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Firestorm (Widescreen)


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  • Actors: Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe, Suzy Amis, Christianne Hirt
  • Directors: Dean Semler
  • Writers: Chris Soth
  • Producers: Doug Metzger, Jeph Loeb, Louise Rosner, Matthew Weisman, Thomas M. Hammel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: Dec 17 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305364419
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,847 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By Michael Butts on March 5 2004
Format: DVD
Sports stars turned actors have never been serious threats at the Academy awards, and big Howie Long is certainly no exception. However, with his buff bod, icy blue eyes and a hint of malevolent humor, he acquits himself quite nicely in this blazing adventure. He plays the news fire chief of the Smoke Jumpers when buddy Scott Glenn is injured in a frightening opening rescue scene. The pyrotechnics in this movie are awesome and heat up the screen (ha ha). Suzy Amis is fun as the ornithologist who just happens to walk into the thick of things; William Forsythe is painfully effective as the cold-hearted killer who offs his prison escapee buddies so he can get all of his 37,000,000 dollars! There are some mind-blowing fire scenes and the firestorm itself is awesome.
A great kickbutt type of movie, and Howie's the man!!!
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By C. A. Luster on Nov. 13 2002
Format: DVD
I don't understand why Howie Long doesn't make more like this. I think he did a fine job. Good perfomances by Scott Glen and William Forsythe as well. Forsythe has being a bad guy down to an art. If you liked action films like "Cliffhanger" with Sylvester Stallone, or "Shoot to Kill" with Tom Berenger you should like this. This is as good as many I have seen by these actors. While fighting a fire a group of convicts escape and Howie must stop them from kidnapping his friends...
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By C. A. Luster on Nov. 13 2002
Format: DVD
I never understood why Howie Long doesn't make more like this. I think he did a fine job. Good perfomances by Scott Glen and William Forsythe as well. Forsythe has bad guys down to an art. If you liked action films like "Cliffhanger" with Sylvester Stallone, "Diehard" with Bruce Willis, "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford, or "Shoot to Kill" with Tom Berenger you should like this. This is as good as many I have seen by these actors. While fighting a fire a group of convicts escape and Howie must stop them from kidnapping his friends. I would say give the critics the axe.
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By Timotee on Nov. 4 2002
Format: DVD
"Firestorm" is one of those movies that can change a person's life. It changed mine. I have so much admiration for fire jumpers now since Howie Long battled those forest fires. Yes. He destroyed bad guys with a chainsaw, an ax and his bare hands. Almost eternal. Too bad Teri Hatcher didn't star in this movie to talk about Radio Shack and irk the honorable individual. Yes. I have been swayed by this cinematic event of the century to tell you about it. This event is charity to the human race. Sagacity!
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By Peter on March 13 2001
Format: VHS Tape
...Firestorm: Blazing Inferno is worth its price. The footage is first person, similar to a newsreporter. It's independently filmed...basically someone with a video camera but at least he kept the camera steady and microphone off. There is no "on scene" narration or sound but there is a general voiceover of what the footage shows. Such as, "The intense winds force the firefighters to retreat to the coast to make their stand. They try to save this building for an hour but abandon the effort when they run out of water and the roof catches fire." An electric guitar music clip plays in the background but fortunately it isn't annoying Heavy Metal or Hard Rock.
The first tape is about the 1993 in Southern California. The footage shows the fire spreading all the way to the coast and talks about its day-to-day progress like a newsreel. It's 27 minutes long.
The second tape focuses on structure fire clips in progress across America and another Southern CA wildfire. This tape is 23 minutes long.
All tapes are edited and shows water being poured on the fire for a few minutes and then the fire as extinguished before moving to the next clip.
Firestorm doesn't show fire fighting procedures, equipment, tactics, battleplan, or interviews with the firefighters and public. It does show the vehicles briefly (but not closeups). Essentially, it's a cameraman who hitched a ride on a firetruck, got off, and filmed from hotspot to hotspot.
Firestorm does convey the sense of power and awe seeing a wildfire. Highly recommended for the low price.
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Format: VHS Tape
FIRESTORM is Howie Long's first film where he is the Marquee star and, and so far the only one. Which may be a good thing. The buff, square-jawed ex-football player and FOX NFL commentator should DEFINITELY stick to bantering with Terry Bradshaw and the rest of his FOX co-workers on Sunday afternoons. Perhaps I was expecting too much of this movie--after all, it is an action flick--but Long only seems to wear one facial expression throughout the movie, and he reads his dialogue like he's watching cue cards off camera. The rest of the cast is little better. Scott Glenn appears in every shot to be thinking "How did I get roped into making this movie?" Suzy Amis' character is pure cliche as the developing romantic interest for Long's character. The only joy to watch is William Forsythe, who seems to be the only one who really seems to enjoy playing his role. He plays bad guys very well--You may remember him as Al Capone during the short-lived syndicated revival of "The Untouchables" TV show a few years ago (Or Maybe not). Of course, the forest fire special effects are spectacular, and they may be the only reason I give the movie two stars instead of one. There's one question that puzzles me: How did two bird's eggs survive intact in an unpadded, unsealed metal case through A) a motorcycle ride over a rough forest floor B) a parachute jump into a river and C) immersion in a forest lake?
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