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Battle of Britain (2011)

Ewan McGregor , Colin McGregor , Ashley Gething  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Colin McGregor
  • Directors: Ashley Gething
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G492E0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To mark the Battle of Britain's 70th Anniversary, actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin, a former RAF pilot, lead viewers through key moments of the action when "The Few" of the RAF faced the mighty Nazi Luftwaffe. Together, the brothers take us on a journey to honor the heroes of 1940, bringing the amazing story of the Battle of Britain to a new generation. As Spitfires and Hurricanes once again fly over the White Cliffs of Dover, they reveal the inspiring personal stories of "The Few" who were there and those still with us today. Using great aerial footage mixed with impressive archival film, this is the definitive program on the Battle of Britain.


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARYS 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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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a great presentation! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Britain 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, beautifuly told 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Look At The Battle, Seventy Years 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
5.0 out of 5 stars BATTLE OF BRITAIN 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tribute. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good documentary
Published 23 days ago by Donald Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at aerial warfare seventy years ago. ...
An interesting look at aerial warfare seventy years ago. These events took place more than a year before the US joined WWII. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JazzerIvan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift for Husband who considers it excellent
Published 3 months ago by mary s.
2.0 out of 5 stars A very nice British Documentary.
If you're British, you'll love this feature. It's a BBC celebration of the Battle Of Britain enmasse. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
I'd seen it twice on TV. A tremendous story told beautifully with care and affection ...had to share with friends in the USA
Published 7 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Documentaries on the Battle of Britain I have ever...
A definite must addition to any ones WWII collection. I especially liked the interviews with the WWII Vets and the excellent air to air photography.
Published 8 months ago by 1234
2.0 out of 5 stars Goofy Tone
This video had a strangely goofy tone for such a serious topic. Too much giggling and laughing. Not enough historical video.
Published 9 months ago by Preston Tsao
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun history trip
The McGregor's love of history and flying really shows in their retelling of this famous important battle in history. The flying scene have first rate photography
Published 12 months ago by kengtex
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and genuine
A wonderful documentary, but also a great tale of two brothers. I bought this for my RCAF Dad and wound up buying another for an ex-RAF bomber navigator. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Foof
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most...
A thoroughly engaging rediscovery of an oft-told tale by two very contemporary and empathetic brothers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cary
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