The Aviator (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
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.
- Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin
- Directors: Martin Scorsese
- Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Run Time: 170 minutes
|Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes |
"Sometimes I truly fear that I... am losing my mind. And if I did it... it would be like flying blind."
|Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn |
Howard Hughes: "You're the tallest woman I have ever met."
Katharine Hepburn: "And all sharp elbows and knees. Beware."
|Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner |
Howard Hughes: "Does that look clean to you?"
Ava Gardner: "Nothing's clean, Howard. But we do our best, right?"
|Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow |
Jean Harlow in Hell's Angels: "Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?"
|Jude Law as Errol Flynn |
Errol Flynn in Captain Blood: "Up the riggings, you monkeys! Break out those sails and watch them fill with the wind that's carrying us all to freedom!"
|Director Martin Scorsese |
"You get a sense of Howard Hughes being Icarus with the wax wings. Those wings were great for a while, but he flies too close to the sun."