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Above and Beyond - Blu-ray - Complete Two Part Miniseries (2005)

Joss Ackland , Richard E. Grant , Sturla Gunnarsson  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joss Ackland, Richard E. Grant, Jason Priestley, Kenneth Welsh, Robert Wisden
  • Directors: Sturla Gunnarsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99G4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Featuring a talented cast including Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park), Golden Globe nominee Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210), Emmy nominee Ken Welsh (The Aviator) and BAFTA nominee Joss Ackland (Asylum) as Winston Churchill, Above and Beyond is a moving epic of courage, triumph, heroism, and love against all odds.

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172 of 175 people found the following review helpful
In 1940 Germany's submarine forces are winning the war in the Atlantic, and massive tonnage of allied shipping, including shipments of military aircraft, make it only to the bottom of the sea. This Canadian made-for-TV mini-series uses this dire situation as a backdrop.

Since submarine warfare is slowly strangling Britain's ability to defend herself something has to be done to get materials across the Atlantic. A bold military officer and his capable female assistant take on the responsibility of setting up a risky yet vital plan to fly planes across the north Altantic from Newfoundland to Britain.

When the officer and his assistant arrive at a small Newfoundland airfield, they face the challenges of recruiting and retaining pilots, and training them to fly across the north Altantic (a risky venture at best), and dealing with the local townsfolk.

We soon learn that the assistant has a history with the local airfield operator, and their past catches up to them as men and machines face perilous odds as they prepare to fly.

I found this show to depict an interesting and generally overlooked aspect of early WWII. It therefore deserves recognition. At the same time I found the acting and overall quality of the production to be only good, not great.

History buffs should enjoy this show, but the average viewer would probably find it to be rather tedious, since it is generally lacking in high-cost digital candy that flavors most movies these days.

I'd rate this 4-stars for the history buff/romance crowd, and perhaps 2- stars for the general audience. I guess I'll split that difference and award this a solid 3-stars.

I hope this is helpful. Have fun and fly safely!
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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating- Must See! June 5, 2007
What a wonderful delight. I am an avid history buff and was very surprised to find a huge story of WW2 that I knew nothing about. This movie details, with great charm, the perilous mission of flying new American made planes from Newfoundland to Ireland - a risky move that shortened the delivery time from 10 days to 10 hours. The venture was responsible for turning the tide of the war. The acting is first class and includes stellar performances by Kenneth Walsh, Richard E. Grant and the inimitable Joss Ackland as Churchill. Sluggish at times and with poor digital animation of the planes (they only found one Hudson plane so had to computer generate the rest). Aviation buffs may notice some errors, but it doesn't detract from the overall quality of the film. It will take two nights to watch, so be prepared with lots of popcorn. Truly one of the more interesting films I have ever watched and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Definitely a must for getting teens hooked on history - includes a love story for the girls and lots of macho danger and adventure for the boys.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love learning little bits of history September 5, 2008
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If you buy this because you see Jason Priestley's name in the cast list, you may be both sadly disappointed (his part is very small) and pleasantly surprised. This two-part Canadian Miniseries tells how a place most residents of the USA (and Canada and England, for that matter) had never heard of in 1939 became the primary embarkation point for thousands of US and Canadian built fighters and bombers flown to England to help turn the tide of the Second World War. It's an interesting story, with a little human conflict, a little star-crossed love, and a lot of pride in what the human race can do when the chips are down.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Above and Beyond is about the critical period in World War II before the United States entered the war. Germany had just taken France. The U-boats were dominating shipping across the North Atlantic. The air war over Britain was pressing the British to the edge. Against this backdrop, a few brave souls in Canada and Britain work to fly planes across the Atlantic to avoid the U-Boats--something never previously attempted. This is their story.

What is different about this film is the focus on character development along with a simple plot. The primary location is a remote airport in Newfoundland where everyone knows everyone and displays a small-town ownership of problems and life in general. The key participants in this drama are special only in their willingness to rise to the improbably difficult task in front of them. The matter-of-fact sensibilities of the people as they confront serious logistical challenges reminds me of The Grey Fox (1982)--another really fine Canadian film.

I loved the film. I hope that you will too.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and a pleasure to watch August 6, 2007
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We caught only a part of this movie on TV, so my husband asked if I could find it on DVD. This is a story of WWII that many of us in the States have never heard before. It is so refreshing to get a good movie without the historical aspect being terribly skewed to fit the hunger for "action" films. I enjoyed watching it, but my husband is the one who will not part with it, and says he will keep it for his library. His comment was that he wishes there were more films along the same lines. History, personal emotional upheavals, and last, but not least, some wonderful scenes of airplanes you now go to museums to see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good subject matter and acting.
Tribute to the men and women who shuttled planes to Europe during the 2nd World War. Important subject matter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert E. Bolli
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
A very good world war II movie adventure well done with a lot of history that is not to well known
Published 4 months ago by Gerald Krieg
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
Interesting story. I was aware before the movie. Liked it. I enjoy period pieces showing what life was like in another time period.
Published 4 months ago by PW
5.0 out of 5 stars Above and beyond
This is a wonderful and little known story of the second world war, I learned a lot from this video
Published 8 months ago by Alan Bradshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars being candid
i chose this rating because the movie spent more time on everything but what this was all about. the flights to get the planes where they were needed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by swappin howdies
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is day 2?
This is a really great movie - I loved every bit of it. Never heard of any of the cast before, but all are well done. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mel Westley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Came quickly and in perfect condition. (14 more words are required to finish this review??? Forget it folks, I only make them as long as I want to.)
Published 11 months ago by Alfred M Durtschi
1.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointment
I was hoping for at least an historically close to correct and entertaining mini series, I got neither, Historically it was inaccurate and ( I know I am a bit pedantic but I am a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. J. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Newfoundland Goes to War
This pretty good movie tells the tale of the former country of Newfoundland and how some of its people participated in World War II. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars Above and Beyond
I am always looking for new movies about World War II and this one did not disappoint me. I would recommend this to anyone who has the same interests as I have...
Published 13 months ago by Larry White
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