- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Bloopers: Gag Reel
- Special Effects
- Original Short
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menu
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2004
"[A] high-flying, retro-cool adventure extravaganza..."
New York Times - 09/17/2004
"SKY CAPTAIN charms as well as impresses....A landmark in computer-generated imagery..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/17/2004
"[The] visuals definitely have the capacity to surprise."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/24/2004
"[T]he confection is irresistible: three of Hollywood's most polished stars, assuming the contours of 2-D characters without irony or condescension."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/17/2004
"It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way."
Uncut - 11/01/2004
"[A] beautifully realised slice of classic pulp adventure."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2004
"There are nice visual touches..."
In writer-director Kerry Conran's debut film, ace pilot Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) reluctantly teams up with his former flame, journalist Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), to uncover the mystery behind a group of missing scientists and a series of shocking robot attacks. Aided by gadgetry whiz Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi) and enigmatic military commander Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), Joe and Polly must find out who is responsible for an increasingly elaborate scheme that may trigger the end of the world.
A highly stylized, mostly computer-generated spectacle, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is a striking cinematic achievement. Steeped in the marvelous visuals of 1930s pop culture, Conran's movie is a loving tribute to that era, featuring clever nods to FLASH GORDON, BUCK ROGERS, and other adventure serials of the time. Beginning in a gloriously slate-gray, towering New York City, this movie follows its heroes from one intriguing locale to the next. Although the remarkable images of the film threaten to eclipse the characters at times, SKY CAPTAIN is very well cast, with the actors pitch-perfect for their respective roles, particularly the luminous Paltrow and the brainy Ribisi. And yet the stunning retro-futuristic design is always at the fore, making for a wonderfully unique movie.
- Theatrical Release: September 17, 2004.