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Wings (1927)

Clara Bow , Richard Arlen , William A. Wellman  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Gary Cooper
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, 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: 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 (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0067MLCD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

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

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Wings is the story of two men who have gone to war and the girl they both leave behind. Director William A. Wellman makes one of his most humanistic statements as he explores the devastating results of war.

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268 of 282 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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118 of 123 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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58 of 62 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very great silent movie.
Published 1 day ago by D. G. Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A 2 hour silent movie where you actually don't miss the voices. Very well done.
Published 2 days ago by Whiffletree
5.0 out of 5 stars i had the luxury in the mid 70's to see ...
i had the luxury in the mid 70's to see this movie in san jose calif. what made it real special was the theater had a piano player that played for the movie in cincinatti back in... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings is incredible.
This movie was groundbreaking for it's time, and 87 years later is still iconic. The flying sequences, battle scenes and acting are incredible. Read more
Published 25 days ago by thunderbird3
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, IS great!
I love this movie and it's about time it got an updated home video release. The restoration work is top-notch, the music is great, and the movie is wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film - phenomenal special effects for the day (1929) ...
Great film - phenomenal special effects for the day (1929) as the battle scenes were all shot with cameras mounted to the wings of the planes during the battle scenes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coyte 82
5.0 out of 5 stars Great World War 1 Flick
Holy Smokes! This is a GREAT flick!! One of the final silent era films and the first movie to win an academy award, this epic story is true early 20th century Americana. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Readalots
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable towatch a classic silent movie
Very enjoyable to watch a classic silent movie, especially one that was awarded the first Academy Award for Best Picture. Very Fun!
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Barnhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A classic
Published 1 month ago by WILLIE WILLIAMS
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a good movie
Published 1 month ago by Davud Vanden Noven
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