Unabashedly sentimental, this war film was produced by David Putnam in partnership with Catherine Wyler, whose father William Wyler directed an acclaimed documentary about the real-life events depicted in the film. The ensemble cast is composed of ten young actors portraying the crew of the World War II B-17 bomber "Memphis Belle," anticipating their 25th and last mission before they will be able to go home. Having won fame with their exemplary war record and amazing lack of casualties, they expect their final assignment to be a cakewalk, but instead they are ordered to bomb Bremen, a heavily defended German city that will mean almost certain loss of life. Led by their experienced captain, Dennis Dearborn (Matthew Modine), the crew shoulders its responsibility despite mounting fears, while their commanding officer (David Strathairn) and a public relations specialist (John Lithgow) wait anxiously for their return. Aboard the bomber, there's friction between Dearborn and his disgruntled co-pilot Luke Sinclair (Tate Donovan), and between medical officer Val Kozlowski (Billy Zane) and the rest of the crew when it's learned that Val lied about his qualifications. Despite impressive technical credits and a popular Generation-X cast, Memphis Belle (1990) was a box-office disappointment, its enthusiastic patriotism considered a throwback to a bygone era of filmmaking.~Karl Williams
Climb into the Cockpit with the Original 1944 William Wyler-Directed Documentary The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
Since it was based on a real bunch of brothers it was great! I was glad I got it and only wished my Dad was alive to see it. He was a Col. in the USAF, and loved movies of WWII as he was in the Berlin Airlift. It was positively spine tingling and action packed!
I already owned the DVD from many years back but hoped the Blu-Ray would be sharper and have better sound. In short, it does not.
The DTS-HD soundtrack is under utilized and I felt the best effects were created artificially by my Yamaha amplifier (simulated fly-over effect of the B-17's). The sound editing of the original film reels probably weren't great to begin with so without remixing the whole movie, this was about as good as it would get.
In common with many movies from this period (modern but still 30 or so years ago), the grain of the image is amplified on modern equipment and doesn't look great, especially the blue sky.
The special effects are disappointing, even for the era they were created and the script is corny and somewhat rudimentary at best.
A shame as my recollection of this movie was not so harsh but time has not been kind to it. Its saving grace is that you rarely see more than one B-17 these days, so to have four or five real ones working together as well as the dummy prop ones for scenery, is still a breath-taking sight.
If you own the DVD or even VHS then I would not bother to upgrade this one.
This review is from Memphis Belle [Blu-ray] 
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Great story line. Had the VHS and needed to replace with DVD.