Planes, Trains & Automobiles  [DVD]
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An advertising executive flying home for Thanksgiving finds himself seated beside a boisterous curtain ring salesman. When their fl ight is rerouted due to a snowstorm, the salesman's advice propels them into one disaster after another.
Given the presence of both Steve Martin and John Candy, one would expect this John Hughes comedy to be much, much funnier than it is. Certainly it's not for lack of effort on the part of its stars. Martin is an uptight businessman trying to get home from New York for the holidays. But one thing after another gets in his way--most of it having to do with Candy, a boorish but well-meaning boob who takes a liking to him. Together they travel all over the map; no matter how hard Martin tries to shake him, he can't. But Hughes's writing is never as sharp as it should be and this film winds up being only intermittently humorous. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
Catalogue Number: BSP 2291
Running time: 92 mins
Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Audio: English 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio, Portugese Mono, Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portugese, Spanish
The hi-def transfer is surprisingly very good for a film of its age (1987), I must admit I was expecting a slight upgrade from the DVD print and was pleased to see a substantial improvement in picture quality.
BLU-RAY EXTRAS: (HD = Hi-Definition)
*"Getting There Is Half The Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles" (a post-film press conference with John Hughes, Steve Martin and John Candy talking about their involvement in the film with a crowd of reporters).
*John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast featuring John Hughes: The Voice of a Generation (HD)
*Heartbreak And Triumph: The Legacy of John Hughes (HD)
*John Hughes For Adults
*A Tribute To John Candy
*Deleted Scene: "Airport Food" (HD)
Note: These are the same extras that appear on the Region 1 DVD "Those Are Not Pillows" Special Edition DVD.
I hope this helps viewers/potential customers.
The last ten minutes of the movie, where Neal eventually gets home to his family, and we find out the truth about Del's wife (which the story has been leading up to all the way through), is really emotional. Much more emotional than you would expect from a John Hughes comedy anyway.
I love this film. I can watch it over and over again and not get tired of it. There's not many comedies where that is true - Spinal Tap, Life of Brian and Office Space are probably the only others. Del's witticisms (or lack of) get on Neal's nerves so much, that we laugh along with them, not because they are funny, but because they are so unfunny.
John Candy was a great comic talent who is sadly missed - some cruel people might say the same about Steve Martin after the crap stuff that he has done recently. This was made when both of them were at their peak.
Hilarious, magical, briliently written and acted, you can watch it a thousand times and never get tired of it.
It has to be on everyone's shelf. No excuses.
This classic piece of cinematic work charts more than just a disastrous journey across a snow-bound North America by two hopelessly mismatched travellors. The comedy comes thick and fast between on one hand an up-tight high-flying advertising executive, Martin and on the other a big-mouthed but big-hearted slob of a man, Candy.
Martin is at the pinnacle of his profession and has all the rewards that go with it, a lovely wife, healthy kids, a luxory home and a very nice watch. He is used to getting what he wants when he wants it.
Candy scrapes by as a shower curtain-ring salesman because his customers like him. His rewards are hinted at by the fact that he doesn't have a very nice watch.
The real journey, I hinted at, is where Martin eventually discovers enough humility to take a serious look at someone a lot less fortunate than himself and learns that "by the grace of God, goes he".
All the crazy comic situations that the hapless pair fall into during their challenging journey come to focus sharpened by a good helping of pathos in the final five minutes.
I regularly watch this film for a good laugh and the feel-good factor.
If you have seen this movie and agree with Amazon, then, "EX--CUSE--MEEEeee". If you haven't, then please make up your own mind.
Steve Martin plays the straight man alongside John Candy's loveable walking disaster character. Martin and Candy are the perfect double act and their are many stand out hilarious scenarios that we find the character's in as they try and make their way back home for Thanksgiving in horrendous weather conditions.
Alongside the laughs there's plenty of deep emotions that run throughout this film. The late great John Hughes who wrote and directed the the film gets the balance of laughter and emotion spot on. The film is a must see.
I was unsure how good the film would look on blu-ray compared to the dvd but the quality is clearly visible and the picture has never looked so crisp.
In addition to the great film you get several bonus features for the first time, including a deleted scene and a few features on John Hughes plus brilliant footage of a press conference.
Certainly worth buying, you won't be disappointed.
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I can watch this time and time again. Very funny and heartwarming.Published 1 month ago by Jane Talbot
Your life is not complete till you watch this movie. Seen it countless times and no doubt will watch it again.Published 1 month ago by Earthcop