Flight of the Phoenix (DVD, 2005, English Full Screen Version)
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- kjwildmanFeb 04, 2009by
Decent remake of a Great Jimmy Stewart Film
If you have ever seen the original, you will be underwhelmed be this film. Don't get me wrong, this is a good film! Dennis Quaid, a fantastic actor, does a great job as the lead character, the pilot. Hugh Laurie, one of my favorites, and an extremely versatile actor, turns in a yeoman performance. The story is good, and sticks fairly close to the original, a true blessing! The problem is, one has to wonder why this film was necessary. In my mind, If your going to do a remake, you need to make it better, or at least, offer the viewer something to make it remembered above or beyond the original. A prime example would be "The Fly". Same basic premise as the original, but updated and fresh, so as not to draw direct comparison. Both were great movies, (though I'm still a fan of the original), alike, and yet vastly different, but both quality movies. Unlike "House on Haunted Hill" that kept the same premise, in a totally different story, like "The Fly", but the remake was a really bad story, and as such a really bad movie. "The flight of the Phoenix" was basically the same story, thus enjoyable, but how do you propose to out perform the cast of the original? James Stewart, Sir Richard Attenborogh, Peter Finch, Ernest Borgnine, and George Kennedy. So many stars, George Kennedy, a major star in his own right, barely got creditis, and was almost like an extra. Virtually the same story, Inferior cast compared to the original, and really, no great improvement in cinematography, or effects. Like most copies, they are never as good as the original.
If you haven't seen either one, then you will find this an enjoyable film, and well worth watching, but I urge you to then see the original, ot to forgo this altogether, and just see the original. If you have seen the original, don't waste your time, re watch the original, and have a great night with a great movie
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- awareadamsJul 12, 2009by
Flight of the Phoenix
This gives a full screen to those of us who prefer this picture: BUT this portrayal pales by comparison to the Jimmy Stewart version. It's just no match for Stewart's; and all I do when watching this full screeener is wish I were watching the other one.
Compare yourself: story and happenings are changed from Steward, they are less real, and its just "NO GOOD".
- mac-airSep 12, 2012by
A Remake that makes the grade
one of the best movies in our collection..Most movie "Remakes" don't really make it..But this one definitely does. I have the original with James Stewart as the lead character. What we do is watch the first one and then the Remake. If you like this one, you need to buy the original..you won't be disappointed.
- 4ec9325fba69c42...Dec 30, 2006by
Flight of the Phoenix
I really enjoyed this movie. The actors are well chosen, all play their parts great.
Dennis Quaid plays a pilot who has to pick up an oil rig team in the middle of the Gobi Desert. But things start to go wrong and he has to crash land in the desert. They hold out hope that someone will find them, but a mechanic believes he can design a new plane from the wreckage. They begin building it, but they have to be careful to ration the remaining food and water properly. They have to also deal with sandstorms and some murderous desert raiders along the way.
The cast is: Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Miranda Otto, and Giovanni Ribisi.
A definite must have.
- shelleclic-0Jan 05, 2016by
received very quickly, in time for my grandson to get for Christmas. thank you
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