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IMAX: Fighter Pilot- Operation Red Flag [Blu-ray] (2005)

John Stratton , Robert Novotny , Stephen Low  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: John Stratton, Robert Novotny, Sam Morgan, Randy Cason, Michel Perron
  • Directors: Stephen Low
  • Writers: Stephen Low, Denny Kuhr, Joe Stanley
  • Producers: Stephen Low, James Lahti, Jan Baird, Michael A. Williams, Pietro L. Serapiglia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK88S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "IMAX: Fighter Pilot- Operation Red Flag [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A state-of-the-art, edge-of-your-seat experience! Get in the cockpit with the world's best pilots to witness the most challenging flying of their careers! Follow a young American pilot as he makes his way through Red Flag - the world's most intense, simulated air war, training event - where U.S. and international pilots, ground crews, mechanics and rescue personnel are taken to the limits of their endurance. Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag delivers speeds of up to 800 miles per hour with thundering, roaring, screaming sound and stunning aerobatics that will blow you away! Filmed over the Nevada desert with unprecedented access to military procedures, the film features an enormous armada of aircraft!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too fake for IMAX. December 27, 2009
By Nick
Format:Blu-ray
I am very surprised IMAX made this since I thought they were good at showing the real thing, but I must have been wrong. Some of the scenes, like the A-10s "bombing" the tanks, are fake. I guess it was for safety, but come on, this should be a real movie, not some crazy Hollywood action. I would much rather have seen real strafing and bombing runs from a distance then fake explosions from close. Other things, such as the AWACS scene, look fake too. I have been in the E-3 sentry and know the screens they showed are completely fake. The real plane doesn't look like that at all. There are also some scenes were cockpits somehow instantly change variants. Like in a few scenes, the views kept changing from an F-15C to an F-15E. There are several more issues I found that makes the video look very fake. These might not matter to someone who wants to see an action movie, but for an IMAX movie, they are unacceptable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome - Made My BlueRay Player Purchase Worth It October 17, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
I purchased this, like my blueray player on a whim. It sat unwatched for a couple of weeks until today. OMG - if you like military aviation - there is nothing better out there. The photography is incredible. Be warned - there are some inflight combat shots that I had to rewind to make sure they were real - they are. It is just that you have never seen it from the perspective that It was shot - amazing stuff. Tip: crank up your surround sound and sub woofer. Some of the take off scenes in particular sound and feel like you are standing right there on the flightlne when they take off - simply awesome .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have shown more planes April 16, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I know I didn't direct this, but if I could "enhance" it any, I would add more footage of plane time. I bought this for my son's 3rd birthday, as he emerges into a fan on airplanes. He loved the film. As a guy in his mid 30's...it would not be for me as it was a bit too cheesy of a documentary.
The cinematography is amazing. The views from the air are fantastic. The CGI...not so much. For a three year old boy...it is almost like being there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanna fly - but never will December 2, 2011
By Thule1
Format:Blu-ray
I just saw the IMAX version of Fighter Pilot at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center Air and Space Museum in Dulles, Va. Loved it! Sure it's combination of real and Hollywood, but for those of use who will never be able to do the "real thing", it's a good voyeristic experience. One of my kids flies as a USAF Crew Chief on a KC-135, so I enjoyed that short "air refueling" piece, even though the "boom operator" sequence was not so real. Overall, I am buying the Blu-ray DVD because I want to see it again, several times. It's exciting to me. The most flying I do is as a commercial passenger...dull.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Blu-Ray player made me do it July 5, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love watching flying, but until high def it's always been iffy. My new player said "you have to get this one - how bad can it be?" This DVD brings it all up close and more realistically that I've ever seen. And, it brings a personal story to all this military aviation. Awesomely filmed and respectfully told, I can only imagine what a massive undertaking this was to produce.

I expected just fighter flying, but seeing so many different aircraft was an unexpected treat. Although certain parts were certainly staged, I can imagine the safety dictated control over things but those parts are not cheesy.

It's a bit short, but effectively tells the story. The "making of" is interesting, though it's presented in 4:3, which was just a little disappointing. It would have made an easy 5 stars if they had made a widescreen featurette.

All-in-all, another worthy IMAX adventure added to the library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting ! January 13, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Even tho some scenes looked like they were made in CGI, i very much enjoyed that DVD ! quite amazing pictures in there!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary January 30, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This film is well worth owning if you're a military buff. I'm finding Blu-ray DVD's that were made with Imax film are excellent quality. If you want to show off to a friend how well Blu-ray works, this is a film well worth owning. It'll catch a persons attention and they'll want to watch the whole thing. I highly recomend Fighter Pilot both for it's content and quality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superior blu-ray film to date (IMAX+1080p=awesome!) February 8, 2009
By Anthony
Format:Blu-ray
If USAF use this video to recruit they would have a lot more applicants. In regards to the video it's fantastic film making with breathtaking close ups and incredible aerial shots, the picture crystal clear (IMAX+1080p)and the content captivating. It's the next best thing to actually fly these war machines and see them engage in live combat action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but awesome
Cool movie if you're into fighter jets and the air force and such. Take a trip out to DC and watch this film in imax.
Published 6 months ago by dan k.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
A must have if you have a Blu-ray HDTV player and a great sound system but it should be much longer
Published 9 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting.
This is more like a documentary that is being narrated by a high school kid. Since it is intended as entertainment, it's okay. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Blue Chip
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Top Gun
Basically the real version of what Top Gun would be like. Seeing the pilots take off from their respective bases and land at Operation Red Flag in Nevada, with all the different... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jaramill
5.0 out of 5 stars execellent
Some of the best photography, with great background sound. I would definitely recommend this film for any one who likes flight and is a private pilot.
Published 19 months ago by James A. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Picture about the "making" of the modern world fight...
There are many professionally made films on all kinds of fights jets and pilots. This one is the best. It belongs to every aviation enthusiast's library.
Published 23 months ago by Shane T J Maa
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome flick!
This was educational and action-packed at the same time. Like a real life "Top Gun". Would be cool to see it in the IMAX, but glad I have it in my library now.
Published on August 30, 2011 by boston mother
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, having worked there.
I have participated in RF and I can tell you its a little done up and polished over the real thing but it does capture the essence and what we are there to do. Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Great images, great sound but short movie
Ideal for demo : great images, great sound but definitely too short
If you look carefuly at some images you'll see that cockpit view is fake !
Published on April 19, 2011 by J. Francois
1.0 out of 5 stars Still haven't received it ????????? Fighter Pilot
I am still waiting to receive IMAX: Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag (Blu-Ray) by John Stratton. Could you please follow up on where it is????
Published on December 29, 2010 by Phyllis
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