Flight of the Phoenix (Full Screen Edition)
Format: DVDClosed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Extra tracks, NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen
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As superfluous remakes go, Flight of the Phoenix could've been better, and could've been worse. It's a passable popcorn adventure, especially for those unfamiliar with the 1965 original, which starred James Stewart, made headlines for the crash-landing death of stunt-pilot Paul Mantz, and now stands as a minor classic of its era. This flashy remake stars Dennis Quaid in Stewart's role, adds a woman to the list of plane-crash survivors, and showcases Giovanni Ribisi, who gives a cleverly eccentric performance as the model-airplane designer who proposes to rebuild a crashed cargo plane into a single-engine escape from certain death in the remote Gobi desert. Both films are essentially identical, but this remake is somehow less believable (due to shortcuts in a haphazardly written screenplay) and much more spectacular, owing to the advantage of impressive special effects. Otherwise it's a routine dose of survivalist entertainment from the director of Behind Enemy Lines, never convincing enough to be genuinely compelling, but certainly never boring. --Jeff Shannon
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Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Actors: Dennis Quaid Miranda Otto Giovanni Ribisi Tyrese Gibson Tony Curran
Size: 7.1000" x 5.4200"
Weight: 0.1800 lbs.
Language: English, Spanish, English, French, English