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    Unique ID Code: 0000009091
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    Added on: 14/10/2000 12:21
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    Final Destination (US)

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    Can you cheat death?
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 98 mins
    Retail Price: $24.98
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    His entire high-school class is going to Paris, but Alex Browning (Devon Sawa, Idle Hands) can`t seem to shake his fear of flying. Once aboard the plane, he has a violently disruptive premonition which gets him and five of his classmates including Clear Rivers (Ali Larter, Varsity Blues, House On Haunted Hill) and Carter Horton (Kerr Smith, TV`s "Dawson`s Creek") kicked off the plane.

    As the students watch the plane depart, they witness the horrifying disaster that proves the deadly premonition true. Now having dodged death once, the terror begins in full as fate hunts them down one-by-one.

    Soon the five survivors will discover you can`t cheat death in this bone-chillingly-suspenseful film that critics call "A first class edge of your seat thriller!" -Paul Wunder, WBAI

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Filmmaker Commentary by James Wong, Glen Morgan, James Coblentz, and Jeffrey Reddick
    Actor Commentary by Devon Sawa, Kerr Smith, Kristin Cloke, and Chad E. Donella
    5.1 Isolated Score and Commentary with Composer Shirley Walker
    Deleted Scenes And Alternate Ending
    Two Original Documentaries:
    Test Screenings - The Filmmakers and studio executives reveal the process of test marketing and the impact this has on the storyline of Final Destination
    Premonitions - Meet Pam Coronado, a real life intuitive investigator who taps her psychic skills to help crime fighters crack unsolved mysteries.
    Theatrical Trailer

    DVD-ROM Features:
    Read The Screenplay While Watching The Film
    Internet Access! The Original Theatrical Website Including: The "Death Clock" (See How Long You Have To Live), Animated Postcards (Mail A Daily Terror Card To A Friend), Psychic Games and More!

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    James Wong

    Written By:

    Roger Guenveur Smith
    Daniel Roebuck
    Kristen Cloke
    Kerr Smith
    Ali Larter
    Devon Sawa

    Casting By:
    John Papsidera

    Soundtrack By:
    Shirley Walker

    Director of Photography:
    Robert McLachlan

    James Coblentz

    Costume Designer:
    Jori Woodman

    Production Designer:
    John Willett

    Warren Zide
    Art Schaeffer
    Craig Perry
    Glen Morgan
    Chris Bender

    Executive Producer:
    Brian Witten
    Richard Brener

    New Line Productions

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A really good and enjoyable movie. While it is not as scary as I was hoping it would be, it`s a nice one.
    It basically tells the story of a couple of teenagers who avoided their death and are now expecting their death`s new incarnation.
    The video transfer is really good. Some of the effects are hilarious but all in all the effects are nice and are done professionally.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is great. It`ll make you jump out of your seat at least twice and the sound during the flight scene is simply awesome.
    The menus are very creepy and are very nice.
    The extras include 3 commentary tracks, 2 featurettes (one of which - the test screening - is hilarious since you get to see the entire audience jump out of its seats), a couple of deleted scenes, some games and an alternate ending. All in all, the extra features are VERY good.
    Bottom line - a great movie with some nice scares and a nice story.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 24/10/2000 03:24
    8 / 10
    Well where do I start? Being a avid fan of teen slasher movies and horror flicks I found this to be right up my street.

    The opening thirty minutes is argueably the best moment of the film but what a first thirty mins. I`m not uusally scared of planes, in fact I quite like the take off but that is enough to put you off flying for life.

    The picture and sound are top quality I was a little disappointed with the deleted scenes but I buy a DVD for the film not the extras.

    All in all highly recommended in my book, well its better than Scream 3
    posted by James Clews on 20/11/2000 10:05
    8 / 10
    The tagline for "Final Destination" is "Death is Coming" and for once, the advertising is accurate. The film opens with a high school group boarding a plane to Paris. Alex (Devon Sawa) has a premonition that the plane is going to explode and demands to leave the plane. The ruckus he creates forces six other passengers off of the plane. The others are very upset with Alex - until the plane takes off and actually does explode. Alex realizes that the seven survivors of the plane crash were actually supposed to die and that death is coming for them. He begins to have visions of the demises of the other six survivors, but his attempts to help them are met with ridicule from everyone and suspicion from the FBI. As the series of deaths begins, Alex realizes that he must figure out death's plan and overthrow it in order to save his friends.

    The characters in the original story were changed from adults to teenagers to lure in the `Scream` crowd, the image of Death was changed from the Grim Reaper to a shadow and a zephyr, and the shocks were punched up. In fact, `Final Destination` contains one of the best "oh-my-gawd!!" shocks of recent years; it involves a bus.

    "Final Destination" is part of New Line Home Video's Platnium Series, and this DVD is simply filled to the brim with quality materials. The film is presented in an anamorphic widescreen and is letterboxed at 1.85:1. This transfer is simply beautiful. The digital transfer renders the image crystal clear, giving us a pristine version of the film. There are no flaws in the source print and the amount of grain on the image is negligible, nor is there any obvious noise or artifacting. The colors are very sharp, as light and dark play a big role in the film. No warping or bending of the frame is obvious, thus implying that the framing is correct. Director James Wong clearly worked very hard to make "Final Destination" a visual feast and this exquisite transfer allows us to see his vision as it was intended.

    The DVD contains two non DVD-ROM games, which are actually more like interactive demos. The first one is a grim little number entitled "Death Clock". For this, you answer a series of health related questions and it tells you how long you will live. The second game is a "Psychic Test" featuring Zener cards. These are five cards with various geometric shapes (the same cards that Bill Murray used for the psychic test in "Ghostbusters".) You are presented with 25 sets of cards and you must guess (or sense) which card is the correct one.
    posted by Aslan on 9/6/2004 20:29