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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Three Little Fishies where are you? April 20 2006
By Drago - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the integral pieces of this film is the 1940's music soundtrack. For example, Harry Walker's (Jansen) favorite song is "Three Little Fishies". At one point in the chase, he can be seen singing along with the record. In this travesty of a DVD, he's singing along to some xylophone solo. Until somebody "fixes" the DVD, I'll have to stick with my home recording that KABC hacked up to fit in the commercials.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critique from a Helicopter Pilot and 40's music aficionado Jan. 11 2007
By E. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
My only disappointment with the this DVD is that the original soundtrack music has been altered (I will assume for licensing purposes). This results in two anomalies: the soundtrack is out of sync in some portions of the film and the first-time viewer of this film may wonder why the main character is waving his hands in 2 of the film sequences. The flight sequences (stunt flying) will be appreciated by any helicopter pilot; however, I miss the original music. If I could buy an un-altered copy I would gladly do so.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What did they do to the original? Dec 8 2005
By Selqet - Published on Amazon.com
One of the most interesting aspects of the original was that the WWII veteran used a lot of swing band jazz titles as dialogue, which wasn't as corny as it sounds when coupled with the flying action and the matching WWII era song soundtrack. Why would they undo that?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How sad - they lost the music Feb. 10 2007
By Peter L. Crowl - Published on Amazon.com
I was looking forward for so long to seeing this terrific movie again. I saw it when originally presented in '73 and loved it.

When the saw that the disc was out I was all over it. Imagine my dismay when I found that they deleted the original soundtrack. It ruined the movie for me. Sure the action sequences are good - and Jansen is at his best - but without the original music it's nothing.

Avoid this version until they correct the travesty. How much could Three Little Fishies cost anyway?
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a better transfer Oct. 13 2005
By James Resinger - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't catch this movie is its original TV run in 1973 but instead saw it on a local re-run in 1978. (It was also one of the first things I ever recorded on my new--and hyper-expensive--Panasonic VHS recorder.)

I was touched by the movie's theme about a man who, wistful for his days as a World War 2 fighter pilot in the Flying Tigers, slogs along as a chopper pilot doing traffic reports for a radio station.

Suddenly, witnessing a bank robbery in progress, he has a chance to become a hero again. The Hero As Wounded Romantic is a role that David Janssen played to perfection, as anyone who has seen HARRY O will agree.

As the young woman taken hostage by the bank robbers, Elayne Heilveil very nearly steals the movie from the rest of the cast, and I'm disappointed that she didn't seem to do that much after making this movie.

One thing I found annoying was the fact that some of the music in the original run was replaced by some other stuff, probably because of clearance difficulties. In particular, the original ended with a poignant rendition of "I'll Get By" playing over the end titles; that's been replaced by a much less touching instrumental.

As far as the digital transfer is concerned, it's not terrible, but it's not that great either. Also, there are brief biographies of Janssen and co-star Ralph Meeker, but nothing about Heilveil.

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