Airport Terminal Pack

Airport Terminal Pack

Director: David Lowell Rich, George Seaton, Jack Smight
Cast: Burt Lancaster

DVD (Wide Screen / Stereo / DTS)


Okay, so no "serious" viewer will buy -- or, at least, admit to buying -- this double-disc set containing the four Universal Pictures' Airport movies, from the big-budget, high-profile original, Airport (1970), directed by George Seaton, through the sequels Airport 1975 (directed by Jack Smight) and Airport '77 (the work of Jerry Jameson), to the final entry, Airport '79: Concorde, helmed by David Lowell Rich. Only the first was taken seriously by audiences and, in fact, the second and third movies were among the early manifestations of the creeping "sequel-itis" that would afflict American movies from the '70s onward. (It was but a short jump from Airport 1975 to Jaws 2 [from the very same studio, Universal], etc., and from there to the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series.) That doesn't mean, however, that the four movies here don't all bear at least a look, even if the points-of-interest lie outside the boundaries of their cinematic virtues. The first movie, George Seaton's Airport (1970), was one of the last gasps of the old Hollywood, doing what it still did better than any other moviemaking colony, parading major, recognizable stars and a screen icon or two (Burt Lancaster, Helen Hayes) across the screen -- and a super-wide Todd-AO-proportioned screen at that -- in a story that encompassed adventure, suspense, romance, and infidelity (interspersed with some very carefully placed comic relief), around the work of the top veteran craftsmen of the period. Seaton was nearly at the end of his career, and composer Alfred Newman never lived to see his Oscar nomination for the score here; it was all superficial, if not outright silly, but also downright spellbinding. By the time we get to Jack Smight's Airport 1975, there is no old Hollywood veneer, and the cinematic content is absolutely minimal; the movie has a decidedly low-rent look, shot in Panavision but, in its production values and design, and most of its casting beyond its one real star (Charlton Heston), looks like an expensive made-for-TV feature. What is interesting from a sociological standpoint is the effort by the makers, in keeping with the sensibilities of the day, to acknowledge feminism -- whereas the 1970 movie's screenplay didn't quite know what to do with the idea of a female character in a position of authority, making Jean Seberg's character unattractive at times, and the butt of certain jokes in the script, Airport 1975 manages to put a stewardess played by Karen Black in the pilot's seat without hesitation, until stalwart hero Heston gets dropped into the stricken plane in mid-air. Airport '77, directed by Jerry Jameson, reached deeper into Hollywood's past, somewhat effectively in the case of Jack Lemmon as the pilot, and mixed the basic notion of suspense in the air with a caper plot about a heist gone wrong. And, finally, on its last gasp, David Lowell Rich's Airport '79: Concorde simply abandons all self-respect. Photographed in an anemic 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and looking like a B-movie that wouldn't rate a prime-time showing on network TV, it's saddled with a script that's more jokey and obsessed with casual sex (and casual drug use) among its characters than the original movie's screenwriter or original author Arthur Hailey ever dreamt of; and it carries a cast that mostly (with all due respect to Eddie Albert, Bibi Andersson, and Andrea Marcovicci, none of whom belonged here), couldn't make an interesting episode of The Love Boat -- the salacious hot-tub scene between Marcovicci and John Davidson is particularly gross (as is the notion of any big-screen work by Davidson, clothed or not). Its visual highlight is a series of ridiculous aerobatics (including upside-down flying) by the Concorde, with accompanying shots of havoc among the passengers that look like test footage for Airplane! But the real value in the final film may be as an artifact of mainstream Hollywood's belated discovery of the sexual revolution, and a look back at pop-culture's flirtation with casual sex, before the election of Ronald Reagan and the advent of the AIDS epidemic, and awareness of other sexually transmitted diseases all contrived to put a damper on the mood and the behavior -- when characters, including heroes and heroines (at least, when one of the heroines was Sylvia Kristel), could engage in lives filled with recreational sex (and sex with prostitutes) without a seeming care in the world. On a technical level, each film gets 18 chapters, which is too little for the first and too many for the sequels, and each comes with its original trailer. All four movies are presented their original theatrical widescreen aspect ratios, and their soundtracks are rendered in the original mono and remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish, and each of the double-sided platters opens automatically to a simple, easy-to-use menu.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
UPC: 0025192422928
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 7:52:00

