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Wings [Blu-ray] (1927)

Clara Bow , Richard Arlen , William A.Wellman  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Gary Cooper
  • Directors: William A.Wellman
  • Format: Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0067MLCEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wings [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

- Wings: Grandeur in the Sky
- Restoring the Power and Beauty of Wings
- Dogfight!

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Director William A. Wellman’s masterpiece is the first film to win the Academy Award® for Best Picture. Featuring a meticulous restoration and a newly recorded soundtrack based on the original score, Wings comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. This timeless story of love and loss follows two men who go to war and the girl they leave behind. Popular Twenties “It” girl Clara Bow stars in this unforgettable World War I epic alongside Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance. The aerial battle sequences still rank among the best in motion picture history.

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261 of 273 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Buy ! December 19, 2011
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Though it's certainly not the 'best' silent film ever made, WINGS, a World War I "war in the air" movie, is my personal favorite silent film. I have waited a VERY long time for the release of this wonderful new beautifully-tinted restoration - you can order it here: Wings [Blu-ray]. It is the best version ever released to the public and, most likely, the best version which will EVER be released to the public! (A DVD version, containing the same new restoration, is also being offered and it can be ordered here: Wings.) Until now, NO ONE (except someone old enough to have seen it in 1927-1929) has been able to view this film in essentially the manner intended by its creators.

I believe that anyone and everyone who has purchased any home video discs for their personal enjoyment should buy this one too - and as soon as possible. This film truly demonstrates Hollywood at its best and shows clearly why Hollywood films matter so much to us. I think WINGS would be the cornerstone of any home movie library.

The story is superb, the directing is superb, the acting is superb, and the aerial scenes - well, they are BY FAR the best and most exciting ever done in the entire history of the movies and they are the best that ever WILL be done. They have never been duplicated nor will they ever be. Why do I make such definitive statements about the flying sequences? Because the flying sequences in WINGS are all real - repeat: ALL REAL! And they sure look it! NO "trickery" can duplicate "real!" Please see below for further details.
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features: Blu-ray vs. DVD January 7, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
For you buyers mulling over which version (Blu-ray vs. DVD) to purchase, note the difference in the "Special Features" content offered on each release.

The Blu-ray version includes three (3) special features: the making-of documentary "Wings: Grandeur in the Sky," as well as "Dogfight," a featurette covering early aeronautics, and "Restoring the Power and Beauty of Wings," which details the film's restoration process.

The DVD version includes only one (1) special feature, the aforementioned "Wings: Grandeur in the Sky" (the "making of" documentary).
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And The First Best Picture Oscar... December 11, 2011
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...goes to WINGS! That was back in 1927. It remains one of the great anti-war films even though the war is World War I. It also marks the apex of the careers of its three stars: Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Buddy Rogers would later marry Mary Pickford and concentrate on Big Band music while Clara Bow made only a few sound films before retiring in 1933 at the age of 28. Richard Arlen stayed in movies a bit longer but is best remembered today as the hero of 1932's THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS with Charles Laughton. The director William Wellman would go on to quite a distinguished career making such films as THE PUBLIC ENEMY with James Cagney, the 1937 A STAR IS BORN and 1943's THE OX-BOW INCIDENT. He made his last film, LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE, in 1958.

Wellman had actually flown planes during the Great War and so he wanted to make sure that this film captured what it was like to fly and to engage in combat up in the skies. One of the film's great strengths is the outstanding aerial photography which Howard Hughes would copy for HELL'S ANGELS three years later. Another strength is the story itself. While basically one of the first buddy films, WINGS manages not only to capture the horrors of war but the innocence of pre-WWI America as personified by the three main characters. Clara Bow gives a remarkable performance showing that she was more than just a 1920's sex symbol when given a good script and placed in the hands of a capable director like Wellman. By the time the film is over you long for its beginning. The final scenes are among the most moving in all of silent film with an ending that you have waited the whole movie for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Outsourced January 30, 2010
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For most cinema buffs whose interest extends to exploring the riches of BW/Silent movies, the 1927 "Wings" is a treasure trove worth plundering and replundering. It features the "It" girl, Clara Bow, whose fame had gone viral with her other 1927 starring role in "It," the delightful comedy about a social climbing flapper shop girl out to marry her boss. As it happens, the best commercially available restoration I could find of "Wings" is this Chinese version, which is pretty good, and of course the movie is a gem. My only reason for four stars instead of five is that the Chinese subtitles, though no worse than a minor distraction once you are used to them, nonetheless can't be turned off and are uneditable.

"Wings" was a groundbreaker in many ways. The first film, and only silent film, to win an Oscar for "best production" (later "best movie,") it marked the official screen debut, in a walk-on, of Gary Cooper, depending on whether his brief unbilled appearance in "It" may have been shot first. "Wings" is an epic length WWI era romantic tragicomedy in which Clara, as girl next door Mary Preston, surreptitiously follows boy next door Charles "Buddy" Rogers (who thinks he is in love with someone else) overseas as a volunteer civilian ambulance driver, as Rogers goes on to become an air ace of the Lafayette Escadrille. For aficianados of aerial acrobatics featuring swarms of dogfighting motorized box kites, this is as good as it gets until the far more pretentious Howard Hughes "Hell's Angels" extravaganza of 1930. For sufficiently quick-eyed fans of celebrity nudity, Clara's costume change in a Paris hotel room even features a nanosecond nipple-slip wardobe malfunction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Important movie that leaves you wanting something better
This was the first movie to win a Best Picture Academy Award and is important for its flying scenes, but by today's standards the plot is pedestrian. Read more
Published 5 days ago by William T, Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the DVD is outstanding. Even though it is a silent...
Absolutely outstanding quality of the subject DVD. They have done an amazing job of its restoration. Chose the orchastra music to company the film. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Homer Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
The aerial shots were brilliantly staged for its time. .Has there ever been anything today to match this films brilliance with its amazing aerial photography. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Peter Fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars footage of vintage aircraft in flight makes it worthwhile
The reason nobody watches movies like Wings any more isn't because of the lack of spoken dialog or the fact the film was shot in monochrome - it's that the plot and acting don't... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mark Grebner
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
Didn't expect a film from 1927 to have such interesting cinematography and special effects. The war plot line was a bit slow, but still engaging overall.
Published 25 days ago by Gabriela Uribe
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm?
The silent eras overacting comes front & center in this film. Look for Gary Cooper,his first film,he has a small part!
Published 27 days ago by opirty
4.0 out of 5 stars won the oscar
Not great but good! Great real aerial war footage. Worth seeing Gary Cooper excellent in a small part. Competition that year for best picture was probably not great.
Published 1 month ago by dvd man
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have classic!
Any movie buff's collection is incomplete without this Oscar winner. It surpasses any generational difference and the history behind the making of it is invaluable for any modern... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen G. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings
Great movie. Enjoyed it immensely. And to see Gary Cooper in one of his first roles was awesome. Even if it was for just a short shot.
Published 2 months ago by trooper625
5.0 out of 5 stars An early silent film that takes place in the air.
Romance and flying biplanes. Cute women and buddies. Good vs evil. I liked the scenes of army aviation training, also the trenches of WW1.
Published 2 months ago by Gregory Fish
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