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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition) (2004)

Gwyneth Paltrow , Jude Law , Kerry Conran  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon
  • Directors: Kerry Conran
  • Writers: Kerry Conran
  • Producers: Jude Law, Aurelio De Laurentiis, Bill Haber, Brooke Breton, Hester Hargett
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IIPIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Brave New World" featurette
  • "The Art of the World of Tomorrow" featurette
  • The original 6-minute short
  • Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel

Editorial Reviews

Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow. A thrilling and imaginative retro-futuristic story of a valiant pilot who must team up with a reporter and a fearless air commander to defeat a robot invasion by a treacherous mad scientist. 2004/color/106 min/PG.

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Within the first fifteen minutes of Sky Captain, I was in. Gigantic robots swarm New York City and stomp through the streets, Gwenyth Paltrow as Polly Perkins does a pitch-perfect emulation of those 1930's newspaper gals, and the whole movie has the feel of the best old sci-fi movie never made. I felt like a five-year-old again; not in that still-eating-paste sense, but because something on the screen was so boldly exciting I nearly leapt out of my seat and applauded. No freaking joke. Needless to say, the rest of Sky Captain never really reaches the level of invigoration that its slam-bang opener achieves (and yeah, it has a few slow moments), but it's still an accomplished, consistently interesting movie with enough in-jokes to keep film buffs satisfied (look for not only references to The Wizard of Oz, but a few Citizen Kane nods as well) and enough rip-roaring action for everyone else.

Sky Captain could have been an empty exercise just for the sake of a new filmmaking technique - I'm sure you know by now it was all done in front of a blue screen. What makes it so interesting, though, is how seriously everyone takes the whole endeavor. Jude Law effortlessly embodies the sarcastic, multi-talented everyman do-gooder; Gwenyth Paltrow delivers those one-liners in a way that Howard Hawks would be proud; Giovanni Ribisi steals his scenes like any faithful sidekick should; and the whole plot of the movie (which could have been a borderline parody) comes off as deadly serious. Don't let the blue-screen hesitation hold you back from this one; if you complain that they don't make 'em like they used to, here's proof that it's not always the case. B+
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283 of 340 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Tomorrow' and Yesteryear September 23, 2004
I think I can say with some confidence that Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is not quite like any other film you've ever seen. Whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on what you think a movie should be.

Sky Captain is set in the years between the World Wars. Ace big-city reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets wind of a shadowy world-domination plot involving a German uber-scientist, named Totenkopf. As she begins to investigate, the city is attacked by giant robot storm troopers, who wreak destruction and attempt to steal the municipal generators. (I am not making this up.) Polly and the city are saved by the timely arrival of Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law), who turns the tide in his trusty P-40 fighter plane. Polly and Joe, who have a bit of a history, reluctantly join forces to find Totenkopf and foil his evil plans. They are aided by Joe's whiz-kid sidekick, Dex (Giovanni Ribisi), and his old flame Francesca "Franky" Cook (Angelina Jolie), who is the commodore of an armada of flying British aircraft carriers. (Still not making this up.) The good guys brave sundry fantastical adventures involving many more mechanized henchmen before they finally locate Dr. Totenkopf's lair in Nepal. The ultimate confrontation that ensues between good and evil brings the earth to the brink of apocalypse.

Okay, so much for the plot, which is pretty negligible. And while we're at it, let's dispose of the acting; Law, Paltrow and Ribisi are capable actors with good range, but Sky Captain's script wouldn't overtax the thespianic skills of a wombat. All of which is beside the point, because this movie is about other things.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, Dex: Tales of the Retrofuture September 19, 2004
By H. B.
The soft-focused, noir-esque, 1930s-style retrofuture of "Sky Captain" is a visual feast to behold, unabashedly revelling in obvious influences as Lang's "Metropolis" and B-movies of the 1930s. Amid some viewers' complaints of underdeveloped characters and dialogue, here's a movie for those us who truly "get it." Granted, this movie is not for everyone. But quite frankly, it has a lot of balls.

