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I believe that anyone and everyone who has purchased any home video discs for their personal enjoyment should buy this one too - and as soon as possible. This film truly demonstrates Hollywood at its best and shows clearly why Hollywood films matter so much to us. I think WINGS would be the cornerstone of any home movie library.
The story is superb, the directing is superb, the acting is superb, and the aerial scenes - well, they are BY FAR the best and most exciting ever done in the entire history of the movies and they are the best that ever WILL be done. They have never been duplicated nor will they ever be. Why do I make such definitive statements about the flying sequences? Because the flying sequences in WINGS are all real - repeat: ALL REAL! And they sure look it! NO "trickery" can duplicate "real!" Please see below for further details.Read more ›
The Blu-ray version includes three (3) special features: the making-of documentary "Wings: Grandeur in the Sky," as well as "Dogfight," a featurette covering early aeronautics, and "Restoring the Power and Beauty of Wings," which details the film's restoration process.
The DVD version includes only one (1) special feature, the aforementioned "Wings: Grandeur in the Sky" (the "making of" documentary).
Wellman had actually flown planes during the Great War and so he wanted to make sure that this film captured what it was like to fly and to engage in combat up in the skies. One of the film's great strengths is the outstanding aerial photography which Howard Hughes would copy for HELL'S ANGELS three years later. Another strength is the story itself. While basically one of the first buddy films, WINGS manages not only to capture the horrors of war but the innocence of pre-WWI America as personified by the three main characters. Clara Bow gives a remarkable performance showing that she was more than just a 1920's sex symbol when given a good script and placed in the hands of a capable director like Wellman. By the time the film is over you long for its beginning. The final scenes are among the most moving in all of silent film with an ending that you have waited the whole movie for.Read more ›
"Wings" was a groundbreaker in many ways. The first film, and only silent film, to win an Oscar for "best production" (later "best movie,") it marked the official screen debut, in a walk-on, of Gary Cooper, depending on whether his brief unbilled appearance in "It" may have been shot first. "Wings" is an epic length WWI era romantic tragicomedy in which Clara, as girl next door Mary Preston, surreptitiously follows boy next door Charles "Buddy" Rogers (who thinks he is in love with someone else) overseas as a volunteer civilian ambulance driver, as Rogers goes on to become an air ace of the Lafayette Escadrille. For aficianados of aerial acrobatics featuring swarms of dogfighting motorized box kites, this is as good as it gets until the far more pretentious Howard Hughes "Hell's Angels" extravaganza of 1930. For sufficiently quick-eyed fans of celebrity nudity, Clara's costume change in a Paris hotel room even features a nanosecond nipple-slip wardobe malfunction.Read more ›
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This is probably my favorite silent film ever! Intense, exciting, fun, and sad! Plus, it was the first silent film to win an Academy Award (at the very first Academy Awards in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lindsey Soliday
Great movie, with lots of warbird action, just didn't realize it was a silent film. But keeps you alert reading the headers.Published 5 months ago by John Buford
Wings (Blu Ray)is a great movie and definitely the best silent movie that I have ever seen. It has great special effects, which even today's technologies may not match and the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rusi Mahudawala