Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

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Director: John Moore, John Moore

Cast: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson

     
 

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Twentieth Century Fox's saber-rattling actioner comes to DVD in a fairly solid package. The picture looks great, presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer, preserving the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The color is crisp and clear, with solid black level and natural-looking tones throughout. The sound is most impressive, being offered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There is… See more details below

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Twentieth Century Fox's saber-rattling actioner comes to DVD in a fairly solid package. The picture looks great, presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer, preserving the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The color is crisp and clear, with solid black level and natural-looking tones throughout. The sound is most impressive, being offered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There is great use of surround, most notably during the sequence in which two fighter pilots are forced to eject. Extras are somewhat slim, but what's there is worth having. There are two commentary tracks, the first from director John Moore and editor Paul Martin Smith and the second from producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey. Additionally, the disc provides a number of extended and deleted scenes. Many of these were cut in order to give the film a PG-13 rating, and a warning from Fox to that effect is provided. Also included is a six-minute featurette and a look at the creation of the aforementioned ejection sequence using storyboards. Lastly, while there is no trailer for the film itself, the DVD does feature a trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming film Minority Report. All in all, this is a well-done DVD edition, particularly for the excellent image transfer and muscular sound design.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
A realistically staged war drama that provides rousing entertainment without falling back on stock characters or jingoistic platitudes, Behind Enemy Lines is both gritty and suspenseful. It’s also a showcase for Owen Wilson, heretofore associated primarily with comedies. He’s unexpectedly sympathetic as Chris Burnett, a cocky naval aviator bored with uneventful reconnaissance missions. One such foray over war-torn Bosnia ends with Chris being shot down and pursued by enemy soldiers, and he’s left to fend for himself in hostile territory while his tough-as-nails commanding officer, Reigert (Gene Hackman), mounts a rescue effort. The script allows tensions to escalate along parallel lines: Wilson’s attempt to stay ahead of his pursuers becomes increasingly desperate, and Hackman is frustrated by the necessity of securing clearance for his politically sensitive incursion. Director John Moore (He Shoots, He Scores) limns the Bosnian conflict in harrowing detail, and the atrocities he pictures will certainly unsettle some viewers. But what makes Behind Enemy Lines so entertaining is the story’s underlying reinforcement of the American military’s dedication and resolve. In a commentary for the DVD, Moore and producers John Davis and Wick Godfrey explain the challenges they faced in getting the film made. The disc also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and three deleted scenes.
New York Times
Provides about as intense an immersion in military ambience as a Hollywood movie could hope to provide in just over 90 minutes. Stephen Holden
New York Post
A slickly entertaining war movie that's sometimes striking, sometimes silly -- but never, ever boring. Lou Lumenick

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
UPC:
0024543038030
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
11,930

Special Features

Full-length commentary by director John Moore and editor Martin Smith; Full-length commentary by producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey; Extended/deleted scenes with optional commentary; Behin-the-scenes featurette & more; Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 5.1 DTS, English 5.1 dolby surround, Spanish dolby surround; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Reigart
Owen Wilson Lt. Chris Burnett
Gabriel Macht Stackhouse
Charles Malik Whitfield Rodway
Joaquim de Almeida Piquet
David Keith O'Malley
Olek Krupa Lokar
Vladimir Mashkov Tracker
Marko Ogonda Bazda

Technical Credits
John Moore Director
John Moore Director
Stephanie Austin Executive Producer
Craig Berkey Set Decoration/Design
T. Alex Blum Co-producer
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
John Davis Producer
Don Davis Score Composer
Brendan Galvin Cinematographer
Wyck Godfrey Executive Producer
Zak Penn Screenwriter
Paul Martin Smith Editor
John Thomas Original Story
James Thomas Original Story
David Veloz Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Behind Enemy Lines
1. Cease Fire (Main Titles) [5:47]
2. A Fragile Treaty [3:05]
3. The Letter [4:01]
4. Christmas Reconnaissance [1:11]
5. Eyes in the Sky [2:06]
6. Sam Attack [2:48]
7. Bailout [2:41]
8. Archangel Down [2:32]
9. The Executioners [:46]
10. Calling for Help [3:49]
11. Stand Down [5:03]
12. Prey [:43]
13. Evade and Survive [2:13]
14. Dead Man [1:51]
15. A Complicated Situation [1:33]
16. The Minefield [1:52]
17. Five Clicks More [1:37]
18. Piquet Takes Over [3:58]
19. The Muslims [4:46]
20. Hell in Hac [1:43]
21. Mission Scrubbed [3:46]
22. Burnett's Choice [:58]
23. The Homing Beacon [3:34]
24. One Step From Death [1:04]
25. Duel [4:44]
26. Battleground [:05]
27. A Change of Heart [6:47]
28. Epilogue/End Titles [4:35]

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