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The Aviator

In an epic fashion, almost a large as the legend himself, The Aviator examines the life of the enigmatic Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his passion for airplanes. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 170
Theater Release: 16 Dec 2004
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Home Video Extra Features

Warner Home Video presents The Aviator on a two-disc DVD set (available in either wide or full screen), that is almost as large as Howard Hughes himself. Examine the man behind the legend with the bonus features: The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History, Modern Marvels: Howard Hughes (a documentary by the History Channel) and The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the movie by listening to director Martin Scorsese’s commentary, or viewing the featurettes, A Life Without Limits (The Making of The Aviator), The Visual Effects of The Aviator, The Work Of Howard Shore (Scoring The Aviator), The Age of Glamour (The Hair And Makeup of The Aviator), The Work of Sandy Powell (Costuming for The Aviator), and The Work of Dante Ferretti (Constructing The Aviator). If that isn’t enough you can checkout a deleted scene (Howard Tells Ava About His Car Accident) and a Still Gallery.

Fans of the film and the man will also appreciate: An evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda, OCD Panel Discussion With Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Howard Hughes’ Widow Terry Moore and The Wainwright Family - Loudon, Rufus and Martha.

Audio Tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), with subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

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