Baa Baa Black Sheep - Volume 1
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The TV series of course takes liberties with actual history. Boyington and the Black Sheep were stationed at Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides (present-day Vanuatu). They also flew from Vella Lavella but there was no island called Vella La Cava or Epiritos Marcos. Although Boyington describes his men as misfits and the series happily plays this up, more balanced later accounts note that the men were more likely stragglers who had been separated from their units or got lost in the general confusion of the war and army bureaucracy. His Intelligence Officer is on record noting that none of the men in the squadron were facing disciplinary action while they were with the unit. When the series aired with his name attached as Technical Advisor, surviving members of the Black Sheep recalled how they ribbed him about it and how he had to apologise. One of the veterans is quoted to have indignantly said, "We never went up drunk. The only thing accurate about the show was that we flew Corsairs."
The exploits of the Black Sheep form about a third of his memoirs.Read more ›
There are the expected analog artifacts visible particularly during the sequences involving stock footage (which got used quite a bit during the series). Also, some of the footage shot for the pilot and early episodes were recycled to cut costs where possible and, again, these bits of film betray the age of the series much more so than the episodes shot for each individual episode. Universal does a nice job with the picture there's the expected amount of grain for a vintage series. The flesh tones are solid although a bit on the warm side (but that's the way I remember the series when I watched it originally and even in syndication). Color is good throughout and the image is generally quite sharp although there are bits where the images are a bit soft. Audio is presented in the original mono without any embellishments. The mono sound is a bit muddy at times but the dialog is clear throughout most of the episodes. Compare the dirty footage from the pilot episode (granted it's an old videotape of the series pilot) to the digitally cleaned up footage here and you'll see that Universal has done a pretty decent job of cleaning up the show (even the stock footage looks better than I expected in many cases). Color matching is off during some of the stock footage but that was the case with the original series.
A 1976 interview from "The Today Show" featuring Boyington and Robert Conrad is the only extras included here.Read more ›
It is the stories of the famed WWII Marine Corp fighter squadron VFM-214 better know as the "Black Sheep". The series follows the exploits of this unit in the air and on the ground. The acting is quite good, as is the chemistry among the actors. The combat scenes combine new footage and some actual combat footage from the war. This does look a bit awkward at times but I never found to be that big of an issue. It is very fun viewing and quite family friendly.
Robert Conrad is perfect in his depiction of the hard living, hard drinking commander of the outfit Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Among the series regulars were a very young John Larroquette and Red West, former bodyguard for Elvis Presley. You will doubtless recognize other faces in the cast as many became staples in 80's TV and some can still be seen today.
Watch for the actual Greg Boyington making a cameo as he pins a medal on Conrad in one of the episodes.
Good to see this come back!
Although the pilots in the series are portrayed as "misfits" awaiting court-martial, in reality, none of the pilots in the actual Black Sheep were up on any charges. Most had become detatched from their original squadrons and hooked on with Boyington. As for the cast of the show, Dirk Blocker (Lt. Bragg), Robert Ginty (Lt. Wiley), John Larroquette (Lt. Andersen), Jeff MacKay (Lt. French), Larry Manetti (Lt. Boyle), W.K. Stratton (Lt. Casey), and James Whitmore, Jr. (Capt. Gutterman) made up the Black Sheep. Dana Elcar starred as the by-the-book Col. Lard, who never trusted Boyington and was out to get him at every turn. Simon Oakland starred as General Moore. He genuinely liked the Black Sheep and ran interference between Boyington and Lard.
The actual combat sequences are very good, overall. Actual F4U Corsairs were used, and real battle footage was interspersed to give the combat sequences a much more realistic look. This unit went on to become one of the most successful units in the South Pacific, racking up a kill record that many other units could only dream about.Read more ›
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Both volumes of this seldom seen series were a pleasure to watch.pappy boinington and his crew did some crazy things,but always completed their missions and helped defeat the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
unable to watch last half of last episode on reverse side as it hangs up and I am unable to fast forward past the problem and scene selection does not load past the hang up area. Read morePublished 26 days ago by quicksil
Fantastic!! Brought back memories of when I worked out on the set of Baa Baa at Indian Dunes off of Hwy 126 in Valencia CA and we did some in-flight as radio op.Published 1 month ago by James C. Stoughton
"We are poor little lambs, who have lost our way. Baa, Baa, Baaaaa." One of my favorite shows when I was a kid! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yooperhunter
This volume is good. I think volume 2 has more dogfighting in it.Published 3 months ago by JEFF ROST
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