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Howard Hughes - The Real Aviator

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Description

An award-winning new film exploring his extraordinary life on a DVD packed with special features!

Winner: "Grand Festival Award" for Best Documentary at the 2004 Berkeley Video & Film Festival.

In Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator, Howard Hughes tells his own story for the first time. Through his own words, taken from his actual memos, conversations and interviews, the man who broke aviation records, survived three plane crashes, built RKO Studios and TWA and changed the face of Las Vegas forever comes to life in this thoroughly engrossing film. This film digs deeper into his life and his impact on modern aviation than any other and it’s loaded with fantastic extras!

DVD EXTRAS!

• HUGHES CONQUERS HOLLYWOOD: From Playboy to Producer

The premiere of Hells Angels (the world’s largest film premiere)

Original trailers for Hells Angels, Conqueror and Jet Fighter

• HUGHES TAKES ON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT: Rare and dramatic testimony directly from Hughes

• THE FLYING BOAT: WORLD’S LARGEST PLANE — Hughes’ grandest achievement

• THE CONSTELLATION: The plane that changed passenger aviation

• HUGHES IN FLIGHT: Redigitized and spectacular aviation footage of Howard Hughes, "The Real Aviator"

• HUGHES AIRCRAFT HEADQUARTERS: Newly filmed footage of the famous headquarters in Culver City, California

• PHOTO GALLERY: Rare collection including Hughes’ only known color photo

PLUS!! Never-before-disclosed revelations from those who knew him best

• TERRY MOORE: Hughes’ wife and keeper of his legacy

• GEORGE FRANCOM: Member of the often referred to "Mormon Mafia" and Hughes’ personal aide and link to the outside world until the day he died

• ROBERT MAHEU: Spearheaded Hughes’ Vegas takeover; though they were in contact every day, they never met face-to-face

• JACK REAL: Hughes’ lifelong, closest friend and only outside confidante

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Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator is powerful, razor-sharp storytelling, an unsettling documentary built around Hughes's own recollections written during his final years of bizarre reclusiveness. Using newsreel footage, smart visual effects, and interviews with wife Terry Moore, close friend Jack Real, and key aides and executives from Hughes's sundry enterprises, The Real Aviator tells the almost improbable tale of the strapping Texan who transformed, at age 19, his late father's successful Hughes Tool Company into a colossal enterprise for cutting-edge aircraft and Hollywood film production. A daring pilot and driven captain of industry, Hughes built the planes that allowed him to break every speed record imaginable, created Trans-World Airlines (TWA), and moved heaven and earth to invent his fantastic "flying boat" while under government contract--the latter, dubious achievement (along with a near-lethal plane crash) triggering his long descent into mental illness and horrifying isolation. An essential film about a mythic American figure. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Howard R. Hughes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AF64
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,826 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Wasn't completely blown away by the documentary. IF you are a fan of his flying and ground breaking aircraft production, then the footage on this DVD is worth buying.

I agree with the other review, the narration w/ the texan accent and over use of old timers soundtrack makes the THE REAL AVIATOR not a classic or must have. If you are looking for tons of info about his death, vegas empire, etc then this DVD will not satify your appetite. The movie talks a lot about his life in aviation which made me buy it and watch it a lot.
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On balance, a downer. With all this material, fantastic film footage from Hughes' heyday, it was very disappointing to listen to the fake "autobiographical" memoirs, which were both imaginary and poorly imagined. Besides being delivered in a voice and manner which in no way appeared to match the features, character or speech of the real man. The film, and the accompanying bits and pieces, are still interesting in spite of this, but one was constantly aware of how very much better the whole treatment could have been. There has to be a much better and more genuinely understanding account of Hughes' life out there somewhere. What does come across is that Hughes was a very likeable man, who came to an extremely tragic end.
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Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I am very happy with it because its very good.
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Great Film...rare footage and My husband and I loved it.
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I LOVED THIS DVD. I HAVE THE MOST RESPECT MR. HUGHES. HE WAS A MAN THAT WASN'T GIVEN THE RESPECT THAT HE TRUELLY DESERVED.HE WAS AND STILL IS THE REAL AVIATOR.HE LOVED FLYING.AND WATCHING THE DVD YOU WILL GET THE FEEL FOR THE PASSION JUST AS HE DID.HE WAS A HANDSOME, TALENTED MAN. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANYONE THAT CAN COMPARE TO THE MR. AMAZING HOWARD HUGHES. IF YOU ARE A FAN AND INTRESTED IN LEARNING MORE ON HUGHES THEN START HERE THEN WORK YOUR UP TO HIS BOOKS. STARTING WITH THE ONE WRITTEN BY MR.NOAH DIETRICH AND YOU'LL HAVE THE SAME PASSION AS HE DID FOR FLYING AND FOR MOVIES.. HOW COULD SOMEONE W/SO MUCH TALENT GET LESS THEN WHAT HE TRUELY DESERVES? BUY THIS DVD AND YOU'LL SEE EXCATLY WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY.I AM A TRUE FAN OF HOWARD HUGHES.........
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Not available in DD or DTS-I don't want it-I'm downloading it in stereo(I think)now, and will be burning it to DVD. Might even sell it!
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