Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) BD (2015 release) Directed (and screenplay) by Peter Weir ('Picnic at Hanging Rock', 'Gallipoli', 'Dead Poets Society', 'The Truman Show'). Cinematography by Russell Boyd ('Picnic at Hanging Rock', 'Gallipoli', 'Tender Mercies', 'Crocodile Dundee', 'The Defector'). Editing by Lee Smith ('The Truman Show', 'Buffalo Soldiers', 'The Dark Knight', 'Inception', 'Interstellar', 'Spectre', 'Dunkirk', '1917').
Surprisingly, Max Pirkis who played young Midsipman Blakeney so brilliantly, has not aspired to an acting career. Only three credits since.
Budget $150M, Worldwide Gross $210M. Filmed 2002 in Galapagos Islands Ecuador, Baja Mexico, San Diego.
Apollo 13 (1995) BD (2015 release) Directed by Ron Howard ('Cocoon', 'Backdraft', 'A Beautiful Mind', 'Cinderella Man, 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Angels & Demons', 'Inferno', 'Pavarotti' doc., 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'). Cinematography by Dean Cundey ('Halloween', 'The Fog', 'Escape from New York', 'The Thing', 'Romancing the Stone', 'Back to the Future', 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', 'Hook', 'Jurassic Park'). Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill ('Splash', 'Cocoon', 'Pet Sematery', 'Backdraft', 'A Beautiful Mind', 'Cinderella Man', 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Angels & Demons', 'Inferno'),
Retro look is caught beautifully. 9 Oscar noms, 2 wins for Sound, Editing.
Jean Speegle Howard ('Blanch Lovell') had a productive acting career, some thanks to her son's direction. She passed five years after this film.
Budget $52M, Worldwide Gross $355M.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992) DVD (2010 release) Directed by Michael Mann ('The Keep', 'Manhunter', 'The Insider'). Cinematography by Dante Spinotti ('Manhunter', 'Frankie and Johnny', 'The Quick and the Dead', 'Heat', LA Confidential', 'The Insider', 'Wonder Boys', 'Red Dragon'). Editing by Dov Hoenig ('Overboard', 'The Fugitive', 'Heat'), Arthur Schmidt ('Back to the Future', 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', 'Forrest Gump', 'The Birdcage', 'Contact', 'Primary Colors', 'Cast Away') .
First time viewing of this film. Underwhelmed, after hearing superlatives for. Ye olde James Fenimore Cooper story needed severe re-working. Wes Studi's "Magua" impressed the most.
Budget $40M, Worldwide Gross $75M.
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