Battle of Britain DVD

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  1. Karl_Luph

    Karl_Luph Supporting Actor

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    I noticed this dvd is soon to be released and tried running a search on the forum tonight,but it's tied up. Anyway, the review I did see on another dvd site gave it a thumbs up. I was just wondering if anybody has some other input to offer. I believe it was released originally in the early 60's.and done fairly well with alot of actual footage.
     
  2. Steve Christou

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    Karl I assume you're talking about the movie 'Battle of Britain' released in 1969 with Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw etc?

    It's a huge favorite of mine and can't wait to get it on dvd, sadly it's not in Digital Stereo and there are no extras, but at least we're getting it in the proper ratio.

    As far as I know real WWII footage was not used in the film, it was all done with models and full sized planes, and very well done too, nearly half of this film consists of air battles, really amazing.

    Composer Ron Goodwin did a memorable theme for it, the original composer was William Walton but his music was dumped and replaced by Goodwin's, you can hear a few minutes of Waltons music during the last air battle over London.

    The film was a huge hit in Britain but a flop in the States.
     
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    Steve Christou wrote :
    ....sadly it's not in Digital Stereo

    The original mix for this film, by Gordon K. MaCallum in theater 2 at Pinewood Studios, is mono.
     
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    I'll definitely get this, just to watch the planes - they cleaned out the Spanish air force, which still had a number of license-built Me-109s and He-111s flying, but with Merlin engines. They also searched the world for flyable Spitfires and Hurricanes, so they're the real stars of the movie.

    Early in the film a Hurricane does a roll over a column marching in France and there's a wonderful popping as the engine stutters - they had a carburetor, you know.
     
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    Hmmm it is possible the eventual region 2 will have a few extras, but I ain't holding my breath, there's no announcement of a release over here yet, well I can't wait to get BoB on DVD (BoB?) so it's Bare-Bones BoB r1 for me.[​IMG]

    ps. A Bridge Too Far is being re-released on region 2 in a special edition next month,
    2 discs packed with extras (I hope), nice.
     
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    Dennis if they had Henry Fonda in it as the Prime Minister and Charlton Heston as the main star than maybe it would have had a chance across the pond...
    and also Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, and Charles Bronson as a team of wisecracking Spitfire pilots, yeah.... erm no....[​IMG]
     
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    Henry Fonda as Winston? He looks more like Clement Atlee to me ("a modest man with much to be modest about").
     
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    I can't wait to pick this one up. Thanks for all the inside info about the planes and music etc...,you guys are great! The more I've learned about the sacrifices and hardships the British had to overcome, I can't help but admire the British and the will of their nation,truly an inspiration to all people in overcoming hardships.
     
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    So this comes out next Tuesday - anbody receive review copies yet? Has anyone seen reviews of this title? I'm getting it anyway but am contemplating extra copies to go into my gift closet.
     
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    The DVD Savant reviews it HERE .
     
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    Oh yes, speaking of "allstars" the guy behind the camera was Freddie Young. Didn't he shoot some other good films IIRC? :p)

     
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    The Director of this film was certainly capable. Guy Hamilton also directed a little film called GOLDFINGER.
     
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    Robert;

    The Hurricane & a Spitfire were destroyed in a fire here at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum in Hamilton Ontario. If I recall correctly, they have another Hurricane, and a Spitfire(on loan from the National Aviation Museum, in Ottawa). This Spitfire isn't in flying condition. Last time I was there, they told me that the Spitfire would cost about 1 million to get to flying order.
     

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