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Flight Of The Phoenix [2004] [DVD]

Dennis Quaid , Tyrese , John Moore    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Tyrese, Giovanni Ribisi, Miranda Otto, Tony Curran
  • Directors: John Moore
  • Producers: William Aldrich, Alex Blum, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000818VCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Adventure drama based on the novel by Elleston Trevor. The story revolves around the plight of Captain Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid), a pilot whose C-119 cargo plane full of oil workers could not withstand the violent winds of a desert sandstorm. Stranded in the harsh terrain of Mongolia's Gobi Desert, Frank and his navigator face a challenge in maintaining order among the survivors. The group of oilmen had planned on an uneventful trip to shut off a group of rigs falling below their productivity expectations - not fending for their very lives. Before long, some men are revealed as cowards, while others exhibit a surprising show of strength, all the while hoping that the wreckage of the original plane can be salvaged.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great extras, mediocre film 6 Feb 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Sadly, Flight of the Phoenix is just another duff remake. Despite massive advances in special effects and a moderately exciting last two minutes, this feels even longer than Robert Aldrich's much longer original, and the reason is pretty elementary: lack of characterisation and drama. Where Aldrich typically set his flawed protagonists at each others throats in a hostile environment that was driving them mad and dealt with the way the pilot who crashes off-course in the desert turns his guilt into anger at his passengers, this is mostly feel-good stuff, full of life lessons, spiritual slogans and far too much high fiving for any self respecting survival drama - at one point they even get down and boogie. A modicum of drama is thrown in at the last minute in the wake of the key revelation about the new plane's designer, but it's so little and so late that it totters on the edge of laughable. As a result, some good actors and Giovanni Ribisi (horribly overacting the old Hardy Kruger part minus the Nazi undertones) are stranded by committee filmmaking rather than the elements and poor piloting.

Strangely, for such a bland film, the making of documentary is surprisingly gloves off, showing director John Moore in full effing and blinding mode as he throws several fits (and he's not the only one). At least one of the extended scenes (involving a biplane) was good Enough to be in the feature, and the commentary throws up the odd interesting fact amid the mutual back slapping. The result is a modest extras package that easily outshines the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Pilot and all-round-good-egg Dennis Quaid crashes his plane full of oil-riggers during a storm in the desert. Cue water and food rationing and survival of the fittest in the killer heat. Then up steps the fantastic Giovanni Ribisi as the oddball sat quietly in the back - who can maybe fix the plane from the remaining broken bits before bandits come and kill them all (if the survivors can only get past his Despot rants).

"Flight Of The Phoenix" is a remake with a huge and properly excellent all-star cast - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been a BLU RAY for some years now.

But British fans should be aware that when buying the BLU RAY the US edition on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on UK machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' which most aren't.

Buy the UK version instead - it's dirt-cheap now - a looker on the Format - and a quality afternoon watch into the bargain...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the oh who cares.... 1 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
Awful, its so Dull that it makes Eastenders look like a feast of entertainment. Dennis Quaid sleepwalks through the film which is a real waste of his talent.... If someone can explain Giovanni Ribisi's character to me I would be surprised... no reason for him to be the weirdo he plays, asking people to say please and then he turns out to be a model maker. The only plus point was being able to scan through the last 30 minutes a waste of a sunday morning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Without any merit whatsoever. 29 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
Director John Moore seems a very strange choice to do a remake of a character piece. This is an american curry of a film. A recipe of made up of bland random charcters, irritating incidental music and random action.

A contemporary version of flight of the phoenix was never going to be as good as Aldrich's classic original version, so why make it all? The original derives so much its impact from the german accent of it plane designer. The writers have failed to come up with anything at all to create a similar emotional conflict.

If there is one thing that I would like to drum into the head of all modern directors and producers, it is that irrelevant music will send you audiences racing for the exit. Are they acknowledging that the drama is so weak that they hope the audience will switch off all together and just listen to some random music? Well I for one do not wish to listen to some unrelated rapping whilst there is action or dialogue happening on screen.

Other reviewers have already pointed out that most of the actors were standing around like spare parts for most of the movie. Yes indeed and for exhausted people in a desert they were standing around one heck of a lot (often in a neat line facing the camera).

My final gripe is that I only decided to put my common sense aside and buy this DVD because Hugh Laurie was in the cast list. With a experienced, talented dramatic and comedy actor like Laurie involved it couldn't be all bad could it? Well it could when you ignore his talent completely. Worse still you could ask him to put on his silly Jeeves voice. AAArgh!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING COMPARED TO THE PREVIEWS 14 July 2005
Format:DVD
This film looked great on the screen preview. The beginning is promising and it does have some good effects the crashing of the plane etc. The problem is the plot is so far fetched and not realistic. The plane comes together to easily and there isnt a decent ending just a simple cut off which lets the film down. Theres no direction from the pilot and navigator Dennis Quaid he is to busy in the film to care about others and himself to get the plane going. It fails to live up to its preview and the effects that blow u away in the cinema preview arent up to that much a let down in my books!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good value for money and would definitely shop again. Thank you.
Published 4 days ago by M. Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent story
This is a cheap film but is worth getting. Can definitely watch it a few times
Published 11 days ago by Reece Cassar
4.0 out of 5 stars review
not as good as the original
Published 16 days ago by Ken Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable.
I love this film dispite other reviews I think this is a great easy to watch film.
Published 1 month ago by Jenny S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
Being brought up on the original, I think the casting and general re-make is much better than the original - I love it.
Published 1 month ago by P R Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars for my brother
he loves this film and asked me to get it for him so much so I got the other film with the same name and told me to give it a 10 out of 10
Published 6 months ago by kevin123
3.0 out of 5 stars how was it?
enjoyed the film, a few of the actors I new of, enjoyed watching and comparing it to the original with hardy kruger in.
Published 16 months ago by The Spankster
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I realised that good film what happens! I never watched it last time! I enjoyed watched it, I am glad watched it with subtitles! That good!
Published 18 months ago by Samantha Kent
2.0 out of 5 stars Review of different film
Of the 20 plus reviews here, 19 relate to the earlier James Stewart film but the picture Amazon advertise on this page is of the later Dennis Quaid film of the same name. Read more
Published on 15 May 2012 by old Fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remake that stands up for itself
Someday a clever physicist will discover the fundamental law of the universe which declares that once a movie has been made with James Stewart, it cannot be improved upon. Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
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