Red Tails [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This movie is just as good if not better than Tuskegee Airmen. I learned a lot and feel it was a disgraceful time in US history to wait so long to honor true WWII heroes!!!Published 8 hours ago by Allan Smith
This was an interesting movie in many aspects; the acting was fine to good, the special effects ranged from just okay to quite realistic, and the historical aspect was interesting... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lectrichead
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