02/12/2016  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

'Game of Thrones' season 6 character photos released ...
Ryan Reynolds Says Having a Daughter was Dream Come Tru...
Oscars Nominees Luncheon Class Photo of 2016 Revealed ...
Bernie Sanders confirms: 'I am Larry David'...
Breaking News: James Corden to Host the 2016 Tony Award...
Marty Balin Remembers Paul Kantner: 'He and I Opened Ne...
House of Cards season 5 renewal announced, showrunner B...
Joseph Fiennes plays Michael Jackson in British TV 'roa...
Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' a powerful film...
Chris Rock, Oscar host who really seems to hate the Osc...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Artisan Home Entertainment presents
The Langoliers (1995)

"The dogs are not barking."
- Brian Engle (David Morse)

Review By: Dan Lopez   
Published: March 25, 2002

Stars: Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, David Morse, Mark Lindsay Chapman
Other Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Baxter Harris
Director: Tom Holland

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (some violence, some language)
Run Time: 02h:58m:12s
Release Date: May 23, 2000
UPC: 017153100211
Genre: horror


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B- CB-B- D-

DVD Review

Once upon a time, I was an avid reader of Stephen King, voraciously consuming his works as quickly as possible. I came to the personal conclusion that, while he's written some very good novels, his strongest talent lies in short stories, which I highly recommend to all. Of course, King's stories, short or long, are endlessly interpreted into films—some good; most bad. I was perplexed, however, when The Langoliers became a television mini-series, because I had assumed it a story that could not be properly filmed. Intensely psychological and dependant on the individual reader, I couldn't see how it could be achieved. Writer/director Tom Holland gets credit here for doing so much with an amazingly low budget, proving me somewhat wrong, but The Langoliers remains a story best told on the written page.A normal, everyday flight leaves the airport at Bangor, Maine one evening, headed out for Boston. The passengers are an odd assortment of people, but one that's just like any flight. Shortly after take-off however, passengers who were sleeping awaken to discover that there is only a handful of people left on the plane. Everyone else has vanished, and the only ones left are those who were asleep. Luckily, an airline pilot, Brian Engle (David Morse) is among these people, and he attempts to contact an airport and land the plane. The problem is, no one responds and the Earth, from what anyone can tell, is deserted. Something strange and very radical has happened to the plane in mid-flight, and now this mixture of passengers must figure out exactly what it was. It is this mystery that drives the story along, and to say more would give away the twists and turns this idea takes.Keeping in the theme of the original story, each passenger represents a distinctly different personality type, but this works both for and against the film. The people tend to be a bit exaggerated, and the most crucial and important character, a young blind girl, isn't terribly convincing. By far the best performance is David Morse, who manages to be the most believable person, able to keep his cool while remaining be open-minded about the predicamentthey're in. Most of the actors wander between acceptable and ridiculous roles, but the worst offender is Bronson Pinchot aa Craig Toomy, a wealthy, pushy businessman. He goes a bit overboard as the psycho bully, although he's generally kept on a leash once the film gets going. Unfortunately, this uneven acting terrain makes a three-hour movie a little hard to get through, and at that length, the cracks show through.Although Langoliers makes good use of the psychological angle of the story and manages to be pretty creepy at times, the extremely low production values make it tough to really get into. The special effects are, in a word, awful. Even the simplest things that could have been taken care of with some stock footage are, instead, rendered with extremely poor computer effects. As I previously mentioned, Langoliers is a story that is difficult to visualize to a certain extent; so, to make it watchable, the effects need to really sell the surrealism. Sadly, they're laughable at best, which kills the suspension of disbelief. If anything is deserving of true praise, it's the generally strong script by Tom Holland, which translates the story well without too many changes. At three hours, it's much longer than it needs to be, but the time is wisely filled by intellectual elements, making it a 'thinking' horror/sci-fi production in many ways. It's worth taking a look at, but does not really measure up.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: C

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: For a full-frame image, Langoliers is decent, but has some problems with compression artifacts in certain scenes. There's some shimmer and background haziness, as well as color bleeding. It isn't major, and corrects itself over time, but its continuous appearance is slightly annoying.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The soundtrack is presented in basic stereo, and functions well for the most part. Thereare very few large effects or directionality, but the dialogue and all important elements areperfectly clear. The minimal music is nicely represented, but the track doesn'tdeliver any kind of major experience. There were no surround effects.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 49 cues and remote access
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: There are no additional features on this disc save for basic menus and functionality. Onthe positive side, the 49 chapter stops offer a good division of the film's three hours.

Extras Grade: D-

 

Final Comments

The Langoliers is, at the very least, an entertaining thriller with a nice, surreal edge. The major problems with its execution are frustrating, but not completely fatal. Tom Holland would later translate Stephen King's Thinner to the big screen with far more positive results.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, game of thrones, emilia clark, sophie turner, alfie allan, maisie williams, patrick malahide, max von sydow, hbo, movie, ryan reynolds, deadpool, blake lively, james, shrimpie, celebrity, academy awards class photo, beverly hilton, leonardo dicaprio, brie larson, sylvester stallone, lady gaga, bernie sanders, larry david, anderson cooper, cbs, tony awards, james corden, the broadway league and the american theatre wing, music, jefferson airplane, paul kantner, marty balin, doors, netflix, house of cards, president frank underwood, kevin spacey, robin wright, comedy, michael jackson, joseph fiennes, nate parker, the birth of a nation, sundance film festival, nat turner, d.w. griffiths, movies, academy awards show, chris rock, will smith, white chicks, icymi, matt damon, the martian, cheryl boone isaacs, iggy pop, josh homme, gardenia, the late show, stephen colbert, post pop depression, academy award controversy, charlotte rampling, 45 years, cheryl boone, glenn frey, eagles, don henley, post-beach boys california pop, disco, punk, rock and roll hall of fame, david bowie, alan rickman, cancer, cameron crowe, rolling stone, ride along 2, ice cube, kevin hart, buddy-cop action-comedy, debbie harry, chris stein, blondie, heros, ricky gervais, jeffrey tambor, mozart in the juncle, aziz ansari, mr. robot, quentin tarantino, china box office, $32.1 million, walt disney, lip sync battle, beyonce, channing tatum, jena dewan tatum, paula abdul, spike tv, premieres, shades of blue, jennifer lopez, nbc, angel from hell, my diet is better than yours, abc, adele, 26, 7.44 million album sales, amc, the walking dead, frank darabont, glen mazzara, pbs, downton abbey season 6, gareth neame, sophie mcshera, paul copley, nichola burley, michelle dockery, the bachelor, bachelorette, ben higgins, alex michel, aaron buerge, andrew firestone, bob guiney, george r.r. martin, the winds of winter, song of ice and fire, kanye west, facts, bill cosby, steve harvey, miss universe, cosby show, george lucas, charlie rose, star wars: the force awakens, disney, star wars, harrison ford, mark hamill, carrie fisher, aging, sports, basketball, meadowlark lemon, wilt chamberlain, u.s. army, basketball hall of fame, clown prince of basketball, ritz theater

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store