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Red Tails [Blu-ray]

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1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces; the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options -- including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home; they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds; with something to prove and everything to lose; these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country -- and the fate of the free world.

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard, Ne-Yo, Michael B. Jordan
  • Directors: Anthony Hemingway
  • Writers: John Ridley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 254 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (945 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIGNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Tails [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By S. Persons on April 2, 2014
Format: Amazon Video
I am a former Air Force fighter pilot. This movie is solely lacking in realism to the point of silliness. It ranks down there with "Iron Eagle" in the realm of pure cartoonish fantasy. Fighter pilots do not fly around using the radio as a telephone for pointless conversation akin to teenage girls. 1940s pilots did not speak like someone who lives in 2013. I have a friend who is the nephew of one of the real Red Tails and very active in the Red Tails organization. As such he was invited to attend the premier with George Lucas. My friend is also a former Air Force fighter pilot. He told Lucas to his face that he had a chance to make a great movie about a great subject but instead made a piece of crap. If you want to see a good movie about the Red Tails, watch HBOs "The Tuskegee Airmen".
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm going to address the Blu ray version of this film as I had not seen it in the theaters when it was released. The best thing about the disc isn't the theatrical film itself but "Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War," the 1 hour documentary "extra." While the theatrical film addresses some of the history of the courageous Tuskegee airmen, the documentary focuses of the "second war" back in the United States. Using excellent interviews with many of the survivors of the Red Tails and their African-American bomber crew confederates, many of the injustices they lived through are fleshed out. They are supplemented by some remarkable film footage from the time. These great Americans effectively launched the Civil Rights movement even before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball or Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat.

The next best thing about this film is the aerial combat photography, some of which is done with real planes and real pilots and some is done with some amazing CGI and George Lucas's technicians. I was especially taken with the introduction of some early German jet fighters as they engaged the Red Tails' P-51 Mustangs. The other big positive is the magnificent transfer to Blu ray. From the opening scenes the film sparkles in this Lucas authorized release. The colors are bright and vivid. The textures are finely tuned, especially in close ups. The audio likewise is demo ready. As you might expect, the audio is an important feature with planes shooting at each other all over the Italian and German skies. In addition to the aforementioned documentary, other extras include comments by Lucas and director Anthony Hemingway, composer Terrance Blanchard and the cast. There is also a 5 minute feature at how the CGI came into play.
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Good entertainment and great graphics, actors were also good but the script was so embellished it ruined it. I love the story and have read several books about these fliers and hate to see something deminisher their accomplishments.
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I was so excited to see the movie, that I posted ahead of time. Now that I've seen it, I thought it was a great telling of a true story. I give it a solid 4 stars, because the actors were excellent, the cinematography was good, the combat effects were actually better than okay. The music could have been better, but despite that it is an instant classic in my book.

The movie is fantastic because it shows the story of men who had to fight with honor and dignity against extreme odds in order to fight with bullets and power against our country's enemies. Their story has been represented before on film, and hopefully will again; it's a story worthy of being told over and over. Thumbs up to the actors, producers and all involved for doing a very good job. Was it the best of the best job possible? Maybe not, but it was entertaining and enlightening. I respect George Lucas for caring enough to put his money into this story, to bring it to the big screen like a major film, despite the reluctance of many other parties in the film industry. Could some other director/producer combination have made a technically more outstanding movie? Maybe, but they evidently don't care enough about the true story to do it. Kudos to all involved!

The events portrayed a version of history that was very engaging, and in a way that was also realistic. The heroes weren't shown to be perfect, with the flight leader having a drinking problem, for example, which seemed to cause problems, and one of the other pilots being a real hotshot. Overall, I gained a lot of insight into the difficulties that the "colored" pilots encountered but at no point did I feel like I was being "taught" a history lesson.
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Many have written about the story that needed to be told; my comments will be mostly just about the movie; from one who's loved many war movies (I'm 56 y.o.).

From the first scene, I was loving the realistic CGI (I only wish "Memphis Bell" looked anywhere near as good), and hating the way the fighter and bomber pilots spoke. .

The drama dialog was appropriate, and I appreciated the drama scenes in general, but in every battle scene, I felt the dialog was just not right.

Similarly with the music. I'm one (of many I suppose) for whom the music in a war movie drives the pace of the action and the scene cuts. "Midway" is a good example; sometimes I'll watch the movie just because I'm so drawn in by the way the music melds with the action. I feel the same about "In Harms Way"; the music draws you in.

One thing I do really like about the scenes where B17s are under attack; I liked the bit of extra attention to the trauma and horror being experienced by the guys inside the aircraft as they meet their fate. (I grew up watching the "12 O'clock High" series, and also enjoyed "Memphis Bell", so I've been through many of these with B17s being shot up and breaking up as they fall out of the sky. )

In general, the Air War over Europe was horrifying, and many men such as our Tuskeegee Airmen as well as the Eigth Air Force had to face up to their possible end on each combat mission. (Attrition rates in the air over Europe were very high.)

This story needs to be told and appreciated, and "Red Tails" is another good vehicle.
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