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Final Destination (DVD)
Member Name: Kells
Final Destination (DVD)
Date: 01/04/01, updated on 13/06/01 (287 review reads)
Advantages: Good Storyline, good acting
Disadvantages: Unrealistic death scenes
Final Destination is an amazing film. On a plane trip to France, one of the students, Alex played by Devon Sawyer, has a very life-like premonition that the plane is going to crash. It causes so much disruption that 6 of the students and one teacher leave the plane. They all sit in the airport watching the plane that does explode! The story has now started as the 6 students have cheated death, from then on one by one they start to die with Alex being the only one that may help them cheat death and live. In between all this there's a romance and two enemies become best buds!! The only thing that I would criticise with this film is that the death scenes are very very unrealistic and over the top however in a strange way they still work well to contribute to the intensity of the film.
Anyway you are in the DVD section so it's the extra's that you're interested in not the storyline! The extras on this DVD last 41 minutes and it's definitely worth paying the extra to get them. Pressing the menu key easily accesses all of the added things and often the menu automatically loads up when the disc is loaded into the DVD player.
As with all DVD's the film has been divided up into chapters so that any part of the film can be accessed within a second by going to the menu. There are 19 chapters in all.
It's nice to see the advertising that originally prompted me to see the film in the first place. Unlike most trailers it isn't as misleading as they can be, although obviously all the best bits have been taken out and thrown together to give the best possible effect.
**Cast and Crew**
Full profiles of the cast and crew are included which is quite interesting to read, and also nice if your favourite actor is in the film. The profiles included those of Devon Sawya that plays Alex the lead, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Tony Todd and Kristen Clarke.
The deleted scenes are shown and an explanation is given from the director as to why they weren't needed in the final cut in the film.
The first is called "Addicted to love." It shows Alex and Clear talking on the beach about the death of their friends. Clear begins to open up to Alex about the death of her Father and they end up kissing which adds a romantic twist to the plot.
The second is called "Pregnancy Test." It's a short scene that involved Clear talking a pregnancy test and it proving positive. A bit of humour is then used as she troughs the test into the bin along with several others that she'd already used!
Finally there's the alternative ending. This involves Alex dying and Carter living. Clear has the baby and it ends fairly spiritually which really doesn't suit the rest of the film. The directors got rid of this after screening the film for the first time to a pilot audience and getting poor comments.
**Featurette on Premonitions**
This is an interesting thing to add to the strange element of the film. It tells the story of Pam Coronado who lives in south California. She had a dream that she was in the back of a car with two people that she didn't recognise, they were both shouting at her. The next day it was discovered a women had gone missing and was presumed dead. Pam became involved in trying to find the body using various methods such as hypnosis. When she was taken to the missing women’s boyfriend it was the same man as in her dream. The body was found in a place matching Pam’s description.
**Interviews with executives**
This section is particularly interesting for inspired future filmmakers. It talks us through the process of the first trial screening of the film and how it was developed from there. It includes conversations from James Wong the director and co-writer, Brian Witten the senior V.P, Karen Brown the director of marketing and
Glen Morgan the producer and co-writer.
I have to say I find this the most impressive thing on the DVD aside from the actual film!! Basically the film is played again with the director and writer talking about it. It is absolutely fascinating to hear as it really shows how much work goes into making a film.
Such an interesting thing to find on a DVD! There are two games. The first is called "Your psychic eye," and you predict 25 times what card will be drawn. Based on the amount that you correctly guess you are given a score on your psychic abilities.
The second game is called "Death clock." You are asked questions such as how fit you are, and what kind of food you like eating and you are they given the time when you are going to die. A fairly good idea although not something you really want to think about.
The extra features last for 41 minutes so the DVD is overall a very good buy. English subtitles are available for the hard of hearing. Along with the good standard of the film is definitely worth £14-99!