The DVD title implies a more complete historical biography of one of the true American heroes of the 20th, or any other century. I'm sorry to say that it simply falls short. While no biography on such a complex person as Jimmy Doolittle can ever be "complete", there are too many unspoken words and way too many flaws and errors in the telling that could have been easily corrected. Don't take this wrong, the author/producer/director/narrator/etc. of the DVD did what he felt was the best, and the video will open doors on Jimmy Doolittle for future researchers to get started, but I'm concerned that the future researcher, looking for something short and simple to use will consider this the "ultimate" reporting of the facts on the man.
The creator of the piece is a third cousin to General Doolittle and even had him proofread and correct the initial outline this all originated from. However, that was more than twenty years ago, Jimmy Doolittle having passed away in 1993. It seems from original, corrected outline, there were some major mistakes in reporting made. It does not appear that the author had any of the close Doolittle family members nor any of the surviving Doolittle Raiders who could have made necessary corrections and additions to the script. Neither was THE recognized historian on the subject of Jimmy Doolittle; Carroll Glines, involved. None of these listed sources would have EVER signed off on what is presented. I seem to feel that after such a long amount of time, the author may have "just wanted to get it done"! Or taking the monetary track, manufacture the DVDs and get them on the market before all interest in WWII and the vetrans of it are literaly dead! The only Doolittle names in the credits are those of the author, and two research/helpers/etc., who strike me as perhaps the children of the author/producer/boss!
Ok, so it doesn't present many of the facts correctly. It is a well written narration. The author/narrator has a pleasant voice, and what he wrote is well and convincingly presented in a voice that sounds very much like Harry Reasoner! Video image is sharp, but limited. What we mostly see is a live talking head either outside in a garden-like area, or inside what looks like the den or study of a private home with some Doolittle themed photos pinned up in the background. He narrates a series of B&W still photos mostly, intercut with some stock newsreel films of WWII and 1930s aviation. BUT, many of the photos are mis-identified as to who or waht we are seeing. In one shot we see Eddie Rickkenbacker identified as Doolittle. B-24s as B-25s. Stuff like that. One of the worst gaffes has narration speaking on the technological rise of the Luftwaffe in the mid-30s while showing a photo of post war German Air Force jet fighters and pilots from the laate 1950s! Come on, if you know history and enough about aviation to even be interested in this topic, you'd never let this happen! Researchers with no real interest/historical knowledge? Perhaps too young?
On starting the DVD, you can view a conversation with the producer/writer/ and so on. He's made his living doing such stuff he tells us, etc. Gives story about being James Doolittle's relative but never being too interested in him over the years. Then speaks of the outline revisions and his only meetings with General Doolittle. (What a resource he squandered there!) Anyhow, the man is third cousin to the General...and I was floored by his resemblence to his noted relative. I mean, you can see Jim Doolittle in his looks...I guess the eyes, mostly. And the voice of Harry Reasoner!
What I did like was when author Doolittle gave the viewer an insight into his heroic cousin from his personal contact with him 20+ years ago. Those were vintage JIMMY DOOLITTLE. But they were far too few and far between in this eighty minute video. For these bits, I praise the creator/etc. of this DVD. It gives it the only real value I can find in it....but is it enough to justify buying it?
Only you can decide that. I'm sorry, but I can't recommend it.