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Flight of the Navigator

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Overview

A strange disappearance leaves a young boy with vast knowledge of the universe in Disney DVD's release of the children's sci-fi classic Flight of the Navigator. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and offering audio in English Dolby Digital Surround, this release also offers optional French and Spanish subtitles. Unfortunately, this disc does not include any bonus features whatsoever.
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Overview

A strange disappearance leaves a young boy with vast knowledge of the universe in Disney DVD's release of the children's sci-fi classic Flight of the Navigator. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and offering audio in English Dolby Digital Surround, this release also offers optional French and Spanish subtitles. Unfortunately, this disc does not include any bonus features whatsoever.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; French and Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Poised for discovery, this underappreciated 1986 Disney live-action fantasy is literally out of this world. Joey Cramer brings down-to-earth charm and genuine emotion to his role as 12-year-old David, who has the usual adolescent troubles, including an unrequited crush and an annoying little brother. One night, in 1978, while chasing his prank-playing brother through the woods, he falls and is knocked unconscious. When David comes to and returns home, he has a Twilight Zone moment, as a strange family seems to have moved in. The year, he discovers, is now 1986. He is reunited with his family, who thought he was dead (his little brother is now 18!). Where has David been for the past eight years? Why hasn't he aged? Who is the voice in his head calling to him? How is his brain able to communicate with NASA's computer? The answer lies in a crash-landed spaceship that David, with the help of robot pilot Max (voiced by Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Rubens), will attempt to fly back to 1978. Director Randal Kleiser (Grease) channels his inner Spielberg for this E.T.-like adventure that is exciting, funny, and ultimately moving. This is a Flight well worth taking.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
After the box-office and critical success of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a lot of fantasy adventures about kids and space appeared in theaters in the '80s (such as Explorers, D.A.R.Y.L., and Spacecamp). Disney's Flight of the Navigator is no exception, borrowing the plot of a put-upon kid befriending an alien life form; in this case, it's a flying spaceship named MAX, voiced by Paul Reubens. Director Randal Kleiser doesn't hide the similarities to E.T., even using the phrase "phone home" in the dialogue. The story begins in an interesting direction like an episode of the Twilight Zone, then it quickly falls into place with the other '80s sci-fi kids movies, complete with a space adventure that causes the young boy to gain confidence and return to the loving acceptance of his traditional American family. The special effects and flying scenes are standard fare, a bit repetitive, but mostly just harmless fun for youngsters. Lighthearted and not very emotionally resonant, Flight of the Navigator may be memorable for fans of Sarah Jessica Parker, who appears in a brief role.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • UPC: 786936233612
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,646

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joey Cramer David Freeman
Veronica Cartwright Helen Freeman
Cliff De Young Bill Freeman
Sarah Jessica Parker Carolyn McAdams
Matt Adler Jeff Freeman at Age 16
Howard Hesseman Dr. Faraday
Robert Small Troy
Albie Whitaker Jeff Freeman at Age 8
Fritz Braumer NASA Technician
Tony Calvino Agent
Gizelle Elliot Female Technician
Raymond Forchion Detective Banks
Bruce Laks Buxby
Peter Lundquist Newscaster
Rusty Pouch Gas Station Attendant
Chase Randolph Lt. King
Butch Raymond Hangar Guard
Arnie Ross NASA Technician
Michael Strano Technician
Bob Strickland Control Room Guard
Jonathan Sanger Dr. Carr
Iris Acker Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty Mr. Howard
John Archie Agent
Ted Bartsch Night Guard Brayton
Jill Beach Newscaster
Michael Brockman Control Room Guard
Parris Buckner Scientist
Cynthia Caquelin Woman Officer
Debbie Casperson Radar Technician
Brigid Cleary Technician
Louis Cutolo Radar Technician
Kenny Davis Kid in Mustang
Robert Goodman Tourist Man
Philip Hoelcher NASA Officer
Julio Oscar Mechoso Hangar Guard
Ryan Murray Tourist Child
Robyn Peterson Scientist
Keri Rogers Jennifer Bradley
Tony Tracy Observation Guard
Paul Reubens Max
Technical Credits
Randal Kleiser Director
Mark H. Baker Original Story
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
Petter Borgli Special Effects
Michael Burton Screenwriter
Mary Lou Byrd Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Creber Production Designer
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Peter Donen Special Effects
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
James Glennon Cinematographer
Arthur Goldblatt Makeup
Jeff Gourson Editor
Craig Haagensen Camera Operator
Malcolm R. Harding Co-producer
John Hill Screenwriter
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Scott Jacobson Set Decoration/Design
David Joseph Co-producer
Matt MacManus Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Valorie Massalas Casting
Michael Novotny Art Director
Jonathan Sanger Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Douglas Day Stewart Screenwriter
Dimitri Villard Producer
Robby Wald Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Family Life [7:12]
2. The Wrong House [14:32]
3. Contact [7:31]
4. Nasa [10:38]
5. Returning to the Ship [12:00]
6. First-Class Maneuver [10:07]
7. Mind Transfer [5:30]
8. The Long Way Back [13:25]
9. Going Home/End Credits [8:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Scene Selection
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      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    still awesome

    Rather than a start-to-finish narrative, Navigator drops you in the middle of the story and keeps you guessing as the story proceeds. The plot is fantastic and I love the man-meets-alien story. Of course, when the man is a adolescent boy, you know things are going to be funny. The disco alien is hilarious as is the scene where they have to stop for directions at a gas station...in a UFO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Flight of the Navigator

    Absolutely love this movie! Charming, Funny and very uplifting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mysterious at first

    I first saw this movie when it aired on national TV. The entire first half is a huge mystery, as the main character wakes up from a fall several years into the future, where his family has aged and moved to a new home. The main character hasn't aged a day, and when he is taken to the doctor, David seems to be communicating with computers without any knowledge of doing so. His head appears to be filled with star charts of galaxies that humans have no knowledge of. At the same time, an alien craft has crashed and taken in by the government for testing. Great movie and is underrated. Features a younger Jessica Parker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Childhood Favorite

    I first saw this movie on the Wonderful World of Disney and was recently reaquainted with the title. For a movie out of the eighties it is graphically awesome. More people should show this to their bickering children.

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