Bomber Boys
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
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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on June 9, 2015
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on May 24, 2014
I really enjoyed the scenes of one of the last two Lancaster bombers in flying condition. It was very dramatic and well contrasted with the scenes of dozens of Lancasters flying in another movie, "The Dam Busters" which I received shortly thereafter. I was very moved by the lack of recognition in Britain of the men who flew their bombers for five long years.
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on May 20, 2014
Lots of information from this DVD. Enjoyed the balance between learning to fly the current Lancaster and what it took in the 1940's. Bomber Harris is discussed. If you have an interest in WW2 aviation this DVD won't disappoint you.
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on May 12, 2014
This was a good story and I enjoyed it very much. The dvd was excellent and it arrived promptly as expected.
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on March 20, 2013
Along with the Battle of Britain documentary done by the brothers McGregor this is an excellent, though sobering, film.
The losses taken by the bomber crews of the British bomber force and the American 8th Air Force is truly staggering. It is also not well-known except among history buffs.
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on February 4, 2013
I wasn't sure what to expect but this documentary is interesting and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed. If you like WWII history or even if you don't like history at all you will surely enjoy this DVD.
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