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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight, 9 July 2011
This review is from: First Light (BBC) [DVD] (DVD)
The previous reviewers who have also given this five stars have said all the right things about this DVD. What more can I add?

I watched this programme after experiencing "First Light" as a book. The book left me quite stunned to read of the struggle of a fairly ordinary young man trying to come to terms with flying, fitting in with his fellow pilots and staying alive whilst trying to destroy as many German planes as possible.

The DVD isn't some gung-ho hollywood production but a depiction of the fighter pilots world as experienced by Geoffrey Wellum, and it does a great job of giving us an insight into that world, though of course, we can never experience it.

Geoffrey Wellum adds his self-effacing words to the dramatisation and it is all the better for that. No gung ho speeches or rabid anti-natzi sentiment just an account of his life that at times causes the hair on the back of the neck to rise.

I'd probably recommend buying the book and the DVD and reading the book first. The DVD can never quite pass on the details and atmosphere that the book has and there are some parts of Geoffrey's account that are better explained in his writing - particularly for some sequences, for example, when chasing enemy planes in bad weather over the north sea. Currently the book has 138 customer reviews and a solid five stars. There's a very good reason for that.

At the moment the DVD has a solid five stars and four reviews. It has 134 more to go.

Highly recommended. Thank you so much for telling your story Geoffrey and for your bravery all those years ago. Your are a credit to your fellow airmen.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2014 11:19:49 BDT
A says:
We met Geoffrey a few years ago and we were in awe of him, just ordered DVD and book.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2014 11:42:00 BDT
pauland says:
Read the book first!

There are two particular sections that really stick in my mind Geoffrey hunting a German aircraft over the north sea in bad weather and Geoffrey trying to land in poor visibility. The book builds the atmosphere far better than the DVD.
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