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Andre B

World war two, movies and tv-series...

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It's based around the 'Bloody Hundredth' from Thorpe Abbots. When I was last there, I was told production was underway in the States, but not much info was available. I know Tom Hanks was very impressed by the 100th BG and their story when he came over to visit. I'm looking forward to it.

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Mmm...

There was a new movie a few months ago. Lancaster Skies?

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Superb series from the mid 60s  "Combat"and ran for about 152 x 50 minutes episodes...……….available in boxed sets, but, most of them are on YouTube

 

 

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4 hours ago, Andre B said:

There was a new movie a few months ago. Lancaster Skies?

An Aircaft modeller and enthusiast friend went to see it. He was not too impressed.

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On 5/20/2019 at 7:04 AM, Pete in Lincs said:

An Aircaft modeller and enthusiast friend went to see it. He was not too impressed.

I watched it not too long ago and I ha be to admit that it was watchable and portrayed the atmosphere of the times quite well. As regards to the overall quality of the film, when you consider that it was not a Hollywood mega millions production, but produced for a mere £80,000, I think it stands up fairly well.

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22 hours ago, Andre B said:

Apple, not HBO and Masters of the Air, not the Mighty Eight. But still Spielberg and Hanks...

 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/11/masters-of-the-air-apple-tv-plus/

 

So if you don't have a particular subscription then too bad. Wait forever for the DVD.

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On 9/9/2018 at 10:21 PM, bzn20 said:

I'll wait for it to hit TV , Amazon Prime , Netflix . Don't think it will be as bad as Pearl though , is that possible ?

No, definitely not possible. It would an achievement of galactic proportions to make any film as bad as Pearl Harbour. Titanic came close though as did the shocking 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian!

You know, I still think that Tora! Tora! Tora! is immeasurably superior to the abomination that was Pearl Harbour!

 

Allan

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On 12/27/2018 at 5:45 PM, AWFK10 said:

I missed "Hurricane" in the cinema, and hadn't read this thread, so when I saw the DVD on sale for £5.99 last week I was surprised to see such a recent release being sold at a knockdown price. Having watched it, I now understand why it was going so cheap. For one thing, the CGI flying scenes are the worst I've ever seen, and some elements of the plot are ridiculous. 

Agreed! I actually found it a struggle to sit through the whole film. That, and the much overhyped "Dunkirk" were two of the years most disappointing films.

I shudder to think of what any hypothetical reboot of something like the Battle of Britain would be like.

Probably  be something like the truly execrable "Red Tails and, be full of politically correct afro Caribbean /Hispanics flying P-51s bedecked in RAF markings while fighting off FW-190s flown by stereotypical, evil scar faced Germans called "Pretty Boy"? (or some such) 😒

Allan

 

Ps - cynical mode OFF

PPS. And before anybody jumps on me, I mean absolutely no disrespect to the members of the afore mentioned ethnic groups (and others) who fought courageously and honourably for so little reward or recognition

 

Edited by Albeback52

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I didn't like "Dunkirk" either. Maybe it's churlish of me, because the director was genuinely trying to give it an authentic feel by using real hardware instead of CGI, but it just didn't come off. In 1940, the Luftwaffe didn't attack with one aircraft at a time. The problem was summed up in the scene where Kenneth Branagh says "There are 400,000 men on this beach" and the camera pans over an expanse of sand sparsely populated by perhaps a thousandth of that number, including cardboard cutouts. It reminded me of those historical dramas on children's TV in the 1970s where some massive battle would be represented by two men fencing unconvincingly with each other.

 

Tora! Tora! Tora! is brilliant (there's a good overview of it here, for anyone who hasn't seen it). I've bought but haven't yet watched a film which I understand is snappily entitled in the original Japanese version "Combined Fleet commander Yamamoto Isoroku – Truth of the Pacific War 70 years ago", though the subtitled DVD I have is called "The Admiral". I've seen some extracts, from which it looks as though it should be good.

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At the risk of repeating previous posts, Tora! Tora! Tora! is excellent. Others I found worthy are Das Boot and Kajaki. 

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I'll put in a word for "Midway". Watched it a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Yes, being Hollywood, there are some omissions (especially in the variety of aircraft used) but overall a decent attempt at telling the story in a reasonably accurate way.

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The 1949 film is still a classic, the 1960's 'spin-off' TV series not, but having stumbled across the entire two-and-a-half seasons on Youtube, I'm steadily binge-watching 'Twelve O'Clock High' here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJlZ5_rN00XAhJe_FlvdZQ/videos

 

 

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On 12/5/2019 at 6:52 PM, AWFK10 said:

I didn't like "Dunkirk" either. Maybe it's churlish of me, because the director was genuinely trying to give it an authentic feel by using real hardware instead of CGI, but it just didn't come off. In 1940, the Luftwaffe didn't attack with one aircraft at a time. The problem was summed up in the scene where Kenneth Branagh says "There are 400,000 men on this beach" and the camera pans over an expanse of sand sparsely populated by perhaps a thousandth of that number, including cardboard cutouts. It reminded me of those historical dramas on children's TV in the 1970s where some massive battle would be represented by two men fencing unconvincingly with each other.

 

Tora! Tora! Tora! is brilliant (there's a good overview of it here, for anyone who hasn't seen it). I've bought but haven't yet watched a film which I understand is snappily entitled in the original Japanese version "Combined Fleet commander Yamamoto Isoroku – Truth of the Pacific War 70 years ago", though the subtitled DVD I have is called "The Admiral". I've seen some extracts, from which it looks as though it should be good.

I think I saw that movie a while ago and liked it. Think it was called "Pearl Harbour" but for most it was an movie about the war and Yamamoto...

Cheers / André 

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