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Behind Enemy Lines [DVD] [2001]

Twentieth Century Fox's saber-rattling actioner comes to DVD in a fairly solid package. The picture looks great, presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer, preserving the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The color is crisp and clear, with solid black level and natural-looking tones throughout. The sound is most impressive, being offered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There is great use of surround, most notably during the sequence in which two fighter pilots are forced to eject. Extras are somewhat slim, but what's there is worth having. There are two commentary tracks, the first from director John Moore and editor Paul Martin Smith and the second from producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey. Additionally, the disc provides a number of extended and deleted scenes. Many of these were cut in order to give the film a PG-13 rating, and a warning from Fox to that effect is provided. Also included is a six-minute featurette and a look at the creation of the aforementioned ejection sequence using storyboards. Lastly, while there is no trailer for the film itself, the DVD does feature a trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming film Minority Report. All in all, this is a well-done DVD edition, particularly for the excellent image transfer and muscular sound design.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (96 out of 97)

    Special Features


    • Full-length commentary by director John Moore and editor Martin Smith
    • Full-length commentary by producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey
    • Extended/deleted scenes with optional commentary
    • Behin-the-scenes featurette & more
    • Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect ratio 2.35:1)
    • Audio: English 5.1 DTS, English 5.1 dolby surround, Spanish dolby surround
    • Subtitles: English

    Synopsis


    Behind Enemy Lines
    A television commercial for a Sega game system that aired during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards landed debut director John Moore a gig behind the camera of this military action thriller. Owen Wilson stars as Lt. Chris Burnett, a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson who's frustrated with the strict "hands-off" political policies that prevent him from experiencing combat against hostile Bosnian forces in his F/A-18 Superhornet jet. Burnett's commander, Admiral Reigert (Gene Hackman), thinks that the brash pilot doesn't have what it takes to be in the millitary, but the eager young officer soon gets the chance to prove his mettle. While conducting a routine photographic reconnaissance over a remote area of the Balkans, Burnett captures grisly images that serve as proof of genocidal crimes, but his plane is blown out of the sky. He's soon pursued on the ground by the forces of Lokar (Olek Krupa), a Serbian paramilitary leader intent on covering up unthinkable crimes, while Reigert defies the NATO orders of his superior (Joaquim de Almeida) and risks his career to mount a covert rescue mission. Behind Enemy Lines (2001), the first of two back-to-back releases starring Wilson and Hackman (the other being The Royal Tenenbaums), also stars David Keith, Gabriel Macht, and Charles Malik Whitfield. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gene Hackman
      Gene Hackman - Reigart
    • Owen Wilson
      Owen Wilson - Lt. Chris Burnett
    • Gabriel Macht
      Gabriel Macht - Stackhouse
    • Charles Malik Whitfield
      Charles Malik Whitfield - Rodway
    • Joaquim de Almeida
      Joaquim de Almeida - Piquet



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 97 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Bat21 meats Hot Shots

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      MovieMan29
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      I would say it's about average for a war flick, despite the fact it has an actor who is mainly known for comedy vs serious roles. Mainly Gene Hackman is what held the continuity and the movie suspense together, it was like watching a combination of Owen Wilson growing up and Hot Shots meats Bat21, but it wasn't horrible for Owen Wilson's earlier acting days.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie Overall but a bit unrealistic!

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      teeteebahbah
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      Great Movie Overall but a bit unrealistic! I am a retired Enlisted Navy Petty Officer and have served on 3 different AirCraft Carriers. The final scene of Owen Wilson's character being extracted is definitely unrealistic and exaggerated. However, the rest of the movie is basically realistic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for fans of the film

      Posted
      Leftoverchinese

      If you were a fan of the movie then this may be a great buy for you. The video and audio are simply stunning. However, the lack of special features that can be found on the previous DVD releases makes it seem like a half-hearted-attempt or an obvious ploy for a double dip for fans in future.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Tense Drama

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      KonditorAlex
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      This is Owen Wilson not as we know him but playing a serious character in a very serious situation. He does have a few moments of levity but this is a drama that deals with some serious issues that could easily have or still could happen.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      love this movie

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      mackgeofries
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      It's not the best movie by any means, but I remember watching it years ago and it just has a feeling of nostalgia for me. That being said, it's not a bad movie. Owen Wilson does a fine job in his role and it's nice to see actors try something out of their comfort zone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Suspenseful

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      imawarhol
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      Even though I've seen this movie many times, it always keeps me in suspense. There is rarely a dull moment. The soundtrack is great as well. Also, based on true events, especially the genocide, so interesting to learn and research further into this story.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, worth collecting

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      Cons
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      If you haven't seen this for whatever reason, go watch it. Wilson is a bit different here, as I am used to seeing him in comedy movies. Overall a very nice movie Bought it mainly for collection purposes

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of those movies you forgot about

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      MASTERBEE
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      While it is a little cheesy at times this is one of those movies you probably forgot about and will enjoy watching again like I did. The plot is well thought out. Hackman is always a great actor. Wilson not acting foolish is a nice change.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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