for us, they take us along for the ride. What follows is a funny, heart-warming story, filled with vintage 80s loveliness and a small dose of the Beach Boys thrown in for good measure. What's odd is even watching it now the effects are great. I expected them to look dreadful, not how I remembered them from my childhood, but they've aged incredibly well, and they've stood the test of time admirably. It's a fine and noble thing.

David gradually makes his way home, only to discover he's returned to his family in 1986, not in 1978, and he has a difficult decision to make. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will tell you, this film will make you ache for a time when the world was simpler, and kinder. There's no cynicism about this film, whatsoever. It's just innocent, genuine, lovely fun, and I wish they still made films like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the Navigator [Blu-ray] [1986] 22 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Flight of the Navigator [Blu-ray] [1986] Flight of the Navigator is the action-packed classic 80s adventure into another world. It's 1978 and 12-year old David Freeman is knocked unconscious while playing. He wakes up and discovers it's now 1986 and he's been missing for eight years. NASA believes he's been abducted by aliens and want to use him for their research. But with the guidance of a strange unseen entity he discovers a hidden spaceship and with the help of MAX the computer sets off on an incredible mission to get back to the past where he belongs.

Cast: Joey Cramer, Albie Whitaker, Paul Reubens (voice), Veronica Cartwright, Cliff DeYoung, Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Hesseman, Matt Adler, Robert Small, Jonathan Sanger, Richard Liberty, Iris Acker and Raymond Forchion

Director: Randal Kleiser

Producers: Dimitri Villard and Robert Wald

Executive Producer: Jonathan Sanger

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Screenplay: Michael Burton and Matt MacManus

Cinematography: Eric McGraw and James Glennon

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1

Audio: English: PCM 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 90 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Second Sight Films [Walt Disney Studios]

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review - The astonishing success of Steven Spielberg's E.T. in 1982 heralded the money-making power of the friendly alien, so naturally every movie mogul wanted a piece of the pie. Independent producers PSO, known for more adult oriented fare, had some success with fantasy flick The Neverending Story so they pushed ahead with two cutesy sci-fi projects, one about a robot and the other about an alien.
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