Special Features

Original trailers; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Mel Bakersfeld
Alain Delon Capt. Paul Metrand
Charlton Heston Alan Murdock
Dean Martin Capt. Vernon Demerest
Jack Lemmon Don Gallagher
Jacqueline Bisset Gwen Meighen
Karen Black Chief Stewardess Nancy Pryor
Lee Grant Karen Wallace
Susan Blakely Maggie Whelan
Brenda Vaccaro Eve Clayton
George Kennedy Joe Patroni,Joseph Patroni,Capt. Joe Patroni
Jean Seberg Tanya Livingston
Robert Wagner Kevin Harrison
Efrem Zimbalist Pilot Stacy
Helen Hayes Ada Quonsett
Joseph Cotten Nicholas St. Downs, III
Sylvia Kristel Isabelle
Olivia de Havilland Emily Livingston
Susan Clark Mrs. Patroni
Gloria Swanson Gloria Swanson
James Stewart Philip Stevens
Jimmie "J.J." Walker Boisie

Technical Credits
David Lowell Rich Director
George Seaton Director
Jack Smight Director
Jerry Jameson Director
Arthur Hailey Author

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Airport
1. Emergency
2. Disaster Insurance
3. Fringe Benefits
4. Stowaway
5. For Better or for Worse
6. Don't Worry
7. Extra Passenger
8. Full Throttle
9. We're Leaving
10. Check and Report
11. Someone Else
12. Extreme Caution
13. It's Goodbye
14. Mayday
15. Structural Damage
16. Mobile One
17. Shut Down
18. Welcome Home
Side #2 -- Airport 1975
1. Main Titles
2. Passengers of Flight 409
3. Welcome Aboard
4. Help Him Untie
5. In-Flight Entertainment
6. Hands On
7. Alternate Heading
8. Impact!
9. The Stewardess Is Flying
10. Big Problem
11. Lost Contact
12. Here Comes TV
13. The Radio's Dead
14. We're Too Low
15. Transfer Attempt
16. On Our Way Down
17. Back on the Ground
18. End Titles
Side #3 -- Airport '77
1. Prototype Aircraft (Main Titles)
2. Priceless Cargo
3. Preflight Preparations
4. Cleared for Takeoff
5. Right on Schedule
6. Skyjackers Take Over
7. Into the Bermuda Triangle
8. Unexpected Obstacle
9. Keep It Together
10. "We're on Our Own!"
11. Drown or Sufficate?
12. Opening the Gates of Hell
13. Activate Emergency Beeper
14. Scramble Rescue Units
15. Underwater Pilot
16. Going to Chance It
17. Increase Pressure
18. End Titles
Side #4 -- The Concorde: Airport '79
1. Close Call (Main Titles)
2. The Buzzard
3. Terrorists and Assassins
4. Reprogram the Drone
5. A Beautiful Lady
6. Evidence Delivered
7. See You in Paris
8. Launch Attack Drone
9. Fasten Your Seat Belts
10. Scramble Jet Fighters
11. No Brakes!
12. It's Over
13. Sabotage
14. Stop That Man!
15. Gremlins
16. Explosive Decompression
17. Threading the Needle
18. End Titles

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Airport Terminal Pack 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beware of the 'franchise set'. The transfer of 'Airport 75' is appalling to say the least. The transfer contains an abundance of grain, especially in darker shots, but that is not the main problem The entire picture has been squeezed, left to right. In some scenes, it is far more noticeable than others. However, it is evident right from the start of the movie. As the passengers are being 'introduced' in the first part of the movie, they all appear tall and skinny. And the jet engines and tires aren't round, either!!! At times this is tremendously distracting. Given the choice, I would have rather had information trimmed from either end of the screen, than to have to put up with this mess. If you, as I and some other posters, have received this defective disk of 'Airport 75', I suggest you call them at 818-777-1000.
HmmmmPB More than 1 year ago
I hesitated purchasing this b/c of the negative comment of problems with viewing. I think that person just got a bad set b/c mine views perfectly! No problems at all. As for the story lines, well, come on, these films are just plain, uh, plane entertainment. Lots of mess when the planes come apart here and there but viewing these films is a nice way to spend a couch-potato Saturday. Go ahead and buy the set if you like. You just might not want to watch them before you fly off somewhere. But then again . . . .
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