on 24 January 2002
This is a superb film from every point of view, marvellous acting,super direction and a realistic and convincing storyline.
It really brings across the fear and dispair that these aircrew of WW2 felt and the huge battle each individual had to fight within himself.The air battles are very convincing and although you always feel that the aircrew will just about survive it's still tense stuff.The aircraft and all ground support equipment are all most convincing and you almost feel that you are back in the 1940's.
Altogether a most entertaining and thought-provoking film.
on 11 January 2015
This blu ray is outstanding. Forget the awful dvd And why is amazon STILL mixing dvd and blu ray reviews? that is not acceptable. It saves them money on bandwith but leaves us with reviews that are all messed up. This is a excellent movie about the famous bomber Memphis belle. In those days half the bombers were shot down so it was a big deal for them to make it to the end of their tour. British night bomber losses were also very high during the period. Someone needs to do a true story about a night bomber crew, in 3d for better effect. The blu ray looks very good and this was a major Hollywood release when it came out. It is also good in that unlike todays awful war movies where psychos are everywhere and there are few good soldiers this depicts the men as they were , decent men who just wanted to survive and defeat the Nazis. Now if they can make a war movie about today that is good that would help.
Memphis Belle is an enjoyable WWII air war film.
The actors are all pretty good, but the script and direction, whilst adequate to the job in hand, aren't top notch; this isn't exactly a 'classic'.
The story concerns the 25th and final flight of the titular Memphis Belle, a B-52 bomber of the USAF, operating out of England on sorties over Europe. In this instance over a German industrial area in (I think?) Bremen.
Like Das Boot, which follows the date of a U-Bost crew on one mission, this tells the story of one crews experiences of one particular flight. Unlike Das Boot, the characters aren't quite do well developed, and the direction and special effects, whilst pretty good, aren't, as they are with Das Boot, remarkable.
Loosely based on real events, the film doesn't stand up to too much hard scrutiny: for one thing thing, real history of the crew and the Belle is not quite so clearly defined as its presented here; and for another, as Richard Overy's enormous tome on the 'bombing war' of WWII makes very clear, aerial bombardment of the type meted out by the kind of raid depicted here was a highly inefficient 'blunt instrument', rather than the conscientious pin-point bombing that's suggested here.
Nevertheless, this is well done in many ways, and addresses several issues worthy of our remembrance, from the human cost to the airmen involved, to the sheer magnitude of the events (seeing so many vintage planes taking off, for example, is still moving and breathtaking).
It's a bit hammy here and there, a bit cornball, and nobody quite sparks charisma wise like, say Tom Hanks (and plenty more of the cast), in Saving Private Ryan. But, whilst it ain't quite a classic, it is a decent solid enjoyable WWII movie, with a niche appeal for those interested in aerial warfare.
on 6 January 2011
This is the 2000 dvd release of this aclaimed 1990 film. Unfortunately transparencies are really noticeable at certain scenes and there's some visual "noise" on the background of all film, like it was a direct transfer from video. I own a VHS copy and there're almost no differences at all as that video release was a superb one. Dvd sound is really exceptional, and that's all...no extras but the official trailers. It's a double sided dvd, one with the full screen version and the other one with the widescreen (same contents). No extra timing or deleted scenes. No doubt, the making of of this film would have been invaluable. I wish it was available a remastered edition in the near future for one of the best war movies of all times with an incredible casting. Meanwhile, I can't recommend this dvd for any special reason.
The 'Memphis Belle' ( Boeing, B-17 B Flying-Fortress ) and it's 10-Man crew,
'Capt. Dennis Dearborn' 'Sgt. Danny Daly' '1st Lt. Luke Sinclair' 'Lt. Phil
Lowenthal' 'Lt Val Kozlowski' 'Sgt Richard Moore' 'Sgt Clay Busby' 'Sgt
Virgil Hoogestergar' 'Sgt Eugene McVey' and 'Sgt Jack Bocci' --have flown
24 missions, one more, and they get to go home.
In all the raids over German Territory the plane hasn't picked up as much as
a scratch, the plane and it's crew were becoming a legend.
The 25th mission for the 'Belle' and her young crew will prove to be the most
dangerous yet, they are to make a daylight raid into the very Heart of Germany,
a factory in 'Bremen'
The film re-creates how things pan-out throughout the mission, there are many
tense moments for the 'Belle's' Ten-Man crew as they encounter frequent attacks
from 'German-fighter-aircraft' as they enter enemy territory.
Tensions build amongst the crew as they close in on the target, they meet intense
The losses among the Squadron mounts, this is a well made 'World War 11 ' Drama.
Will the 'Memphis Belle's' crew complete there mission and return to base as they
had done 24 times before.
Picture Quality - A little better than on DVD - Sound Quality - fine.
Special Features -
* Climb into the cockpit 'William Wyler' directed documentary - The Memphis Belle :-
Story of a Flying-Fortress.
* Theatrical Trailer.
on 11 November 2001
this film gives you a real insight to the fears and hopes of many of our bomber heros of WW2, with breath taking cinmatography and real footage. It is a little perdictable and you just know that they will make it home safe but at the same time it does have you on the edge of your seat. A billiant tribute of all of those who fought and died in the worst war of the 20th century. i give it a big thumbs up.