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Air America (Special Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 189 customer reviews

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

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

Product Details

  • 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, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028G7GG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Air America (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Rates right up there with the old good time flying films from the 30s and 40s. Surprisingly enjoyable story of Air America, the CIA flying operation in Indochina during the Vietnam conflict. Theirs is an untold story of heroism.
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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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Robert Downey and Mel Gibson were both early in their careers when making the classic movie on the drug trade during the Cambodian War. This film is both entertaining and insightful with a touch of dark humor. Definitely, a cult classic.
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Comedy/drama about the CIA's "we don't exist" air force during the Vietnam war. An enjoyable cast keep this film moving along including a young, sober Robert Downey Jr playing off of Mel Gibson. I say give it a watch.
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What "Good Morning Vietnam" did for the dogsoldiers, this film does for the flyboys. First of all, it features some of the greatest airbourne filmography in movie history. Second of all, it clearly illuminates the totally nasty fallout behind the sleazy politics of America's shameful history in Southeast Asia. Third of all, it's just GREAT fun. If you love a good caper film with heart, intelligence, a great script, excellent casting, wonderful acting, awesome production values, stunning stunts and and an AMAZING soundtrack, you will truly love this. But don't forget to fasten your seatbelt.
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