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|Contributor||Tom Gordon, Callum Burn, David Dobson, Rosa Coduri, Kris Saddler|
|Runtime||1 hour and 38 minutes|
1943: Angry and bereaved by the death of his younger brother, Flight Lieutenant Douglas Miller, a broken, solitary, spitfire ace, who survived The Battle of Britain, transfers to Bomber Command, determined to take the war to the skies over Germany. On arriving at his new posting, he is given the unenviable task of replacing the much loved Skipper of an experienced Lancaster Bomber crew, who was killed in action just days before. Struggling to bond with his new crew, and obsessed with his mission to wage war at any cost, Douglas must find a way to gain their trust, and overcome his inner demons, in order to become the leader they so desperately need. Bonus material: Theatrical premiere recorded Q&A with Director / Black & white feature also available on disc
- Aspect Ratio : Unknown
- Package Dimensions : 19.2 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 100 Grams
- Director : Callum Burn
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : 20 May 2019
- Actors : Tom Gordon, David Dobson, Rosa Coduri, Kris Saddler
- Studio : Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B07NRF19HX
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,386 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2019
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I am adding more details some months after surviving this awful mess of a film, an insult to those who flew on bombing missions during the war. I tries recently to watch it right through but was so bored and angry by this drivel that I stopped it again just after the point I had reached the first time. It now resides in the bin,
So, at the end, the aircraft is returning to the UK, starboard inner shut down, flying controls compromised due to a German Night Fighter.... The Captain orders the crew to make ready to bail out as he doesn't know if he can land it in one piece.... The tension almost builds and the film stops.
Shots of the inside of the aircraft were somewhat limited, crew space may be cramped but not if you film with the crew out.
Poor storyline, a whacking great gap after the introduction with no real ariel action, just a couple of flybys. The mission at the end which was over in a few minutes and then we did not see the landing of the damaged Lancaster.
Attention to detail was absent in that the houses where the film scenes were shot had bloopers for the eye to see, nice V***x windows by the way...…could do with a clean!
Not what I expected and do not recommend.
Cant understand why anyone would give any more than 2 stars, but there again there's those that know and those that don't.
I am disappointed to read some of the very petty comments on RAF saluting protocols not being accurate in the film and the use of model aircraft. Given the limited resources available, and the overall quality of the film, is this really important?
Let's put that in context: You could make this film 1,250 times over for the budget of "Midway" another recently released Aviation movie.
Of the two, I found Lancaster Skies marginally more compelling (but Midway was a massive disappointment)
The limited budget means the movie has to try and make more story out of the dialogue and characters and can't just wow us with CGI and aviation shots. Many people have said it doesn't use CGI. This isn't true at all. Any shot with more than one Lancaster flying is using CGI...but there is relatively little CGI. (Although CGI is actually uniformly terrible in aviation movies. The only film with good aviation sequences in of late - Dunkirk -eschewed CGI for doing it the proper way.)
The attempt to make it a character driven movie would work better if the characters were better, but the pace is soo slooooww, and it's all a little wooden.
I actually quite enjoyed the final aerial sequence. Some will say it wasn't dramatic enough, but actually I thought it was quite nicely understated rather than being melodramatic like Memphis Belle.
Overall, if you are watching this alongside mainstream movies, you will rate it as one star or two star. If you are watching it as being almost nothing more than a media studies student project - which at £80k budget it almost is - then it's a five star job.
Hence. 3 stars overall.