Final Destination

Final Destination

4.7 31
Director: James Wong

Cast: Devon Sawa, Amanda Detmer, Chad E. Donella

     
 

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New Line has produced an excellent DVD package for James Wong's Final Destination, despite the fact that beyond its novel premise the film is just another teen slasher flick of limited appeal. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the film looks absolutely terrific, maybe as good as home cinema can get. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound is impressive on a more subtleSee more details below

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New Line has produced an excellent DVD package for James Wong's Final Destination, despite the fact that beyond its novel premise the film is just another teen slasher flick of limited appeal. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the film looks absolutely terrific, maybe as good as home cinema can get. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound is impressive on a more subtle level, but is certainly never found wanting. Beyond the so-so theatrical trailer and some DVD-ROM features, there are some fine extras on this disc. Of the two featurettes, the 20-minute study of a real-life psychic is the less interesting, although it may be of real value to anyone interested in the subject. The 13-minute look at test screenings is more compelling, illustrating with humor the enormous bearing they can have on a movie's final edit. This ties in nicely with the inclusion in the deleted scenes section of a strangely sentimental alternate ending, which was passed over after test screenings in favor of the crowd-pleasing ending eventually used. The feature commentary by director Wong, producer Glen Morgan, editor James Coblentz, and (intermittently) writer Jeffrey Reddick is mainly standard fare, but with some good insight and interesting background (apparently Tobey Maguire was the first choice for Devon Sawa's role!). The commentary by Sawa and three of the other cast members is more light-hearted but actually quite dull. A third commentary of sorts is provided on the film's isolated score, with composer Shirley Walker offering a truly fascinating insight into the process of creating music for a motion picture. However silly Final Destination might be as a film, the presentation and content of this DVD are absolutely outstanding.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
A well-crafted nightmare with a hip and charming cast, Final Destination transcends the self-referencing parody infused in many modern-day teen horror films. Alex (Devon Sawa) is a clairvoyant student bound for Paris who, after a disturbing vision of his flight crashing, keeps himself and six others on terra firma only to witness the plane explode during take-off. But the magnificent seven turn out to be not as lucky as originally thought: One by one they are brutally met by their originally intended fate, and only psychic Alex can see it coming. Together with fellow student Clear (Ali Larter), he must beat the clock to outsmart Death's game -- if that's possible. Director/writer team James Wong and Glen Morgan put their experience as X-Files alumni to thrilling use in their feature film debut. Quick cuts are interlaced with suspenseful situations to create twists and turns as thrilling as anything in The Sixth Sense. Time may heal all wounds, but in Final Destination, Death's clock ticks with a vengeance.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
UPC:
0794043506123
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
22,956

Special Features

Widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound; 2.0 stereo Surround; English subtitles and closed captions; Filmmaker commentary by James Wong, Glen Morgan, James Coblentz, and Jeffrey Reddick; Actor commentary by Devon Sawa, Kerr Smith, Kristin Cloke, and Chad E. Donnella; 5.1 isolated score and commentary with composer Shirley Walker; Deleted scenes and alternate ending; Two original documentaries: "Test Screenings" and "Premonitions"; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM features:; "Script to Screen"; Original theatrical website

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Devon Sawa Alex Browning
Amanda Detmer Terry Chaney
Chad E. Donella Tod Waggner
Ali Larter Clear Rivers
Daniel Roebuck Agent Weine
Kristen Cloke Valerie Lewton
Seann William Scott Billy Hitchcock
Kerr Smith Carter Horton
Roger Guenveur Smith Agent Schreck
Tony Todd Bludworth
Forbes Angus Larry Murnau
Peter Atherton Student Singer
Lisa Caruk Christa Marsh
Christine Chatelain Blake Dreyer
Guy Fauchon Hare Krishna
Brendan Fehr George Waggner
Larry Gilman Mr. Waggner
Marrett Green TV News Anchor
John Hainsworth Minister
Mark Holden Co-pilot
P. Lynn Johnson Mrs. Waggner
Fred Keating Howard Seigel
Kristina Matistic Reporter
Nicole Robert Ticket Clerk
Randy Stone Flight Attendant
Barbara Tyson Barbara Browning
Robert Wisden Ken Browning
Shirley Walker Conductor

Technical Credits
James Wong Director,Screenwriter
John Alvarez Set Decoration/Design
Eric Batut Sound Mixer
Chris Bender Associate Producer
Richard Brener Executive Producer
James Coblentz Editor
Brent Crowell Asst. Director
Mary Eilts Production Manager
Jack Hardy Asst. Director
Willie Heslup Art Director
Casey Hotchkiss Camera Operator
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Peter McIennan Camera Operator
Robert McLachlan Cinematographer
Glen Morgan Producer,Screenwriter
Shirley Papsidera Casting
John Papsidera Casting
Craig Perry Producer
Ron Precious Camera Operator
Jeffrey Reddick Original Story,Screenwriter
Roger Scott Russell Asst. Director
Art Schaefer Co-producer
Terry Sonderhoff Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Anneke Van Oort Set Decoration/Design
Shirley Walker Score Composer
Geoff Wallace Set Decoration/Design
John Willett Production Designer
Brian Witten Executive Producer
Jori Woodman Casting,Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Wrinch Camera Operator
Warren Zide Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [3:00]
2. Flight 180 [6:46]
3. Departure [5:53]
4. Early Exit [3:59]
5. "I Didn't Cause This." [7:10]
6. Memorial [4:49]
7. Tod [7:09]
8. A Visit With Clear [3:08]
9. Death's Design [3:56]
10. Signs [3:30]
11. Path of Destruction [2:09]
12. Miss Lewton [10:27]
13. Looking for Alex [4:35]
14. "Who's Next?" [7:37]
15. Safe House [3:16]
16. Alex's Revelation [2:39]
17. Race Against Death [7:22]
18. 6 Months Later [4:43]
19. End Credits [5:43]

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