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3.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Britain - DVD version, May 26, 2003
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I was eagerly looking forward do the DVD version of this movie. I have had the old RCA disk version that dates back to the early 80's, the VHS, and laserdisc version. The laser disc version is in widescreen. When I received the DVD, my enthusiasm decreased when I started watching the film. I could not believe what had been done to this version of the film. The following items are what I have found to be faults with the DVD version:
1) This version does not include any references to the location or the time frame that the scenes are occuring (e.g. the opening shot takes place May 1940 in France, the scene with Sir Ralph Richardson and Curt Jurgens is at the British Embassy in Switzerland, the first scene with Goering is at Pas de Calis).
2) The opening credits are completely changed especially "The Battle of Britain" instead of "Battle of Britain".
3) No credit is given to Maurice Binder for Main Titles and Ron Goodwin for music. It is Ron Goodwin's music that is used for most of the movie.
4) The English subtitles were inaccurate at least on one occasion. The scene near the beginning that talks about Churchill refering to the battle of France is over. Churchill's quote says "[w]hat General Weygand called the battle of France...", but the subtitle says de Gaulle instead of Weygand.
5) Battle of Britain March by Sir William Walton was substituted at the end. This music was not appropriate because the end of the film paid tribute to those involved in the campaign.
6) The film used a quote that did not capture the essence of the battle. I think that his "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" sentiments are much more appropriate.
7) I also believe that the DVD left out the number of German planes, casualties, and missing.
I was looking forward to seeing this film finally on DVD. I can only rate it 3 stars based on the deficiencies that I have listed. If you have a VHS copy, hang on to it and compare it with the DVD version. I am fortunate that I still have the laserdisc version.
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2009 11:33:08 AM PDT
I watch the DVD until the nearly the end; then I pop in my old scratchy VHS to get the final uplifting Goodwin score (the sound is still fine!). The Walton final score used on the DVD is awful; I can see why the producers called Goodwin in.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 6:49:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2011 6:50:38 AM PDT
Great review.
Your review exemplifies what this forum is all about:
information for the movie fan and consumer
that aids the decision-making process.
I may check out the VHS . Thanks.
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