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Battle of Britain

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To mark the Battle of Britain's 70th Anniversary, actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin, a former RAF pilot, lead viewers through key moments of the action when "The Few" of the RAF faced the mighty Nazi Luftwaffe. Together, the brothers take us on a journey to honor the heroes of 1940, bringing the amazing story of the Battle of Britain to a new generation. As Spitfires and Hurricanes once again fly over the White Cliffs of Dover, they reveal the inspiring personal stories of "The Few" who were there and those still with us today. Using great aerial footage mixed with impressive archival film, this is the definitive program on the Battle of Britain.


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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Colin McGregor
  • Directors: Ashley Gething
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G492E0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have watched many documentarys and I am also a big military history fan. This movie is going to go down as one of the greatest every made. One of the best things about this movie is that the people making it realy care about the subject and genuinely want others to learn about what happened during the "Battle of Britain".
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David Johnson, DVD Verdict --The Battle of Britain is absolutely fantastic, a gorgeously-produced, feature-length documentary that is rich with information and profoundly moving. Granted, I may be pre-disposed to misting up over stories of valor from the armed forces (our guys or our allies), but I defy you not to be affected by the recollections of the pilots or the culminating tour at the Battle of Britain memorial.

The McGregor brothers are fantastic guides, with Colin's expertise nicely supplementing Ewan's charisma. The relationship of the two brothers comes through and gives the production an added dose of sentimentality. The pay-off is the surprise Colin has in store for his younger brother: informing him that he'll get to ride in a Spitfire for a formation run. It was an impromptu offering, captured on film and Ewan's authentic reaction is priceless. Two guys with an abiding love for this history, and it shows.

The engagement is tracked chronologically, using real footage from the battles, clips of Churchill's speeches, breakdowns of the German and British tactics and interviews. The token historian fleshes out the story well but the real heartstring-pullers are the chats with the pilots, especially a conversation between two of the surviving "few" and the McGregors. They chat over a couple of pints and it's mesmerizing.

Look, if you have even a sliver of interest in the subject matter, I implore you with every fiber of my being to track this down. The Battle of Britain occupies the very upper echelon of World War II presentations and deserves to be viewed by as many people as possible.

"Never was so much owed by so many to so few." A sober reminder in this age of whiny entitlement.

The DVD: clean 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2.0 stereo, and no extras (which is the lone sore spot in an otherwise superlative release).

-Full review at dvdverdict.com
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This DVD has something for everyone. For the WWII history buff who is already familiar with the Battle, the interviews with the veterans (especially the two vets reminiscing with the McGregor brothers over pints of beer) and the cockpit shots of a Spitfire in flight are worth the cost of the product. For a more casual viewer, this is a clear and interesting presentation of a pivotal moment in world history.

The McGregor brothers are obvious history buffs and their enthusiasm is infectious. Their good-natured ribbing and evident love of each other adds to the production. In order to show viewers the training of Spitfire pilots, Colin McGregor undergoes an abbreviated WWII training regimen, starting with Tiger Moth biplanes. Later, to simulate what could happen to downed fighter pilots, Colin jumps into a frigid English Channel to demonstrate how quickly pilots could succumb to hypothermia. These guys (Colin especially) really go the extra mile to make this interesting.

If you are trying to get a young person interested in history, this fast-paced documentary hosted by a movie star and his fighter-pilot brother is hard to beat. I highly recommend it for everyone.
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All those of us, who spent their youth flying imaginary spitfires and hurricanes across school playing fields, arms out stretched; creating the howl of the Merlin engine will immediately love this feature. The genuine enthusiasm of the brothers, the interviews with the veteran pilots, such non assuming men, but genuine heroes to keep going up there despite overwhelming odds, the flying sequences and the recreation of the battle of Britain day attack make this a wonderful documentary to watch, learn and yes even resorting to blinking rapidly my eyes to hide one or two tears. A genuine tribute to the RAF pilots of an average age of 22 who sacrificed their lives that we may live in freedom. Brilliant.
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The Battle of Britain - the only way this production could be better, is if it came with a flight in a Spitfire.
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Just a great DVD movie & very happy to have it in my collection. Really , the biggest percentage of the other reviewers tell it better than I can. I have flown a Tiger/Moth & I could really associate with Colin on the next steps in his training & finally leading up to flying a Spitfire. The "Oh Lord" - Don't let me screw up syndrome was wreaking havoc on me just viewing Colin's check outs leading up to the Spitfire. From a Tiger/Moth with 130-45 HP to a Harvard of 600 HP to the MK9 Spitfire trainer of 1580 HP. Then talking to a couple of "The Few" over a pint in the pub. Just like talking to a couple of old friends or relatives relaxing on a Sunday afternoon - What a beautiful touch ! Also words from other pilots of this era with combat experience. Interviews with more than a few Battle of Britain pilots & historians. Lots of Spitfires, Hurricanes along with actual footage from the past & up to the present including an interview at a modern day radar station. A great piece of history with great narrating. This DVD has a lot to offer for anyone with a genuine interest in the Battle of Britain. If you're into Hollywood fiction & make believe, this DVD is NOT for you. Again & I repeat, if fantasies turn you on, this DVD is NOT for you ! This is actual fact & reality not a cartoon with special effects or the likes of a soap opera but "REALITY" ! DEFINITELY FIVE STARS !
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