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Victory by Air: A History of the Aerial Assault Vehicle

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Historical Feats & Aviation Legends * * * Take Flight with an Exploration of Aviation''s Fascinating and Triumphant History

5-Part Documentary Series * * * Over 4 Hours of In-Depth Documentary Features

Almost as soon as Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first successful, powered, piloted flight, aeroplanes were drafted for military use, and the rules of war were forever changed.

This compelling documentary series follows the history of the aerial assault vehicle from the creation of the aeroplane to its militarization during World War I and the Russian Revolution. Viewers learn that it was the Spanish Civil War that served as the testing ground for the German airplanes of the Third Reich in the lead-up to the Second World War.

With remarkable narration and incredible archival footage, including many never-before-seen sequences, this groundbreaking 5-part series is a complete historical overview from 1900 to 1945.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 259 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003R0G4PA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While this dvd has reasonably good footage, the narration by a person for whom English is a second language detracts from the content. Also within the first few minutes several factual errors were noted by both my daughter and myself.

Really you'd be better off looking at wikipedia with a screen reader.
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This would be a very interesting DVD if it wasn't for the absolutely TERRIBLE narration. The footage is great, lots of interesting clips I've never seen before, but this is the only redeeming quality. The narrator speaks fluent english, however it appears that whoever wrote the script had only been speaking english for 2 weeks whenever this was written. Upon reading the credits, it appears that it was indeed translated, which explains a lot. There are also several factual errors throughout the documentary.

Its a shame, because any decent english speaker could have corrected the errors, and made this 1000x better. Its almost humorous, because at times it seems that the narrator is actually struggling to accurately reproduce the incorrect english on the script!! I'm giving it 2 stars for the footage, it loses 3 stars because of the dialogue.
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By peter on December 27, 2011
This DVD comes with cool packaging. That is the good thing about this DVD. The quality of the visuals
IS POOR TO USELESS.There is no continuity in the way the story is told. Aircraft types often do not fit the narration.Also planes are miss identified.
Do not waste your money on this garbage!
Peter Banks
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I bought this locally for only $5, so I really didn't know what to expect.

First off, I'd like to agree with other reviewers that the narration is, how should I put it, odd.
The narrator is obviously not a native English speaker as he repeatedly says things like "aircrafts", "radars", and my favorite "refrigerating system of the motor oil" (instead of "oil cooling system"). He also has a really harsh "T" when he speaks and doesn't always pronounce the same word the same way, which can be distracting. The biggest flaw with the narration however, is the flow, or lack thereof. The closest thing I can use as a reference is how my wife's Kindle sounds when it is "reading" a book aloud. Yeah, it gets all the information to you, but since it doesn't understand what it's saying, it isn't able to place emphasis where it belongs, so the result is choppy and sometimes awkward.
Also, weights and distances are all in metric, so many of us Americans can easily get lost and not really have a feel of size or weight during the show.
Speeds are in knots, so that may or may not annoy you.

The video footage on the other hand, is much better. All of the footage was turned to a sepia tone for continuity (I'm sure a lot of this footage was originally gray), and aside from a few flipped shots (reversed tail numbers and such) and some shots of incorrect planes, it's pretty good stuff. For example, I had never seen footage of C-47s tugging Waco CG-4 gliders before, and it's in here!
My only real complaint about the video is the animated planes during the aircraft description segments. They have a really cool title format which shows a vertical line to one side of the screen.
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I am a WW II buff and this series is good but has many flaws. The narrator is good and for the most part
accurate but he may be talking of the bombing of Germany by B-17s and B-24s but the viedo is showing B-29's
bombing Japan. There are many flaws similar to this and a novice would not catch it. The series is good
but not the best if you are looking for accuracy in what you are seeing as the narrator describes the action.
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By Flyboyyy on September 11, 2012
As a pilot, and a builder of a number of airplanes myself I (as well as having an aviation business), I love most any subject relating to aviation. This DVD was a gift, and as others have noted come in an attractive package. As far as the content goes, there is some pieces of well rehashed video clips (public domain type stuff found all over the internet). Also as noted , other than the fact that they grouped the general subjects by loosely packing them into chapters, the content is pretty much all over the place. Basically this is a large DVD consisting of hundreds upon hundreds of small (sometimes 1-2 seconds or less) video clips spliced together with random music clips all topped off with a narrator.

Now for the bad...the narration is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE (this can't be overstated, and horrible is being kind). As someone who has an still does voice over work sometimes, I can forgive small oversights, but this is just TERRIBLE. Terrible script, but worse than anything is the overdone, overworked, overtried annunciation by the narrator. Literally ANY first year broadcast student would have been many times better. The inflection is terrible, the speach patterns are terrible, and it literally makes this program nearly unwatchable. Along with the really bad narration is music continually dumped over top of the (or under) the voice, but again there is no continuity to the story, people or video. Just random music clips not synchronized with anything in either the narration or the random video clips.

Since I didn't pay for this I still give it at least 1 star, but I'm certain that any middle school level students or above could put together a better "documentary" (that's being kind) than this. Better yet, hire ANYONE off the street to narrate it. I scratch my head sometimes and wonder who produced this thing and did they EVER bother to have it reviewed? Both the producer and narrator should just be embarrased by the end product.
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