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From Hollywood's legendary Cocoanut Grove to the pioneering conquest of the wild blue yonder, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator celebrates old-school filmmaking at its finest. We say "old school" only because Scorsese's love of golden-age Hollywood is evident in his approach to his subject--Howard Hughes in his prime (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in his)--and especially in his technical mastery of the medium reflecting his love for classical filmmaking of the studio era. Even when he's using state-of-the-art digital trickery for the film's exciting flight scenes (including one of the most spectacular crashes ever filmed), Scorsese's meticulous attention to art direction and costume design suggests an impassioned pursuit of craftsmanship from a bygone era; every frame seems to glow with gilded detail. And while DiCaprio bears little physical resemblance to Hughes during the film's 20-year span (late 1920s to late '40s), he efficiently captures the eccentric millionaire's golden-boy essence, and his tragic descent into obsessive-compulsive seclusion. Bolstered by Cate Blanchett's uncannily accurate portrayal of Katharine Hepburn as Hughes' most beloved lover, The Aviator is easily Scorsese's most accessible film, inviting mainstream popularity without compromising Scorsese's artistic reputation. As compelling crowd-pleasers go, it's a class act from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon
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Feature commentary by director Martin Scorcese, Editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and Producer Michael Mann, an image of Leonardo DiCaprio pictured with Kate Beckinsale
Disc Two (many multiple features such as):
Deleted Scene: Howard tells Ava about the car accident. A Life Without Limits: The Making Of The Aviator. The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviator history. There is also the image of Leonardo DiCaprio walking through a beach wearing a suit.
Modern Marvel Feature: A History channel documentary on Howard Hughes. A feature titled "The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD panel discussion with director Martin Scorcese, Leonardo DiCaprio, and feature of widow Terry Moore. An Evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda. The Visual effects of "Aviator" and Constructing the Aviator (the work of Dante Ferretti.
More disco two bonus features: Leonardo DiCaprio pictured with Gwen Stefani (in a scene from the movie) and another image of Kate Beckinsale. Costuming the Aviator: the work of Sandy Powell, and The Age of Glamour: The Hair and Makeup Of the Aviator. Scoring the Aviator: The Work of Howard Shore,The Wainwright Family-Loudon, Rufus, and Martha, The Aviator Soundtrack Spot and Still Gallery featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and many of the other celebrities in Aviator.
Some of the extras on DVD 2 cover the compulsion disorder that brought Hughes down.
I had this disorder mostly as a teenager in the 1960's in a minor way and like Hughes undiagnosed then and I suppose now as I never sought assistance
I managed mostly to work through it using as it is said in the films extras "mindfullness".
Perhaps Hughes could not work his way through it because he could not give up ?
he could not bail out of a plane I do not know what his opinion was of parachutes but it seems he never used one.
There is a time that I needed to check on my door 2 or 3 times to believe it was actually closed,
but I got through that by telling myself the door was closed and contolling myself from turning around and giving in to the mindtricks.
perhaps Hughes could not put his own set of controls in place and in the end all that baggage took its toll it is a great shame that such a clever man could not figure a way out of that maze of his own making by using his mind as he had so much still to offer.
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The Aviator is a biopic of the famous Hollywood director and producer Howard Hughes.Read more