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Alive [DVD] [1993]

  • SKU: 4782015
  • Release Date: 10/08/2002
  • Rating: R
Frank Marshall's drama about a rugby team trapped in the wilderness, Alive, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include an introduction by the director, and a look at the real events this film is based on. This is a fine release from Disney/Buena Vista.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features


    • Introductions by director Frank Marshall
    • "Alive: 20 Years Later"
    • "Return to the Andes"
    • Dolby Digital Surround Sound
    • Spanish language track
    • Widescreen (1.85:1)
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Alive
    This is the first mainstream film to deal with the harrowing true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes mountains in October of 1972 and who were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive more than two months of isolation. (The only other film to tackle the subject, Rene Cardona's Survive! was a seedy little mess that delighted in exploiting the cannibalism aspect.) The events depicted are primarily based on the novel of the same name by Piers Paul Read. The interview-style prologue features an uncredited John Malkovich as one of the survivors, whose spiritual ruminations on the disaster kick off the film's main action. We are briefly introduced to the characters before disaster strikes, in the film's most horrifying set-piece -- the depiction of the crash in grueling detail. The handful of survivors who manage to extricate themselves from the twisted wreckage seem incapable of working through their panic as they hope against all odds that a rescue party will locate them. One of the survivors, Nando (Ethan Hawke), awakens from a coma and makes a remarkable recovery -- enough to demonstrate level-headed leadership after team captain Antonio (Vincent Spano) begins to lose his nerve. As the weeks wear on and rations are depleted, the survivors are forced into a moral dilemma: the only remaining source of food seems to be the bodies of the dead. Those who choose for religious reasons not to consume their former companions must face the realization that they will soon starve or freeze to death. In the end, three men who choose survival above all else find the strength to set out on a treacherous mission to a ridge, where hopefully one of them will make it to civilization. Director Frank Marshall infuses the proceedings with sufficient intensity to keep the story moving, but the film fails to fully explore the often-recounted spiritual aspects of the ordeal as established in the opening monologue. Ironically, the writers' apparent attempts to remain true to Read's account of events -- resulting in some rather odd stretches of dialogue -- impede the drama even more than the Hollywood glamorization of the story's nominal "heroes," who remain rugged and handsome despite months of malnutrition and severe frostbite. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ethan Hawke
      Ethan Hawke - Nando Parrado
    • Vincent Spano
      Vincent Spano - Antonio Balbi
    • Josh Hamilton
      Josh Hamilton - Roberto Canessa
    • Bruce Ramsay
      Bruce Ramsay - Carlitos Paez
    • John Haymes Newton
      John Haymes Newton - Antonio "Tintin" Vizintin



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      crazy movie

      Posted
      ZOMBIZZOL29

      THIS MOVIE IS CRA-ZY.IT HAS SOME SAD PARTS AND SOME VERY REAL PARTS TO IT-IT'S BASED ON A TRUE STORY-WHAT THEY WERE FORCED TO DO WAS SAD AND DESPERATE!IT'S AWFUL!NOT THE MOVIE WHAT THEY HAD TO DO-THE MOVIE IS GREAT!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Glad you had the movie

      Posted
      princess
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      Yhe person who helped me with the purchase was friendly and knowledgeable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      Nevermore
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      Great movie, great story and great cast. This is one of the few cases where the movie is almost as good as the book.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another Great True Story

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      Tsunammiangel
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      This was another great true story. It is amazing what you have to do to survive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great

      Posted
      daniel503
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      This is a great movie. I really enjoyed watching it

      I would recommend this to a friend



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