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Backdraft (Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

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From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, Backdraft is a visually stunning, emotionally charged, action-thriller about the adventurous lives of professional firefighters. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin star as two feuding siblings carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters. When a puzzling series of arson attacks is reported, they are forced to set aside their differences to solve the mystery surrounding these explosive crimes. Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca DeMornay, Donald Sutherland and Robert De Niro also star in this critically acclaimed suspense story that features Academy Award-nominated Special Effects and Sound with some of the most awe-inspiring fire sequences ever filmed.

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  • U-Control: Scene Companion
  • Ron Howard Introduction
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bringing Together The Team
  • Explosive Stunts
  • Creating the Villain: The Fire
  • Real-Life Firemen, Real-Life Stories
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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca DeMornay
    • Directors: Ron Howard
    • Writers: Gregory Widen
    • Producers: Brian Grazer, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Richard B. Lewis, Pen Densham, John Watson
    • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS-HD 2.0)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
    • Run Time: 137 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00452J5KU
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Backdraft (Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    Format: DVD
    This is actually a 2-disc "Anniversary" special edition.

    Digitally Remastered Picture & Sound

    2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

    English DD5.1 Surround

    English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

    Ron Howard Introduction



    Over 40 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

    "Igniting the Story" -Director Ron Howard, Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer and others discuss the evolution of the film from script to screen

    "Bringing Together The Team" -From the casting room to firefighter clinics see how director Ron Howard brought together a talented team of actors and real-life firefighters

    "The Explosive Stunts" -Filmmakers reveal the state-of-the-art technology and heroic stunts that created the explosive action of the film

    "Creating the Villain: The Fire" -See how an overwhelmingly talented team of special effects creators and stunt coordinators worked together to bring the fire to life

    "Real-Life Fireman, Real-Life Stories" -Get an insider's perspective on what it takes to be a firefighter in this round-table discussion with the crew of Station 73, Santa Clarit
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    Format: Blu-ray
    Enough has been said regarding the film's accuracy, summaries of the plot, acting and other diverse opinions so I will only review the actual quality of the transfer of the film to Blu Ray. It is for the BluRay's actual quality that I give it 5 stars and not necessarily the movie itself. The movie would get 4 stars from me.

    I do believe that some work was put into this film's transfer to Blu Ray; at least for the Anniversary Edition. The colors are brilliant without popping artificially and the color grading, all around, tends to be warm and natural. There is excellent contrast throughout the entire film and in the many dark and shadow areas, small details are quickly and easily discernible. At no point did I notice any moving grain or, for that matter, grain even when the movie was paused. No artifacting in any part of the film and stairstepping which might have shown up in the many wide angle scenes did not occur. While the cover does not say that the film was completely remastered, I would believe that it was, or, at least, taken from a perfect mother master. Mbps rate tended to average a high mid-thirties any time I checked. The fire FXs were the star of the film and the flames seemed as normal and natural as you would expect a real fire to be which is very different than CGI fire fx. Overall, the video transfer deserves its 5 stars.

    The DTS HD MA 5.1 audio really kicks your home theater system in the butt. The audio starts off slower than I expected but when the film jumps to present time, the audio fully utilizes your entire speaker system. The lossless audio codec brings a greatly transparent dialogue with it and certainly brings the many fire audio foley fx to life.
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    Format: DVD
    MOVIE: In a much needed re-release Universal gives us an incredible 15th Anniversary set for Backdraft. Backdraft is a movie that we see so often nowadays, but Ron Howard executed it in such a way that it remains as one of the best of the "real-life hero tribute" films. The script is filled with contrived dialogue and some incredibly lame and cliched plot turns, but it's the fire footage that makes this film exceed above the rest. The filmmakers initially wanted to go with CGI fire, but the tests done looked so fake that they turned to the real thing. Some amazing scenes are shot in this film that we'll probably never see in a film again due to the fact that CGI has advanced so much over the past decade. The characters are likable and relatable, but the acting is a bit overdone. This isn't the greatest film ever made, but the characters feel real enough to keep a strong emotional connection with the audience, and that's the essence of good filmmaking. Many see Backdraft as the ultimate tribute to firefighters across America, and while the ending of the film sends a tribute, the movie is actually very much centered around the two brothers. Heroism and courage are not central themes of this movie, but it's more about embracing the people around you (not teamwork). The film also features the first collaboration between Ron Howard and Hans Zimmer, in which Zimmer produces one of his best synthesizer based scores. A really good film that finally gets the DVD release it deserves.

    VIDEO: Owners of the original Backdraft release will rejoice with this all-new digitally remastered transfer. The colors are solid, but I think they picture could have been sharper. There was no hazing or haloing during the fire scenes though, and that was my biggest fear.
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    By A Customer on March 22, 2001
    Format: VHS Tape
    If you like to watch a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat with great special effects and wonderful, true to life character interactions, I definitely recommend Ron Howard's Backdraft. The interactions among all the actors come across as very natural, as if all the actors where actually who they were playing, making the characters more believable. Not only are the characters believable, but the special effects that continue through out the movie, whether big or small, pull everything together to make Backdraft one of the best films I have ever seen. The basis of this movie is that people around the Chicago area are dying by way of these backdrafts. It is up to the arson investigator, played by Robert DeNiro to find out what is going on. The other characters involved are two brothers who's father died serving the same fire department they work for. Kurt Russell plays the oldest brother, Lieutenant Stephen 'Bull' McCaffrey ,who has been with the force for many years, and William Baldwin plays the younger brother, Brian McCaffrey who just joined the force. Throughout the movie the two brothers battle conflict with each other relating to sibling rivalry among other things, and Brian ends up leaving the force to join the arson investigating office.. Other characters involved around the two brothers are Rebecca De Mornay, who plays Helen McCaffrey, the ex-wife of Kurt Russell. Her part is not that large, but the importance of her character in regards to Kurt Russell is definitely noticeable, and the friendship that still exists between them is easy to relate to. Jennifer Jason Leigh, who plays Jennifer Vaitkus, the ex-girlfriend of William Baldwin, has a bit of a larger role.Read more ›
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    backdraft cut?
    There is no "Uncut" Version of BACKDRAFT; There's the version that it was intended to be (as seen on the DVD/VHS) and then there's the Network TV Version, which is, ironically, butchered (for airing Purpouses) and uses the Deleted scenes from the Special Edition for whatever reason.
    Jul 9, 2009 by P. Hardy |  See all 2 posts
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