The Aviator / Million Dollar Baby

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With one of the 20th century’s most colorful characters as his subject, director Martin Scorsese has turned out an unusually compelling biography that, like many of its kind, generates tremendous interest while ignoring or distorting portions of the historical record. Scorsese’s portrait of maverick tycoon/filmmaker/aviator Howard Hughes played convincingly by a seemingly miscast Leonardo DiCaprio is accurate in a “big picture” sense, ...
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Aviator; ; Disc 1: Movie; Commentary by Martin Scorsese; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Disc 2: Special Features; Additional scene; Get into the cockpit with fabulous documentaries on Howard Hughes and the filmmakers at work: ; Making the Aviator; The role of Howard Hughes in aviation history; Modern marvels: Howard Hughes, a history channel documentary; The affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive-compulsive disorder; The visual effects of the Aviator; Constructing The Aviator; Costuming and scroing The Aviator; The Aviator and the age of glamour ; An eventing with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda; ; Million Dollar Baby; ; Disc 1: Movie; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; (Feature film only); Disc 2: Special Features; James Lipton takes on three: Roundtable with Clint Eastwood< Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and moderator James Lipton; Born to fight: Examines the parallels of the movie to real-life boxer Lucia Rijker; Producers round 15: Behind the scenes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With one of the 20th century’s most colorful characters as his subject, director Martin Scorsese has turned out an unusually compelling biography that, like many of its kind, generates tremendous interest while ignoring or distorting portions of the historical record. Scorsese’s portrait of maverick tycoon/filmmaker/aviator Howard Hughes played convincingly by a seemingly miscast Leonardo DiCaprio is accurate in a “big picture” sense, even to its unstated but strongly implied attribution of Hughes’s legendary eccentricities to an undiagnosed case of what we know today as obsessive-compulsive disorder. And it certainly presents thrilling re-creations of his aerial adventures, which included setting a new airspeed record in 1935, crashing an experimental spy plane in 1946, and getting his mammoth flying boat -- derisively nicknamed “the Spruce Goose” -- airborne in 1947. But the film plays fast and loose with many other aspects of Hughes’s amazing life; for example, it completely ignores his ill-fated first marriage, which was well underway during the three-year production of Hell’s Angels dramatized in Aviator’s first act. It also disregards his torrid affair with then-famous actress Billie Dove and overlooks his lengthy, close friendship with actor Cary Grant. Still, Scorsese does a magnificent job of depicting the wild-and-woolly Hollywood of the late silent and early sound years, vividly recreating the bacchanalian atmosphere of such famous nightspots as the Coconut Grove. Hughes’s lengthy and improbable romance with Katharine Hepburn Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-winning performance gets expansive treatment, as does his on-again, off-again fling with glamorous Ava Gardner Kate Beckinsale. Critics and viewers caught up in the Hollywood sections of the film were less impressed with its last hour, in which a clearly disturbed Hughes, his mental illness exacerbated by head injuries sustained in the 1946 crash, fights for both his sanity and his business. But the tycoon’s memorable showdown with Senator Owen Brewster Alan Alda, the culmination of Senate hearings called to investigate mismanagement of government funds by Hughes Aircraft during World War II, is a bravura climax that showcases The Aviator’s exceptional writing, directing, acting, and editing. Nearly three hours in length, the film has a few tedious stretches, but Scorsese achieves the heights he's aiming for -- a truly soaring cinematic experience.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Academy Award winner for Best Picture of 2004 represents yet another triumph for Clint Eastwood, the former western star who has become one of Hollywood’s most talented and celebrated filmmakers. We can’t really do justice to Million Dollar Baby with a brief synopsis because, frankly, on paper it doesn’t seem particularly unique or innovative. Eastwood plays the grizzled owner of a rundown gym and the trainer of an up-and-coming boxer who has just abandoned him in favor of more aggressive management. Along comes Hilary Swank, a trailer-trash waitress determined to become a fighter. She hasn’t got a thing going for her except a burning desire, but that’s enough to make Clint believe the girl might be worth handling. You might think this has the making of a fairly routine rags-to-riches story, and to an extent you’d be right. But Eastwood the director -- prompted, of course, by Paul Haggis' superb script adapted from F. X. Toole’s short-story collection Rope Burns -- throws his viewers a surprise roundhouse punch in the movie’s second half, turning a seemingly predictable ring yarn into an intensely gripping drama. The carefully limned relationship between this gravel-voiced old trainer and his hardworking protégée carries the story over some pretty rugged, melodramatic terrain, but it remains firmly rooted in the expertly crafted characterizations of Eastwood, Swank, and Morgan Freeman quietly effective as a washed-up fighter who toils in the gym. The dialogue is terse, and hardly a line is spoken that isn’t necessary. Eastwood’s lean and unpretentious direction advances the story without calling attention to its improbabilities; he richly deserves the additional Oscar he won for wielding the megaphone. The same can be said of Swank, whose own modest upbringing informed her portrayal of the ambitious young wannabe who chooses a sweaty old gymnasium to home and hearth because she wants nothing as much as success in the ring. Very much deserving of all the honors heaped upon it, Million Dollar Baby is one of those rare movies that will crawl inside your head and burrow its way into your memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • UPC: 012569769496
