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The Aviator / L'Aviateur (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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From Hollywood's legendary Cocoanut Grove to the pioneering conquest of the wild blue yonder, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator celebrates old-school filmmaking at its finest. We say "old school" only because Scorsese's love of golden-age Hollywood is evident in his approach to his subject--Howard Hughes in his prime (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in his)--and especially in his technical mastery of the medium reflecting his love for classical filmmaking of the studio era. Even when he's using state-of-the-art digital trickery for the film's exciting flight scenes (including one of the most spectacular crashes ever filmed), Scorsese's meticulous attention to art direction and costume design suggests an impassioned pursuit of craftsmanship from a bygone era; every frame seems to glow with gilded detail. And while DiCaprio bears little physical resemblance to Hughes during the film's 20-year span (late 1920s to late '40s), he efficiently captures the eccentric millionaire's golden-boy essence, and his tragic descent into obsessive-compulsive seclusion. Bolstered by Cate Blanchett's uncannily accurate portrayal of Katharine Hepburn as Hughes' most beloved lover, The Aviator is easily Scorsese's most accessible film, inviting mainstream popularity without compromising Scorsese's artistic reputation. As compelling crowd-pleasers go, it's a class act from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features
In his commentary track, director Martin Scorsese offers his own impressions of Howard Hughes and rattles off his memories of experiencing Hughes's films. He mentions how he made Cate Blanchett watch every Katharine Hepburn film from the '30s on the big screen, and observes that Kate Beckinsale had "a real sense of the stature of a Hollywood goddess." But in general he doesn't talk much about the craft of making the film. That area is covered better by editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who also appears on the commentary track, and producer Michael Mann makes a few appearances (all were recorded separately). The picture is brilliant, but the 5.1 sound is not as aggressive in the rear speakers and subwoofer as one might expect, other than some nice surround effects in the Hell's Angels flying sequence.

The second disc collects almost three hours of features. There's one unnecessary deleted scene, and an 11-minute making-of featurette that's basically the cast and director heaping praise on each other. More interesting are the short featurettes on visual effects (including the XF-11 scene, of course), production design, costumes, hair and makeup, and score, and Loudon Wainwright discusses his and his children's musical performances. Historical perspective is provided by spotlights on Hughes's role in aviation and his obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a 43-minute Hughes documentary from the History Channel (part of the Modern Marvels series, it focuses on his mechanical innovations and spends less than a minute on his movies). More unusual are DiCaprio and Scorsese's appearance on an OCD panel, and a half-hour interview segment DiCaprio did with Alan Alda. --David Horiuchi

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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie Feb. 4 2014
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i really enjoyed this movie...leonardo dicaprio did a great job playing howard hughes. you couldnt help but feel
sorry for howard hughes. kate blanchett did an ok job playing kate hepburn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hughes the Visionary Oct. 2 2013
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An incredible story about a creative inventor mathematics genius, who put his perfectionism and passion into creating aviation wonders; he set into motion qualities that continue to be paradigm in today's technology formats. He also applied his visions to the film industry. A visionary genius, yet struggling with a mental disorder. His germaphobia began with his mother insisting on cleansing routines. She was trying to protect him from dying due to illnesses prevalent at that time, and lack of medical knowledge. Also, little was know how to assist people suffering mental anguish.

The actors are fabulous under Martin Scorsese's tutelage... The extras DVD is very informative, teaching us another side of Howard Hughes, and how the actors reflected the characters, especially Leonardo applying himself to become Hughes. I love the time periods 1920-30-40-50s, the people, costumes, and sets, draw us into the movie. We feel compassion for Howard Hughes who became an eccentric recluse to maintain his privacy and hide his mental struggles, especially from the obtrusive press.

For those who appreciate Aviation, and those who appreciate character movies, I recommend this DVD. It's living art, based on life and realities of those years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The aviator Feb. 13 2013
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This movie is too long and a bit boring--I wouldnt recommend it to anyone under 30 years of age even if they were my best friend
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sky Has No Limit May 1 2009
Quite possibly one of Leonardo Di Caprio's strongest performances proving once again that no shoes are too big to fill as he takes on the role of Howard Hughes, one of the great pioneers in modern aviation. Based on actual events, this bio-pic captures the essence of an unrelenting and at times eccentric business tycoon for whom the sky literally had no limit. Cate Blanchett also notably appears opposite to Di Caprio as silver screen icon, Katharine Hepburn, who, among several other Hollywood starlets at that time, was Mr. Hughes' on-and-off again love-interest and female companion. Of course, it almost goes without saying that the high-flying scenes throughout the film especially in high definition are spectacular while set and costume designs recreate and bring to life Hollywood's heyday in vibrant, uncompromising fashion. Two thumbs up - way up!
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