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Wings (1927)

Gary Cooper , Clara Bow , William A. Wellman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Unknown
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sogemedia
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JZVLUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Silent ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 1917, Jack Powell is a young man with passion for cars. His next door neighbor is Mary Preston, who is in deep love for him, but Jack does not notice her. Jack indeed loves Sylvia Lewis, but she is in love with the rich David Armstrong. When USA enters in World War I, Jack and David join the Air Force to fight in France and become pals. Mary joins the Women's Motor Corp, trying to be close to Jack. But it is war, and a tragedy happen between the two friends. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards,


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings (1927) 1 Mar 2012
By Moleman
Format:Blu-ray
I've been waiting for this for some time after seeing it years ago on Channel 4 in a silent classics season (included "The Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance") When I watched it all those years ago (around 1990?) I was stunned by the story telling, the acting and the brilliant camera work. The flying sequences are still to this day some of the best I've ever seen on film.

The disc did not disappoint the transfer is superb, the soundtrack excellent and the movie itself every bit as good as I remember in fact it was better than I remembered. When you consider all the flying had to be done for real, then the aerial set pieces really are a joy to behold and truly breathtaking. 10/10!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular classic 9 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I too first saw this in Channel 4's silent season in the 80s and was bowled over by it. It's a sprawling epic about pilots in the First World War and has some of the most spectacular aerial sequences ever put on film. Spectacular because everything was done for real. The story revolves around an affecting love triangle although the dynamics may not be quite what they appear and some modern theorists have suggested a revised interpretation.

I've been waiting a long time for it to become available on disc and it doesn't disappoint in any way. The restoration and transfer are superb, even restoring some of the original hand-tinting (but done by a computer's hand these days). Don't expect a modern pin-sharp image even on blu-ray because 20s film stock was very grainy and the fashion of the time was for a softish glowing image. However once you get past all the initial gloopy sentimentality and the training camp slapstick (which is very broad to modern eyes) and everyone ships off to France the story notches up a few gears. The action sequences are spectacular and the three leads are very appealing. The ending is heartbreaking.

The blu-ray includes several short extra pieces on the original production and restoration of the film, its scoring and an in-depth look at the aerial stunt work. The stunt pilots in the 20s were a daring bunch unhampered by modern health and safety regulations and some of the anecdotes are astonishing. There are two music tracks to choose from - a newly-recorded orchestral score taken from the original cues written for the cinema bands of the time and a pipe organ transcription(!). There are also added sound effects which some people have objected to but which would certainly have been part of the original viewing experience on its first release.

This is a great classic of early cinema and well deserves this release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars setting the bar high 22 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This all region bluray really shows the potential for silents when there is good source material and care, love and cash is added in.
The image clarity is a bit variable but generally good to remarkable. This is fantastic for the aerial action which is legendary.
The new sound track of orchestral score plus sound effects is in glorious full hd in 5.1 surround with mainly the sound effects utilizing the surround features. Although some have not liked the sound effects it is consistent with the original presentation, of high standard and there is the choice of more traditional alternate organ score.
Non-silent devotees might find a few scenes with the posh flyboy's family offputting with rather hammy acting but overall the acting is naturalistic with Clara Bow magnetic and very cute too.
The extra's are very informative and add to your appreciation of the feature and admiration of the cast and crew; particularly the male lead who after every scene flying the plane himself would get out of the cockpit, vomit and then fly off again for the next take.
The style of this movie is good old Hollywood hokum spliced with realistic scenes of warfare, stemming from the directors and many of the crews wartime experience, rather than an artistic classic silent but there's nothing wrong with that.
Here's hoping that more silents receive this level of presentation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally resurected masterpiece! (U.S.Import) 14 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a totally resurrected masterpiece!.Having seen a version (included)with a organ accompaniment and another,with an excellent score ,by the great Carl Davis,I have considered this film, to be, one of the better World War I movies of the Silent Era,very good,but not a masterpiece like "THE BIG PARADE"and "ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT",however, I have just changed my mind!.A totally wonderful job ,of restoration ,sound effects and musical adaptation of the original orchestral score,has just been carried out! .WINGS, Winner of the first ever Oscar ,for Best Film ,alongside SUNRISE(given an Oscar for "Supreme Artistic Achievement"),is now viewable, as it originally would have been seen, at its' premier!.For those of us that have sat through and enjoyed crackly and well worn prints of this film ,this is no minor miracle!.Beautifully restored,to a longer 144 mins.,from an original negative print,this film is transformed from a very good ,but corny film,with great battle scenes(using squadrons of original World War I planes),into a very moving and stirring experience!.This is a must see for silent movie fans and all lovers of war films.With a debut appearance by Gary Cooper and brave committed flying performances by Charles Rogers and Richard Arlen + a charming and charismatic performance by Clara Bow.Also great value and Region Free!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful copy.
While the Blu_ray was Europe specific, DVD's were playable on any region-free player. Beautiful copy.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Paradis
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a watch
Mixture of the hammy silent movie stuff and amazing and realistic action sequences. Real flying real bombs and the trench scenes remarkabley graffic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Semple
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE VERY VERY BEST
Just seen the film and it was truly terrific. View it on the largest screen possible and have good speakers because the orchestration is perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JOESKY9
5.0 out of 5 stars This is film is worth watching even from a historical ...
This is film is worth watching even from a historical point of view to see the old/original fighter planes and bombers in an authentic setting.
Published 2 months ago by MikeG
5.0 out of 5 stars The first film to feature actual fighter plane footage.
Wellmann does the impossible here-he created both an impressive character piece and a brilliant batch of aerial footage to make one of the finest "anti-war" films of all... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brent Bechtel
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishing achievement in every way
One of the most impressive, dramatic, emotional, beautiful silent films I have ever seen. The live shots of such early warplanes is nothing less than astonishing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. FUSCO
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Very happy with this purchase .Apart from being a classic and the first Oscar best picture the special features are splendid. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener
I bought the disk to see what Clara Bow was like. Needless to say it satisfied my curiosity even though her role wasn't the main focus of the film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent film making at its best for action
It was well shot with a decent, if predictable , story line. The quality of the enhanced film was really good with no jerkiness or blips. Read more
Published 6 months ago by titus
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting historical film
I was intrigued by the opportunity of seeing a movie from the very end of the silent era mentioned particularly in Bill Bryson's book "One Summer 1827 America", which I had... Read more
Published 6 months ago by F. Smith
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