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Bomber Boys

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • 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: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008F0QBB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin McGregor, a former RAF pilot, follow up their Battle of Britain program with a film exploring the RAF's Bomber Command in a rarely told story of World War II.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAF Bomber Command November 16, 2012
This 89 minute DVD is strictly about the Lancaster bombers in the RAF Bomber command in WWII. The presentation is excellent. It uses period films and interviews from those who were flying in the Lancaster. Actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin, a former RAF pilot explore the Lancaster during the war years. Colin, the former RAF pilot goes through a recreation of how the Lancaster pilots would have been trained. We really get the feel of how hard it was to fly these planes, even for an experienced pilot, much less a new one.

The film starts in 1940, some mention is made of the Americans entering the war, but this is strictly a RAF show. A lady who helped rivet, what was called 10,000 rivets flying in close formation, even has them try their hand at riveting. They put on full gear and show how hard it was for a tail gunner to squeeze into his position. This is also a departure from many other films in that the enlisted men of the crew are interviewed about how their jobs were carried out. Too often these men are forgotten, it is commendable that they were included.
German pilots are interviewed, even one showing his record of the Lancasters he shot down. A pub that was frequented by the airman is visited. They go to Hamburg to talk to survivors of the firestorm raid. This is a complete look at the bomber boys. One can only wish there was as complete of a record like this of their American counterparts with each of the American bombers.

The film ends with the unbelievable fact that the bomber command and their men were almost shunned by any memorial, one only being dedicated recently; mainly because of the Dresden firebombing.
This is a wonderful account. However it has no subtitles; and for a film that many of an older generation might want to see and listen to, one would think subtitles would have been included. There are no extras on the disc.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Boys October 3, 2012
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If you've seen Ewan and Colin McGregor in their Battle of Britain documentary and enjoyed it, then you'll also enjoy this film about Bomber Command. It's informative, interesting, and entertaining. There is wonderful color footage of the Avro Lancaster. Only 2 Lancaster Bombers are flying in the world today. One is flying in England and one in Canada. So it's a real treat to watch this historic aircraft.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent BBC documentary February 17, 2013
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One of the best ever documentaries of the WW11 Bomber Boys from the RAF. Highly recommended. The actor Ewan McGregor and his pilot brother do extroardinary interviews, and land up being allowed to actually fly the only remain Lancaster bomber in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Tribute to the RAF Bomber Squadrons August 27, 2013
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The RAF bomber crews were much maligned after the war because of the bombing raid on Dresden. The war was almost over and many felt that the raid on Dresden was overkill. However, you have to be there, to have endured and suffered the devastation of your homeland, the deaths of your loved ones and the desire to give it back to the enemy. The sons of a RAF Crewman go through this docu-drama to learn what it was like for their father and the rest of the bomber crews. There is much information that was kept secret in the British archives that were released to make this film. The statistics they revealed was startling but I'll save that for the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On a Wing and a Prayer April 2, 2014
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Fascinating documentary about the Brits who flew bombers during World War II. So young; so many didn't come back. I like MacGregor's brother as much as I like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On of the best Documentary's on WWII February 20, 2014
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A definite addition to any ones aviation collection. I liked the one on one interviews with WWII Vets and the photography,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Eye Opener About British Bombing February 17, 2014
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This was a really an enlightening documentary. I have seen so many documentaries about American day bombings, but this is the first specifically about British nighttime bombings. I knew about the German night fighters, but it was interesting to hear the tail gunner’s view point. Most importantly, I knew that the British public was not crazy about the Harris’s bombing campaign, but I felt horrible about how the population ignored their accomplishments. Shame on them to not recognize how important the British bombing campaign was to winning the war.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected. January 14, 2014
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Not what we expected. Interesting story of the Lancaster in WW11. Expected a war movie not a documentary but otherwise a good presentation of the bomber.
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