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Red Tails [Blu-ray]

Cuba Gooding Jr. , Terrence Howard , Anthony Hemingway    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Tristan Wilds, Method Man
  • Directors: Anthony Hemingway
  • Producers: George Lucas
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CMEJ0U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,664 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Aerial spectacle gives this World War II drama a lift. Based on the true adventures of the Tuskegee Airmen, who battled Nazis in the air and racism on the ground, Red Tails is built around four pilots, each with a character-type-appropriate nickname: the daredevil is named Lightning (David Oyelowo), the likable boozer is Easy (Nate Parker), the kid trying to prove himself is Junior (Tristan Wilds), and the joker is called, uhm, Joker (Elijah Kelley). While these four chafe at their lousy assignments at the front, Colonel Bullard (Terrence Howard, applying his steely rasp to fervent, inspirational speeches) fights back in Washington to give these men a chance to prove themselves… and when they get that chance, prove themselves they do. This is a crucial bit of history--racial integration in the military was a key step leading to the civil rights movement decades later. Regrettably, this powerful material has been reduced to ham-fisted clichés, groaning under the weight of clumsy exposition. Such flimsy hokum is particularly surprising coming from co-screenwriter Aaron McGruder, creator of the sharply satirical The Boondocks; one suspects that the heavy hand of producer George Lucas was a factor. Nonetheless, when Red Tails takes to the air, the movie--like the pilots--shows its mettle. Though the digital effects are inexplicably uneven, the dizzying dogfight choreography will make your nerves tingle. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Please note this is a Region B Blu-ray and will require either a Region B or Multi-Region Blu-ray player



Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard lead a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.

Star Wars and Indiana Jones producer George Lucas presents this breathtaking aerial action movie. It'sItaly, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskagee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky... even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breaktaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.    



Special Features

  • Double Victory--66 minute documentary
  • Interviews and behind the scenes footage with George Lucas, cast and crew
  • Movie Magic featurette
  • Beautiful Nightmare--20 minute documentary

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By iMatt
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Overall I was disappointed by this movie. I expected a whole lot more. The special effects look ok, bit nothing outstanding. The acting was competent but nothing more. Would be fine for an early evening TV movie. Knowing a bit about he Tuskegee Airmen, I feel this movie glossed over a lot of facts. The level of bigotry and racism these men had to face from their OWN side and the struggles they had to face did not come across.

The Nazi's in this move come across as cartoon like caricatures with no depth at all. In fact, that could be a good overall description of the whole move, very little depth! Glad I did not pay full price at HMV or I would be even more disappointed!

Overall, I am not saying it's the worst I've seen. However, the movie could've been longer without the soap opera boy meets girl elements which simply got in the way.

As for calling it a TV movie, some TV movies can be good. Red Tails is quite inferior to another movie on the same subject, 'The Tuskegee Airmen' from 1995 Starring Laurence Fishburn and John Lithgow amongst other well known faces. Although a TV movie, with The Tuskegee Airmen one gets a much fuller, more rounded view of the struggles these brave pilots (and groundcrew) had to overcome and the fact that they were fighting a war on TWO fronts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 11 Feb 2014
I must say I didnt think it would be as good as it is if you like a war film you got too watch this one I thought it was a great watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Tells the story well, and the flying shots of P 51's are superb.
A worthy addition to the TV documentary some years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 20 Jan 2014
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Amazing special effects - possibly a little 'gung ho' sometimes. I was very impressed with the acting, script and the fact it was based on truth. Very well worth watching
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Tails DVD 14 Jan 2014
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We had friends and family round to watch it, six people in all and without exception everyone loved it. The story is amazing.
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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a missed opportunity - what a shame 26 Oct 2012
This movie makes a mockery of the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen and for that reason alone deserves your contempt because it will stop other film makers from making better movies about the subject for at least another 10 years. The 1995 Laurence Fishburne movie is better. If you're interested in the subject then do yourself a favour, stop reading this now and go and watch that instead.

If you're interested in a vacuum-headed movie that plays out like "Pearl Harbor" though, then read on.

You'd think that with such a rich and heroic story to work from that even George Lucas couldn't mess this one up. He's done the same, however, to the story of the Tuskegee Airman that he did to his own "Star Wars" by creating a movie that is almost entirely free of memorable characters and packed to the nines with ridiculous computer effects.

