OVERVIEW: “One of the most memorable movie-going experiences of the year” (Richard Roeper, “Richard Roeper & The Movies”), the “keenly felt, knuckle-biting drama” (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly) FLIGHT makes its
Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand debut on February 5, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, FLIGHT is directed by renowned filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) and stars the incomparable Denzel Washington in a performance that “will be talked about for years” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) and has earned him Golden Globe®, SAG and Critics’ Choice award nominations. Written by John Gatins, the film tells the story of Whip Whitaker, a commercial airline pilot who miraculously lands a plummeting airplane during a breathtaking sequence described as “the hairiest, scariest, most realistic, and thrilling plane crash in movie history” (Richard Corliss, Time). But despite his heroics, Whip comes under investigation and begins what may be an even more harrowing personal descent. FLIGHT also boasts an exceptional supporting cast including John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo and Brian Geraghty.
FLIGHT will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with UltraViolet™ and compelling special features that take audiences behind-the-scenes to learn about the film’s journey to the screen, how the filmmakers created the terrifying plane crash, and more. In addition, the two-disc set includes highlights from a Q&A panel. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD.
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this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner,
Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline
pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air
catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash,
Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions
than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and
what really happened on that plane?
FILM REVIEW: Famed
Director Robert Zemeckis is at it again with this edgy
material called Flight. Headlining this nerve shattering,
but touching flick about heroism, notoriety and it’s
pitfalls coupled with corporate greed, is Denzel Washington
playing the role of Captain “Whip” Whittaker whose quick
thinking has him hailed as a hero by the media for saving
passenger’s lives when a mid-air disaster strikes. His
short-lived fame swiftly changes when his private life
struggles come to light and he quickly finds himself on the
defensive, for a number of reasons.
Needless to say, Washington‘s
grounded performance is spectacular in scope and unparallel in
depth. He, as one would expect from the veteran multi- Academy
Award winner, maintains the audience’s sympathy without
sugarcoating “Whip’s” nasty side. Zemeckis and Washington
do not seem to be afraid to let Washington’s character be
unlikeable and somewhat repulsive whilst risking the audiences
scorn. They are upfront and extremely candid about the fact that
“Whip” is a terrible husband, father, employee, and friend
with substance abuse as his modus-operandi. It is a very telling
and compelling way to gain the audience’s confidence in the
material and subject matter addressed in the movie.
Supporting cast members such as
Don Cheadle (Traffic) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, 2009) give
some of their best performances to their respective roles as
“Whip’s” lawyer and a union representative, respectively.
However, their talents seem a bit wasted on the characters they
were given and could have been utilized a bit more to spice
things up. In other words, any reasonably good actors could have
been in those roles and gave great performances. It is quite
unfortunate that the duo’s roles were not ‘spiced-up’ a
bit more to take advantage of such talent. Along for the ride
and faring a bit better in her role was notable British actress
Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) playing “Whip’s”
recovering-addict love interest “Nicole.” She is quite
convincing as a strung out drug Fein who falls deeply for the
unstoppable Captain Whittaker. On the other hand, Whittaker’s
drug dealer pal’s role is nailed one hundred and ten percent
by the one and only eclectic John Goodman (Argo, 2012). He makes
his entrance to his opening scenes jamming to the likes of the
Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” terrifically
setting the pace for what’s to come. He is magnificent,
well-placed, and properly utilized in his role… just enough to
give the movie that extra comedic feel that is well received.
substance-abuse drama, with religious references that are
frequent and heavy-handed, largely works in spite of some
‘slow-to-the-point’ parts, thanks to its compelling and
complicated protagonist. I thoroughly enjoyed it and certainly
think that it deserves four out of five stars for great subject
matter and entertainment value.
By Movie-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
English 7.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby
Digital, Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English
Subtitles - English
SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
Origins of Flight
The Making of Flight
Anatomy of a Plane Crash