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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!!
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...
Published on 9 Feb 2004 by Egil Austin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sound out of sync
This a great film and was very pleased when it was released again on blu-ray as I had been looking for a copy for some time. However it was spoilt by the sound being out of sync and reported this to Amazon and I am still awaiting a response as to whether there are copies available with out this fault.
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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
This review is from: Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986] (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
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This review is from: Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986] (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
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This review is from: Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986] (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
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This review is from: Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986] (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
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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. The former became Short Circuit and the latter became Flight of the Navigator. Unfortunately PSO encountered severe money troubles and the company was declared bankrupt before Flight of the Navigator was released, which is when Disney stepped in to pick up the pieces and distribute the film.

Flight of the Navigator opens with a Frisbee Dog Contest on the Fourth of July, 1978. An ordinary 12-year-old boy named David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is there with his family. He's got a mother, a father, a pesky younger brother, and an unspectacular dog named Bruiser. That night, David goes to find his brother for the holiday celebrations. Wandering in the woods, he falls quite a distance into a ravine. When he gets up, it appears to be just a moment later. But, as he learns, it is actually eight years later. David hasn't changed in any way, but the rest of the world has.

Now it's 1986. An old couple now lives in his house, his younger brother is now his older brother, and "Starsky and Hutch" is off the air! David has no knowledge of where he's been. It's a mystery that fascinated specialists are trying to unravel.

Enter Dr. Faraday [Howard Hesseman], who makes it clear to David and his family that the top-of-the-line resources of NASA are the best shot at figuring out what has happened. So, David agrees to spend 48 hours at a NASA base, letting the best men in the field pry his mind in a search for answers. Simultaneously, Dr. Faraday and the other NASA specialists are mulling over the discovery of an unusual body which appears to be a spaceship. To reach a sufficient understanding, they decide that David will need to stay longer for tests.

With the help of Carolyn McAdams [Sarah Jessica Parker], a friendly young intern at the base, David seeks to escape. His breakout quickly takes him to the spaceship, where he begins to make sense of the some of the strange dreams and voices he has been experiencing. The ship is commanded by a robot of higher intelligence [voiced by Paul Reubens], who David names Max. Max needs help from David, specifically his mind. David wants answers from Max and a departure from the curious scientists. They take off on a unique and thrilling journey through space and time.

Flight of the Navigator is brilliant. All of its elements seem to work just right. It’s extremely clever premise is played to perfection, thanks to skillful crafting. The film starts out strong with a highly intriguing set-up, and sets a fast and flawless pace that it never departs from. In the lead role, Joey Cramer has just the right amount of curiosity and charisma to make the protagonist fully likable. Supporting performances from the family members all seem to hit the right notes. The robotic character, Max, is a lot of fun. Once he acquires some personality from a mind-mining procedure, he begins to sound quite a bit like Pee Wee Herman, in the best possible way. Though its script and direction deserve highest praise, a great sense of humor helps to distinguish Flight of the Navigator from other strong science fiction films of the late '70s and early '80s. While its time-travel tale is a serious one, it deftly uses comedy to enhance the adventure and crank up the entertainment value. In many of the best ways, the film calls to mind the perfect blend of Back to the Future, without feeling the least bit derivative.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Flight of the Navigator is presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and has been enhanced for 16x9 televisions. The opening scenes of the film looked very grainy, but you needn't fear. This only reveals the technical shortcomings of optical credits sequences. There were a few brief scenes, either effects or exterior shots that exhibited an excess of grain. By and large, though, the video quality was overwhelmingly pleasing. Colours are vibrant and solid; flesh tones seemed extremely natural. Though not as sharp as a film from today, the picture was consistently clean and crisp. Without a doubt, this transfer offers significant improvement over any other home video release the film has received. Still, it's a revelation compared to the disastrous UK DVD which literally used a cropped VHS copy as its source.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – Flight's Dolby Surround 2.0 audio presentation was also most satisfactory. The film features a prominent and powerful score by Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future), which often comes in a bit louder than the rest of the audio, and effectively hits and underlines the film's adventure and suspense. Though the film's score was the most significant surround element, a number of the film's sound effects made use of the rear channels, as well. Dialogue was crisp and always intelligible. Aside from the inconsistent volume level (as usual, a desired effect), I didn't notice anything about the audio which detracted from the experience. A solid presentation, particularly for Dolby Surround, and Silvestri's memorable score is put to good use.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary with Director Randal Kleiser and Execitive Producer Jonathan Sanger: The solitary extra feature is an audio commentary featuring Randal Kleiser and Executive Producer Jonathan Sanger. The two have an obvious kinship and their chat features some interesting insights, although there's a fair amount of dead air so one sitting should be enough to take it all in.

