The Aviator (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] 
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Fast-paced biopic documenting the life of one of the most colourful Americans of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hughes, the son of a Texan inventor who dies and leaves him with a small fortune. Hughes moves to Los Angeles to become a Hollywood film producer and produces such classics as 'Hell's Angels', 'The Front Page' and 'Flying Leathernecks'. He also becomes involved in the aviation industry, designing new planes, setting air speed records and flying around the world risking his life testing aircraft. As his ideas become bolder, his approach becomes more eccentric, and he gains many powerful enemies.
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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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
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 ...
On Blu-ray, everything is as sharp and vibrant as one could hope for to depict the wide variety of scenic surroundings and action shots/'machinery' associated with the earlier life of Hughes (as his later years were when he became a true recluse). The sound presentation is also very good, as it needs to be for what is often an active soundtrack.
Although it is now that I would normally want to give some detail about the film subject matter, I feel I have to cover more of my observations about the presentation 'early' as one factor is so significant.
and that is the colour palette used for the first 1/3 or so of the film.....
For me, I found the massively cyan-biased colouring of the picture utilised for such a large portion of the film (and especially as it is at the beginning) a HUGE turn-off; it is so OTT and distracting that it almost made me stop watching - the impression is that unpleasant. It is bad in the same way that the J.J. Abrams film 'Star Trek' is spoilt by the regular injection of false lens flare and light strobes/streaks - made worse as it is, unlike this film, never-ending...
I don't really care what justification Scorsese had for doing it (and apparently he explains his reasoning on the disc commentary), it is just so OTT it unnecessarily spoils things. I've included some screencaps to try and give some idea of my observation...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't think DiCaprio would be able to pull this off. There had been so much hype about this film that I just knew that it would be a disappointment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by birchden
Outstanding film amazing performance by Leonardo Di Caprio great watch long film but a must see film.Published 2 months ago by The Cunjurer
Leonardo DiCaprio gives a very convincing and sensitive portrait of Howard Hughes , the film has kind of an epic feel to it ,a bit like the movies of the time it is set in , and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trey Blake