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Red Tails [Blu-ray] (2012)

Cuba Gooding Jr. , Bryan Cranston , Anthony Hemingway  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston
  • Directors: Anthony Hemingway
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 254 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIGNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Tails [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Academy Awardr Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.* and Academy Awardr Nominee Terrence Howard** lead a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky...even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.

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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I'm going to address the Blu ray version of this film as I had not seen it in the theaters when it was released. The best thing about the disc isn't the theatrical film itself but "Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War," the 1 hour documentary "extra." While the theatrical film addresses some of the history of the courageous Tuskegee airmen, the documentary focuses of the "second war" back in the United States. Using excellent interviews with many of the survivors of the Red Tails and their African-American bomber crew confederates, many of the injustices they lived through are fleshed out. They are supplemented by some remarkable film footage from the time. These great Americans effectively launched the Civil Rights movement even before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball or Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat.

The next best thing about this film is the aerial combat photography, some of which is done with real planes and real pilots and some is done with some amazing CGI and George Lucas's technicians. I was especially taken with the introduction of some early German jet fighters as they engaged the Red Tails' P-51 Mustangs. The other big positive is the magnificent transfer to Blu ray. From the opening scenes the film sparkles in this Lucas authorized release. The colors are bright and vivid. The textures are finely tuned, especially in close ups. The audio likewise is demo ready. As you might expect, the audio is an important feature with planes shooting at each other all over the Italian and German skies. In addition to the aforementioned documentary, other extras include comments by Lucas and director Anthony Hemingway, composer Terrance Blanchard and the cast. There is also a 5 minute feature at how the CGI came into play.
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87 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes facing impossible odds and P-51 Mustangs! January 11, 2012
By S. Hall
Format:DVD
I was so excited to see the movie, that I posted ahead of time. Now that I've seen it, I thought it was a great telling of a true story. I give it a solid 4 stars, because the actors were excellent, the cinematography was good, the combat effects were actually better than okay. The music could have been better, but despite that it is an instant classic in my book.

The movie is fantastic because it shows the story of men who had to fight with honor and dignity against extreme odds in order to fight with bullets and power against our country's enemies. Their story has been represented before on film, and hopefully will again; it's a story worthy of being told over and over. Thumbs up to the actors, producers and all involved for doing a very good job. Was it the best of the best job possible? Maybe not, but it was entertaining and enlightening. I respect George Lucas for caring enough to put his money into this story, to bring it to the big screen like a major film, despite the reluctance of many other parties in the film industry. Could some other director/producer combination have made a technically more outstanding movie? Maybe, but they evidently don't care enough about the true story to do it. Kudos to all involved!

The events portrayed a version of history that was very engaging, and in a way that was also realistic. The heroes weren't shown to be perfect, with the flight leader having a drinking problem, for example, which seemed to cause problems, and one of the other pilots being a real hotshot. Overall, I gained a lot of insight into the difficulties that the "colored" pilots encountered but at no point did I feel like I was being "taught" a history lesson.
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114 of 148 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'd heard a critic tear this movie up (on the radio) before I walked in. I'd been counting down the days to see the film and it just so happened to be a huge snowstorm tonight in Chicago (six inches and counting), but I was so determined to see this film that I simply didn't care. If I had to march to see it, I was going to march, fall and slide all the way there but I was going to show my support opening night. And I did. And after I finished watching the film, I thought, "I want to see this movie again. How quickly can I return to the show?"

I know the backstory of how hard it was to get this two decade old film in theaters. I definitely appreciate George Lucas for bringing this film to the big screen. Even better I think it's cool that so many actors who weren't as popular in films (even if they were great on TV) got to show their movie chops, like Tristan Wilds ("90210," "The Wire") and music artists like Ne-Yo and Method Man. I was already a big fan of Nate Parker from "The Killer Bees" movie and "The Great Debaters," so I knew he'd be good. Same deal with Terrence Howard. I only knew Marcus T. Paulk as the little brother on the TV show "Moesha." I didn't know a thing about David Oyelowo, Elijah Kelley, Michael B. Jordan or Leslie Odom Jr. And while I knew of Cuba Gooding Jr., I hadn't really been a fan of any of his work since "Boyz in the Hood" so I went in not really knowing what to expect, other than looking at some incredibly attractive brothas who may or may not have been able to pull this movie off.

By now we know the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Those who know their history know how black soldiers were treated, and if you've seen the documentary or the movie with Laurence Fishburne, you may wonder, "Why would they make remake a film that's already been covered?
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1.0 out of 5 stars uhhh... I want my money back
I rented from Prime and was supposed to watch it for a psychology class. Really wished I hadn't. Dogfights were decent, but animation was obvious; decent actors spouting horrible... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Arielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure and action!
Bought this movie for my hubby. It's has all the action you'd expect in a war movie, but it is also an interesting history lesson. Very good movie. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Elvis Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of a copycat...
Although the topic of the 1st African-American pilots is an unbelievably important one, I don't think this movie quite lives up to the significance of it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by FantasyFan
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I bought this movie for my husband at Christmas! He loved it and has watched it numerous times! I would suggest this movie for anyone who enjoys this type of military... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joyce Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
This movie was very informative. I usually don't watch movies like this, but after I watched it, I realized learned knowledge of history that I was missing out on. Thanks
Published 6 days ago by Carolyn V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Action
Good coverage of a WWII story not covered in the media much until now (the 21st century). Very good special effects since there aren't many of those old airplanes around anymore. Read more
Published 8 days ago by John A. Getty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
I am a fan! I absolutely loved this movie, it was historical the story line was great and the characters were real, you loved them and got angry with them, it didn't seem like the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by K Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
Such a great movie! Had a great time watching it with my Husband and teenaged Son...Great history lesson and you don't even know it.
Published 10 days ago by Megan S Riccobuono
5.0 out of 5 stars unknown history
This was a great story about an unknown WWII history to me. It shows what African Americans did in the European theater during WWII. Reminded me of Glory.
Published 11 days ago by Susan K. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing insight into an obscure part of aviation
Although, as in most movies, there might be some deviations as to the events relayed in the film (DVD), the fact that unbiased accounts of documented history makes this movie stand... Read more
Published 12 days ago by James L Holmes
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