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The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Region B Blu-ray

(will not play in domestic U.S. players)

Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz

Art Direction: William Glasgow
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Sully

The story didn’t end with the Miracle in the Hudson – hero pilot Sully Sullenberger is tried by an investigative committee. Clint Eastwood’s film examines and re-examines the 2.5 minutes, as the bureaucrats make the case that 155 passengers were unnecessarily put at risk.

Sully

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Warner Brothers Home Video

2016 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date December 20, 2016 / 35.99

Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhardt, Laura Linney, Jamey Sheridan, Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn, Ann Cusack, Christopher Curry.

Cinematography Tom Stern

Film Editor Blu Murray

Original Music Christian Jacob, Tierney Sutton Band

Written by Todd Komarnicki from a book by Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow.

Produced by Clint Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Tim Moore, Allyn Stewart

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In this year’s Sully Clint Eastwood found what I like to call an unbreakable story. This one poses a tricky narrative challenge — the only action content in
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DVD Review: The Flight of the Phoenix

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★★★★★ It's not hard to see the appeal of Robert Aldrich's The Flight of the Phoenix, a riveting adventure film featuring an all-star cast headed by Jimmy Stewart and Richard Attenborough. The premise, whereby fourteen men are stranded in the desert after a plane crash, is classic Saturday matinee material. The film's success lies in its perfectly distilled ingredients: a killer premise, well-realised characters, and a tight script that doesn't pull its punches. Coming from the director of The Dirty Dozen, this is hardly surprising, although Aldrich also manages to tease out a triumphant warmth in his characters that is not always present in his other work.
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‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91

‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91
George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film “Cool Hand Luke,” and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the “Airport” franchise and “Earthquake,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page.

While Kennedy largely played gruff, blue-collar characters in dramas and genre films, he allowed a comedic side to emerge in the deadpan “The Naked Gun” movies.

Kennedy appeared in all four of the “Airport” movies of the 1970s as Joe Patroni, the reluctant, cigar-chomping but highly effective chief mechanic who could be counted upon when the chips were down and supreme expertise was required. He also turned in a powerful performance in 1975’s “Earthquake” as the hearty, sentimental police sergeant Slade, who helps where he can in the wake of the devastating temblor.

Kennedy toiled in
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‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91

‘Airport’ Star George Kennedy Dies at 91
George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film “Cool Hand Luke,” and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the “Airport” franchise and “Earthquake,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page.

While Kennedy largely played gruff, blue-collar characters in dramas and genre films, he allowed a comedic side to emerge in the deadpan “The Naked Gun” movies.

Kennedy appeared in all four of the “Airport” movies of the 1970s as Joe Patroni, the reluctant, cigar-chomping but highly effective chief mechanic who could be counted upon when the chips were down and supreme expertise was required. He also turned in a powerful performance in 1975’s “Earthquake” as the hearty, sentimental police sergeant Slade, who helps where he can in the wake of the devastating temblor.

Kennedy toiled in
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R.I.P. George Kennedy

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George Kennedy has died, the actor passing away yesterday at the age of 91 according to a Facebook post from his grandson Cory Schenkel.

Kennedy mostly played gruff characters in various genres. He appeared in all four of the 1970s "Airport" films, he's known to a whole generation as Frank Drebin's boss Ed in "The Naked Gun" films, and he won an Oscar for co-starring with Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke".

Other notable film credits include the original "The Flight of the Phoenix" and the war time classic "The Dirty Dozen," the disaster epic "Earthquake," the Clint Eastwood mountain climbing spy thriller "The Eiger Sanction," westerns such as "Bandolero" and "The Sons of Katie Elder", the all-star Agatha Christie adaptation "Death on the Nile," Otto Preminger's post-Pearl Harbor tale "In Harm's Way," and Michael Ciminio's "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot".

He also had roles in TV series such as "Dallas, "Bonanza,
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Let There Be Light: John Huston’s Wartime Documentaries

When John Huston went to war he took his mission seriously... as an artist. He made four wartime docus for the army. San Pietro and the long suppressed Let There Be Light are the classics we studied in film school; Winning Your Wings is typical enlistment booster material and Report from the Aleutians a remarkably good record of how the war was really fought in far-flung locations. Let There Be Light: John Huston's Wartime Documentaries Blu-ray Olive Films 1942-1945 Color and B&W 1:33 flat full frame 281 min. Street Date January 19, 2016 available through the Olive Films website 29.95 Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Of the Hollywood directors who 'went to war' and made high-profile Signal Corps films for the public, John Huston was surely the most innovative. He made one enlistment booster for the Army Air Corps and then three pictures that the Army thought were either too long,
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Fox Celebrates its Centennial with 100 Digital Releases

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Los Angeles, Calif. (October 2, 2015) – In 1915 William Fox founded Fox Film Corporation and forever changed the course of cinema. Over the next century the studio would develop some of the most innovative and ground-breaking advancements in the history of cinema; the introduction of Movietone, the implementation of color in partnership with Eastman Kodak, the development of the wide format in 70mm and many more. Now in honor of the 100th anniversary of the studio, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate by releasing some of their most iconic films that represent a decade of innovation.