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 5:02:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Clint Eastwood Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Aviator
1. Young Howard [2:18]
2. "Welcome to Hollywood" Hell's Angels Year One [8:15]
3. Hell's Angels Year Two [6:58]
4. Hell's Angels Year Three [4:04]
5. "Howard Hughes' $4 Million Epic" [5:04]
6. "Follow-Through Is Everything in Golf, Just Like Life" [3:38]
7. "TWA.."Tiger by the Tail" [2:18]
8. "I'm Sure You Know Errol" [4:31]
9. Teaching Kate to Fly [4:55]
10. H-1 Racer, Breaking the World Speed Record [5:20]
11. Letting Kate In [5:13]
12. Around the World in Four Days [1:31]
13. "Don't Worry About It Howard, She's Just Working the Room" [3:43]
14. Visiting the Hepburn Estate [5:30]
15. MPAA Outlaws Mammaries [4:43]
16. Selling the Hercules [1:07]
17. "There's Too Much Howard Hughes in Howard Hughes" [3:18]
18. The Constellation [3:22]
19. "We're Too Alike, You and I" [5:13]
20. Faith Domergue [1:44]
21. "Kill the Story" Burying the Hepburn-Tracy Scandal [6:45]
22. Ava Gardner [3:02]
23. "Show Me All the Blueprints, Show Me All the Blueprints" [2:57]
24. XF-11, Inaugural Flight and Crash [5:32]
25. Flowers From Juan Tripp [6:27]
26. Government Investigation [4:24]
27. Q-U-A-R-A-N-T-I-N-E [11:10]
28. The Germ-Free Zone [13:57]
29. Brewster Senate Hearings [4:36]
30. The Flying Boat [7:54]
31. "The Way of the Future, The Way of the Future" [9:41]
32. End Credits [4:02]
Disc #3 -- Million Dollar Baby
1. The Best Cut Man [2:57]
2. God Dialogues [3:41]
3. Hit Pit Gym [3:45]
4. Who's Your New Girl? [3:47]
5. After-Hours Advice [3:27]
6. Keep the Bag [5:23]
7. Gotta Leave You [2:13]
8. Say That in Gaelic [3:46]
9. Backwards [2:47]
10. Frankie's Terms [5:17]
11. To Make a Fighter [5:08]
12. My Fighter [3:33]
13. Too Many Holes [2:50]
14. Who's Boss [2:56]
15. Wounds [4:18]
16. Good Offers [3:18]
17. Scrap's 109th Fight [3:29]
18. Return to Sender [3:34]
19. Mo Cuishle Triumphant [3:42]
20. Fight Talk [2:35]
21. Vistiting the Family [4:04]
22. The Best Lemon Pie [2:20]
23. Decisions [2:24]
24. Scrap in the Ring [3:23]
25. Round One [3:43]
26. Round Two [2:34]
27. The Accident [2:26]
28. Her Fault, His Fault [3:53]
29. Caregivers [3:25]
30. A Cabin in Innisfree [2:27]
31. Family Business [4:49]
32. Asking a Favor [6:39]
33. You'll Be Lost [3:42]
34. She Got Her Shot [3:09]
35. What Mo Cuishle Means [4:02]
36. Wishful Thinking [2:20]
37. End Credits [4:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Aviator
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      View the Film With Feature Commentary by Director Martin Scorsese, Editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and Producer Michael Mann: On
      View the Film With Feature Commentary by Director Martin Scorsese, Editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and Producer Michael Mann: Off
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- The Aviator
   Deleted Scene: Howard Tells Ava About His Car Accident
   A Life Without Limits: The Making of the Aviator
   The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History
   Modern Marvels: Howard Hughes, A History Channel Documentary
   The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
   OCD Panel Discussion With Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and Howard Hughes' Widow Terry MooreA
   An Evening With Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda
   The Visual Effects of The Aviator
   Constructing The Aviator: The Work of Dante Ferretti
   Costuming The Aviator: The Work of Sandy Powell
   The Age of Glamour: The Hair and Makeup of The Aviator
   Scoring The Aviator: The Work of Howard Shore
   The Wainwright-London, Rufus and Martha
   The Aviator-London, Rufus and Martha
   Still Gallery
Disc #3 -- Million Dollar Baby
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français (Doublé au Québec)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
      Warnervideo.com
Disc #4 -- Million Dollar Baby
   Born to Fight
   The Producers' Round 15
   James Lipton Takes on Three
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What would you be willing to risk?

    I saw Million Dollar Baby last night and I went to sleep after it and woke up this morning asking myself the same question, "What do I want so bad that I would be willing to risk everything" "What do I want so bad that by achieving it, it would change my life forever?" It has nothing to do with money or any material posessions, but everything about my body, mind and spirit? Million dollar baby answered those questions for her and although I do not like boxing, I realize now, it had very little to do with the sport itself. The fight was within her.

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