Finally, Flight of the Navigator is one of those rare nostalgic treats that's just as much fun as I remember it to be, and this Blu-ray presentation is sure to take you right back to 1986 and is a fantastic film that is well worth discovering, if you haven't already. The picture and sound have not been given an overhaul, yet the experience is purer for it. Extra features are limited to a decent commentary, but given the film's money troubles and mixed parentage, I couldn't have hoped for much more. While the complete lack of bonus features may not be what they had in mind, the presentation of the film itself deserves acclaim. Clever, suspenseful, and at times very funny, Flight of the Navigator simply offers as much fun as any movie I've seen in a long time. This film is one of Disney's best, one that widely departs from the studio's formulas or any conventions at all and manages to entertain without fail for an hour and a half and that is why it has gone in pride of place in my extensive Blu-ray Collection, as it is one of my all-time favourite ever since I originally owned it in the poor substitute DVD. Highly Recommend!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See You Later, Navigator, 2 Nov 2004
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Mark Baker (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
While meeting his brother in the woods in 1978, David Freeman falls down a ravine. He gets up to discover that it's suddenly 1986. Where has he been for the last 8 years? Meanwhile, NASA has found a space ship. Is there a connection? Can they find a way into the ship? And who keeps calling David inside his mind?
I loved this movie as a kid. While the first part seems slow and rather obvious if you've heard of the premise, the second part is a fun ride. Once David meets up with Max, things pick up and the movie switch from mystery to comedy. Watching it today, I was impressed by the special effects. This movie is almost 20 years old and they still hold up very well.
This is basically a movie only DVD release. The film is presented in wide screen and surround sound. But for the price, you're getting a great deal.
While not great cinema, this is a movie that the entire family will have fun watching together. Get it today and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still outstanding after nearly 30 years!, 24 July 2014
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I always loved this film as a child, and recently bought the DVD which was quickly adopted by my young daughter.
She also loved watching this movie - it has some slightly spooky scenes but at just the right level not to be too scary for children.
There is plenty of action and cute little creatures to entertain the film's young target audience, but it's equally enjoyable watching this again as an adult, as the script is top class and the effects and soundtrack are still pretty outstanding given that this was produced in the mid-eighties.
This really is a truly classic family movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true!, 25 May 2001
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I have never liked to watch a film more than once, but this I've seen SIX times! If you are interested in UFOs, and have ever dreamed to fly, this video is almost a dream that comes true. The movie is kind, and both children and adults (like me) can enjoy watching it. Sure worth of buying!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out on DVD at last!, 13 July 2003
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This review is from: Flight of the Navigator [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
This film is a childhood classic! With a soundtrack including classic artists, such as the beach boys and cast including Sarah JP with pink hair it's unmissable! The story is basically a boy goes into the woods and returns about 15 years later not a day older (he thinks he's been in the woods for about 30 mins!) What follows is a funny, watchable movie that is perfect for adults and children alike!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'FAMILY FRIENDLY SCI-FI ADVENTURE', 12 Jun 2014
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A terrific dose of family friendly sci-fi..................'David' (joey Cramer) aged 12 is sent out to fetch his 8 year old brother 'Jeff' (Albie Whitaker) home.............well, 'Jerry' arrives home, 'David' has fallen into a shallow ravine in the woods, he doesn't return .................8 years later he wakes up where he fell, finding that his parents no longer live in the place he knows as home.
'David' is still 12 years old, for him it's still 1978, however it's really 1986 his parents when found by the police are older than he remembers, his brother is no longer the annoying little brat he once was.
Because strange things happen around 'David' whilst being checked out in hospital, N.A.S.A. who have found a strange craft take an interest in the 12 year old.
'David' will learn by unofficialy seeking out the craft in the hanger, he was a sample removed and investigated by Aliens from many light years away over the past 8 years.
the understanding between the craft and david makes this a very enjoyable ride.................one well worth a visit.
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