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An update, January 22, 2012, on the quality of the DVD,from THE RANK COLLECTION:
Finally received the DVD, and am pleased to say that the video quality is excellent. With the exception of a few seconds where there is a slight 'shudder' or another with a ghosting effect, the quality of the images is consistently excellent. Numerous freeze frames were without exception beautifully clear and extremely sharp.
A word of not warning, but a heads up: The movie was made in 1956. It is a period piece, with no concessions to modern 'sensibilities'. It is NOT colorized, and remains in glorious black and white. Not star wars level special effects, and scenes in bars, cafes etc, have people smoking.... Late marks of Spitfire appear early in the war, but overall a very well done two hour movie covering ten years of an unusual life.
Speakers on unit DVD was played on are not great, so no comments on sound quality, which seems typical for its era.
Go for it, you will not be disappointed.
It romanticizes the flying ace for what they were seen as at that time; Britain's saviour from the Axis Invaders.
If you enjoy this World War 2 film you will want to see others of its genre such as The Battle of Britain and The Dam Busters.
The movie is tribute to the unbreakable spirit of an indomitable man .The mark of the British war movie as compared to the Hollywood product covering the same territory is that the British documentary heritage which infused so many war movies of the period-including this one -made UK movie less gung ho and the courage on display is often of the modest and unassuming variety .The scenes of his learning to live without his natural legs and his painful re-adjustment ,both mental and physical, to his new circumstances are not glossed over but neither are they dwelt upon ,We see him learning to play golf and to dance using the new legs and when we are shown his pain the camera often pulls away so we can imagine the turmoil he is enduring rather than being taken through it blow by blow .
Kenneth More is excellent as Bader (who by the way acted as technical adviser on the picture)and there is a plethora of solid supporting turns by a galaxy of British actors from the period -Michael Gough ,Nigel Green ,Jack Watling .Read more ›
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This is an interesting movie about an interesting WWII character that is well known in the UK but is relatively unknown in the US. It is well worth the watch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DonF
I am old enough to remember Douglas Bader during WWII and was thrilled with Kenneth More's superb performance as the luminous ace. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Harding
In my effort to obtain all the Battle for Britain movies ever made this is certainly a worth while addition. Particularly since is a largely true story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by moviegeek
One of the very best British WWII films from the 50s. Plus, the wonderful Kenneth More.Published 5 months ago by William Greaves