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Air America (Special Edition) (1990)

Mel Gibson , Robert Downey Jr. , Roger Spottiswoode  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins, David Marshall Grant
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Writers: John Eskow, Christopher Robbins, Richard Rush
  • Producers: Allen Shapiro, Andrew G. Vajna, Daniel Melnick, John Eskow
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028G7GG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Air America (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New remastered print
  • "Return Flight: Revisiting Air America - new interviews and historical perspective
  • Flight Log - on-set interviews
  • Pre-Flight - storyboards and previsualization

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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 19-AUG-2005
Media Type: DVD

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best depiction of Asian airdrop/STOL air landing October 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a movie about air delivery: airdrop by parachutes, and amazing short field landings by STOL aircraft like the amazing Pilatus TurboPorter and the larger C-123. If you like Airborne things, this movie is for you, its funny and upbeat compared to your typical Vietnam movie and in a way does greater honor to the courage of the pilots who lived on the edge while flying these hairy missions. The TurboPorter landing on the side of the mountain makes the whole movie worthwhile...add to it '60s music and sexy Nancy Travis, what more do you want?
I find this movie far more interesting than the Lethal Weapon series, so it soars in my book as one of Mel Gibson's best movies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't bother me while im colorin!!! June 7, 2002
Format:DVD
Air America was the United States "airforce" stationed in Laos
during the Vietnam war aiding our allies (amongst other things)
Mel Gibson plays veteran air american Gene Ryback and Robert Downey plays Billy Covington the FNG to the outfit.(He ends up being recruited in the states by a fast talking agent of the CIA after he (Downey) is grounded for being an...in the air.
The Film explores the adventures and antics..or hi-jinks as the pencil necked air america geek notes of t he pilots. Which includes drunken whorehouse parties, target practice with silencers on a miniature golf course and my favorite, gun running and landing an aircraft on a mountain.
A serio-comic movie it delivers the goods and was is enjoyable to watch
Thumbs up^
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining Black Comedy on the War of Vietnam. January 15, 2002
Format:DVD
When a Rookie Pilot (Robert Downey Jr.) got fired from his job. Now he`s been hired by the U.S. Army to be sent in Vietnam in the Jungles of Loas. When he meets his new partner in Piloting (Mel Gibson) but the Two are Cross fired between U.S. Missions and Behind Enemy Lines.
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (The Best of Times, The Sixth Day, Terror Train) made This winning underrated comedy was a Box Ofiice Hit in the Summer of 1990. Gibson and Downey Jr. delivers good comic performances in this adventure comedy. Originally meant to be a Darker Comedy. Super 35. Grade:B+.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie January 9, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a fun movie to watch. It takes great liberty with the real Air America. From the illegal drug factory in the town that does not exist to pigs falling from the sky, this movie with its adult language is not for all, but if you like Mel Gibson, you will like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Blu-Ray Movie January 9, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Seven dollar Blu-Ray movies motivated me to buy a Blu-Ray player and wow!!! I'm glad I did. Just wonderfull entertainment watching this movie in Blu-Ray and listening to the fabulous Blue-Ray enhanced sound track too. Lots of vivid explosive scenes and 7.1 sound. Even "Tricky Dicky" looked good. Go crank it up, you'll love it and laughs galore.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air America March 6, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Another Great Movie by Mario Kassar & Andrew Vajna , I saw Air America when first released on Video & again on DVD with a good picture & sound and now even better on Blu Ray with a clearer picture & sound a well recorded Blu Ray with good acting especially by Mel Gibson & Robert Downey jr with action adventure and sence of humor .... Recommended .
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been a 5, but they cut some stuff! July 22, 2004
Format:DVD
Hey, the only GOOD review you get about a movie is your own. Don't want to go out on a limb and spend the money? Rent it first and then decide. I will say, it's got a great cast that works well together and an entertaining story.

OK, with that done, let's talk about the extras. They are informative without having to take a day out of your life to watch them. Well worth the few bucks to buy this new release. The audio and visuals are better.

As for not giving it 5 stars, they cut out the subtitled translation parts that were in the first release. Even with the subtitles turned on they don't show up. If the translations weren't correct, who cares, you would like to have an idea about what was going on. So don't think your going to buy this copy and off load your original. KEEP IT!

I spent 18 months in Thailand about the time this movie was suppose to represent. So besides being entertained, I enjoy just looking past what's going on and watching the people and sceenery.

P.S. Here's one for you Pink Panther fans. Burt Kwouk ... General Lu Soong is the actor who played Cato.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie April 19, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this film in the theater when it was released and feel the same way about it now as I did then. The characters are all unique and it's a different look at the Vietnam war. Some of the music from the soundtrack may sound a little off. I don't know if it was a licensing problem but some of the tunes are not the originals. Not a big deal though for what is a good flick
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Like
Always liked this movie, have it on VHS. Now I have it on DVD :)
Published 7 days ago by Robert C. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
replacement for a beloved VHS
Published 9 days ago by katcoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters
I have laughed at and enjoyed this movie for years on video and decided to replace it with the DVD. It is a very witty movie dealing with a melancholy subject. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Christine Copeland
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I heard they had a lot of fun making it at least.
Published 22 days ago by Robin Shushan
4.0 out of 5 stars good show
another very good show from Mel Gibson on his humorus side instead of his off the wall insane stuff he some times does.
Published 1 month ago by mike hendrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift purchase
This was purchased as a gift on request from my parents. They were happy with the copy and thought that it was as good as they remembered the film.
Published 1 month ago by Hostess Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Intertaining Hollywood movie with two very good actors.
Intertaining move with good actors but not by any means aoortrayal of the true Air America except for the Aircraft flown. Typical Hollywood move made for entertainment only. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Odgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Air America
We love this film and the Special Edition amazing, I learned so much about the behind the scenes o this film! Enjoy
Published 2 months ago by Miles Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Goverment Intellegence at work?
A must have for Mel Gibson fans and a credit for Robert Downey Jr.. Classic comedy in the Viet Nam era. If you loved MASH you 'll Like this one!
Published 2 months ago by Linda Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny twist
This is a funny (black humor) twist on the Viet Nam war which was not openly discussed while it was happening. The CIA'S involvement is described in interesting ways.
Published 2 months ago by rick
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