Backdraft [DVD] [1991]

  • SKU: 3280354
  • Release Date: 12/10/1997
  • Rating: R
Two firemen brothers (Kurt Russell and William Baldwin) battle blazes and face heated sibling rivalry while on the trail of a maniacal arsonist in director Ron Howard's absorbing thriller, arriving on DVD from MCA Home Video. Presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and featuring a closed-captioned Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, this release also offers an alternate French Dolby Digital Stereo track in addition to optional Spanish and English subtitles. Extra features are limited to production notes.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 32)

Synopsis


Backdraft
The sons of a Chicago fireman who gave his life in the performance of his duties, firefighting brothers Kurt Russell and William Baldwin carry their lifelong sibling rivalry into their work. Russell is convinced that Baldwin hasn't got what it takes to remain in the fire department. Baldwin is transferred to a "safe" assignment, assisting arson investigator Robert DeNiro, who is trying to make sense of a series of fires involving an oxygen-induced ball of fire called a backdraft. The investigation reveals a link between corrupt alderman J. T. Walsh and imprisoned pyromaniac Donald Sutherland. The trail of evidence leads Baldwin to suspect that his brother Russell, a much-decorated hero, may be the "inside" man setting up the arsons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kurt Russell
    Kurt Russell - Stephen McCaffrey
  • William Baldwin
    William Baldwin - Brian McCaffrey
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Donald Rimgale
  • Donald Sutherland
    Donald Sutherland - Ronald Bartel
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Jennifer Jason Leigh - Jennifer Vaitkus



Customer rating

4.5
91%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    mad10jen
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    This is a great movie from start to finish. The story is awesome and the actors do a fantastic job. DeNiro And Russell are at their finest in this film. Baldwin and Russell lose their firefighting father in a fire in the beginning. Russell follows in his footsteps immediately and Baldwin does too later in his life. Someone is setting fires and killing people on purpose with backdrafts. Deniro and Baldwin are on the case trying to figure out who is doing it. You want to think all signs point to Russell's character but is it? This is a great movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat with great acting and better plot. The sound and picture are superb on blu-ray. This movie was Oscar-worthy for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fire bug story before CG special effects

    Posted
    Seville3
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    Ron Howard said he wanted to do a movie about the many mysteries of fire and how it lingers waiting to kill. His dilemma was CG at the time was fake looking. After much experimenting, talking to the best fire experts of the time he finally finds a way where he can use real fire in the movie for maximum effect and realness. To say the least, fire is one of the main characters in the movie besides Russell, De Niro, Donald Sutherland and a very young William Baldwin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fireballs with great actors.

    Posted
    Joe1970
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    Ron Howard's drama is quite good. A top notch cast of actors do a fine job, and the amazing fire scenes, done before a lot of CGI was used are spectacular. I got a little tired of the off/on relationship between the brothers, but it's part of the film elements. See for the amazing fire scenes and the drama they present. Good film, but not one I can overly praise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    dgmel
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    The movie with Kurt Russell was great! I upgraded from a standard dvd to blu-ray and was pleased with the outcome! The movie looks and sounds great! Has DTS 5.1 audio on blu-ray and came with a standard dvd, all for under $8.00 on sale! Can't beat it to add to your collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    For Pyro-Maniacs

    Posted
    kevman79

    I didn't think much of 'Backdraft.' It has some excellent effects and stunt sequences, but unless you're a fire-fighter, or a pyro-maniac for that matter, there's just not that much to enjoy in my opinion. Plenty of bonus material for fans on this widescreen 2-disc special edition.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    For Pyro-Maniacs

    Posted
    kevman79

    I didn't think much of 'Backdraft.' It has some excellent effects and stunt sequences, but unless you're a fire-fighter, or a pyro-maniac for that matter, there's just not that much to enjoy in my opinion. Plenty of bonus material for fans on this widescreen hd-dvd.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    cant go wrong

    Posted
    movieman
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    I dont think I ever seen a bad Ron Howard movie , but watching Backdraft on bluray makes the fire feel almost reel I hope they put more of his movies on bluray I would love to see the missing with Tommy lee Jones and Cate blanchett.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    How could you go wrong with De Niro and Russell?

    Posted
    Baller420
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    A really great action film with an ensemble cast with a great plot. It may be a bit cliche but that doesn't mean its a bad film. I would say its one of Ron Howard's best films behind Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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