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on October 20, 2015
From the get-go, one has to remember that this is a war time propaganda film. Therefore the narration is "government" approved, many of the life-aboard scenes are staged for filming and the described timelines do not match-up with the film images. Case in point, the first raid in the movie is supposed to be of Marcus island. However, at the beginning of the film it shows SB2C Helldivers landing aboard the carrier. SB2C's did not enter service until November of '43 and they first saw combat aboard the USS Essex at Rabaul. And the national insignia on the TBF's and SBC2's are the later style white and blue bars of the 1944. In '43 U.S. aircraft still had the red outline around the insignia. The voice overs do not match the character images. Take for instance "Jacko" the so-called ship's captain as he explains how to line-up the aircraft at the start of the film. Furthermore, in actuality the ship's captain wouldn't be concerned about the air group. That's the Air Boss' or Air Group commander's function. His concern lies solely with the ship. Suffice to say, the film is rife with inaccuracies simple because it was as I said, a propaganda film for the folks back home.

That being said the movie still is a wonderful time capsule. The aerial footage is in color and rare indeed. I truly did enjoy seeing moving images of the naval aircraft instead of the usual black and white stills. What I ended up doing is turning down the sound so as not to be distracting by the inane narration and just enjoying the visual images.

As for the identity of the "Fighting Lady" I originally thought that it was the USS Essex. The F6F Hellcat in-flight towards it's carrier at the beginning of the film was Air Group Commander Flatley's F6F-3 from the Essex. But as I got into the film it was obvious that the "Fighting Lady" was more than one carrier. The radar suites changed from image to image. So to did the camouflage schemes and on-board aircraft markings. Like I said, ignore the audio and just enjoy the various film images. It's a collection of many different scenes from the mid-war in the Pacific.
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on January 15, 2013
Unlike today, during WWII Hollywood was more than happy to offer motion picture talents like OSCAR winning film maker William Wyler to direct this "newsdrama" to give the families at home encouragement regarding what America's "Greatest Generation" was doing to win the war in the Pacific. The movie is centered around one of the Navy's new aircraft carriers built since Pearl Harbor known as The Fighting Lady. Color footage is 16mm shot by the Navy and covers the ship and it's pilots as they take on the Japanese in the Pacific in 1943. Some scenes are dark and difficult to see, but actually add character to the drama and action of real men fighting a real enemy. You can almost smell the gun smoke, oil and human carnage as you grip the arms of your chair with intense emotion knowing that brave people were dying for the cause of freedom and heroes were being made. Commentary is by one of Hollywood's finest actors, Lieut. Robert Taylor, US Navy Retired. The ending is gripping as one watches burials at sea of some of the men featured in the film. War is hell and these brave men knew FREEDOM isn't FREE but stepped up anyway to pay the price to fight for God, Country, and Family. I thank God for these men who sacrificed so much so I could grow up in the 1950s feeling safe and have opportunities ahead I could never have imagined. Well worth watching.
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on April 8, 2012
The Fighting Lady/Thunderbolt (Remastered) (2011) DVD by PD Productions has very poor picture quality. The print looks as if it has not been cleaned or corrected at all. The documentaries themselves are excellent and have some amazing WWII footage in them, but I was disappointed that the picture quality was so aweful, when it appears other companies (Zeno's Flight Shop Videos) have corrected the color and picture to result in better copies of these historic documentaries. The audio seemed pretty good, although on The Fighting Lady it had to be turned up way louder than usual to get it to a normal level.

So, I recommend both of these documentaries, especially 'The Fighting Lady' for it's excellent aircraft carrier, F4U Corsair, and SB2C Helldiver footage, but do not buy it from PD Productions, buy a copy with better picture quality elsewhere.
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on September 25, 2015
Very enlightening to my non-historian view. But for a movie from that general time it does give a view into possible life on an aircraft carrier. A little light on historical context. It is valid for some of the routine life on a WW II carrier. The action is relevant for the time period. Enjoyable.
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on October 8, 2013
This was a story put out in WWII when America needed heros. Robert Taylor narriated the srory of an American carrier that went through battles in the Pacific, some winners and some lossers, with the intent of increasing American moral in a troubled time of fear and uncertanty among the American people. Of cource these were the newsreels seen in theaters around the country diring wartime. The "spin" of American military was obvious in several places but all in all a pretty good DVD to watch...
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on August 7, 2013
Though this compilation of scenes does a commendable job of portraying the actions of our carriers in the Pacific War, it is an even better snapshot of the lives of individual sailors. I really enjoyed the background scenes of games, smoking, no obesity, and the casual intensity with which a nation of individualists formed cohesive groups on our fighting ships. Conditions were somewhat primitive by today's standards, and it was a treat to watch this film a number of times.
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on May 4, 2016
Another good WWII film (1943) that gave the United States citizens something to put their faith in when the news was mostly bad.
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on November 1, 2014
You had to be of that time. It was striking to see the aircraft carrier in action and in color too. Remember, I was in primary school at the time these films came out. Of course the radio (no TV yet), newspapers, magazines and movies played up the war news. it probably dosen't effect most people today because they just can't relate to what happened back then.
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on September 25, 2011
As others have written, this is a great color movie from WWII of CV-10 U.S.S. Yorktown. However, the DVD is disappointing because it is generally off-color, mostly with a distinct yellow tint. Compared to the VHS tape of this same movie that I bought at the Yorktown's museum at Patriot Point, the color is significantly worse and the detail is no better. Further, the VHS tape has a nice addendum that tells more of the story. The DVD has the Good Times disclaimer that it's from an old movie, but I'm not sure why it should be of lesser quality than a VHS tape purchased in the last few years.
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on November 20, 2016
In today's world, old films like this are worth watching w/grandchildren. This one is excellent.
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