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on 14 September 2013
This is a totally resurrected masterpiece!.Having seen a version (included)with a organ accompaniment and another,with an excellent score ,by the great Carl Davis,I have considered this film to be, one of the better World War I movies of the Silent Era,very good,but not a masterpiece like "THE BIG PARADE"and "ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT",however, I have just changed my mind!.A totally wonderful job of restoration ,sound effects and musical adaptation of the original orchestral score,has just been carried out! .WINGS, Winner of the first ever Oscar ,for Best Film ,alongside SUNRISE(given an Oscar for "Supreme Artistic Achievement"),is now viewable as it originally would have been seen at its' premier.For those of us that have sat through and enjoyed crackly and well worn prints of this film ,this is no minor miracle!.Beautifully restored,to a longer 144 mins.,from an original negative print,this film is transformed from a very good ,but corny film,with great battle scenes(using squadrons of original World War I planes),into a very moving and stirring experience!.This is a must see for silent movie fans and all lovers of war films.With a debut appearance by Gary Cooper and brave committed flying performances by Charles Rogers and Richard Arlen + a charming and charismatic performance by Clara Bow.Also great value and Region Free!!
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on 22 June 2013
This all region bluray really shows the potential for silents when there is good source material and care, love and cash is added in.
The image clarity is a bit variable but generally good to remarkable. This is fantastic for the aerial action which is legendary.
The new sound track of orchestral score plus sound effects is in glorious full hd in 5.1 surround with mainly the sound effects utilizing the surround features. Although some have not liked the sound effects it is consistent with the original presentation, of high standard and there is the choice of more traditional alternate organ score.
Non-silent devotees might find a few scenes with the posh flyboy's family offputting with rather hammy acting but overall the acting is naturalistic with Clara Bow magnetic and very cute too.
The extra's are very informative and add to your appreciation of the feature and admiration of the cast and crew; particularly the male lead who after every scene flying the plane himself would get out of the cockpit, vomit and then fly off again for the next take.
The style of this movie is good old Hollywood hokum spliced with realistic scenes of warfare, stemming from the directors and many of the crews wartime experience, rather than an artistic classic silent but there's nothing wrong with that.
Here's hoping that more silents receive this level of presentation.
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on 19 September 2017
Arguably the best and last great non-talking picture (and the first Oscar winner in 1927), this is worth seeing for the novelty value alone. William Wellman directed the picture having flown as a pilot in World War One. The stunts were real with Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen operating the camera whilst in the aircraft. To see a picture with no spoken dialogue seems unusual now but it does demonstrate how this was a different art form, personified by Clara Bow who could express personality and emotion without having to say a word, which given her accent was no bad thing. Thank you Bill Bryson for bringing me to watch this motion picture.
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on 25 November 2016
Try to ignor the many "gung-ho" ... and the "soppier" bits, because this IS a clasic of its time. Clara Bow is magnificent and Gary Cooper (in his first big-ish screen appearance) gets a REALLY awful parting line. The flying scenes do have to be savoured, special effects being limited to the odd smoke-canister and such. I read somewhere that "Hell's Angels" used a fair chunk of these bits.. and certainly didn't suffer from bad quality film-age.
A very good job has been done, in both sound and vision, transfering a celluloid epic onto DVD. May many more get the same treatment before we loose them.
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on 23 May 2014
One of the most impressive, dramatic, emotional, beautiful silent films I have ever seen. The live shots of such early warplanes is nothing less than astonishing. And the stars themselves piloted the stunts for the most part, with cameras mounted on the front of the plances: they had no choice as there was no CGI in those days.

The actors are beautiful and portray their emotional with great profundity -- another astonishing achievement as they do not have the aid of spoken dialogue.

A great achievement by the filmmakers, and kudos to Masters of Cinema for making it possible to see such a wonderful print of such a marvelous film.
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on 2 February 2013
OK this one is for (only?) the cineaste. Interested in cinema/history of cinema?
Picture/definition; well that's alright. Quite quite viewable; can't say more.
It's not re-mastered, I don't think, but it's quite well transferred onto DVD.
It's a S.American or Spanish DVD titled ALAS with Wings underneath.
You can watch it with Spanish sub-titles or not; you'll choose NO.
Then Ver Pellicula that is watch film and away it goes.
Sub titles are, of course, in the body of the film, asper silents.
Maybe a little slow by modern standards but hey if you got it you're
judging by facilities and standards of 1927.
Pre./Post/during WW1. Love story and planes in combat.
Nuff said - CLARA BOW is the girl! Gary Cooper; in
maybe his first film appearance gets a small part.
If you want to take in a little Spanish leave sub-titles on.
Thi is/was a very big production and the aerial dog-fights are
well done. 'Course you'll like Clara Bow - that's mandatory.
Welcome comments. Asper usual Amazon had this and other
selections.
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on 17 February 2018
Love this. I'm a 'silent movie' fan and love any old Clara Bow. Flying sequences just perfect. I watched this on my big projector screen with myself gripping the chair arms. US import quality not too bad. I've yet to see a really good 'silent movie' transfer and not a third generation dupe via 16mm. Remember, only about quarter of all silent cinema remains. We must be grateful that that small quantity does. Try 'Sunrise' or any Buster Keaton comedy. Really inventive.
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on 16 July 2011
A war film like no other.intense action and a moving drama make this a must see.Clara Bow is great but she isnt in the film that much,well not as much as i would like but this dosnt matter.The main two actors are the real stars of this film,they start off as rivals,both after the same girl,then war comes so they enlist as fighter pilots.soon they become friends and look out for each other as they fly over enemy lines.i wont give anything away but the last half hour is gripping even by modern standards.WINGS was made in 1927 is over 2hrs long but dont let that put you off.The scene in which Clara Bow drives into a village which then gets bombed by real planes dropping real bombs on real houses is amazing,no wonder the film won awards for best picture.
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on 22 February 2018
Fine flying scenes but a dismal political atmosphere, later repudiated by Wellman. No more GUNG-HO for him. Bob Trueman
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on 6 August 2014
Mixture of the hammy silent movie stuff and amazing and realistic action sequences. Real flying real bombs and the trench scenes remarkabley graffic. Well worth a watch, if not just to see the lovely Clara Bow! and a guest appearance from a young Gary Cooper whose understated performance did not fit with the usual silent movie acting but did set him appart and no surpise be continued to make in the talking movies.
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