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Ships with Wings [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Lt. Dick Stacey is dismissed from the Fleet Air Arm for poor discipline. He joins the Aircraft Carrier 'HMS Ark Royal' (The Ship with Wings). When they go into battle in the Mediterranean he acts heroically and redeems himself. ...Ships with Wings
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.48 x 5.31 x 0.55 inches; 2.47 Ounces
- Director : Sergei Nolbandov
- Media Format : Import, PAL
- Run time : 89 minutes
- Actors : Basil Sydney, Edward Chapman, Cecil Parker, John Clements, Leslie Banks
- Producers : Ships with Wings, Ships with Wings
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- ASIN : B001KWHOIS
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
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Aircraft and ship miniatures are easily discerned as small-scale, but most models are well detailed and imaginatively shot. In some scenes they look as bad as Universal's war film efforts and at their best resemble Republic's.
The quality of the print is first-rate, and looks first generation.
They story is unrealistic, but the SFX work is worth the $5 DVD cost at Amazon.
Had the United States and England dealt with Hitler in 1937 about 40 million lives could've been saved.
An interesting story, good special effects effects done with models.
My only disappointment, is the disc is a burned DVD-R, not a pressed DVD.
The picture and sound quality were excellent.
The cockpit scenes were often pilot and passengers sitting in chairs with the instrument panel just out of sight.
To be fair there are fleeting glimpses of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. However, at the time of filming she was fighting a war. I assume there was no time to shoot scenes onboard, other than a couple of take-offs and landings.
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It opens with a Captain & and an Admiral at a launch for an aircraft carrier and the reparte between them. The Admiral is sceptical and the Captain enthusiastic, seeing the potential of aircraft at sea, hence title of the film. Well structured dialogue and informative of an argument contemporeanous to the time, over where the budget got spent. 3million for an aircraft carrier! Wow inflation ...sure the RN would like a bill these days that small.
It is a somewhat 'suspend belief' on the overall storyline, but it is only the peg to hang some fine model making and film footage of real ships; a morale boosting movie for the wartime audience and some great one-liners.
A carefully crafted story for and of its time; patriotic theme music and some short and light singing performances seamlessly slotted in with relevance to the scenes with John Clements as Lt Stacey and Ann Todd as an actress dating Lt. Stacey who is a Fleet Air Arm pilot.
Gentle properganda for the purpose of national confidence building in the fight against the enemy laying out the new aircraft carrier benefits, along with indications of duty and selfless courage. Not over done and the writers sensitively give a balance of what would be acceptable and comforting to the audiences, who by that time in 1941 would be effected personally by the casualities and death toll of the war and would be in no mood to swallow glazed patriotism.
Even the moral example of the 'best pilot' Lt Stacey who is court martialled for disobeying orders and cowardice is drummed out of RN. (War is serious and so is the Senior Service - not about dare devils)Then the storyline begins, he ends up flying a 1 plane route in the med for a Greek owner, the germans invade the island and naturally, both ex Lt Stracey and the greek owner do their duty for their country and the allies. (Watch out for the very moving speech of resistance the greek makes to the Germans).
Great model shots of the Italian and German base planes and the dam which the RN have to destroy. Great ship and flying film footage mixed in with set and model shots - rather slick for the technology and time.
A wonderfully crafted film that is a lesson in model making for film and splicing of film footage expert craftsmanship. It is obviously a piece of mass media history and social history of film making, as the spec for the writers, must have in wartime, read something like:
good dialogue with wit
Best foot forward for the RN
morale booster for the nation
moral sensibility of wartime duty
respectful acknowledgement of the fallen and the audience who have lost
someone who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Wonderful bookmarker for how times and manners have changed and not for the better.
interesting footage of the aircraft carriers and Fleet Air Arm planes of the era.
Excellent footage of Fairey Swordfish and Fulmar aircraft. Good story line of how the British fought the Italians - on the lines of Taranto but day light raids.