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Flying Tigers [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee
  • Directors: David Miller
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: May 13 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IQAUO4S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,699 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a small and daring band of American mercenaries soared into battle against Japan in defense of China’s freedom. The 'Flying Tigers' were heroic adventurers and America’s hottest ace pilots. Possessing unmatched skill and bravery, Capt. Jim Gordon (John Wayne, The Fighting Kentuckian, Wyoming Outlaw), was the Tigers’ leader and top gun. Gordon faces a battle on and off the ground when his good friend and ace pilot, Woody Jason (John Carroll, Hit Parade of 1943) is suspected of recklessly and selfishly endangering the lives of his fellow pilots. Gordon’s fight to retain his respect for Woody while maintaining the solidarity of his pilots is an explosive battle of courage and heroism that lights up the sky with action.

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By A Customer on Dec 18 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A stirring performance by The Duke in this fictionalized account of the American Volunteer Group, better known as The Flying Tigers. It's typical of the period, a story of American gallantry in the face of the enemy and a side character whose bad deeds are redeemed in a heroic act that ends in death, but for fans of the War Movie genre, John Wayne or just airplanes in general, I have to recommend it as an entertaining flick. The AVG was important to America in the dark times after Pearl Harbor and the methods learned in the skies over China proved crucial for the thousands of airman who were to fly in the war in the South Pacific. Some truly fascinating, behind-the-scenes insights into the making of this movie can be found in a book called "Celluloid Wings," by James Farmer, which is also a must-read for aviation-film fans.
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Format: DVD
OK - we all know that the men of the AVG disowned this movie version of their exploits. We know The Duke plays a fictional role here - but he still does the Tigers proud, in my opinion. Regretably, there is no other movie (that I know of) made of the AVG. Looking at it through today's prism, the movie is corny. The "Chinese" actors are cliche' and the scenes on the ground are trite. However, the movie was made a long time ago, and designed for movie goers of another generation. The story is still a good one, and gives a small glimpse of some hardships endured by the real Tigers of Chennault's AVG. I'm happy to have it as part of my collection of works devoted to this high-spirited group of fine American men (and Olga).
Mike McCaffrey
Department of State/Foreign Service - Retired
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I think the aspect that I enjoyed most about this movie is that even though it is a John Wayne movie, we see a lot of character development from the other actors as well. In 1942, John Wayne was not yet a top 10 movie actor, so the director did not have to have the whole movie spin around him (not that there's anything wrong with that!). But this movie gives us insight into a number of men the Duke have under his command, and the movie is a much richer experience for it. As for the transfer to DVD, it varies from good to excellent. Certainly not as good as Republic's 50th anniversary version, released on Laserdisc. But the DVD has behind the scenes information on the cast members, after the movie finishes. All in all, a great John Wayne movie that no fan should be without!
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Format: VHS Tape
Of course this flick has nothing to do with the real-life Flying Tigers. (All the action takes place BEFORE the Pearl Harbor attack.) I enjoyed the airplanes, especially the "Nakajimas" tricked up from training planes. (How come the makers of this B movie knew what a Ki-27 looked like, when most later historians ofthe Flying Tigers believed they spent their time battling Zeros?)
The Duke's line about "termites" is a B movie classic. Great fun. Just don't take it seriously :)
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By A Customer on Jan. 20 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Of the John Wayne movies made, this would have to be among his very best. No one could make a movie like the Duke. The dogfight scenes truly capture the essence of the film and the life and times of WWII. I found that the Hollywood genere of this film was great for its display of the US and Japanese aircraft. Whenever I watch this movie, I wonder were and when Hollywood lost its "magic" to make a film that can capture the feeling that David Miller did. Get this one - it is a winner!!
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By gobirds2 on March 8 2002
Format: DVD
This is a good film about the Flying Tigers stationed in China. With John Wayne at the helm of the volunteers they dogfight their way to victory one plane at a time against the Japanese aggressors in W.W.II. before America entered the war. The film plays like a soap opera at times but good flying sequences and a script that explores the camaraderie of these men make the film very entertaining and rewarding.
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