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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 334 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H2MAM8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Battle of Britain - 2 DVD Special Embossed Tin! This is the story of one of the epic and heroic struggles of WWII, The Battle of Britain, when England stood alone against the onslaught of the Nazi war machine and its fearsome Luftwaffe. Germany, having swept victoriously across Europe, launched one of the most deadly and sustained aerial bombing campaigns of WWII on the cities of England, hoping to bring the kingdom to its knees. But the British people and their heroic Royal Air Force responded with valor and glory, bending, but not breaking. Sir Winston Churchill, England's wartime Prime Minister, called it the British people's "finest hour". Disc 2 features Attack Air and Defenders of the Reich. In World War II, attack aviation reached its zenith of success as both the Axis and Allies refined it to a deadly art. Fly with our veterans as they dodge trees, flak and fighters during their zero-altitude missions against enemy ground targets. In Defenders of the Reich - The success of the German army in the first half of WWII was due in large part to German supremacy in the air. The Luftwaffe, working closely with German army units on the ground, seemed on the verge of world domination. However, with America's entrance into the war, the battle for the skies over Europe was on. Even with Germany throwing advance warplanes such as the Me 262 jet at the Allies planes, the Luftwaffe was falling apart at the seams. Relive the harrowing accounts of these battles as told by both German and American pilots.

Customer Reviews

The tin box is nice.
Max
Ewan is joined by his former RAF officer brother Colin to take a look at the planes, the pilots, the support network, and the history of the Battle of Britain.
William Kendall
My children loved it too.
Joseph L. Johnson

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By VETERAN72 on November 19, 2011
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I have watched many documentarys and I am also a big military history fan. This movie is going to go down as one of the greatest every made. One of the best things about this movie is that the people making it realy care about the subject and genuinely want others to learn about what happened during the "Battle of Britain".
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on October 22, 2011
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David Johnson, DVD Verdict --The Battle of Britain is absolutely fantastic, a gorgeously-produced, feature-length documentary that is rich with information and profoundly moving. Granted, I may be pre-disposed to misting up over stories of valor from the armed forces (our guys or our allies), but I defy you not to be affected by the recollections of the pilots or the culminating tour at the Battle of Britain memorial.

The McGregor brothers are fantastic guides, with Colin's expertise nicely supplementing Ewan's charisma. The relationship of the two brothers comes through and gives the production an added dose of sentimentality. The pay-off is the surprise Colin has in store for his younger brother: informing him that he'll get to ride in a Spitfire for a formation run. It was an impromptu offering, captured on film and Ewan's authentic reaction is priceless. Two guys with an abiding love for this history, and it shows.

The engagement is tracked chronologically, using real footage from the battles, clips of Churchill's speeches, breakdowns of the German and British tactics and interviews. The token historian fleshes out the story well but the real heartstring-pullers are the chats with the pilots, especially a conversation between two of the surviving "few" and the McGregors. They chat over a couple of pints and it's mesmerizing.

Look, if you have even a sliver of interest in the subject matter, I implore you with every fiber of my being to track this down. The Battle of Britain occupies the very upper echelon of World War II presentations and deserves to be viewed by as many people as possible.

"Never was so much owed by so many to so few." A sober reminder in this age of whiny entitlement.

The DVD: clean 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2.0 stereo, and no extras (which is the lone sore spot in an otherwise superlative release).

-Full review at dvdverdict.com
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on January 2, 2012
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This DVD has something for everyone. For the WWII history buff who is already familiar with the Battle, the interviews with the veterans (especially the two vets reminiscing with the McGregor brothers over pints of beer) and the cockpit shots of a Spitfire in flight are worth the cost of the product. For a more casual viewer, this is a clear and interesting presentation of a pivotal moment in world history.

The McGregor brothers are obvious history buffs and their enthusiasm is infectious. Their good-natured ribbing and evident love of each other adds to the production. In order to show viewers the training of Spitfire pilots, Colin McGregor undergoes an abbreviated WWII training regimen, starting with Tiger Moth biplanes. Later, to simulate what could happen to downed fighter pilots, Colin jumps into a frigid English Channel to demonstrate how quickly pilots could succumb to hypothermia. These guys (Colin especially) really go the extra mile to make this interesting.

If you are trying to get a young person interested in history, this fast-paced documentary hosted by a movie star and his fighter-pilot brother is hard to beat. I highly recommend it for everyone.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hosker on November 4, 2011
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The Battle of Britain - the only way this production could be better, is if it came with a flight in a Spitfire.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By COJWP on January 10, 2012
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All those of us, who spent their youth flying imaginary spitfires and hurricanes across school playing fields, arms out stretched; creating the howl of the Merlin engine will immediately love this feature. The genuine enthusiasm of the brothers, the interviews with the veteran pilots, such non assuming men, but genuine heroes to keep going up there despite overwhelming odds, the flying sequences and the recreation of the battle of Britain day attack make this a wonderful documentary to watch, learn and yes even resorting to blinking rapidly my eyes to hide one or two tears. A genuine tribute to the RAF pilots of an average age of 22 who sacrificed their lives that we may live in freedom. Brilliant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Kendall on June 1, 2012
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Fascinating documentary on the Battle, seventy years on. Ewan is joined by his former RAF officer brother Colin to take a look at the planes, the pilots, the support network, and the history of the Battle of Britain. Having known quite a bit about that part of the war, there were still new things I picked up here. And it's always spectacular to watch Spitfires and Hurricanes in flight. Both of the brothers are enthusiastic about the subject and make for good guides, and the people they talk with are ideal experts with long memories of the times. Very worthwhile to see.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hogan_62 on April 17, 2012
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I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE A LOT. I AM INTO HISTORICAL AND MILITARY MOVIES VERY MUCH. HOW SO FEW CAN DO SO MUCH FOR SO MANY.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Graham on December 19, 2012
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The new adult generation pays homage to our parents and grandparents who weathered the Battle of Britain in 1940 in a fresh and exhilarating way without losing the sober, serious spirit of what they went through in beating back the murderous bullies of the Third Reich. Ewan's relationship with his brother is interesting, too.
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