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Pretty much what you'd expect
on 23 March 2015
It might be worth mentioning that this is a set of 6 individual discs, each with its own box, so it's quite bulky compared with box sets that cunningly pack several discs into a much smaller space.
Only watched Flying Tigers so far. It's an OK if rather clichéd film about American pilots taking on the Japanese in the skies above China in the days before the attack on Pearl Harbour. Given that it was made in 1942, it's no surprise that it quickly establishes the Chinese as cowering and grateful, the Americans as brave and grimly determined, and the Japanese as evil, heartless invaders. John Wayne plays John Wayne as brilliantly as he always does, and nothing comes as a great surprise, but it's a decent film of its type.
Update: The Fighting Seabees. This rather pedestrian flagwaver sees John Wayne as the hotheaded leader of a gang of construction workers, who is asked to help to create a new, armed Construction Battalion (hence CBs). It just goes to prove that just by including the word 'fighting' in a film's title, you can't make it exciting. A distracting and fairly unconvincing romantic subplot doesn't help much either.