Charlie Victor Romeo

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

Dekanalog is a film and soundtrack distribution company dedicated to the release of the most unique filmmaking voices and musical scores from around the world. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

"One of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

"The scariest airplane movie ever."
- John Waters, Artforum

A unique and riveting theatrical experience, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO (CVR) is a performance documentary derived entirely from the “Black Box” transcripts of six major real-life airline emergencies.

When you board an airplane, who are those people in uniform to whom you entrust your life? What do they really do when things go horribly wrong? Derived entirely from the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcripts of six major airline incidents and accidents, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO puts the audience inside the tension-filled cockpits of actual flights in distress, offering a fascinating portrait of the psychology of crisis and a person’s will to live to the last second.

“[This] chilling and groundbreaking production stretches the boundaries of film, theatre, and the traditional documentary with this stereoscopic 3-D film of a stage play that recreates transcripts word for word. CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO transports film audiences into the best seats of the theatre and delivers the intensity and gut-wrenching emotion of these emergencies via the unique approach of live performance.” - Shari Frilot, senior programmer Sundance Film Festival & New Frontier

directed by: Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, and Karlyn Michelson
starring: Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory, Debbie Troche, Nora Woolley, Sam Zuckerman
2013 / 80 min / 1.78:1 / English 5.1

Additional info:

  • Region A 2-Disc Blu-ray Set
  • 3D HD Feature
  • Anaglyphic 3D Feature
  • 2D Feature
  • Director's Commentary by Patrick Daniels and Robert Berger
  • Captain Al Haynes presentation @ NASA Dryden May 24, 1991
  • CVR Scene 5 - JAL123 - LIVE @ PS122 August, 2004
  • CVR Scene 5 - JAL123, LIVE @ Rinkogun Theater Company, Tokyo, Japan July 26, 2002
  • PBS Newshour - “Cockpit Drama” June 6, 2000
  • PBS Newshour - “Medical Mistakes” March 26, 2001
  • Teaser Trailer 2013 #1
  • Teaser Trailer 2013 #2
  • English SDH subtitles