Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Director: John Hughes

Cast: John Hughes, Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins

     
 

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Though Paramount didn't go out of its way with this DVD of John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles, what they did do has some merit. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is the highlight of the disc. While it's certainly not, by any stretch of the imagination, reference quality, the picture still stands on its own. The earthy shades are captured pleasingly andSee more details below

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Though Paramount didn't go out of its way with this DVD of John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles, what they did do has some merit. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is the highlight of the disc. While it's certainly not, by any stretch of the imagination, reference quality, the picture still stands on its own. The earthy shades are captured pleasingly and skin tones always seem to be right on target. Black levels also look correct, as they are dense, but don't overtake the scene. It's not a film that's overly filled with color and the transfer reproduces that splendidly. The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, though expectedly centered more up front for the majority of the film, does have moments where the surrounds are used effectively. Specifically, Hughes use of music livens up the audio. What's disappointing is the lack of supplements. Even Ferris Bueller's Day Off had a commentary track from the director, but here, nothing -- not even the seemingly obligatory trailer. It's a shame, because even though the movie does stand on its own, so much more could be said about this film in one way or another.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Planes, Trains and Automobiles was promoted as teen movie guru John Hughes' first "adult" comedy, but the film maintains the same warm-hearted, absurdist humor that made his high-school fare so enjoyable. Hughes is adept at capturing the ridiculousness of everyday life and the often surreal nature of interpersonal contact. As with 1984's Sixteen Candles, the film is about the fight for peace and sanity in a world designed to thwart people; the locker rooms and detention halls have just been replaced with cheerily evil airport ticket agents and schizophrenic hotel showers. Steve Martin is perfectly cast as the frustrated, screaming Everyman, and John Candy gives one of his most endearing performances as his incorrigible but ultimately endearing traveling companion.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
UPC:
0097363203643
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Neal Page
John Candy Del Griffith
Laila Robins Susan Page
William Windom Bryant (uncredited)
Michael McKean State Trooper
Kevin Bacon Taxi racer
Dylan Baker Owen
Carol Bruce Joy Page
Olivia Burnette Marti
Diana Douglas Peg
Martin Ferrero Motel Clerk
Richard Herd Walt
Edie McClurg Car Rental Agent
George Petrie Martin Page
Gary Riley Motel Thief
Charles Tyner Gus
Larry Hankin Doubie
Susan Isaacs Marie
Lulie Newcomb Owen's Wife
John Randolph Jones Cab Dispatcher
Nicholas Wyman New York Lawyer
Gaetano Lisi Cab Driver - New York
Diana Castle Stewardess
Bill Erwin Man on Plane
Ruth de Sosa New York Ticket Agent
Ben Stein Wichita Airport Rep
Grant Forsberg Brand Manager
Gary Palmer Pilot
John Moio Screaming Driver
Victoria Vanderkloot Screaming Driver's Wife
Lyman Ward John (uncredited)
Matthew Lawrence Little Neal Page

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Anderson Asst. Director
Adam Bernardi Editor
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Bill Brown Associate Producer
Michael Chinich Executive Producer
John W. Corso Production Designer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Harold Michelson Art Director
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Mark A. Radcliffe Asst. Director
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Gotta Go [2:41]
2. Taxi Chase [4:27]
3. Blabbermouth [5:02]
4. Snow Job [2:49]
5. Dooby's Taxiola [2:27]
6. Room for Two [2:39]
7. Pillow Talk [7:41]
8. Back In Baby's Arms [4:24]
9. A Real Tropper [3:33]
10. Derailed [3:30]
11. Busted [2:25]
12. Rings [1:24]
13. Splitting Up [2:21]
14. Stranded [4:11]
15. A Helping Hand [1:31]
16. On The Road [4:15]
17. Doin' The Mess Around [1:32]
18. Stuck Behind The Wheel [2:12]
19. Going The Wrong Way [2:33]
20. Hot Seat [4:57]
21. Money To Burn [2:47]
22. Good Combo [5:36]
23. Not Fit For The Road [3:32]
24. Cold Cargo [1:44]
25. Happy Holidays [4:18]
26. Coming Home [2:14]
27. End Credits [5:26]

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