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Battle of Britain

Discussion in 'off topic' started by madmike, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    Not about Brexit, the film! Is the blu ray version worth getting ? I watched it on upscaled DVD last night. Some parts were quite grainy (50 inch 4K TV) and some parts looked very HD. It's a great film...I first saw it at the cinema behind the Empire in Liverpool on a school trip. The screen was so wide you had to turn your head as the planes whizzed by.
  2. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing I Eat Tories

    Repeat please?
  3. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    It was a popular cinematic entertainment from the 1970s m'lud. I believe the work has been preserved in a more modern method of presentation, for domestic consumption.
  4. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing I Eat Tories

  5. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Ah, apologies. I'm more used to 'say again, over...'
  6. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    Fabulous film that I manage to watch once a year (Netflix last time I think)

    The missus also will sit and watch it, win win.
  7. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Who won?
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  8. avole

    avole The wise never post on Internet forums

  9. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    Rear-engines ME-109s?
  10. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    C'mon now, no private polish chit chat....
  11. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    People complain about small errors in historic films.
    They never make their own historic films. Or provide services to ensure no errors.
    Seanm, The Chronicals and ducatiman like this.
  12. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    Tony, I think film producers go to enormous lengths to get historical accuracy vis-a-vis uniforms and equipment nowdays.

    That doesn't of course guarantee a good film. Would the Tank Museum have let their Tiger 1 loose in 'Fury' had they known what an execrable load of historically incontinent tosh it was going to be, I wonder?

    The BoB producers went to enormous lengths to match planes and, in many cases, locations, with the original. But that there were more real ME109s rather than Bouchons in existence at the time.
  13. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    And I’d guess that more than 95% of viewers couldn’t care less.

    What really hurts me is when a local paper shows an incorrect aircraft that was based at a local RAF base. Jaguar instead of Tornado, that sort of thing. And then the journos get upset when they’re not treated like royalty when they want info.
    TPA and ducatiman like this.
  14. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    I don't think its a matter of "couldn't care less", but more one of not knowing or being able to tell the difference. Do those Spitfires and Hurricanes have Brownings, Vickers and Hispanos?
  15. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    Is that a Merlin or a..?
    Are the hydraulic seals made of leather?
    Is that fuel of the correct BoB octane rating?

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  16. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    At the moment, it's a bit unclear but I'd say the EU has the upper hand.
  17. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    Mmmm...who else but moi would have misspelt a Buchon as a cork...
  18. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    You have mostly missed the point. It is well made fairly accurate film ...

    But the most significant thing is not picture quality or whether the 109s are exactly right, or even the precise historical accuracy, but that you should get the DVD version with the intended Walton film score.

    I have just watched it with William Walton's music [for the nth. time], and the film certainly carries a bigger punch for the minimalist approach, musically speaking. Goodwin was a superb film-score composer, but unfortunately his compositional finger-prints are massive, and show a certain repition between various films.

    Walton's score is a complete enhancement of the film. Laurence Olivier threatened to remove his name from the cast unless a portion of Walton's music was retained. The Battle in the Air was kept and is the musical high-light of the otherwise Goodwin music as released in the cinema. In the Walton version, it comes as a cumulation of the musical tension already built up.

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
  19. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

    ^ Thank you for your posting + useful info.
  20. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing I Eat Tories

    Now listen May. It has come to that stage of the Brexit where a futile gesture is required. Get into a BAe 146, and pop over to Brussels. Oh, and May, don't come back.

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