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The Flying Scotsman [DVD] [1929]
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on 17 February 2016
great
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on 23 September 2017
very good
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on 29 March 2011
I have had previous VHS copies of this film. The DVD version is very much clearer and the sound track is less hissy. All in all a good buy and an excellent copy of an important early British sound film. For railway buffs, it is now possible to freeze frame on engine scenes other than those of the Flying Scotsman engibe itself.
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on 7 April 2013
Never seen it before and only saw it existed via the internet. having seen it I now understand why the LNER management were so unhappy. Transition from silent to talkies make it a historical item. the plot is ok, not too difficult to follow by the stunt work by the artists themselves is astounding. High recommended.
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on 17 March 2017
This movie is one for those interested in the history of film or who are rail enthusiasts. If you don’t fall into either category, don’t bother to buy it.

For rail fans, there are some good shots of the still fairly new Flying Scotsman in action, together with other LNER locos. The opening credits do warn you that dramatic licence has been taken with some safety issues and there are a couple of moments when you will cringe if you know anything about railways.

For the film historian, this film is reputed to be the first British film with sound. It obviously started out as a silent film. Some sections are silent with the dialogue appearing as captions on the screen and with a very repetitive musical soundtrack. Other sections have sound and dialogue. The actors are from the silent era and they are truly abysmal in some of the sound sections.

I guess that this film was a key part of creating the legend of the Flying Scotsman as the most famous steam locomotive ever which led to the National Railway Museum in York recently spending £4.5 million on its restoration.
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on 21 March 2016
This is a wonderful exciting film with superb shots of the Flying Scotsman at speed. However, BEWARE, the copy I received is a shortened version of the film and if you want to see the evocative scenes in Kings Cross Top and Bottom Sheds, you'll be disappointed. Many of these scenes have been shortened or or even cut out completely. I e-mailed the owners Studio Canal to ask about this, but never received a reply.
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on 2 April 2016
Terrific for train fans, as it shows the Flying Scotsman in all its glory - it is the STAR OF THE FILM !
The very first British talkie - it begins as a silent film & then sound comes in after 15 minutes, so a good one for film fans & those studying this area as part of a course. Ray Milland's film debut too - made before he goes to Hollywood, he has yet to acquire an American accent!!!!!
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on 12 October 2012
An excellent bit of nostalgia depicting the railways of the period accurately. The stunts perfomed were quite beathtaking and would
give present day health and safety officials a heart attack. the screen debut of Ray Milland showed the talent that was to take him
on to a great film career, and a real treat to see a hardly recogniseable young Moore Marriot (of later fame in the classic "Oh mister porter")
All in all a good watch for film and railway buffs.
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on 5 August 2017
super
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on 5 January 2014
This for its day was a good film. Its daring stunts , shots of the flying scotsman speeding along,
and ray milland playing a jealous man make it watchable The sound wasnt so good then
and the script is poor , but its stll enjoyable .
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