Airport [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray] [1970]

  • SKU: 24826333
  • Release Date: 05/06/2014
  • Rating: G
Includes Digital Copy
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

  • 100 years of Universal: the '70s
  • 100 years of Universal: the lot
  • Theatrical trailer


Airport had enough plot and enough star power in its cast for three feature films, and it only encompassed about half of the complexity or characters found in Arthur Hailey's best-selling potboiler. Essentially built around 12 harrowing hours at a major Midwestern airport, the film had everything an audience of the period could have wanted -- suspense, romance, drama, and comedy -- all spread across a vast canvas. Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster) is the manager of Lincoln Airport, facing a night beset by the worst blizzard in a decade, a wife (Dana Wynter) who announces she wants a divorce, a primary runway blocked by an airliner stuck in a snowdrift, and a governing board ready to fire him. Bakersfeld's cynical, smooth-talking brother-in-law, Vernon Demerest (Dean Martin), won't let up on his criticism of the management at Lincoln, but he has his own problems as well, mostly in the form of a young stewardess, Gwen Meighen (Jacqueline Bisset), who is pregnant by him and whom he finds he genuinely loves. Add to that the presence of an old lady stowaway (Helen Hayes) and a mentally disturbed passenger (Van Heflin) carrying a bomb, and there's more than enough plot to keep viewers engrossed for two hours plus. Airport became one of the top-grossing movies of its era, racking up astronomical box-office numbers and spawning an entire film genre -- the disaster movie. With Jean Seberg, George Kennedy, Lloyd Nolan, Barry Nelson, and Maureen Stapleton filling out the rest of the leading roles, there was something for almost everyone in this film. The movie still has a lot to offer if only as a prime example of Hollywood at its most successfully glitzy, but, if possible, viewers should try and see the letterboxed version of Airport on DVD (released May 2001). ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Burt Lancaster
    Burt Lancaster - Mel Bakersfeld
  • Dean Martin
    Dean Martin - Vernon Demerest
  • Jean Seberg
    Jean Seberg - Tanya Livingston
  • Jacqueline Bisset
    Jacqueline Bisset - Gwen Meighen
  • George Kennedy
    George Kennedy - Patroni

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Blu-Ray transfer

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The movie is a classic. The Blu-Ray transfer is great. The color and clarity are great for an old movie. The movie is in widescreen 2.35:1, which is the way the movie was intended to be seen, not modified to fit the TV screen. I wish all old movies were done this way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I expected more action than what was there

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    the movie had several stories within the bigger plot, some of the stories were good and a couple of the stories not so good, the story Helen Hayes was in was pretty good, for the time the movie was made the snow scenes were good, more drama than action in the plot

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I've been waiting a long time for Airport to become available on DVD with a French language track. I first saw Airport when I was a child, over 40 years ago. I never get tired of watching it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great price for a classic

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Having the digital code for an older movie like this is a great bonus. Enjoy this disaster movie that precluded them all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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