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A Century of Flight: 100 Years of Aviation

2.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Take flight with legendary pioneers in aviation —from the Wright Brothers to Zeppelins to Barnstormers to the breathtaking exploits of the Record Setters, re-live the thrilling key events from the early days of aviation history.

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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 505 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AN0CQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Century of Flight: 100 Years of Aviation" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
An aviation buff, I thought I could not go wrong getting this 4-DVD documentary for less than $20. I was wrong. This is far from the documentary quality one can find on the History and Discovery channels, in fact it actually reminded me of the murky and dull 16mm films seen in school (half a century ago) as a feeble gesture toward audio-visual "education".

Most of the early archival film clips didn't look as good as similar clips seen on TV, while the newer clips were almost uniformly unsharp or in bad color. The narration was half-decent, but overall the visual quality was so lacking this entire production seemed a distinctly amateur project done on a shoestring.

I had been fooled into thinking this DVD set might be a quality item because of the packaging in a neat metal case. I might as well keep the case and throw away the DVDs. The DVD publisher Madacy is one I DEFINITELY will try to avoid in future.
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Had I realized this was a Madacy production before I bought it, I would have made a different decision. I learned long ago to avoid Madacy titles because of their poor production quality, but there was nothing on the box indicating Madacy involvement (it is there but almost impossible to read without a magnifying glass). The packaging was quite spectacular, unlike Madacy titles I had purchased in the past. Metal case with color printing and there was even a wonderful full-color book inside outlining many of the great pioneers of aviation and their aircraft with superb production quality. So, I was unprepared for the poor quality of the video content inside. I own many of the videos from disc 4 in VHS format, and could not believe how badly these have been reproduced on DVD. I can do a better job of transferring the VHS to DVD using my analog-to-digital converter! As other reviewers have pointed out (too bad I saw these posts after my purchase), the documentary is not organized in any meaningful pattern and fails to deliver on its promise of describing the history of aviation.
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I actually mistakened this DVD set for The Century Of Flight made by Time Life Video in the late 1990s. (Please make THIS series in DVD format!). When you look at the two, there is virtually no comparison. Madacy's A Century of Flight covers very little about the history of aerial warfare. It has a brief segment on World War I; World War II takes up a whole disc but is told only from the American point-of-view. Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War are not covered at all! The series only covers the history of U.S aviation, exempting of course the topics listed above. My verdict: the series seems like something an elementary school class might find interesting (only because they'd rather watch TV than do written assignments) but to someone seriously interested in aviation; like the previous review says: Avoid at all costs.
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UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS COLLECTION

Ditto everything the other reviewers have written, with the addtion of this note:

For a collection featuring the SR-71 Blackbird on the cover, it is not even mentioned on any of the four discs.

What a disappointment.
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I had great hope for this 4-disk video set. It was beautifully packaged in a well-designed plastic 4-disk folder which was placed in a beautifully illustrated metal can case. Unfortunately, the contents fell far short of my expectations. While it was reasonably well produced and showed much interesting footage, it suffered from a number of faults, the principal being its predominant emphasis on warfare, some of which, particularly the coverage of the First World War, was only loosely connected to aviation. During the first 100 years of aviation, major warfare entailed perhaps 10 of those years, mostly the two World Wars, yet, the first two disks are almost entirely devoted to those two conflagrations with relatively minimal coverage of the period of initial development and the development that took place between the wars, to say absolutely nothing of the post-WWII era. There always seemed to be a sense of hurry to get back to one war or another. In general, there was a lack of depth, skimming over many significant events, in the rush to get back to battle. There were errors in presentation that any aviation buff would be sure to catch, such as discussing one aircraft while showing another, sometimes even from another era. With the many thousands of hours of historic film available it's hard to understand why the producers felt it necessary to show many of the same cuts repeatedly during several of the discussions. The sequencing was disjointed often leading the viewer to ask, "how did we get here?" The third disk was devoted to space exploration. Moving from the second disk to the third suffered from some of the same sense of disjoint leaving one to think that not too much went on in aviation during the period after WWII ended.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
This 4-disk video set is beautifully packaged in a 4-disk folder in a beautifully illustrated metal can case.

While it was reasonably well produced and showed some fun stuff, it was not organized well. The worst is the so-called "hawks and doves" disk that is all hawks.

During the first 100 years of aviation, warfare played a key role in air development, but not as overhwelming as portrayed here. The first two disks are almost entirely devoted to war with very little coverage of the development of civilian aviation at all. And even if it were supposed to be all about wartime aviation, some highly historical airplane episodes, such as the Enola Gay, are not even covered.

The third disk was devoted to space exploration. Moving from the second disk to the third suffered from some of the same sense of uneven treatment.

There must be a better collection than this - but where?
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