THE AVIATOR, Martin Scorseses celebrated Howard Hughes biopic, lands on DVD in an impressive two-disc set on May 24, 2005 (Warner Home Video, $29.95). The intersection of Hollywood and aviation starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn and a host of other memorable supporting roles, boasts stunning visuals that digitally duplicate the two and three-strip Technicolor look of the period, as well as dramatic and seamless vfx from Sony Pictures Imageworks, CafeFX and Entity FX, supervised by Rob Legato and prevised under the supervision of Oliver Hotz.
The second disc boasts nearly three hours of bonus features, including commentary by Scorsese about his own take on legend of Hughes and memories of viewing his movies, and more detailed analysis by Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. There is also a featurette about the making of the vfx (especially the XF-11 crash in Beverly Hills).
Bonus features also include:* Deleted scene: Howard Tells Ava Gardner About His Car Accident* A Life Without Limits: The Making of THE AVIATOR* The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History* MODERN MARVELS: HOWARD HUGHES, a documentary by the History Channel* The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder* The Age of Glamour: The Hair And Makeup of The Aviator* Costuming THE AVIATOR: The Work of Sandy Powell* Constructing THE AVIATOR: The Work of Dante Ferretti* An evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda* OCD Panel Discussion with Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and Hughes' widow Terry Moore* Scoring THE AVIATOR: The Work of Howard Shore