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Victory by Air: A History of the Aerial Assault Vehicle (2010)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, 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: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 259 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003R0G4PA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Historical Feats & Aviation Legends * * * Take Flight with an Exploration of Aviation''s Fascinating and Triumphant History

5-Part Documentary Series * * * Over 4 Hours of In-Depth Documentary Features

Almost as soon as Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first successful, powered, piloted flight, aeroplanes were drafted for military use, and the rules of war were forever changed.

This compelling documentary series follows the history of the aerial assault vehicle from the creation of the aeroplane to its militarization during World War I and the Russian Revolution. Viewers learn that it was the Spanish Civil War that served as the testing ground for the German airplanes of the Third Reich in the lead-up to the Second World War.

With remarkable narration and incredible archival footage, including many never-before-seen sequences, this groundbreaking 5-part series is a complete historical overview from 1900 to 1945.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite so good January 15, 2011
While this dvd has reasonably good footage, the narration by a person for whom English is a second language detracts from the content. Also within the first few minutes several factual errors were noted by both my daughter and myself.

Really you'd be better off looking at wikipedia with a screen reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good footage, TERRIBLE Narration... February 18, 2011
This would be a very interesting DVD if it wasn't for the absolutely TERRIBLE narration. The footage is great, lots of interesting clips I've never seen before, but this is the only redeeming quality. The narrator speaks fluent english, however it appears that whoever wrote the script had only been speaking english for 2 weeks whenever this was written. Upon reading the credits, it appears that it was indeed translated, which explains a lot. There are also several factual errors throughout the documentary.

Its a shame, because any decent english speaker could have corrected the errors, and made this 1000x better. Its almost humorous, because at times it seems that the narrator is actually struggling to accurately reproduce the incorrect english on the script!! I'm giving it 2 stars for the footage, it loses 3 stars because of the dialogue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars victory by air December 27, 2011
By peter
This DVD comes with cool packaging. That is the good thing about this DVD. The quality of the visuals
IS POOR TO USELESS.There is no continuity in the way the story is told. Aircraft types often do not fit the narration.Also planes are miss identified.
Do not waste your money on this garbage!
Peter Banks
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent aircraft footage riddled with issues April 15, 2011
I bought this locally for only $5, so I really didn't know what to expect.

First off, I'd like to agree with other reviewers that the narration is, how should I put it, odd.
The narrator is obviously not a native English speaker as he repeatedly says things like "aircrafts", "radars", and my favorite "refrigerating system of the motor oil" (instead of "oil cooling system"). He also has a really harsh "T" when he speaks and doesn't always pronounce the same word the same way, which can be distracting. The biggest flaw with the narration however, is the flow, or lack thereof. The closest thing I can use as a reference is how my wife's Kindle sounds when it is "reading" a book aloud. Yeah, it gets all the information to you, but since it doesn't understand what it's saying, it isn't able to place emphasis where it belongs, so the result is choppy and sometimes awkward.
Also, weights and distances are all in metric, so many of us Americans can easily get lost and not really have a feel of size or weight during the show.
Speeds are in knots, so that may or may not annoy you.

The video footage on the other hand, is much better. All of the footage was turned to a sepia tone for continuity (I'm sure a lot of this footage was originally gray), and aside from a few flipped shots (reversed tail numbers and such) and some shots of incorrect planes, it's pretty good stuff. For example, I had never seen footage of C-47s tugging Waco CG-4 gliders before, and it's in here!
My only real complaint about the video is the animated planes during the aircraft description segments. They have a really cool title format which shows a vertical line to one side of the screen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Odd, Somewhat Entertaining March 29, 2014
Got from daughter for bday. A lot of unseen(for me), interesting footage. The weird thing is the commentary. Many incorrect facts but most of all the guy sounds like Siri's brother from another planet! Surely someone who spoke primarily English was available.
The footage is good, the commentary cringeworthy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING!! February 4, 2014
I thought that this is an OK depiction of the history and development of aircraft but I expected to find some visual display of combat
air fights, especially of World War I. Instead, there was absolutely none! Also, I wasn't put off so much by the narration,even thought it is terrible, as much as I was of the historical inaccuracies that was made. For instance, it stated that ALL 36 people on the Hindenberg perished, whereas most knowledgeable folks know that there were 62 survivors. Poor narration, I can live with. Historical mistakes, I cannot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst ever, but ... January 13, 2014
Script, editing, and explanatory graphics are all execrable. For a knowledgeable viewer, the series is so bad that it's fun to watch, just to catch all the terrible errors. And there is some great footage that I haven't seen anywhere else. So keep it away from anyone who thinks they might learn something, and watch with the audio off and a finger poised over the fast-forward button.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Accurate Historical Account
This film provides the viewer a step by step outline of the use of aircraft in the field of combat. It flows steadily from the discovery of flight through the end of the mid... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tank
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Not altogether correct in verbal account of history but not all bad. Commentator although articulate mistakenly pronounced some words. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roger Bartsche
1.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
As a pilot, and a builder of a number of airplanes myself I (as well as having an aviation business), I love most any subject relating to aviation. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by Flyboyyy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not real good
I am a WW II buff and this series is good but has many flaws. The narrator is good and for the most part
accurate but he may be talking of the bombing of Germany by B-17s and... Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Boiler Bob
2.0 out of 5 stars Hours of vintage aviation footage but painful to listen to
My daughter gave this to me as a gift, so I have tried to struggle through it. But it is painful to listen to the narrator. Read more
Published on August 1, 2012 by Robin Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed over-view...
The DVD, with the five episodes, covers the discovery of flight from the early pioneers experimenting with hot air balloons, heavier-than-air aircraft, so on, to the early combat... Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
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