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Altitude [Blu-ray]

3.1 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Kaare Andrews; ALTITUDE: Behind the Scenes; Green Storm; Original Concepts Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Jake Weary, Landon Liboiron
  • Directors: Kaare Andrews
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WJ6VEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Altitude [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2010
I guess I would have enjoyed ALTITUDE a lot more if: A) It wasn't sold as a monster movie. B) The actual creature had been in it for longer than 20 seconds. C) The whole film had been about 30 minutes in length. As an "airplane-in-trouble" movie, it could have been OK. That is, minus the flying octopus. As it is, I found myself waiting for something interesting to happen, only to have all hopes dashed. Please, if you are expecting a horror / monster movie, just forget it. Otherwise, you're in for a bout of air-sickness...
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The green screen 270-degree sheet that surrounds most of the plane gives us some good CGI of the storm outside. The filmmakers outsourced the CGI to China, but it's a shame they also didn't outsource the script, direction, and acting as well.

The film's fails on most levels, but a production begins and ends with a strong script, and this film simply didn't have it. Characters have to be likeable in order for us to care about their fate, and these 5 are very often cartoonishly obnoxious. I didn't care that their lives were in danger. In fact, I couldn't wait for them to be killed off.

There are some films that are so bad, they're good. This one isn't. It's so bad, it's bad. Even clocking in at 82 minutes before the long 8 minute closing credit sequence, it feels long and ponderous in most places.

Not even worth a rental.
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Five young adults charter an airplane for a getaway weekend. Sara pilots the plane which includes one other woman and three boys with testosterone problems who vie for her attention by putting each other down. The movie consists of a lot of blue hue scenes and facial close-ups. The "monster" in the movie was apparently created by the Pastafarians who wanted to introduce their god, the "Flying Spaghetti Monster." The characters were bad and unlikable. Most of the movie consists of bickering among the people in the airplane. While the five of them are in the plane, they ascend into storm clouds and are unable to escape the clouds which are the domain of the multi-tentacle monster you see on the cover. I thought the ending of the movie made the movie Twilight Zone-like, however the poor execution of the plot leading up to it, the inability to use the twist cleverly in the story, and the otherwise lousy scenes made the movie a stinker. It would have made a good 30 minute Creep Show episode. If facial close-ups of Jessica Lowndes is what turns you on, then by all means get this movie. (Worse than "Frozen"!) The movie is rated R for language (rare f-bomb) and a "sexual gesture." That sexual gesture is one of the males pretending to be self-stroking a long shaft, which makes a statement about this movie.
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Okay. Just skip it. I plan on spoiling the movie for you. Just trust me when I say it will be even more spoiled for you if you watch it on your own. I enjoyed laughing at this flick even though everything was spoiled for me. Hell, the movie poster spoiled the movie for everyone! I'll just leave the very end a disappointing mystery for your own viewing disapproval. The effects are too bad for theaters but feel just about right for the sci-fi network, if that good.

Five friends--Sara (Jessica Lowndes; The Devil's Carnival, The Haunting of Molly Hartley), Mel (Julianna Guill; the Friday the 13th remake, The Apparition), Cory (Ryan Donowho), Bruce (Landon Liboiron; The Howling: Reborn) and Sal (Jake Weary)--set off on a trip together on a six passenger plane piloted by Sara, whose mother died while piloting a six passenger plane (dun dun dunnnnn!). As we meet these late teens we find an immediate sexual triangle between Sal, Cory and Mel (who's dating uber-jerk-jock Sal). Bruce is Sara's out-of-place friend-with-benefits who is suspiciously squirrely before getting on the plane--feels like the opening of Final Destination (2000), doesn't it? They play out the various forms of teen angst well and clique-like jabs vying for top alpha dog status start almost immediately--still feeling like the Final Destination series.

Just as the bro-jibes start to hit a little too hard for comfort and the boy-girl tension starts rising there is a malfunction with the plane preventing them from descending. Then, as if it came out of nowhere, they get trapped in a dark cloudy superstorm at high altitudes and now communication and navigation instruments are disabled as well.
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This film is a poor attempt to be clever and it falls on it's face. The characters all act in the same immature, stupid and ignorant manner as most slasher flicks. We have tension between the strong girl and her knucklheaded boy friend. We have the horny couple and tentacles coming out of the sky. What are they? Where did they come from? Lovecraftian? There are no real references to HPL or the Mythos in the film. Government "Cthulhu in the Sky" test? Who knows? Who cares. This was a wasteof money.
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When i was told this movie is not getting a theatrical release, I could not believe it. I found "ALTITUDE" to be so fascinatingly creative, imaginative and amusing to such degree I could not stop thinking of a couple of nightmare scenarios that haunt me till this day. One of those nightmares are my teeth weakening falling out and falling from a cliff without being able to wake up. This is what ALTITUDE will instill in you.. fear... lots of it. You will suffer many phobias during your journey viewing this film. Several phobias such as acrophobia, aeroacrophobia, aeronausiphobia, aviatophobia to name a few are all bottled up in this nifty Canadian production that is sure to find a cult audience specially with those who love old fantastical horror tales. Anyways, if you are susceptible of suffering from phobias, this film will give you the chills. What is even more remarkable is the premise of a monster being hidden somewhere in the sky- no worries, Im not giving anything aways here that is no already being marketed by the distributor. But I did find it very interested how several concepts come together to form Kaare Andrew's horror odyssey. An extremely entertaining film with a premise that will take you back to the days of HBO's "Tale from the Crypt" as it combines a little "Twighlight Zone" with other supernatural genre type phenomenons. The production values and effects are as excellent as the cast who had to endure making this movie with constant high to extreme tensions with raw emotions floating about the cabin as their basic survival instincts get the best of them. Jake Weary and and very weepy Jessica Lowndes do their best in keeping it together as they deal with the monster in the sky. But the likable cast with their presence did make their emotional and romantic conflicts worth watching.
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