18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Best War Movie since Battle Of Britain,
This review is from: Dark Blue World [DVD]  (DVD)
Dark Blue World is without doubt one of the best World War II movie made in the last few decades. Jan Sverak and his team have done a superb job, as have Ondrej Vetchy and the rest of the cast. Oldrich Kaiser is brilliant as the pilot and pianist, Machaty. Tara Fitzgerald is also the perfect actress to play Susan.
The highlight of the film are without doubt the flying sequences. They are very reminiscient of the great sequences used in 'Battle Of Britain'. (Indeed many of the scenes use out-takes from the 1969 classic). The added visual features of tracer bullets, flying debris and even spent cartridges being ejected from the chutes on the bottom sides of the Spitfire wings is brilliant. Sverak has used a good balance of real footage, out-takes, CGI and models to create handsome aerial scenes. The aircraft are suberb. The two Spitfires used in the filming areflown brilliantly by an array of famous warbird pilots(led by Nigel Lamb). Also a highlight of the film are the Bucker Jungmann's used in the opening scenes in pre war Czechoslovakia. The 'Making of Dark Blue World' documentary shows some of the great aerial work being done, including footage from an onboard camera showing some brilliant low flying. Other aircraft include a B-25 Mitchell, archive footage of Spanish Me-109 Buchon', B-17 footage from the film, 'Memphis Belle' as well as old footage of a Heinkel bomber.
The plot is a lot better than some of the other recent war/love movies(Pearl Harbour especially). It seems to be a much more human story that it's contemporaries. The extras are very good, including both Trailers, a collection of aerial shots set to a portion of the films (brilliant) score. A photo gallery set to the czech songs 'Svita' and 'Dark Blue World'. A short series of before and after shots show the making of the visual effects.
A great DVD package, worthy of any war movie collection.