So the plot sucks, but maybe it's worth watching for the action? Nope. I'm afraid the computer visuals all looks kinda fake and crappy so you're entirely detached from the action. CG always suffers from this anyway, I suppose it's cheap compared to actually filming real aircraft though so we're force-fed warm spoons of it in everything these days. The CG in "Red Tails" is especially nasty though because it has a kind of dull flatness to it that screams FAKE at you in 100 foot tall flashing letters. On top of that the movement of the aircraft has that fake "spaceship" style CG look and also depicts stunts that the aircraft can't physically do. The idea of having a P-51 do a backflip to take out a bad guy may seem cool to the scriptwriter and is probably cool to most brain-dead movie goers these days, but if you know anything about air combat it ruins the scene. Do some research before writing drivel like this, please.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment 19 May 2013
The story of the Tuskegee airmen lends itself to the making of an excellent film, but this is not it. The comic book script is laughable and the combat sequences are just like watching a thoroughly unrealistic CGI'd computer game. The impression that taking on the Luftwaffe was a piece of cake for a bunch of high spirited and apparently ill-disciplined young men is frankly insulting to the achievements of the young Afro-American pilots that were the real Tuskegee airmen. A P-51 turning a German destroyer (which looks remarkably like a battleship)into a flaming wreck with two passes of its machine guns gives you an idea of exactly how plausible this film is when it comes to the realities of war. Watch a decent documentary on the Red Tails instead. It's a far more moving and inspiring story than this rubbish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BANG! 9 Nov 2012
Yep, that's the sound of this film hitting the mud after a catastrophic stall. As a stand alone action plane film about a group of men from a small air group, it's not to bad. And that's it. But as an untold story of the heartfelt pain and suffering of a disposessed flight unit just trying to do their bit for the country they live in, it falls WAAAAY short. I learnt absolutely nothing from this film except that the Luftwaffe were totally evil and prop planes can turn 180 degrees instantly while flying at 400mph with no adverse affects on pilot or plane. The commanding officer of the air group gets a tiny bit of grief from the big wigs and sometimes the Tuskagee squad don't see eye to eye with the bomber crews but it's hardly horrendous. If I knew nothing about racism, I would have just assumed that these guys were simply being treated as rookies. The film looks good but then it should do. It's almost 50% CGI. The actual (all too short) interviews with the pilots of the 332nd are worth the price of the package alone. Humble, Heart felt and warm, these guys explain what it was REALLY like to be (and try to be) a black pilot during the war.

Unfortunately, the soundtrack is really awful. Generic lucasfilm soundbytes are all over this. Sounds from the star wars films rattle through (most of) the speakers. I say "most of" because on my system (Denon AVR 3310 and Mordaunt short floorstanders) it sounded horrible. I recalibrated the whole lot before I realised it is just a shoddy mix on the film. The rear speakers are almost totally unused and the little sound that does come from them is very thin and the front soundstage feels muffled and dull. It all feels like a big cartoon. Processed and lifeless. It is reported that THX used a 10.1 soundtrack for this film. Whoever mixed it over, quite frankly, cocked it up.

I give it 3 stars. 1 for the film and 2 for the short Airmen interviews.
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the dvd arrived on time, but the story was not what I expected, thank you
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excellent movie about world war 2
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good product
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a movie
This un-engaging offering is not a movie. It is a book documenting the experiences of African-American pilots serving in the Air Force during the Second World War. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Samuel Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Film review
Great film in perfect condition as always. Packing great and as usual thin enough to go though my letter box
Published 1 month ago by Mr Phil Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars History will not forget their efforts
The film covers a little known aspect of the American bomber offensive in the European war after their joining in 1942.The B.17 losses in daylight raids was unacceptable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars tells a great story
well put together film. great story line and near to the real thing, made for a good night in, great
Published 1 month ago by Mr. L. D. Metheringham
1.0 out of 5 stars A disgrace to the memory of air and groundcrew
I must confess I knew this was going to be dire before I rented it but like some other movies you have to sometimes see it to believe how bad it actually is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy Szweda
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad its comical
Had reasonably high hopes for this film having been impressed by the trailers of aerial combat. Unfortunately that's the only bit they got right - the combat scenes / special... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. J. Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling - A playground/console game interpretation of what should...
I was looking forward to watching the story of the Tuskegee airmen which is a dramatic, exciting true story full of racial tensions and drama, I was expecting ‘GLORY’ in a WW2... Read more
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