Starting today, five classic films from the studio will be made available digitally for the first time ever – Sunrise (1927), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Man Hunt (1941), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). Throughout the rest of the year a total of 100 digital releases will follow from Fox’s extensive catalog, including 10 films
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Emperor of the North

What would seem the perfect project for tough-guy director Robert Aldrich still commands a high reputation with some. Ambitious top-dog hobo Lee Marvin squares off against Ernest Borgnine's nearly demonic railroad conductor who routinely murders bums that dare to hitch a ride. The mayhem culminates in a battle on a moving flat car, between Ernie's log chain and Lee's fire ax. But the poetic dialogue and allegorical pretension may be more lethal. Emperor of the North Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 120 min. / Ship Date September 8, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner, Malcolm Atterbury, Simon Oakland, Harry Caesar, Hal Baylor, Matt Clark, Elisha Cook Jr., Joe Di Reda, Liam Dunn, Diane Dye, Robert Foulk, Sid Haig, Vic Tayback, Dave Willock, Lance Henricksen. Cinematography Joseph Biroc Art Direction Jack Martin Smith Film Editor Michael Luciano Original Music Frank De Vol
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Richard Attenborough's 8 Most Beloved Roles

Richard Attenborough's 8 Most Beloved Roles
Honored and adored, British actor and director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, leaving a void in the world of entertainment. Over the course of his 60-year-plus career that took him both behind (as a director and producer, of Gandhi, Shadowlands and Chaplin) and in front (as an actor) of the camera, Attenborough notched a considerable number of indelible roles. Here are some of the finer examples of his acting. The Great Escape (1963) Attenborough made a number of films with Steve McQueen, but probably none better remembered than this WWII adventure classic, largely responsible for the "motley crew of outcasts band together
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Legendary Actor, Director Richard Attenborough Dead At 90

Legendary Actor, Director Richard Attenborough Dead At 90
Best known for his work in 'Jurassic Park' and 'Miracle On 34th Street, Richard Attenborough passed away Sunday morning.

Revered English actor and director Sir Richard Attenborough, best known for his iconic role as Kris Kringle in the 1994 re-make of Miracle On 34th Street and the billionaire CEO John Hammond in Jurassic Park, died Sunday at the age of 90.

Attenborough, who was a celebrated actor in nearly 70 films including The Flight Of The Phoenix and The Great Escape, was also an acclaimed filmmaker, winning an Oscar for Best Director in 1983 for his film Gandhi, which also took home the gold for Best Picture.

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Attenborough also received acclaim for directing a number of other classics such as A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, and Shadowlands.

Attenborough also was knighted by the English crown in 1976.

According to the BBC, Attenborough's son, Michael, confirmed his father's passing, and revealed
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Richard Attenborough has Died at the Age of 90

Another sad passing in a long line of them lately as word has arrived Richard Attenborough, Oscar-winning director of Ghandi and probably best known to the current generation as John Hammond, founder of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, has died at the age of 90, five days shy of his 91st birthday. Attenborough hadn't been in a film or television series since 2004. As of right now there is no official word on his death, but he'd been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years according to the BBC as well as having been confined to a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago. As an actor, Attenborough starred in films such as The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, Doctor Dolittle, The Sand Pepples, 1994's Miracle on 34th Street, Hamlet (1996) and 1998's Elizabeth. As a director, Ghandi is obviously his most well known work,
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R.I.P. Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

Academy Award-winning British filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough has passed away aged 90, his son has revealed today.

Born in Cambridge in 1923, Attenborough began his career in his teens, working on the stage before making his screen debut in 1942′s In Which We Serve. After his breakthrough in 1947′s Brighton Rock, he would go on to become one of Britain’s most celebrated actors with roles in films such as The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle – with the latter two providing him back-to-back Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor.

In the 1960s, Attenborough branched out into producing and made his directorial debut with 1969′s Oh! What a Lovely War. Following the all-star war film A Bridge Too Far, he enjoyed Academy Awards success with the historical epic Gandhi, winning Best Director and Best Picture, as well as a further two Golden Globes. His
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Famed actor/director Richard Attenborough has passed away at age 90

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Oscar winning director and actor Richard Attenborough has passed away at the age of 90.

Born in 1923, Attenborough served in the served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He began acting on stage, but made the transition to film in a small role in David Lean’s In Which We Serve in 1942. Afterwards his roles grew larger and acted in films for decades to come including classics like The Great Escape (1963), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Sand Pebbles (1966), and 10 Rillington Place (1971).

