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Paths Of Glory [DVD] [1957]
Paths Of Glory [DVD] [1957]
Dvd ~ Kirk Douglas
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.85

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, never bettered, 10 July 2008
This review is from: Paths Of Glory [DVD] [1957] (DVD)
This is in my view the finest film about men at war ever made. The gritty black and white photography evokes the sombre visuals of every First World war newsreel you have ever seen. Every performance is utterly believable, in spite of the proliferation of west coast and New York American accents.

I defy anyone not to be moved by this tale of sacrifice, waste and injustice. Douglas is fantastic in the role of Colonel Dax, but Stanley Kubrick has wrung the very best performance from each and every actor in this film. Every worthwhile director today has learnt something from his genius and this is, for me, his best movie.

Buy it on DVD because I promise you, you will want to watch this more than once.


Aces High [DVD]
Aces High [DVD]
Dvd ~ Malcolm McDowell
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars journey's end takes to the air, 10 July 2008
This review is from: Aces High [DVD] (DVD)
Based on R.C Sherriff's play 'Journey's end', Aces High is a gripping introduction for anyone wanting an insight into air combat during the First World war. A young Colin Firth is wonderful as the fledgling hero 'Croft' and McDowell proves once again that he is one of the U.K's most underrated actors. Christopher Plummer gives another highly polished performance.

As in Journey's end the idealistic youngster joins the unit commanded by a man well known to him and his family, his sister's fiancee, who is now a decorated and experienced fighter. The youngster's idealism fades however as he realizes that in spite of his friend's success in the war, Greasham is close to breaking point. The movie shows very well how young pilots with insufficient training, no parachutes and overworked unreliable aircraft became 'Fokker fodder'. The aircraft used lack the realism of the DR1's, DV11's and SE5a's seen in the Blue Max, but the quality of the story and the acting more than make up for that. This film is a fine tribute to the real Mannock's and McCudden's of the Great war and shows the horror of that conflict most ably.
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Battle of Britain - Definitive Edition [1969] [DVD]
Battle of Britain - Definitive Edition [1969] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £8.04

119 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definative depiction of war in the air, 2 July 2008
This film is a winner on three counts. It brings together most of the best actors of a generation, it uses the real aircraft which took part and it was overseen from a historical perspective by pilots who flew in the battle, (Stanford Tuck, Douglas Bader and Adolph Galland amongst them).
It tells the story of the summer of 1940 with peerless aerial photography (no naff pearl habor CGI) and superbly well staged ground action such as the London Blitz and the airfield attack. I found all of the central characters thoroughly believable with the performances of Sir Larry as 'Stuffy' Dowding and Robert Shaw's Squadron leader being outstanding. This is a film I can drag out and watch every 18 months or so and it never fails to enthrall and move me. There should have been more Hurricanes than Spits and the Me 109's shouldn't have had Merlin engines, but what the hell. It's well directed, beautifully shot and above all it's FACTUAL!
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U-571 [DVD] [2000]
U-571 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.74

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood all at sea..., 2 July 2008
This review is from: U-571 [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This film is utter rubbish, but unfortunately such is the power of a movie that this will become historical 'fact' for many impressionable youngsters. Jon Bon Jovi should have stuck to 'giving love a bad name' and Harvey Kietel REALLY should have known better. I assume he had much the same view of appearing in this turkey as Michael Caine had about doing Jaws 3.

ie: 'I haven't seen the film myself, but I'm told it is awful. I have however seen the house that it built and it is terrific'!


Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [1998]
Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.96

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate well crafted flag waver, 2 July 2008
For a whole young generation this film is probably the most profound depiction of the second world war. The by now well known opening 20 minutes are a master class by Spielberg in the direction of an action movie (with some thanks to Stanley Kubric I suspect). The movie is also filled with memorable vignettes including the kangaroo court martial of the German machine gunner and the death struggle between the Jewish Ranger and the SS Panzer Grenadier. It's a shame that after the beach landing the whole of the rest of the film is a total fiction. Like so many others I hate the slander against Field Marshal Montgomery, (architect of every successful operation carried out by the western allies) and the airbrushing out of the Anglo/Canadian part in the operation. It remains a terrific testament to the GI's on Omaha beach and is a brilliant all action war film. But be warned, it has all the historical accuracy of First Knight and should by no means be treated as a documentary.


The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968] [Dutch Import]
The Charge Of The Light Brigade [1968] [Dutch Import]

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portabello road Victorians, 2 July 2008
A fine epic film which did badly at the box office in spite of the 'sgt pepper' uniform styles so in vogue in the '60's. Certainly the best performance from David Hemmings with the possible exception of Blow Up. Trevor Howard is, as ever, great as the irascible Lord Cardigan. The Crimea is well represented, as is the fortitude and suffering of the Victorian British soldier. Only the 11th Hussars and 17th Lancers are really represented in the charge and the uniforms of the 17th could have been more accurate. A well intentioned and beautifully filmed movie, if you enjoyed Lawrence of Arabia and other sweeping epics from the late '60's you will probably enjoy this. Punches aren't really pulled on showing battlefield brutality, but it isn't overdone. Enjoy watching the British character actors who you will recognize from many TV and film productions of the era pop up throughout.


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