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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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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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to hear McGregor and his brother's life story then get this. Otherwise there's not much about the actual "Battle of Britain" on it. Extremely BORING.Published 5 months ago by Wahoo551
This is a great DVD for anyone interested in the Battle of BritainPublished 5 months ago by What's New
Sorry I must go against the flow, but I found it less entertaining than some History Channel quasi documentaries.Published 5 months ago by Big-T
Terrible video. Semi-documentary with little actual footage. Some of the cuts were from the movie "The Battle of Britain". Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Kadota
What a great documentary -- this was obviously a labor of love for Ewan and his brother Colin, a career RAF fighter pilot who learns how to fly WWII aircraft, leading up to the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nick DeCarlis
If you're a fan of the Spitfire (and who isn't?) this is the BEST documentary ever......Superb.
The interviews with the old pilots over a beer......Priceless