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Sky Captain & World Of Tomorrow [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon
  • Directors: Kerry Conran
  • Producers: Jude Law, Jon Avnet, Sadie Frost, Marsha Oglesby
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006L7OB6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,845 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In this science fiction adventure set in the 1930s, New York City reporter Polly Perkins starts to investigate why so many famous sc ientists are being reported missing. Soon, she gets clues, as strange flying machines and giant robots threaten the city. Luckily, her old flame, aviator Captain Joseph Sullivan aka Sky Captain, is there to battle the bad guys with the Flying Legion, in his Warh awk P-40. Now Polly must fly away with Sky Captain to Nepal to find a crazy scientist, Dr. Totenkopf, who apparently wants to destro y the world!

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While setting a milestone in the progress of digital filmmaking, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow resurrects a nostalgic fantasy world derived from a wide variety of vintage inspirations. It's a dazzling dream for anyone who appreciates the look and feel of golden-age sci-fi pulp magazines, drawing its unique, all-digital design from such diverse sources as Howard Hawks adventures, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Buck Rogers, Blackhawk comics, The Third Man, cliffhanger serials, and the action-packed Indiana Jones franchise. Writer-director Kerry Conran's feature debut is also guaranteed to inspire digital dreamers everywhere, suggesting a paradigm shift in the way CGI-dominated movies are made. It's a giddy adventure for the young and young-at-heart, in which ace pilot "Sky Captain" Joe Sullivan (Jude Law) and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) must save the world from a mad scientist whose vision of the future has tragic implications for all humankind. Angelina Jolie drops in for a glorified cameo, but it's the ultra-fortunate neophyte Conran who's the star here. His clever riff on The Wizard of Oz is a marvel to behold, and the method of its creation is nothing less than revolutionary. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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The film is delightful silliness, but buyers should be aware that this is an Italian blue ray, with English as an optional language
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The film presented in the style and feel of the sci-fi films of bygone years with of course the bonus of the Special
-Effects on-offer in the 21st Century.
Set toward the end of the 1930's into the early 1940's in New York we find eager reporter/photographer 'Polly Perkins'
(Gwyneth Paltrow) investigate reports of a series of key Scientists mysteriously disappearing, she learns from 'Dr Jennings'
of his fears that he is next on the list and that 'Dr Tokenkopf' would be coming for him, this at a time when the
Big-Apple comes under attack from seemingly indestructible Giant-Robots......Help is needed....Time to call for 'The Sky Captain'
(Jude Law) who disables one of them flying a modified Curtiss P-40 pursuit-fighter .
He takes the Robot back to base so that friend and technology-whizz 'Dex' (Glovanni Ribisi) can examine it, former lover 'Polly'
follows hoping to expand the story she is writing.
'Polly' convinces 'Joe' (Sky Captain) that she should join him in investigating what is happening, he reluctantly agrees to let
her tag-along.
Their first step is to investigate 'Dr Jennings' claims, when they arrive at the Scientists-Lab they find it ransacked and the Doctor
close to death, a mysterious female figure present escapes.
The Doctor hands the two vials he been given earlier to 'Polly' ...the small containers apparently crucial to 'Dr Tokenkopf's'
plans ?? - 'Polly' does not reveal what she had been given to 'Joe'
Meanwhile the base had come under attack, upon return 'Joe' and 'Polly' find much destruction in addition to which 'Dex'
has been abducted, however he'd been trying to locate a signal transmitted by the Robot they had, he left a clue for 'Joe'
to follow.
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Even on Blu-ray, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow has serious image problems, although the fact that the movie is deliberately stylised makes it a little less of a problem. Unfortunately, the two-tone, almost sepia color and the excessive diffusion of the image tends to bleed the film of vitality at times and does no favors whatsoever to Gwyneth Paltrow, who looks absolutely terrible throughout the film (the fact that her performance is not just bad but plain unlikeable much of the time doesn't help: small wonder that Angeline Jolie steals the film from her). Kerry Conran does manage to recreate some of the visual style of the old Max and Dave Fleischer Superman cartoons (Mechanical Monsters in particular), but without their vivid three-strip Technicolor, and he gives good montage. Unfortunately, he's better at visual design than directing actors or action - this should be a lot more fun than it actually is. Jude Law is a particularly weak hero, lacking steel or much in the way of charisma, once again proving that he's a better character actor in supporting roles than a credible leading man. It's watchable enough and the big undersea dogfight shows how much better it could have been, but never draws you in and carries you along enough to be as much fun as it wants to be. And if you're going to use footage of Laurence Olivier to `play' the villain, at least find a voice double who actually sounds like him!

Good extras on the two-disc set, including the original 7-minute short 'opening chapter' that inspired the feature.
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The plot is tense. The end of the film is still a long way from my perfect ending. The film is ok. I watched it with my other half. The actors performed very well. The filming technique is breathtaking.
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Format: Blu-ray
One of the first movies to be shot completely via blue screen and a joy to behold on blu-ray. With a nod to german expressionism, the shadows and mise-en-scene of 30s/40s Hollywood film noir, and a plot reminiscent of the Flash Gordon/Buck Rodgers adventure serials this is terrific entertainment and a feast for the eyes. The cast are superb; Law and Paltrow recreate a Bogart & Bacall/Tracy & Hepburn-esque love/hate relationship convincingly and with great humour, whilst Jolie has some fun with a stiff-upper lip accent (not easy with her lips!). Director Kerry Conran took four years to make a short black and white trailer for this movie at home on an apple computer to convince Hollywood to get behind this project - thank goodness they did! I am really looking forward to seeing more movies from this cinematography genius.
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Format: Blu-ray
I love this film, its got a great cast, a decent story line and looks fabulous on the screen.

No HD audio but does have DTS sound.

I like all the references to World War 2. Like the design of the film - film noir 40's look. Not alot to fault. Its got lots of action, robots, dinosaurs, rockets, special effects, exposions, planes that turn into submarines, and a older looking version of Captain Scarlet's Cloudbase - Whats not to like?

Will be a blu ray that will be put on regularly.
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Format: VHS Tape
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" represents the triumph of style over substance, the P-40 Tomahawk over mechanical monsters, and computer generated actors over death itself. That last part is actually the tip of an ethical iceberg that has the potential of being the biggest point of contention in Hollywood since Ted Turner broke out his box of crayons and started colorizing black & white classic films. But for now we can just enjoy director-writer Kerry Conran's tribute to both the decade and the serials of the 1930s done with enough digital magic to make going over the rainbow seem like an unnecessary journey.
The story begins in a New York City untouched by either the Great Depression or the madness of Hitler's Nazis. But there is still a Teutonic threat beginning to encroach on the civilized world courtesy of the brilliant, mysterious, and apparently evil Dr. Totenkopf (enjoy the surprise). Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), an intrepid reporter for "The Chronicle," stumbles upon the first significant clue about the good doctor only to be distracted by the legion of giant killer mechanical men walking down the streets of New York City. In defense of the city comes Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), the Sky Captain himself, whose P-40 Tomahawk with its Flying Tiger teeth has been souped up by his sidekick, Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi). Of course Polly and Joe had something in the past, so there is a lot of subtext to her backseat driving as they go merrily along.
In the grand tradition of the Saturday morning serial the hero and his gal get on the trail of the bad machines, fueled by Dex being kidnapped by a mysterious Asian woman (Bai Ling) and helped by a few old friends, most notably Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), the commander of a most unusual British airship.
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