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Target For Tonight (Collector's Edition) IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

Harry Watt    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Harry Watt
  • Writers: Harry Watt
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: DD Home Entertainment (Now Simply HE)
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,710 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic wartime docu-drama about RAF Wellington bomber raids over Nazi Germany. Made with the co-operation of No.149 Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, the film features footage shot in the air alongside material mocked-up in an old abandoned fuselage, and uses a cast drawn from RAF ground and air crew. It was released as a first feature in the USA in the latter half of 1941 and has been credited as playing a significant role in swaying American opinion towards entering the war in Europe.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WWII Classic 15 Jun 2010
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The story is fictitious but all of the people in are serving RAF personnel the most notable of which is Charles Pickard who was later killed during an attack on the Amiens Prison. I'm not usually a fan of extras but some of these are as good as the main feature including gun turret drills and cockpit drill.

The film quality and sound on all of the films is excellent especially considering the 60+ years since it was made.

Well worth the money and a must for any WWII aviation enthusiast.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real thing... 8 Nov 2009
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This Collector's Edition DVD from the Imperial War Museum is not to be confused with the "Target for Tonight" DVD produced in 2004 Target For Tonight [DVD]
The Imperial War Museum's DVD contains only the original footage that was made at a time when we were losing the War in 1941 and 1942.
The title is taken from the 1941 information film "Target for Tonight" made by the Crown Film Unit, a documentary film about a raid on Freihausen after reconnaisance photographs showed a build up of rail and canal works with oil installations. The film concentrates on a Wellington bomber "F for Freddie". No actors were used in the entire film only those RAF personnel who were involved in the orgainsing and carrying out of this raid. Voted "Best Documemtary" by the National Board of Review in 1941, the film won an honorary Academy Award in 1942.
The remainder of the DVD includes training films for the Wellington bomber; how a bomber was built in less than 30 hours in workers spare time; and a shorter version of Target for Tonight.
Bonuses include - Newsreel footage of the bombing raids on St Malo docks using Bostons and heavy bombers on Bremen, also the Mosquito raid on Amiens prison; a Pathe report on the RAF raids on Cologne and the Ruhr, and the Luffewaffe raid on Canterbury.
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5.0 out of 5 stars target for tonight(collectors edition} 19 Aug 2010
i have seen two other versions of the same film and this is the best for sound and picture resolution.I found it more enjoyable seeing more detail and better sound a film i would miss if i lost it , clips from the film are used in dozens of world war two documentaries...a good buy from the rest brilliant stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars target for tonight 15 July 2010
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This film (from 1941)is a about a Wellington raid on Germany concentrating on F for freddie, with no actors used!A true story with the typical "bravado" of the time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars target for tonight review 13 Aug 2010
THis DVD an excellent insight into what it was like to take part on a bomber command mission - also has some extra films relating to bomber activities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One to Remember 21 Jan 2012
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When this film was released for general viewing I was a boy. I missed it and have had to wait 70 years to see it! It did not lessen my enjoyment or disappoint. There are no professional actors as all the parts are played by serving RAF personel. It describes the planning and execution of an early bombing raid on Germany. It was a propoganda film (not that anyone viewing at the time would have addmitted that) and in modern sophisticated times it is very dated with all the officers talking with "cut glass" accents. However it was simply GREAT! There are two other information films on the disc which were not so interesting but that didn't lessen my admiration for these films produced at one of the most difficult times of WW2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Target for Tonight 1 Oct 2011
By Dekka
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I remember seeing the original film many years ago. I thought then and now that the accents were put on but the content was very good and told a story that should be seen by future generations as it is real history in the making.
I also appreciated to additional parts added to this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another oldie but goodie 10 Feb 2014
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Another old movie dusted off and given a second, well deserved, life. Clearly shows how things were in the forties with the times and circumstances of WWII
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent DVD, very interesting insight into the wartime RAF.
Published 6 days ago by Stephen Cashmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good viewing
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. D. K. Bellamy
5.0 out of 5 stars my tipe of film
It is a good film of its time some good moments in it, it is of intrest to me thanks
Published 8 months ago by Phil.Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i love the old movie target for tonight is one of the best for me seeing a part of the bombers in 1940 ( 149 squ )
Published 8 months ago by mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
This was as other reviewers have said a rather "wooden" film reflecting the time & purpose for which it was made. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars target for tonight
this is a all time classic war film with real action in it there are no real actors all of the parts played by RAF personal and some of them were killed later in the war ,this is a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated bravery
Excellent film document. Shows bravery in its matter of fact form. I would not hesitate to recommend this film, there is no "Holywood" heroics just men getting on with the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Snapper
5.0 out of 5 stars target for tonight
gave this as a present and was really pleased,my friend loved it and was pleased with all the content.was very with it.
Published 18 months ago by jacqueline mabey j.mabey
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD quality is well worth the price
Firstly just to say that the quality of this DVD is excellent both in terms of picture and sound even though the original footage is from WW2 and naturally reproduces the technical... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Clipper 314
5.0 out of 5 stars Target fot tonight
Excellent service and I am still to view the DVD but I am very interested in the subject as I work voluntarily at a local War Museum.
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Mr. David J. Hammond
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