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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 (110 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK88S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,953 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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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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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A view from the inside October 25, 2008
By Dr Hog
I know this world well--flew from Nellis for 3 years against all of these aircraft, targets, and all through this airspace. Overall, I think this documentary does what they set out to do, and I think it tells a good, but overly spectacular story of Red Flag.

There is no doubt that this film is filled with CGI aircraft effects, rigged explosions, questionable flying tactics, and conversation/terminology that you just don't hear in a real training battle. I thought I would offer up the "why." Much like Top Gun, movie producers quickly learned that the "real thing" doesn't make for very engaging movie material. The real thing includes spread out formations, intense radar work, and shooting long range missiles from 30,000 feet, often without ever seeing the bandit with your own eyeballs. None of this shows too well on the big screen, so they have to "juice it up" by bringing all of the aircraft together into the same video frame, move the fight down to treetop level to convey the speed, and throw in a bunch of aileron rolls because they look cool (even though they don't make the guy behind you spit out in front of you). The CGI fills in the gaps where the AF wouldn't fly the requested maneuvers due to safety reasons.

As for the rigged explosions, there are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that the directors/producers wanted a "from the target" view of the bombs and bullets hitting, which I must say came out really cool. To film that actual aircraft's ordnance hitting the target would have meant losing their camera and the film in the course of the explosion. The other thing is that the rigged explosings can be crafted to be especially "fiery" whereas real world bombs look like gray, soot-filled explosions and don't cut the mustard for the Hollywood types.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I am an F-15A fighter pilot with 18 years flying fighters, including the A-10 and F/A-18. I thought this might be a fun movie to show my ten year old daughter what her daddy does every day, so I took her to see it in an IMAX theater. From a real fighter pilot's perspective, it was nothing short of awful.

Standard mamby-pamby story about a young fighter pilot with a legacy to a relative with fighter experience in World War II who realizes his dream to fly fighters (OK, heart warming and my story is even somewhat similar, but talk about laying it on thick!). The flying scenes are overly scripted and inaccurate, not to mention repetitive, and there are self protection flares popping out of every fighter endlessly even when they wouldn't be expended in real life (the film maker obviously thought the visual aspect of this was stunning and included it constantly)-what's more, there is a loud "POOF" sound every time one pops out that is incredibly annoying. I've expended thousands of flares in 18 years - I've never heard a "Poof" (of course I'm in the jet - maybe they do!). The main characters, who are all real Air Force people (oh man, they must have taken a massive ribbing from their squadron mates) are incredibly hokey and what's more, most of the "comm" between aircraft is nothing like actual fighter pilot military lingo, and some major on an AWACS does not direct every aspect of the air battle in a RED FLAG. Once the air battle begins in the movie, it is presented in a a Video game/Arcade type format that is incredibly simplistic.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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The film is an overdramaticized, horribly acted (by real military, so I'll cut em a little slack) film that loses credibility due to visual-effects and sequential editing that are HORRENDOUS.

I never knew that when the pilot breaks left with the stick the jet spins to the right! Or that sometimes he can fly with all the instruments turned off (horrible cockpit cut scene).

Why on earth would you want to ad visual-effects (fake airplanes, fake explosions) onto an IMAX film that is supposed to bring the audience into the life and experience of a fighter pilot? It totally illegitimizes the experience.

The only part of the film I enjoyed was our hero's inital takeoff towards Nellis. Absolutely stunning view and perspective with ZERO special effects. That is what I thought IMAX films were supposed to be all about.

If you want legitimate experiences of flying, I suggest "Speed and Angels" and "Magic of Flight". Those show military aviation how they should be shown, with ZERO visual-effects that will blow you away.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never knew! February 11, 2007
Saw this with my husband who's a pilot, but I still learned a lot! 6 layers of forces for an all-out operation: AWACs, bombers, fighters, helicopters... forgot the other layers. Really impressed by the simulation of a search for a pilot shot down in enemy territory -- they showed both sides searching for him, including the other side using a tracking dog. Secure VPNs were used to coordinate communications as well as other kinds of info tech. Some of the human interest stuff were good segues and lubricants. Testosterone-saturated though this show is, it is not at all jingoistic nor does it promote the military. It clarified how some of the military budget is spent, and is informative for people who want to know about a career as a fighter pilot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No issues and came on time.
Published 8 hours ago by Ernest Haleck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
outstanding flight sequences....makes top gun look silly
Published 8 days ago by kevin rapoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie. Well done. Proud of our pilots ...
Interesting movie. Well done. Proud of our pilots and crews. Challenging. Grateful for the training RedFlag is for our armed forces.
Published 1 month ago by linda six
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Makes me want to be a Fighter Pilot.
Published 1 month ago by David P McClure
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing to see!
Amazing to see!
Published 2 months ago by Geets Romo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you can look past the made for movie aspects
Great close up footage of a vast array of military aircraft in flight
Great in-cockpit footage

Silly made for movie special effects... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve K.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Documentary Film
This is with no doubt the best documentary DVD I have ever bought! It has the best in flight footage from the pilot's point of I have ever seen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gun
This was given as a birthday gift and the response was WOW this was amazing to watch. The b-day boy would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by David Samnick
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 5 months ago by dan k.
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning visuals, boring narration
This documentary has some of the most stunning aerial footage I've ever seen. The shots are breathtaking. The narration however was somewhat monotone and boring. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Massey
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