His directorial debut was Oh! What a Lovely War in 1967. He also directed A Bridge Too Far (1977), Gandhi (1982), and Chaplin (1992). He won two Academy Awards, including best director for Gandhi.

He is probably best known for his role in Jurassic Park as John Hammond, the park’s ambitious mastermind. His line in the first major dinosaur sequence in the film, “Welcome to Jurassic Park” perfectly accentuated the magnificent scene,
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Renowned Actor and Oscar Winning Director Richard Attenborough Dies Aged 90

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The BBC have confirmed this evening that actor, director and producer Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness. His son told the broadcaster that he passed away at lunchtime on Sunday.

Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s most beloved performers, and his film career began in 1942. He appeared in a variety of releases, including The Great Escape, Guns at Batasi, The Flight of the Phoenix, and many, many more. The actor would perhaps become best known to many for playing John Hammond in Jurassic Park.

Attenborough would reprise that role in the sequel and also starred in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

His work behind the camera would prove to be just as important as what he did in front of it. Attenborough’s many directing credits include epic period films like Young Winston and A Bridge Too Far. The filmmaker won
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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Gandhi,’ Dies at 90

Richard Attenborough, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Gandhi,’ Dies at 90
Richard Attenborough, who was honored for his helming and production of the 1982 Oscar best picture “Gandhi” but was best known to American audiences for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and its first sequel as park creator John Hammond, died on Sunday, his son tells BBC News. He was 90.

The stocky British filmmaker was awarded a life peerage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his stage work and for his efforts behind and in front of the camera to promote British cinema.

While Attenborough had been a prominent character actor in his native country since the early 1940s, he also achieved much as a producer, motion picture executive and cultural impresario. At various times he was chairman of the British Film Institute, Channel 4, Goldcrest Films, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Capital Radio and a director of the Young Vic and the British Film Institute. In the late ’70s,
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10 People Who Died To Bring You Legendary Films

Anyone with an inkling of what the filmmaking process entails will be aware of just how grueling it can be. From lengthy shoots in which cast and crew labour from dawn to dusk, to sleepless days and nights cutting the footage together in the editing suite, making a movie can be physically and mentally challenging, to say the least.

Sometimes, the risk to health and the dangers involved can be life threatening. Whether it’s a method actor putting your body through the mill in order to achieve the necessary weight loss or gain for a particular role or a stunt performer throwing caution to the wind in order to pull off an amazing action sequence, making a movie as great as possible can come at a very high price.

The following list covers 10 movies in which people made the ultimate sacrifice for their craft, losing their lives in order
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Move over, ‘Total Recall’: 10 more remakes you’ll want to avoid

Whether you measure your movies by box office, reviews, or popular appeal, Sony’s $125 million remake of the 1990 Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger interplanetary action fest Total Recall looks like a strike-out. The movie opened with a lethal softness; a $25.7 million first weekend meaning Recall won’t even come close to making back its budget during its domestic theatrical run. In fact, despite 22 years of ticket price increases, it’s doubtful the movie will even match the original’s $119.3 million haul.

And for those of you who think maybe the problem is Total Recall was outgunned opening while The Dark Knight Rises was still sucking up box office coin, entertain, at least for a moment if you will, the possibility the movie just plain sucks. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ canvas, almost 70% of reviewers – and over three-quarters of “top critics” – gave Total Recall a thumbs-down. Those who went to see the movie didn’t
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Remember Me: Ernest Borgnine

When the drama Marty won the Academy Award for the Best Picture of 1955, it was a win of many wins, and not just because the movie walked off with three other Oscars.

It signaled that the balance of creative power in Hollywood was shifting; that the monopoly of the major studios was fading, and that a new breed of independent companies – often formed with or by the stars who had, at one time, been held in bondage to the majors under long-term contracts – were serious player in the industry (Marty had been produced by Hecht-Lancaster which had been formed by Burt Lancaster and producer Harold Hecht).

It was a victory for a new kind of anti-Hollywood storytelling; unglamorous tales about unglamorous people, real people. Postwar Italian neo-realism had demonstrated the power of the drama of everyday people just trying to get through a day, and Marty and other films like
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Ernest Borgnine – a career in clips

Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95. We look back over his career in clips

Borgnine's first screen credit was, somewhat improbably, as a Chinese gambling-den operator called Hu Chang in a studio thriller called China Corsair. After more bit parts as racketeers, heavies and gun-toting villains, Borgnine put himself on the map with the memorably-named nasty Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity. The aggressive, loutish Judson, quick with a switchblade, is the guard sergeant in the stockade, where he eventually does for the mercurial Angelo Maggio (played by Frank Sinatra).

Borgnine progressed to a string of more visible henchman roles – in Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz, The Bounty Hunter – but probably his best from this period is another fight-picking bruiser from Bad Day at Black Rock – "I'm half horse, half alligator. You mess with me and I'll kick a lung outta' ya'."

Bad Day at Black Rock was
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