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A downed airplane is a motley group of men’s only protection from the relentless desert sun, in this psychologically charged disaster epic, one of the all-time great survival movies. James Stewart is the veteran pilot whose Benghazi-bound plane—carrying passengers played by an unshaven ensemble of screen icons including Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Dan Duryea, Peter Finch, and George Kennedy—crash-lands in the remote Sahara. As tensions simmer among the survivors, they find themselves forced to trust a coldly logical engineer (Hardy Krüger) whose plan to get them out may just be crazy enough to work—or could kill them all. Directed with characteristic punch by Hollywood iconoclast Robert Aldrich, The Flight of the Phoenix balances adventure with human drama as it conducts a surprising and complex examination of authority, honor, and camaraderie among desperate men.

FILM INFO​




  • United States
  • 1965
  • 142 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1116


SPECIAL FEATURES​




  • 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New conversation between filmmaker Walter Hill and film scholar Alain Silver
  • New interview with biographer Donald Dewey on actor James Stewart and his service as a bomber pilot
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and critic Gina Telaroli

    New cover by Sean Phillips

    March 22, 2022
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Excellent, This is one of the few remaining region "B" titles I haven't replaced with a later region "A" release. Looking forward to it.
 

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Criterion continues their ugly cover art instead of honoring the film's original artwork. Thank you Kino for using a film's original artwork
It's most definitely a matter of opinion. Personally, I've been loving a lot of Criterion's new cover art produced over the past several years, and this one is no exception. I think it looks great.
 

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It's most definitely a matter of opinion. Personally, I've been loving a lot of Criterion's new cover art produced over the past several years, and this one is no exception. I think it looks great.
I saw it when it was released in theaters. Movie posters and ads go hand and hand with my memories of seeing movies. Back then, it was the ad art that was part of the excitement and enticement of whether to see a film or not. Seeing the original ad art brings back those fond moments in my life.
 

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I saw it when it was released in theaters. Movie posters and ads go hand and hand with my memories of seeing movies. Back then, it was the ad art that was part of the excitement and enticement of whether to see a film or not. Seeing the original ad art brings back those fond moments in my life.

This French poster is better than the original US as you can clearly see that the men are dragging the plane, where as in the US you have to squint your eyes to make out the plane.

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I saw it when it was released in theaters. Movie posters and ads go hand and hand with my memories of seeing movies. Back then, it was the ad art that was part of the excitement and enticement of whether to see a film or not. Seeing the original ad art brings back those fond moments in my life.
I can certainly appreciate that Ken. It would be nice if they offered a reversible insert with the original art on the other side, but time does march on, and I'm happy to see some fresh life being breathed into these older films with the new cover art.
 

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This Criterion Collection release gives me hope that Disney will continue to open 20th Century Fox's film vaults for blu-ray and 4k disc restoration projects.
I suspect this has been in Criterion's pipeline for quite awhile and the licensing was done before Disney's acquisition of Fox so I wouldn't hold my breath.