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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0067MLCD4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,288 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esn024 on May 7 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 5 2012
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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The Paramount / Warner Home Video DVD of Wings is superb. It features what appears to be the full original 1927 film (complete with the introductory and intermission music). The whole thing runs 144 minutes including the modern revised end credits for the DVD edition (the film itself ends at about 142 minutes).

The picture is beautiful on the closeups, somewhat grainy in the longer shots, but still overall very clear and good. There is the usual tinting typical of the era, including some red tinting (which according to the documentary was original) for the flames from burning WW I planes.

The only special feature is a 32-minute documentary on the making and marketing of the film. It is excellent, very informative. A commentary on the whole film would have been welcome, but this documentary has more substantive contents than many a DVD commentary does, so it is a welcome consolation prize.

Two scores accompany the film. The first is an orchestral score, which, as far as I can tell, is a modern rearrangement of the original orchestral score employed on the film's road show. (The road show went to many cities, bringing its own orchestra with it, according to the commentary.) The list of musical pieces used in the orchestral score is given in the end credits. It's an effective score, balancing the serious and the playful in accord with the contents of the film. The other score is an organ score by Gaylord Carter, which I haven't listened to yet, but Carter does wonderful things with silent films, so it is probably very good as well.

The film has one of the first substantive roles for Gary Cooper.
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