There are no forced trailers either, hats off to Second Sight for that. The opening act sees 12-year-old David Joey Cramer being knocked unconscious after falling into a ravine, only upon waking up to find that eight years has passed, that he has missed most of the Eighties — a familiar feeling for some who lived it, no doubt — his parents have aged, and his younger brother is now his elder. Joey Cramer's performance as David has an earnest quality, relaying his sense of bewilderment without relying heavily on sentimentality, and it's a yardstick by which the rest of the cast is measured. The performances are all mainly sub-par, from Cramer who is unconvincing, to Cop Raymond Forchion, who suffers from a scripting mistake forcing him to ask David who he thinks the president is when he has already told him the year, to Sarah Jessica Parker, who pops up as a rare human ally to David and is predictably poor. I remember watching the behind the scenes footage on the Disney Channel when this came out. That night, David goes to find his brother for the holiday celebrations. The 89-minute movie is divided into a scant 9 chapters, and no layer change was detected.
The disc's menus are still 16x9 frames which are accompanied by portions of the film's score. The story moves at a decent clip in setting up the mystery behind David's disappearance but it takes a massive forty-minutes before it starts to become fun and David meets Max voiced by Paul Mall, now Paul Reubens, of Pee-Wee Herman fame. Here's the basic plot: young David Freeman Joey Cramer, I-Man gets lost in the woods one summer night in 1978 while searching for his younger brother. Its extremely clever premise is played to perfection, thanks to skillful crafting. He can be contacted by emailing.
The film features a prominent and powerful score by Alan Silvestri Back to the Future , which often comes in a bit louder than the rest of the audio, and effectively hits and underlines the film's adventure and suspense. There were a few brief scenes, either effects or exterior shots, that exhibited an excess of grain. While its time-travel tale is a serious one, it deftly uses comedy to enhance the adventure and crank up the entertainment value. This film is one of Disney's best, one that widely departs from the studio's formulas or any conventions at all and manages to entertain without fail for an hour and a half. Extra features are limited to a decent commentary, but given the film's money troubles and mixed parentage I couldn't have hoped for much more. In the lead role, Joey Cramer has just the right amount of curiosity and charisma to make the protagonist fully likable. Heck, even the original theatrical trailer would have been a welcome inclusion.
The movie didn't receive a noticeably expansive mix to begin with, so don't expect any sonic fireworks. Having deposited his star charts in David's mind as an experiment, the drone - whom David names 'Max' - needs his 'navigator' if he's to return to his home planet, and our young hero realises that he's a boy out of time, and he needs Max's help if he's to get back to where he belongs. The importance of this release really depends on your interest in the movie itself: if you've never seen this one, it's a relatively underrated gem that aims to please any fans of the sci-fi fantasy genre, and easily makes for a solid rental. I always felt her roll as Helen Freeman David's mother was so great Maybe one of the most under-rated mothers in the 1980's Cliff De Young as the Dad Much like casting Veronica Cartwright perfect father he too has been around a while and can do anything I always loved him in this flick Cause he's the dad I'm sure every kid want! Though its script and direction deserve highest praise, a great sense of humor helps to distinguish Flight of the Navigator from other strong science fiction films of the late '70s and early '80s. The Last Star Fighter, D. Flight of the Navigator is the action-packed classic 80s adventure into another world.
Strangely enough, nothing is the same as young David remembers it, as it turns out that eight years have passed since he left. Clever, suspenseful, and at times very funny, Flight of the Navigator simply offers as much fun as any movie I've seen in a long time. The only real blot on the copybook is the slight lack of vitality to the colour in general, reducing the impact of the primaries and leaving skin tones looking somewhat sallow. So it is historically important in many ways, well, one. It has the look of an old transfer, but I mean that in a good way because the picture has not been given an overblown modern makeover. It adds to the fun, and makes for quite a good journey. In many of the best ways, the film calls to mind the perfect blend of Back to the Future, without feeling the least bit derivative.
Dialogue was crisp and always intelligible. The rest proves less satisfactory. While it's not a perfect movie in all regards, it's a charming piece of 1980s nostalgia that holds up well. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are also included for your convenience. Paul Metcalf Paul can often be found on Twitter talking about his favourite movies, games, technology and books when he is not reviewing them and adding news to Pissed Off Geek. For nostalgia's sake, Flight of the Navigator is one of the many hidden gems of the 1980s. Since I can dream, I'd have loved to hear an audio commentary or a series of more modern interviews with the cast and crew, or some basic behind-the-scenes stuff.
Although I've heard a few rumors that this may be a slight hack job a few claims have surfaced that the original aspect ratio is actually 2. In fact, some of the brighter outdoor scenes are quite sharp and well-rendered, and actually look better that I was expecting. The Blu Ray transfer is terrible. Coupled with a nonsensical and patronising ending that flies in the face of all prior facts established beforehand, and you have a dainty relic that was best off left in the Eighties. All of its elements seem to work just right. When he awakens, David finds out that the world has left him behind - it's now 1986, yet he hasn't aged a day.
Directional activity also pops up from time to time, creating a modestly immersive atmosphere especially during the flight scenes. The film starts out strong with a highly intriguing set-up, and sets a fast and flawless pace that it never departs from. The Main Menu fortunately features the coolly energetic and distinctly 1980s title theme. By and large, though, the video quality was overwhelmingly pleasing. Without a doubt, this transfer offers significant improvement over any other home video release the film has received. A commentary, a documentary, or even an press kit video or theatrical trailer would have been welcome.
Or am I making that up? It's 1978 and 12-year old David Freeman is knocked unconscious while playing. Be sure to like Pissed Off Geek on and follow them on to keep up to date with all the news and reviews. Faraday , Robert Small Troy , Albie Whitaker Jeff, 8 years , Jonathan Sanger Dr. When David walks through the woods looking for his brother, little did he realise that one fall down a hill would mean so much. Though the film's score was the most significant surround element, a number of the film's sound effects made use of the rear channels, as well. Supporting performances from the family members all seem to hit the right notes.
I remember when Flight of the Navigator was first released, I was not that much of a fan really. Starting off with great promise, the film follows a 12-year-old boy, David Joey Cramer who falls unconscious in the woods behind his home in 1978 and wakes up in a world 8-years later. They laughed at parts and kept asking me what would happen next. Despite its relative obscurity---especially today---it's a movie that brings back some great memories for anyone who watched it through the eyes of a child. Bonus Features: The main drawback of the disc is a total lack of bonus features, but I can't say I'm surprised.