Road Rash Reviews

Flight of the Navigator, Limited Edition Blu-ray Review*****

Cert U | 90 mins | 1986

5 Star

Family Sci-Fi Fun.

It doesn’t get more 1980’s than this brilliant Sci-Fi romp from writer Mark H. Baker (Lifeform) and given to the director of family favourites such as Grease, The Blue Lagoon, White Fang, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (Randal Kleiser). When CGI was young this blew us away and now thirty odd years later it still stands tall. Sit back open the popcorn and enjoy.

Florida 1978, the July 4th celebrations are in full swing and the Freeman family are enjoying watching the dog Frisbee catching championship. Their son David (Joey Cramer, Runaway) is twelve years old and he has aspirations for his young dog Bruiser to be a champion one day. David’s arch rival is his little eight year old brother Jeff (Albie Whitaker) who on their way home wants to go play at his friends house. His parents Bill (Cliff De Young, The Craft) and Helen (Veronica Cartwright, Alien, The Witches of Eastwick) say he has to be home before dark (the standard for those days).

Later it is getting dark and no sign of Jeff so Helen asks David to go with Bruiser and walk Jeff home. With complaints quelled David does as he is asked and heads across the train tracks and through the woods.

With a creepy passage through the woods when he starts hearing noises.

 

“Get back Jack, I’ve got a gun!”

Then Jeff jumps out on him and runs off, David is about to chase him when Bruisers bark distracts him and he goes to investigate. He finds a ravine, deep and dark and as he peers into the darkness he loses his footing and falls, knocking himself out.

Later he awakes and heads home expecting to give Jeff a roasting but the door is locked and when the door is opened it isn’t any of his family in the house.

He is taken to the police station where they try to work out who he is and when they find a missing persons notice describing David perfectly, they think they have solved their case but the notice was posted in 1978 and today is in 1986.

Near where David fell there is a power outage and when NASA security turn up the security guard has found a crashed ‘satelite’ . Dr. Louis Faraday (Howard Hesseman, Halloween II) might just have found the start of his life’s work.

“Sure is a pretty piece of spacelab.”

David is still twelve years old and eight years have gone by, how could this be possible? May be NASA can help.

“He’s hurt, he’s calling me.”

Can David’s mystery be solved or is he going to be Jeff’s (Matt Adler, Teen Wolf) big little brother? Flight of the Navigator is all round family fun and with all the extras (see below) you can fully immerse yourself in the 1980’s vibe.

Flight of the Navigator is available on Limited Edition Blu-ray

“See ya later navigator haha.”

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Brand New Second Sight 4K Scan and Restoration supervised by Director Randal Kleiser
Directing the Navigator – New Interview With Randal Kleiser
Producing The Navigator – New interview with Dimitri Villard
Playing The Navigator – New interview with Joey Cramer
Mother of The Navigator – New interview with Veronica Cartwright
Brother of The Navigator – New interview with Matt Adler
From Concept to Creation: The Special Effects of Flight of the Navigator – New interviews with Jeff Kleiser, Randal Kleiser and Edward Eyth
Audio Commentary with Randal Kleiser and Producer Jonathan Sanger
Reversible sleeve with new and original artwork
Optional English subtitles for the hard of hearing
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Rich Davies
100 page soft cover book with Randal Kleiser s complete original storyboard, new essay by Kevin Lyons, original production notes, behind the scenes photos
Reversible poster with new and original artwork
 

 

DirectorRandal Kleiser
GenreAdventure, Family, Sci-Fi
StarringJoey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff de Young, Sarah Jessica Parker
Available to buy on : Own it on Blu-Ray
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