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NEW Battle Of Britain - Battle Of Britain (Blu-ray)

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Featuring a "big stellar cast" (Variety), including Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw, Susannah York and Edward Fox, Battle of Britain is a spectacular retelling of a true story that shows courage at its inspiring best. Few defining moments can change the outcome of war. But when the outnumbered Royal Air Force defied insurmountable odds in engaging the German Luftwaffe, it may well have altered the course of history!


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed May 17 2004
Format:DVD
This movie was produced by Harry Saltzman, who along with Cubby Broccoli co-produced the early James Bond movies. It was directed by Guy Hamilton who also directed Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, and two other of the 007 capers. With that crew you would expect that this would be very much an action-packed movie for guys, and it is. The very limited attempts at human interest sub-plots fail miserably.
Aerial sequences dominate, and there are enough WWII era fighters and bombers, such as Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerschmitt 109s, Heinkels, and Stukas to satisfy any military hardware nut. No cheating with digital effects when this was made. That means that the aircraft are all flying just as they would have been during the battle of Britain. On the downside, some of the explosions are pretty fake looking by today's standards. But for sheer action and a dramatic re-telling of the story of Britain's courageous and heroic stand against the Nazis, this film cannot be surpassed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who's responsible for this? June 22 2003
Format:DVD
All of the problems noted by previous reviewers of the DVD are correct: the different opening titles, the changed subtitles, the substitution of the ineffective Walton end title music for Ron Goodwin's beautiful ending, the alternate Churchill quote, the omission of German losses in the tally at the end, etc., etc. Why? Where did this come from? Was it an early version? A British theatrical release that differed from the American release? I also missed the original UA opening logo, which has been replaced by the modern MGM one. Who makes these weird decisions? Did the producers of the DVD have a clue? Did they care? The image quality is good, and no scenes or shots have been cut, as far as I can tell. The aerial scenes are intact. Like others have said, keep your VHS and laserdisc copies. I waited and waited and waited for this DVD, and what a disappointment. Maybe in 10 years there will be another with all these problems corrected, and some extra features.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars irresistable July 8 2004
Format:DVD
Although made as a tribute to the RAF and this episode in World War II history, it nonetheless followed the successful formula of Tora, Tora, Tora, by making the enemy human and reasonable. It captures the essential spirit of the contestants in this epic air battle. The fact it was done for real, before CGI effects were what they are today, is an asset. There is a reality about it, a versimillitude, that comes from actually using the real articles. It gives the film an authentic look and thus there is no temptation to monkey with history by flooding the skies with an exaggerated computer panoply of planes or having the aircraft demonstrate exciting but very unrealistic maneuvers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Battle of Britain is a huge war epic along the lines of A Bridge too Far and The Longest Day. In the years before the United States entered WWII, England had to hold back Nazi Germany almost singlehandedly. After the disaster at Dunkirk, it looked like there was no stopping the Germans. All that remained was for the German Luftwaffe to weaken England to the point where a land invasion could take place allowing Hitler to take control of Great Britain. The only surviving hope for England was the RAF, Royal Air Force. Hopelessly outnumbered, 2500 German planes to 690 British planes, the RAF had to hold back the Luftwaffe in the skies above England. The movie tells the story, from both sides, of the British pilots and their efforts to stop Germany from complete domination of Western Europe. This movie has the best aerial combat sequences ever put on film. One particularly effective scene has the musical score playing over the silent dogfights between the RAF and the Luftwaffe. Battle of Britain is a great war movie, full of action that should not be missed.
Battle of Britain boasts an impressive cast full of notable British actors. The huge list includes, in alphabetical order, Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Edward Fox, Trevor Howard, Curt Jurgens, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Patrick, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Patrick Wymark, and Susannah York. The ones that really stand out from the rest are Robert Shaw as a squadron leader trying to get his fighter squadron through the battle and Christopher Plummer as a fighter pilot trying to save his marriage. The DVD offers a great-looking widescreen presentation and the theatrical trailer. For a great war epic with a huge cast and great aerial combat footage, check out Battle of Britain!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect-why the changes??? Aug. 25 2003
Format:DVD
As several reviewers have stated, the DVD version is almost picture perfect, but somehow the final product was fiddled with between the VHS and DVD products. The inclusion of additional subtitles is interesting for those of us who dont speak German.
Again, the real sore point is the altered ending-the original/VHS is much much better than the DVD version. WHy the change??? Whoever suggested it should be fired-the VHS ending is much much better. Still, the DVD is a good buy just for the clearer pictures and yes hopefully they will change back to the original in a "Special Edition".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy The Tape Sept. 7 2003
Format:DVD
I should have read the reviews before buying the D V D.
But as I have an old V H S copy that I love,
I thought the D V D would be so much better.
But the changes and omissions are very disappointing.
Buy the V H S.
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Published 1 month ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful action packed movie, Battle of Britain.
This purchase arrived on time and was just as the seller described. I found this to be a beautiful movie, Battle of Britain, and plan to watch it agains. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Solomon David Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another of my favorite films from when it was first released. I just needed a north american dvd copy.
Published 1 month ago by brian chatland
5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire and Hawker
Supermarine Spitfire had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than the Hawker Hurricanes served in all the major theaters of the Second World War.
Published 3 months ago by benjamin grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great war movie
Another awesome war movie with a superb cast. I'm very fond of good war movies and this didn't disappoint me.
Published 9 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Britain DVD
True icon of the air war over Britain during WWII. The movie holds your interest through its entirety and appears to be a pretty accurate depiction of events. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James I. Sherwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Battle of Britain
Excellent war movie with an all-star cast. Amazing to see all those stars in their younger days before the ravages of time!
Published 10 months ago by George Rutherford
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Britain
Good movie. Excellent story. Love the filming of Hurricanes and Spitfires while dogfighting. Great cast of actors. Love it when the good guys win.
Published 11 months ago by ARNE HIPKIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Is Best!
Possibly the best war flick ever with a stellar cast of grittily determined British guys taking on huge numbers of Germans with the fate of the known world on their shoulders. Read more
Published 12 months ago by eeyoore
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Britain
A very good movie and very informative for anyone who wishes to know more about the Battle of Britain. Read more
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