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The Battle of Britain [Blu-ray] [1969]

  • SKU: 8604281
  • Release Date: 06/03/2008
  • Rating: G
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    Overview

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (59 out of 61)

    Special Features


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    Synopsis


    Battle of Britain
    James Bond-flick director Guy Hamilton helmed this episodic, all-star World War II film. With Sir Laurence Olivier heading up an ensemble cast as flight commander Sir Hugh Dowdling, The Battle of Britain pays tribute to other nationalities instrumental in fending off the waves of Luftwaffe planes, notably the expatriate Polish and Czech pilots. Trevor Howard, Michael Caine, and Michael Redgrave also populate the cast. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Harry Andrews
      Harry Andrews - Senior Civil Servant
    • Trevor Howard
      Trevor Howard - Air Vice Marshal Keith Park
    • Michael Caine
      Michael Caine - Squadron Leader Canfield
    • Curd Jürgens
      Curd Jürgens - Baron Von Richter
    • Ralph Richardson
      Ralph Richardson - Sir David



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 61 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Thumbs up

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      Icefell
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      MGM brings Battle for Britain to Bluray in a 1080p/MPEG-2 encoding that overall is very pleasing and natural, but not without some problems. To the good stuff; the print from which the encoding is derived looks free from blemishes and scratches. This is probably the most natural looking presentation I have reviewed so far, no pumped up colors, no highly polished look, no overly contrasted images, just natural looking images that resemble what we see when we go out doors. For this to be a nearly forty year old film, there is an amazing amount of detail both fine (Look at the detail everywhere in Sir David Kelly's office), and far field detail as well (Look out in the distance of outdoor shorts). The film grain looks coarse, but not objectionable. The aerial scenes looked amazing, so amazing that some of the visual effects just fall apart before your very eyes. Quite frankly, the picture quality is quite good, and looks like film on video, not film turned into video by excessive processing and digital manipulation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Battle of Britain

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      AlphaCentaur
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      A powerful, colourful and star-studded re-creation of the epic 1940 battle that took place in the skies over England. Surprised and understaffed, the British forces used determination and guile to valiantly hold off the superior forces of the German Luftwaffe in the early days of World War II. If England had lost, the Germans may very well have won the war. The incredible cast includes Michael Caine, Robert Shaw, Curt Jurgens, and Laurence Olivier, in a no-expense-spared production featuring stunning airborne dog-fight sequences.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie with few extras.

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      DocCarter
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      The movie was very good and the video quality was great, considering the age of the original film. This was made before CGI became so widely available, and, as a result, much of the aviation footage was shot with real airplanes, some of which were modern aircraft modified to look like aircraft of the period, and some were actually borrowed from other countries that were still flying them! Lots of good actors, and a plot which was mostly historically accurate. Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great production. Very British.

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      Chris
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      The production was absolutely outstanding, even by modern standards. It's an interesting movie, and I believe, pretty close to history in its telling. I'm usually pretty good with British accents having traveled the UK, but this is a seriously British movie in vocabulary and accent. Not a show stopper, just a bit frustrating/distracting during an otherwise riveting enactment.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Long and repetitive

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      GodzillaMonsterMusic
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      I usually enjoy WW II movies but this one could have been good but for me wasn't. It's a great story but it became boring with basically the same scenes over and over and over. Basically the movie was scenes on the ground talking about the battle and then flying sequences with planes being shot down, then repeat, repeat, repeat.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A fine tribute to the few.

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      SmartyMarty
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      Although the effects look a little dated by comparison to today's era of CGI, this movie accurately depicts how Royal Air Force prevented the German invasion of England. Sir Winston Churchill called the greatly outnumbered pilots of the RAF ' the few' to whom the British people owed a tremendous debt for preventing almost certain defeat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Long and repetitive

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      GodzillaMonsterMusic
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      I enjoy a good World War II movie and while I knew a little about what this movie was about I found it to be too long and very repetive. It almost seemed kind of like a Ground Hog Day movie where you kept seeing a lot of the same scenes and action over and over with very little difference.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie but monophonic is old school

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      Laneshinkansen

      The movie was great to see in its original release (yes I am that old) at the Ramona Theater in Detroit so it is hard to compete but it did well on the 50" screen. The problem is this DVD is in monophonic and it is a let down. Musta missed that in the description. Still glad I bought it though. It is great to see those old warbirds in flight.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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