Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The 'Airplane!' Cover

I had been planning on watching Airplane! yesterday afternoon as it was one of the films that is featured in the box-set along with Planes, Trains & Automobiles (see yesterday's post).

Before I got around to watching the film, I found out that one of its stars - Leslie Nielson - had passed away.

So, I will dedicate today's post to commenting on the film's cover as it holds a special place in an early childhood memory.

My uncle owned a video rental shop back during the heyday of VHS rentals and this cover was one of the most intriguing in the rows and rows of films available in the store.
I wasn't allowed to see the film back then but it was always there on the shelf and I so desperately wanted to see it. I was just too young.
I would ask but would always get declined with the 'you're too young' kind of response.
Hey, it was a learning curve. I was getting turned away from nightclubs for the very same reason twelve or thirteen years later.
Then, the other day, when I was looking for the Planes, Trains & Automobiles film on DVD and stumbled across the box-set featuring ten films from the 1980s, I saw that Airplane! was included.
The memory of wanting to see that film because of the cover flooded back. It was the first time in twenty-five years that I wanted to see it.
And now it was mine to own.
As for the film itself - I thought it was hysterical.
The humour within it was over-the-top but very enjoyable. I definitely wouldn't have found it as funny had I seen it back in 1982 or whenever it was that I wanted to see it.
With that said, I reckon I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I seen it when it was originally out but at my current age.
If that makes any sense.

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