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Overview

This grand-scale comedy has been given a polished presentation for its release on DVD. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. Bonus materials include an alternate commentary track from director Ken Annakin; galleries of production photos, vintage airplanes, and special-effects shots; a look at the film's storyboards; and the movie's original ...
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Overview

This grand-scale comedy has been given a polished presentation for its release on DVD. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. Bonus materials include an alternate commentary track from director Ken Annakin; galleries of production photos, vintage airplanes, and special-effects shots; a look at the film's storyboards; and the movie's original trailer and television promotional spots.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Ken Annakin; "Making Of" featurette; Still photo galleries...and more!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A number of comedies assumed epic proportions in the 1960s, such as the amusingly titled Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. The problem with many of these "super-comedies" was that the scope of the undertaking -- big casts, big sets, big screen -- has a tendency to dwarf the humor. There's a little of this in Magnificent, but it fortunately doesn't do much damage. The film maintains a zany, happy-go-lucky, freewheeling spirit that makes the whole event a very pleasant, if titanically lightweight, affair. Matters are helped by screenwriter Jack Davies' engaging, sharp dialogue and by the loving if ironic tone he brings to the story and the characters. Ken Annakin's direction is appropriately broad yet finds time for subtlety when possible; most importantly, he keeps all the many pieces of the big affair from coming apart and manages to make sure that what is essentially an episodic, one bit-after-another film feels cohesive. Annakin, working with the very fine cinematographer Christopher G. Challis, also knows how to make the big screen work to its best advantage, and does a very fine job of finding the lighthearted drama in the race itself, while still building appropriate tension in the long build-up to the event. He is aided enormously by his gifted cast. If Stuart Whitman is perhaps a bit dull, the rest of the cast more than makes up for it, especially the delicious Terry-Thomas, who has never been more amusingly oily.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • UPC: 024543112044
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,015

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stuart Whitman Orvil Newton
Sarah Miles Patricia Rawnsley
James Fox Richard Mays
Alberto Sordi Count Emilio Ponticelli
Robert Morley Lord Rawnsley
Gert Fröbe Col. Manfred von Holstein
Jean-Pierre Cassel Pierre Dubois
Eric Sykes Courtney
Terry-Thomas Sir Percival Ware-Armitage
Irina Demick Betty, Brigitte, Francoise, Ingrid, Marlene, Yvette
Benny Hill Fire Chief Perkins
Yujiro Ishihara Yamamoto
Flora Robson Mother Superior
Karl Michael Vogler Capt. Rumpelstoss
Sam Wanamaker George Gruber
Red Skelton Neanderthal Man
Eric Barker French Postman
Fred Emney Colonel
Gordon Jackson McDougal
Davy Kaye Jean
John Le Mesurier French Painter
Jeremy Lloyd Lt. Parsons
Zena Marshall Sophia Ponticelli
Millicent Martin Airline Hostess
Eric Pohlmann Italian Mayor
Marjorie Rhodes Maid
Norman Rossington Assistant Fire Chief
William Rushton Tremayne Gascoyne
Graham Stark Fireman
Jimmy Thompson Photographer in the Old Mill Cafe
Michael Trubshawe Niven
Tony Hancock Harry Popperwell
Gerald Campion
Dame Cicely Courtneidge Muriel
Maurice Denham Trawler Skipper
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne French Official
Bill Nagy American Journalist
Steve Plytas Continental Journalist
Ronnie Stevens R.A.C. Officer
James Robertson Justice Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ken Annakin Director, Screenwriter
Ralph Ayres Animator
Ron Ballanger Special Effects
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Jack Davies Screenwriter
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Ron Goodwin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dinah Greet Costumes/Costume Designer
Osbert Lancaster Costumes/Costume Designer
Stan Margulies Producer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Tom Morahan Production Designer
Richard Parker Special Effects
W.T. Partleton Makeup
Gordon Stone Editor
Arthur Taksen Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Ever Hopeful/ Main Titles [6:17]
2. Just Like a Girl [1:11]
3. To Rule the Sky [2:45]
4. The Whole World [5:11]
5. Improper Introduction [:17]
6. No Time [7:46]
7. The Field [1:02]
8. Extra Load [2:48]
9. A Monkey Wrench [1:53]
10. Runaway Plane [1:57]
11. Sweet Talk [2:54]
12. The White Cliffs [5:52]
13. Old-Fashioned Challenge [1:16]
14. First Flight [5:27]
15. Scratched [4:03]
16. Innovations [3:36]
17. The Duel [2:21]
18. Intermission [2:31]
19. Rivalries [4:46]
20. The Big Day [2:06]
21. They're Off! [1:03]
22. A Couple of Snags [3:53]
23. First Check Point [3:13]
24. Crossing the Channel [1:02]
25. The Third Leg [:38]
26. Gay Paree [3:05]
27. Fifty-Fifty [6:25]
28. Full Circle/ End Titles [4:28]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.0 Dolby Surround
         French Mono
         Spanish Mono
         Director's Commentary By Ken Annakin
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary by Ken Annakin: On
      Director's Commentary by Ken Annakin: Off
      Conversations With Ken Annakin
      Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer
      Behind the Scenes Gallery
      Visual Effects Gallery
      Historical Aircraft
      Storyboards
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