Luckily this has already been released on DVD here in Australia via the SBS network and what a corker of a movie it is. For those familiar with Mr Wellum's wonderful (and enormously popular) memoir, this television adaptation will be thoroughly enjoyed. It is different from the book though, diving straight into his posting with 92 Sqn and leaving out the training segment of the book, but this is not a bad thing considering the time constraints of putting this onto film. What we have here is a simply fantastic look at the life and experiences of a very young man thrown into the deep end of the most savage aerial conflict that mankind has waged. The aerial depictions are sublime from the sheer ecstatic joy of first flying a Spitfire to the savagery and suddenness of air combat. All of this is brilliantly conveyed - the first scramble scene alone is in itself one of the very best for conveying the tension and sudden explosive violence of Battle of Britain engagements.
All of this dramatic recreation benefits from the voice overs and musings of Mr Wellum himself and this adds to the personal nature of this adaptation. At the end of the day this is an astoundingly good look at the life of a young Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot and the best screen portrayal of the subject there is. Quite simply magnificent.