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A movie that can never be made again,
This review is from: The Battle Of Britain (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Finally an old classic rereleased.
Done in the style of A bidge too far and The Longest Day this movie sets forth a part of history in the context of a feature movie.
It has a lot of characters and storylines, some historic and some personal that are no longer seen in mainstream movies today and this might confuse some younger or more impatient viewers.
For the War Movie enthusiast it is a must. The turning points in The Battle of Britain are made clear, and the conflict quite accurately described with attention payed to the pilots and radar operatives as well as flight command and all those women moving tokens across maps in place of modern computer displays. You will feel sorry for the Polish Volunteers, feel the sacrifice of both sides as fewer and fewer vetran pilots return from the fray as well as getting a glimps of what terror bombing of cities means. If you have or enjoyed The Longest Day and a Bridge too far then this one stands in the same category.
Most of all it is a must for the WWII warplane fan, in this film there are no computer generated scenes, only dozens of the real aircraft flying in the sky, something that was possible in 1969 but can never be done again since there are too few aircraft left in such good condition. A true gem.
I have seen the region 1 DVD and have every reason to belive that the region 2 disc will be of good quality and for those who have it on VHS this is a welcome widescreen ratio.