- Format: PAL
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: DD Home Entertainment (Now Simply HE)
- DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000RJEIJ8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Royal Air Force Coastal Command - The Unseen Films  [DVD]
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A collection of films from the Imperial War Museum archive looking at RAF Coastal Command during WWII and in peacetime. Films include 'RAF Coastal Command', the RAF's own film account of the battle against the U-Boats, original training films and a colour film of Shackletons on patrol.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a kind of training film for civilians -- "This is what our boys are doing and here's how it works." It's true that Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote the musical score but you might not notice it. The score doesn't overwhelm the images or the narrative, unlike, say, "Victory at Sea," in which Richard Rogers pounds your tympani with mallets. The orchestra is directed by Muir Matheson, who seems to have directed in nearly every British sound movie ever made.
It's a paean to Coastal Command, and they deserve it. The target is a fictional German raider, the Dusseldorf. The crew we follow, in T for Tommy, mans a Sunderland flying boat, sometimes called "the flying porcupine" because of its relatively heavy armament. It's a four-engine mammoth. The interior of the fuselage looks like a half-constructed ballroom for a majestic hotel. Its weaknesses as a patrol plane were that it was slow and its range was limited.
In addition, though, there are nice shots of Beauforts, Lockheed Hudsons, and PBY Catalinas. Some Yanks on Iceland, serving their P-40s, get to envy the Brits taking off for a major engagement with a German battleship. I wouldn't have envied them. Everyone is bundled up in fleece-lined leather coats and jackets. They don't call it Iceland for nothing and northern Scotland isn't much of a climatic improvement. And you can NOT find a decent pizza at four in the morning in John o'Groats.
There is a half-coordinated attack on the Dusseldorf by Hudsons and Beautforts.Read more ›
Whilst the DVD's are very interesting they could have perhaps shown more of what is available on this subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now, this film I found of better quality and more interesting. Told me htings I truly did not jknow. Friends flying sunderlands assure me thathis was a good film.Published on 29 Oct. 2014 by B. E. J. Hyde