could make a new plane"
closing an exploratory oil drilling station in the Mongolian desert, pilot Frank
Towns (Quaid) is flying the crew of the rig back to civilisation when they are
confronted by a huge sandstorm. Consumed by the storm, the plane is forced to
make an emergency landing but the crash leads to loss of the radio antenna and
the lives of three of the crew. The survivors find themselves stranded in the
middle of the desert, one hundred miles from safety and no hope of rescue. Thinking
everything is lost, one of the survivors comes up with a plan to build a new plane
out of the wreckage.
lack of imagination continues as another remake flies onto the silver screen but
can 'Flight of the Phoenix' update the 1965 original?
to follow a movie that is considered a classic and starred Hollywood legends James
Stewart and Richard Attenborough is always going to be a difficult task but this
version of the film might not have the same star power but it is still quite entertaining.
At its heart, 'Flight of the Phoenix' is a story about the enduring power of the
human spirit and this is what drives both films, making it so watchable.
you will know the names of many of the cast, there is no superstar here to hog
the limelight and the film benefits from it. This is an ensemble cast with each
character playing their part and nobody really have the lion share of the lines.
The regeneration of Dennis Quaid's career continues as he steps into the extremely
large shoes of James Stewart to play pilot Frank Towns. This is a good role for
Quaid as he shows his leadership qualities as well as doubt the character feels
about been rescued. Giovanni Ribisi is always an actor worth watching and as Elliott,
the man who comes up with the plane-rebuilding plan, he creates a character that
is both secretive and obsessed. Tyrese continues to move into movies and away
from his music with only fine performance. His character doesn't really have a
lot to do but he has a good screen presence that makes the role more noticeable.
Miranda Otto leaves her 'Lord of the Rings' role behind her to make inroads into
Hollywood with another good performance. As the lone female character, Kelly,
you might have expected her to be the love interest for Quaid but she is a strong
female character that has just as much to contribute to the situation as the men.
There are also good performances from Hugh Laurie, Jacob Vargas and Tony Curran.
The crash sequence that sets the scene for the movie is spectacular.
Performance and special effects combine to produce and exhilarating experience
for the viewer. You feel like you are thrown into the sand storm along with the
crew as the director and his team really raise the tension of the situation and
the sheer peril of a plane crash.
You have to wonder why Hollywood
can't come up with any new ideas lately and why they feel that they have to remake
films that are already considered extremely good but 'Flight of the Phoenix' is
still a good watch. It is the ensemble cast that make the movie more watchable
than it could have been. The story about the will to survive is an enduring one
and will keep you captivated while you wait to see if the Phoenix will actually
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, the movie is presented extremely well.
Commentary by John Moore, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey and Patrick Lamb
The director, producers and production designer come together to offer
a very frank and informative commentary track for the big budget remake.
While never really justifying why the film needed to be remade, the group
do cover all aspects of the film production, talking about the Namibia
location, the script changes and the cast. They also reveal how the desert
shoot brought the cast and crew together, forging real friendship and
making the cast a true ensemble. This is a good track that really takes
you inside the making of a big budget movie.
The Phoenix Diaries (41.58 mins)
During the 28-day Namibia shoot, various members of the cast and crew
were given video cameras to record their own experiences during the making
of 'Flight of the Phoenix'. So instead of your usual collection of behind
the scenes footage and staged, promotional interviews, this featurette
gives you unrestricted and uncensored access to the production. Now we
see the many of the hardships the cast and crew when through filming in
an inhospitable place, the camaraderie between cast members and crew,
how the stars hated the on set interviews with the press and the filming
of many of the major sequences of the movie. This is a more honest account
of the making of a major motion picture than you will ever see.
Extended Scenes (9.51 mins)
Entitled 'Biplane', 'No One gets left behind', 'After the storm' and 'Pursuit/Extended
Ending', these are extended sequences from the movie that ended up on
the cutting room floor. Strangely there is no commentary track companying
these scenes, even though the deleted scene has one.
Deleted Scenes (4.55 mins)
With optional commentary by director John Moore and production designer
Patrick Lamb, these two deleted scenes entitled 'After the crash' and
'We're drinking too much water' are well acted scenes but the commentary
explains why they didn't make the final cut.
Previews of '24: Season 4', 'Elektra', 'House of Flying Daggers', 'Mr
and Mrs Smith' and 'Kingdom of Heaven'
Fox has produced another good DVD that will really please fans of the
movie. The commentary track and deleted/extended scenes are good but it
is the excellent featurette that is the real gem of the disc, offering
a fascinating look into the production of the film.
of the Phoenix (1965)
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