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Warner Home Video 112022 - Region 1
List Price: $28.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
Available on DVD 8/7/2007
Dolby Digital 5.1
This DVD is a flipper, with the theatrical widescreen 2.35:1 presentation on one side, and a pan-and-scan 1.33:1 presentation on the other. Unless you're watching a movie on your iPod or a 7-inch television, there is no reason to chop off so much of the movie by watching the pan-and-scan version. As with The Astronaut Farmer that I reviewed previously, it's nice that Warner Home Video provides both formats on one disc so that people who (mistakenly) want the full-screen version will also have the better widescreen version when they realize why pan-and-scan is the devil's handiwork.
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What happens in an airport when you have dozens of unaccompanied minors and blizzard conditions that shut down all outgoing flights? Two such unaccompanied minors, brother Spencer and sister Katie, find out when they become stranded in a Midwestern airport on the way to visit their Dad over the Christmas holiday. While Katie finds herself in the protective custody of an over-eager babysitter, Spencer befriends four other kids; an overweight 12 year old who plays with a toy Aquaman, a spoiled pretty rich girl, a tomboy, and a frequent flier with a hankering for karaoke.
Despite the differences in their backgrounds, they discover that they are more alike than they are different, and hatch a plan to break free of the supervision they are assigned. They decide to find Katie and make her Christmas special in some way, all while avoiding the very Grinch-like Oliver Porter, the head of Passenger Relations. Think "The Breakfast Club" for the pre-teen crowd.
The video quality was acceptable but not remarkable. With a movie like this, however, all that's necessary is that there aren't any distracting artifacts, and none were seen.
The audio served the movie well, but like the video, was unremarkable. A vibrant soundtrack isn't necessary for a movie like this, so that's not a big deal.
Because of the fact that it involves an airport being snowed in over Christmas, this makes for a better Christmas-timed movie than it does one to watch over, say, Labor Day. However, it was a better movie than I was expecting it to be. It starts out like an after-school special, but the ending wraps things up nicely, and you realize that you've come to enjoy being with this group of kids and the adventure they shared.
I recommend giving this movie a chance to impress you with its comedy and appeal of the kids and adults alike.
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