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The Aviator [2004] [Blu-ray]

Leonardo CiCaprio , Cate Blanchett , Martin Scorsese    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leonardo CiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,084 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



From Hollywood's legendary Cocoanut Grove to the pioneering conquest of the wild blue yonder, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator celebrates old-school film-making at its finest. We say "old school" only because Scorsese's love of golden-age Hollywood is evident in his approach to his subject--Howard Hughes in his prime (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in his)--and especially in his technical mastery of the medium, reflecting his love for classical film-making of the studio era. Even when he's using state-of-the-art digital trickery for the film's exciting flight scenes (including one of the most spectacular crashes ever filmed), Scorsese's meticulous attention to art direction and costume design suggests an impassioned pursuit of craftsmanship from a bygone era; every frame seems to glow with gilded detail. And while DiCaprio bears little physical resemblance to Hughes during the film's 20-year span (late 1920s to late '40s), he efficiently captures the eccentric millionaire's golden-boy essence, and his tragic descent into obsessive-compulsive seclusion. Bolstered by Cate Blanchett's uncannily accurate portrayal of Katharine Hepburn as Hughes' most beloved lover, The Aviator is easily Scorsese's most accessible film, inviting mainstream popularity without compromising Scorsese's artistic reputation. As compelling crowd-pleasers go, it's a class act from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio. A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Dec 2005
I watched this film twice back to back , admittedly i had seen it at the cinema , and think it is better suited to a large screen showing , i thought Scorcese,s interpretation was brilliant , resonant of a "old style film " every scene has a purpose , basically to give you an insight into the genius of Howard Hughes , i dont think that is an exagerration as his combination of business acumen , vision,and sheer daring , must amount to genius .
he would override his best emgineers when insisting on some aspect of aeroplane design , he put his money where his mouth was , and when it came to putting his ideas to the test , he was the first one to take the plane for a test flight !
likewise in business he would morgatge his entire wealth on some businees venture .
the film also shows his ruthless streak with anyone that crossed him .
And then when all seemed invincible, his descent into madness .
For me such an examination of a fascinating life was simply gripping .
My favourite film of 2005
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Martin Scorsese's 2004 film of the varied life of Howard Hughes, the millionaire, aircraft designer and recluse, is an enjoyable film. Leonardo DiCaprio, surprisingly, is quite convincing, as is Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner but, for me, the star of the film is Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn. She has her unusual and distinctive voice and mannerisms off to perfection.

I do not know Hughes's story well enough to know whether it is true-to-ife and accurate but, as I do not watch films for historical accuracy, I am not concerned. It is a thoroughly enjoyable film and, should anyone win the Lottery, it is well worth watching this film shortly afterwards. He had all the money he needed and millions more but ...
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic masterpice and great story too 3 May 2005
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I saw this movie, not really expecting it to live up to it's unpublicised hype as usually when a film gets the critics attention it is well made but boring. This movie gripped me from the start to the end and was without a doubt the best film I've seen in years. In fact, I would not go to the cinema for weeks after because I knew that nothing could live up to it. The portrayal of obsessive compulsive Hughes was matched by the obsessive compulsive filming. Look out for the colours being changed in the nightclub to emphasise the blue and red on the screen (including blue peas). Admire the Art Deco attention to detail even on stairwells and floors. I was all set to hate Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn but she was brilliant and very convincing - you forgot she was Cate. The time flew through this movie and I could happily have watched the rest of Hughes story. It inspired me to find out more about Howard Hughes and found some even more wonderful stories about him - I wanted more...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, for some antibacterial hand gel! 27 Dec 2005
AVIATOR depicts roughly twenty years in the life of what many - especially those outside the U.S. borders - may regard as the quintessential American: one who's an enormously successful business entrepreneur, a daring technical innovator, the playboy companion of Hollywood starlets, and crazy as a loon.
My opinion of Leonardo DiCaprio has never been more than one of indifference. But here, as millionaire aviator Howard Hughes, he excels.
The film opens in the late 1920s as Hughes is filming "Hell's Angels", his World War I air combat epic that was the most expensive Hollywood production to date, and ends with the one and only test flight of his Hercules military transport (a.k.a. "The Spruce Goose") in Los Angeles Harbor in November 1947. In between, we see depicted the highlights of his amazing life: his personally achieved air speed record (352 mph), his aerial circumnavigation of the globe, his controlling ownership of TWA, his development of the Constellation (perhaps the most beautiful passenger aircraft ever built), a nearly fatal crash in his FX-11 prototype reconnaissance aircraft, his battle with the government and Pan Am to prevent the latter's monopolization of American international air routes, the squabble with censors over Jane Russell's cleavage in his western "The Outlaw", and his liaison with starlets, especially Katherine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale).
Director Martin Scorsese doesn't flinch from showing Howard's darker side: his increasing obsession with germs transferred by hand contact and his slow slide into madness. The film gives a new meaning to hand washing and the recycling of milk bottles. (What Hughes wouldn't have given for the waterless, antibacterial hand gel!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Great! 7 Jan 2006
This really wasn't the usual sort of movie I thought interested in to be honest.I'd never heard of Howard Huges before and I'm not interested in Aviation, or any type of old fashioned American Historical type subjects. Plus it's a very long movie, I thought I wouldn't be able to sit though it.
But to my surprise I really enjoyed it! I just watched it last night and I couldn't help watching bits over and over again wanting more. But every time I tried to skip a scene I got hooked into it. There were so many scenes I enjoyed. But most of all I thought Leonardo DiCaprio's performance was just outstanding! I think he's underated as an actor because of the pretty boy image but he is really talented. I've only recently started to recognise him a serious actor. He portrayed Howard Huges with such intensity and emotion. I found the movie educational too in a way,it tought me so much about things I knew nothing about. I usually like the usual bland romantic comedies that are always released but this was an just an epic movie, truly brilliant!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So so
Published 1 day ago by IAN DORAN
1.0 out of 5 stars Howard's End
They don't come worse than this. Leonardo di Caprio is too lightweight to play the part of Howard Hughes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lycidas
5.0 out of 5 stars on time!
Interesting biopic, long and detailed. Will need to watch again if and when I have time to do so. Good nick!
Published 1 month ago by fergy
5.0 out of 5 stars DiCaprio’s Intense Portrayal of Howard Hughes
I am lucky to have originally watched my first showing of “Aviator” back in 2005 through a movie theater in San Diego California (I use to live in California when I was still in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stella Carrier
4.0 out of 5 stars suprized it worked
Tested seems ok the disk is all blistered on the top side did not think it would play but tested seems ok played through quick plenty well known actors in it
Published 2 months ago by the parapsychologist
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aviator
Excellent movie, DiCaprio at his best. Bought it as I gave my DVD to my sister. I am a fan of DiCaprio.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. C. Felton
3.0 out of 5 stars Aviator.
I only watched this film 5 days ago and can't remember much about it, so I guess it was not a memorable film. It didn't go anywhere and the jumping back and forth was confusing.
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Aviator release worldwide
As Miramax releases allover the world represent mixed quality this issue of Aviator seems to bet the best one, quality and supplementary material wise.
Published 3 months ago by Marek Malinowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I loved this and thought Leonardo's portrayal of Howard Hughes was captivating and absorbing. The insight into his contribution to plane development during the Second World War... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Labar
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This was a good film and entertaining. However,I had been told how good it was and I was expecting better. Still an interesting film
Published 4 months ago by sandi
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