And dirigibles! And exploding dirigibles, at that! And giant robots! And...

But I digress. The Question is: Why should you see this movie? To put it simply, it will be unlike any other movie you've seen recently. I want to see more movies like this. I want to see more movies that take chances.

This is a movie for those who enjoy dirigibles, giant robots, ornithopters, dogfights, Manhattan, searchlights, Gwyneth Paltrow's cute over-bite, "larger than life" heros, the German language, mad scientists, industrial complexes, ray guns, dinosaurs, B-movies, film noir, steampunk, Ridley Scott's Los Angeles, the aforementioned "Metropolis", "The Wizard of Oz", Terry Gilliam's "Brazil", China Mieville's New Crobuzon....The point is that this movie takes you somewhere quite different. "Sky Captain" harkens back to a particular time and particular genre of truly escapist movies. And plus, the exploding dirigibles were just freakin' cool.
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85 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novice movie maker Kerry Conran's big time eye candy October 12, 2004
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" represents the triumph of style over substance, the P-40 Tomahawk over mechanical monsters, and computer generated actors over death itself. That last part is actually the tip of an ethical iceberg that has the potential of being the biggest point of contention in Hollywood since Ted Turner broke out his box of crayons and started colorizing black & white classic films. But for now we can just enjoy director-writer Kerry Conran's tribute to both the decade and the serials of the 1930s done with enough digital magic to make going over the rainbow seem like an unnecessary journey.

The story begins in a New York City untouched by either the Great Depression or the madness of Hitler's Nazis. But there is still a Teutonic threat beginning to encroach on the civilized world courtesy of the brilliant, mysterious, and apparently evil Dr. Totenkopf (enjoy the surprise). Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), an intrepid reporter for "The Chronicle," stumbles upon the first significant clue about the good doctor only to be distracted by the legion of giant killer mechanical men walking down the streets of New York City. In defense of the city comes Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), the Sky Captain himself, whose P-40 Tomahawk with its Flying Tiger teeth has been souped up by his sidekick, Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi). Of course Polly and Joe had something in the past, so there is a lot of subtext to her backseat driving as they go merrily along.

In the grand tradition of the Saturday morning serial the hero and his gal get on the trail of the bad machines, fueled by Dex being kidnapped by a mysterious Asian woman (Bai Ling) and helped by a few old friends, most notably Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), the commander of a most unusual British airship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Fun movie, lots of good cg. A must see if you like the whole steampunk/dieselpunk genres. The movie had everything from antique P-40 airplanes, to dinosaurs.
Published 13 days ago by Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was a great movie, came in on time and DVD and casing were undamaged as stated. Great addition to my collection.
Published 27 days ago by Will Robichaux III
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love the golden age of comics and scifi pulp fiction
While I didn't buy it here, I do own the blu-ray version of this film. I am in my late 50's and was an early fan of scifi pulp fiction and the golden age of comics and enjoy old... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Dalton
2.0 out of 5 stars An impressive achievement - a film with Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina...
I was very disappointed by this film and I barely managed to finish watching it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie very much!!!
The special effects were awesome, This movie has it all - from flying gigantic robots - to an *arc* ship built to colonize another planet.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars yeah
great futuristic movie. saw it once a while age and decided that it would be a nice movie to add to my collection
Published 1 month ago by Paul C, Surprise, Az
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love it, great movie, it has the feeling of Indiana Jones films. I love Gwyneth Paltrow as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Enneking
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great art deco/film noir sc-fi masterworks
My wife and I adore the art deco period and this movie is drenched in it, even more so than most of the great 50's film noir classics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Lindeboom
5.0 out of 5 stars a pioneering sci-fi movie
This review is more about the BD disk rather than the movie. I've seen Sky Captain in VHS, DVD, and now bluray. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Q. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Sky Captain
This is a movie in the flavor of the 40's action hero genre. It is similiar to the movie The Rocketeer.
Published 2 months ago by Angel L.
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