Don't Call Me Shirley! Edition
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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and more. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.
The shenanigans continue through the menus and even the printed matter of this second DVD release. A trivia track and commentary are enjoyable, but pretty superfluous if you watch the branching "extended edition." When a TA logo appears on the screen, you can click to one of many interview segments examining the scene. The key subject matter is how little money was used on the project and the inexperience (for better or for worse) of the three directors ("three bodies, one head"). Most of the cast and crew have fond memories of the quick shoot: Leslie Nielsen tells us how his new career path was a conscience decision, a gentlemanly Peter Graves mentions how grateful--if puzzled--he was at the chance to do comedy, and Robert Hays dishes how his car was put into the film. The directing team gleefully shows all their mistakes. The deleted scenes aren't much, but you'll know when seeing one: the flashing words "Deleted Scene" gawkily flashes at the bottom of the screen. Note: there is no easy way to watch just the new material. --Doug Thomas
- Long-haul version: includes deleted scenes, interviews, and more!
- Trivia track
- Theatrical trailer
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Remember the two suitcases attacking one another while being "walked" by their owners? Gone
Remember the PLO airways herding their blindfolded passengers in to the terminal? Gone
How about the "has sparky ever humped your leg" line by the Cpt to the boy passenger? Also gone
The list goes on...
I did notice in the menu that there is some deleted scenes so maybe they're there but that still doesn't explain why they were taken out in the first place.
This box-set that was released May of '08 could have been alot cooler. This is the first time (at least for Region 1) BOTH Airplane! movies have been released as one product in ONE case as far as I know. However, instead of 2-for-1 sets like Paramount's "Wayne's World" & "Chris Farley" groupings, that were two movies put on one DVD-9 (dual layer-single sided/one movie per layer), all they did with this one was put the original 2000 discs in one dual spindle keepcase with a new cover/slipcase. And it does NOT contain the extras-filled "Don't Call Me Shirley!" edition of the first movie either, just the original bare-bones first release. Extras here are just the original commentary track & trailer for the first film, "Sequel" is nothing but movie. I was hoping for a better presentation, but I bought it mainly for owning Part Two (as I already own the "Shirley" edition). As for picture/audio, it's what you'd expect from an eight year old digital transfer, not as good as "Shirley"'s. So I guess if you don't have any version of Airplane!, this set under $10 is nice & quick, but look for the "Shirley" edition first for an outstanding copy of the original classic.
This movie has some funny moments, but Ermahgerd! This movie was made in a time when racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. jokes were the apex of humor. My wife and I stared at each other in disbelief at least a dozen times as one form of intolerant joke after another was portrayed. If you like jokes that involve beating women, stereotyping Jews, African-Americans, and Latinos/as, making fun of veterans' struggle with PTSD, and jokes about pedophiles, then this movie is for you! I am absolutely not kidding-these aren't whiny Liberal-I'm-offended-because-I-have-thin-skin jokes. If you really want to enjoy this movie, grab some pop-corn and hood!