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Amelia [Blu-ray]

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Two-time Academy Award® Winner Hilary Swank delivers an unforgettable performance as Amelia Earhart, the legendary American aviatrix who boldly flew into the annals of history. Richard Gere co-stars as her charismatic business partner and adoring husband George Putnam. Bound by ambition and love, their enduring marriage could not be broken by Amelia's determination to fly -- nor her passionate affair with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). Equal parts gripping drama, stirring romance and epic adventure, Amelia will take your breath away and send your spirit soaring!
  • Audio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • Language: Dubbed: English / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1

With her lanky Middle-America looks and her toothy grin, Hilary Swank is a natural fit for the adventurous figure of Amelia Earhart, the world's most famous aviatrix. Amelia ticks through the major achievements of Earhart's career: her 1928 flight across the Atlantic (as a passenger, not a pilot), which made her the first airborne woman to make the trip; more triumphantly, her 1932 solo transatlantic journey; her marriage to publisher George Putnam; and of course the mysterious 1937 around-the-world flight that ended in her vanishing, with engineer Fred Noonan, somewhere near Howland Island in the mid Pacific. With Swank in her pilot togs and director Mira Nair at the helm, the project would seem to have the ingredients for success, but the resulting film is a truly dull, almost featureless affair. The big flights themselves have innate appeal, but otherwise the emphasis is on Amelia's love life, shared between Putnam (Richard Gere) and the dashing Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor)--who, the film clumsily keeps reminding us, is the father of Gore Vidal, seen here as a precocious tyke. A smidgen of Amelia's proto-feminist attitude is included, including her intriguing take on her marriage agreement, but nothing actually cuts deep or generates interest. After a while Amelia becomes a series of events, told with less excitement than the average documentary on the same subject, albeit with prettier photography. --Robert Horton

Special Features

Disc 1: Widescreen Feature

Forced Trailers: Whip It, AFI PSA

Deleted Scenes
  • A Social Worker in Boston
  • Amelia's Fiancé Before the Friendship Flight
  • The Queen of Diamonds, Mabel Boll
  • Arrival in Wales
  • Dorothy Putnam
  • Dorothy's Departure
  • George and Gene
  • Rose Garden Press Conference
  • Going Cameling
  • Additional Around the World Flying Montage
Making Amelia
The Power of Amelia Earhart
The Plane Behind the Legend
Re-Constructing the Planes of Amelia
Movietone News Reels

Disc 2: Digital Copy

Product Details

  • Actors: Scott Anderson, Richard Donat, Christopher Eccleston, Richard Gere, Thomas Hauff
  • Directors: Mira Nair
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030E5NLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on October 26, 2009
"Amelia" is a perfectly adequate biopic, although I was hoping for more. Part of the problem is that it adheres to the conventions of the average historical drama, with moments of sweeping music, visually stunning landscapes, and voiceover narrations so perfectly placed that you can't help but feel a little manipulated. They're all provided by the title character, aviation pioneer Amelia Earheart (Hilary Swank), who disappeared in July of 1937 over the Pacific as she attempted to circumnavigate the globe; her words give us no more or less than poetic musings about the freedom of flying, the beauty of the sky, and the joy of living a dream. These bits of dialogue are not badly written, but honestly, is there nothing left to say that's original? For a film about a fascinating woman who lived a very fascinating life, I was surprised at just how generic it all seemed.

But let's not sell this movie short. Swank is perfectly cast, not only because her physical appearance is stunningly similar to Earhart's, but also because she gives yet another wonderful performance. We see a brave, determined, and sometimes stubborn woman who wanted to pave the way for other female pilots. Granted, we pretty much already knew this; numerous written accounts, some written by Earhart, cemented our perceptions of her a long time ago. Still, it's always a pleasure to see an actor taking someone else's qualities, mimicking them, and making the audience believe them. Swank has that kind of power, as she already demonstrated in films like "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby." We see her as Earhart and invest in every smile, every laugh, and every line of dialogue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Schumacher on June 8, 2011
Format: DVD
I was surprised at all the bad reviews of this on Amazon.

I quite liked it.

Yes, it's slow. Yes, it lacks car explosions. (Or even many plane explosions.) Yes, it lacks zippy editing, no fancy crosscuts or funny camera angles or dream sequences.

Mostly, it moves chronologically--in the frame of a major flashback while flying.

But it has a lot of heart. Earhart seems to have been a solo, a dreamer, and mainly attached to exploration. So her emotions for people take a while to build. You actually see this process in the movie, and you see the struggle it causes her.

You can also see her growing (but never perfect) self-confidence.

The relationship with G. P. Putnam is handled superbly. Clearly, he loved her more than she loved him, and for her he was a friend who wanted exclusiveness--a difficult thing in a friend.

Her espousal of feminism is perfectly tuned. She is a person who disregards convention, so why should conventions hold back other women?

And at the end, her final flight is truly magnificent and touching. You can see her sense of betrayal--by equipment, by her own powers, even by the natural world she loves.

Great movie.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mad Collector on April 4, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Much negative has been said about this movie. Having a casual interest in this figure's disappearance caused me to check out the film. The cast is strong and the settings are beautiful. When viewed on Blu-ray, the movie really captures in superb detail the landscapes that the aviatrix herself witnessed. I found the film engaging and enjoyed the bit about Amelia's flight with Eleanor Roosevelt. If you are looking for action or something rife with tension, then pass on this. However, this is a well-executed character piece with convincing actors who really bring a time in America's past to life...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2010
Format: DVD
AMELIA as a film suffers from ennui. Written by Ronald Bass and Ann Hamilton Phelan (with borrowed bits from biographies of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler and by Mary S. Lovell) the script sounds like cut and pasted sayings and writings of Amelia rather than a well-developed story in the form of an interesting script. Mira Nair directs with attention to period detail but seemingly little concern for shaping characters about whom we should care. The film plays like a docudrama for television with only a few moments that actually bring the viewer into the vaguely mysterious personality of Amelia Earhart.

The film begins where it ends -with scenes from the air as Amelia (Hilary Swank) is on her doomed attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 at age 40. She is accompanied by navigation expert Fred Noonan (Christopher Eccleston), passing notes to each other as they progress along the flight. The film cuts back and forth between 1928 when Amelia successfully flew across the Atlantic as the first woman passenger (the pilots are played well by Joe Anderson and Aaron Abrams), dawdles in the time of her success to marry her PR/publisher man George Putnam (Richard Gere), back in the air for more scenes form the 1937 flight, then back on ground as she prepares for and successfully flies across the Atlantic to Ireland. She meets and has an affair with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor), is constantly before the public selling lines of Amelia Earhart merchandise arranged by Putnam to finance her obsession with flying, and finally we see her board the Electra that she will successfully fly around a great portion of the air above the earth only to crash into the Pacific, never to be found.
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