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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit above average, I guess. May 7 2004
By Esn024
Format:VHS Tape
Well, here is exactly the type of silent film that most people do not watch nowadays; it's neither a comedy like the Charlie Chaplin movies, nor a horror film like Nosferatu. This, instead, is a typical American action/drama flick, with ample quantities of both.
It certainly suffers at times for being a silent film; dialogues have to be displayed on the screen, and this happens quite often because the story here is sometimes quite complex. Not only do the characters talk a lot, but the story also often requires some explaining, and some of the explanations can be quite long.
The action sequences are not as "big" as in they would be in movies today, but they are a lot more impressive in their own way. I was just amazed at how they could have shot some of those sequences; I got the impression that the person who was shooting was probably in quite a lot of danger, because I knew that they could not have used special effects in 1927; what I was seeing was the real thing. It was quite exhilirating to see those old, unsafe, WW1 planes in the air. I do not think that any director today would be crazy enough to duplicate something like this with real planes, so this is probably the only chance anyone has to see these planes in action, and feel like you're right in the thick of a dogfight.
That having been said, the film does stretch out for a bit too long sometimes. It never really gets boring, but it never really gets particularly interesting for most of the movie either. Most of the time, it's just entertaining enough to keep you watching it.
The reason I gave it a "4" is because the ending, when it comes, is quite good (don't let anybody spoil it for you; watch for yourself), and also because of the action sequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wings-an absolute treasure! Feb. 5 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Wings(released Aug/27)has always been touted as the winner of the first Best Picture award.Technically this is not the case.When they won their award in 1929 it was for the Most Outstanding Production for 1927/28.It was a year later that a Best Production award was instituted and the Academy decided retrospectively that that was to be the equivalent award.A year after that,this was again changed to Best Picture,whose namesake it has remained to this day.No matter,this was the start of Hollywoodland's(after /49,Hollywood's)self congratulatory back slapping.
Wings has been restored magnificently by Paramount,this their first release in their 100th birthday celebration.The original tinting and length is back.The only thing you won't see,as in the original theatrical release,is one of the early uses of Magnascope,a widescreeen effect used in some sequences.
Starring in this extravaganza is Charles Buddy Rogers,who became better known as a bigband leader and went on to steal Mary Pickford's heart in real life.Richard Arlen was a Paramount contract player at the time and he went on to marry his Wings co-star Jobyna Ralston,well known as a staple in many a Harold Lloyd film.Gary Cooper got his career start in this film,at the time the boyfriend to the star of the picture Clara Bow.Clara eats up the scenery every moment she is in the film.It is a testimony to Clara's emoting and acting skills in general that we get so involved,that we literally want to reach out and dry those tears away from her eyes.To top this,she is in and out of the film throughout its run,with far less screen time than her co stars Arlen and Rogers.But when you think of Wings,Clara is pretty much the first person you think of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wings: A Worthy First Best Picture Winner Sept. 2 2002
Format:VHS Tape
WINGS has most of the virtues and only a few of the vices of the silent movie. The lack of speech requires the audience to pay close attention to subtle nuances of facial expression and scene change. Director William Wellman managed to create an impressive recreation of a war that was silent on the screen but not in the mind. The plot, though thin, still carries the movie to the point where the real stars come in--the exciting dogfights that still resonate with visual power. Clara Bow is the marquee star but she disappears after the first half, only to reappear minutes before the closing credits. Charles Rogers, who bears a stunning resemblance to Robert Downey Jr., plays Jack, the object of her love, who in turn loves Sylvia, played by Jobyna Ralston. Richard Arlen is David, who also loves Sylvia. Mary (Bow) loves Jack (Rogers) but confusingly tells David that she loves him. The love quadrangle becomes even more tangled when Jack effortlessly and conveniently switches affection from Sylvia to Mary. Once, however, the viewer rolls with the numerous romantic plot twists, he can see that the aerial fight scenes form the collective real star of the film. And beyond them lies an anti-war subtext in whose carnal viciousness prefigures the much later graphic killing fields of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. To appreciate WINGS, one must view it as contemporary audiences did. To them, WINGS was a movie whose plot was secondary to the then state of the arts special effects. The result was a convincing and viscerally effective film that is worth the while to view, even after nearly seventy-five years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wings (1927)
This movie is way ahead of its time, no wonder it won the Best picture Academy Award in 1927, Silent movies are for the most part under rated, the acting and the action is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan Button
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never seen anything like it!
This film really blew me away. Like, REALLY blew me away.

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest silent movie fan - they usually tend to bore me and I end up shutting them off... Read more
Published 17 months ago by V. Buttino
5.0 out of 5 stars WINGS (blu-ray)
An incredible product. The story is wonderful but the reproduction is simply breathtaking. The new (optional) sound score is great too. Read more
Published on May 7 2012 by Johnny K
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Not on DVD?
This is an excellenet film, and is noted for being the first film to win a Best Picture Oscar.

Clara Bow is outstanding and Gary Cooper stands out as an up and coming... Read more
Published on March 16 2011 by Bluesman
4.0 out of 5 stars CLARA BOW!
Overall, Wings was a good movie, and it's fun to watch it and know you're watching the first movie to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Carrie Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous movie
Wings VHS ~ Clara Bow is one of the best war movies that I have ever seen. The acting is stupendous and the main actors all do a comendable job. Read more
Published on July 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Movie Ive Seen
Awesome. That is the only word to describe this film. As you probably know, the aerial combat scenes rank among the best in film history. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Weak Plot, Awesome Fighting Scenes!
Although silent goddess Clara Bow headlines the cast, I was surprised how limited her role in this movie was. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2001 by mwreview
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best of the action silents!
As an ABSOLUTE buff of World War I, I found it MORE than interesting to watch, even tho it was a silent picture. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing movie, ahead of its time
Wings, while certainly having some spots where the plot drags in its 2 hour 19 minute length, is worth at least one viewing by any movie fan. Read more
Published on July 30 2000
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