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Director William A. Wellman’s masterpiece is the first film to win the Academy Award® for Best Picture. Featuring a meticulous restoration and a newly recorded soundtrack based on the original score, Wings comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. This timeless story of love and loss follows two men who go to war and the girl they leave behind. Popular Twenties “It” girl Clara Bow stars in this unforgettable World War I epic alongside Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance. The aerial battle sequences still rank among the best in motion picture history.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Talk about going all out.
This silent film from 1927 was the first film to win the Oscar for best picture. It has been meticulously restored for this bluray presentation. Read more
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Susan Button
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
An incredible product. The story is wonderful but the reproduction is simply breathtaking. The new (optional) sound score is great too. Read morePublished on May 7 2012 by Johnny K
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Carrie Elizabeth
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Martin Asiner