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Wings (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)
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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 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 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 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 1 September 2017
I was really astonished to see a silent film so much in detail the episodes of the Great War.
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on 23 July 2014
This is film is worth watching even from a historical point of view to see the old/original fighter planes and bombers in an authentic setting.
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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 1 March 2012
I've been waiting for this for some time after seeing it years ago on Channel 4 in a silent classics season (included "The Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance") When I watched it all those years ago (around 1990?) I was stunned by the story telling, the acting and the brilliant camera work. The flying sequences are still to this day some of the best I've ever seen on film.

The disc did not disappoint the transfer is superb, the soundtrack excellent and the movie itself every bit as good as I remember in fact it was better than I remembered. When you consider all the flying had to be done for real, then the aerial set pieces really are a joy to behold and truly breathtaking. 10/10!
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on 9 June 2012
I too first saw this in Channel 4's silent season in the 80s and was bowled over by it. It's a sprawling epic about pilots in the First World War and has some of the most spectacular aerial sequences ever put on film. Spectacular because everything was done for real. The story revolves around an affecting love triangle although the dynamics may not be quite what they appear and some modern theorists have suggested a revised interpretation.

I've been waiting a long time for it to become available on disc and it doesn't disappoint in any way. The restoration and transfer are superb, even restoring some of the original hand-tinting (but done by a computer's hand these days). Don't expect a modern pin-sharp image even on blu-ray because 20s film stock was very grainy and the fashion of the time was for a softish glowing image. However once you get past all the initial gloopy sentimentality and the training camp slapstick (which is very broad to modern eyes) and everyone ships off to France the story notches up a few gears. The action sequences are spectacular and the three leads are very appealing. The ending is heartbreaking.

The blu-ray includes several short extra pieces on the original production and restoration of the film, its scoring and an in-depth look at the aerial stunt work. The stunt pilots in the 20s were a daring bunch unhampered by modern health and safety regulations and some of the anecdotes are astonishing. There are two music tracks to choose from - a newly-recorded orchestral score taken from the original cues written for the cinema bands of the time and a pipe organ transcription(!). There are also added sound effects which some people have objected to but which would certainly have been part of the original viewing experience on its first release.

This is a great classic of early cinema and well deserves this release.
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on 16 February 2013
The restoration of Wings is a magnificent achievement. The film looks fresh and reveals the magnificent skill of its under-rated director. The score too is stirring and beautifully reproduced. The extras, however, virtually ignore Clara Bow. Yet she is such a vivid presence in the film. Concentrating instead of the technical aspects of aviation at the period (interesting up to a point), for film fans - and it's surely film fans who will buy this film - Clara Bow is the chief draw, or at least a major one.
Still, the film is splendid and so are its fabulous stars - enjoy.
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