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Two 1990s boys thaw out a 1930s test pilot, cryonically frozen, and bring him home to one's single mother.
A surprise sleeper hit when released in 1992, this romantic fantasy works as a comedic adventure and a gentle tearjerker thanks to Mel Gibson's appealing performance. He plays Daniel, a daring test pilot who is deeply distraught by the apparent death of his girlfriend, Helen, in 1939. Feeling little reason to live, he volunteers for a pioneering cryogenics experiment and is thawed out 50 years later by two young boys. They bring the confused pilot home to Nat's single mom, Claire (Jamie Lee Curtis). There's a hint of romance, but Daniel desperately needs to know if Helen really died in 1939, and he discovers that love has a way of surviving a half-century leap in time. The premise is hokey and certain plot details are conveniently ignored, but Gibson, Curtis, and Elijah Wood (as Nat) hold it together with irresistible charm and just the right balance of fantasy and drama. --Jeff Shannon
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That being said, the DVD release of this film is abysmal. In fact, I can't believe it is 2015 and we still can only get a DVD for this film released in 1997, and in Full Screen no less! It is a bare bones release with fairly bad transfer and audio mix, and is presented in 1.33.1, but as it goes, it's the only thing available outside a laser disc release from the early-mid 1990's and VHS of course. Thankfully, I only had to pay $5 for it, because had I paid more, I would've been incensed. Hopefully, the powers that be get together and give this movie a proper release in Blu Ray with special features, and hopefully a commentary track with Miner, Gibson, and maybe Abrams. Until then, this is the only option we got.