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|Contributor||Franciszek Kornicki, Ken 'Paddy' French, Paul Farnes, Maxi Gainza, John Ackroyd, Andy Millikin, Charles Dance, Mary Ellis, Andy Jones, Joy Lofthouse See more|
SPITFIRE is a cinematic, epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made.<br /> <br />Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire told personally in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. <br /> <br />With breath-taking aerial footage from the world's top aviation photographer John Dibbs and rare digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940's, when her power in the skies was unrivalled; all combined with an incredible soundscape of the famous Merlin engine, pierced with gunfire, makes this a striking and poignant film.
Featuring optional Filmmaker Audio Commentary and over 40 minutes of additional behind the scenes content.
- Aspect Ratio : 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Package Dimensions : 19.3 x 13.46 x 1.52 cm; 60 Grams
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 95 minutes
- Release date : 10 Sept. 2018
- Actors : John Ackroyd, Charles Dance, Mary Ellis, Paul Farnes, Ken 'Paddy' French
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Spirit Entertainment
- ASIN : B07D544FP7
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,839 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The film deploys a mixture of historical archive footage, beautiful air-to-air film of original and restored examples of the aircraft and interviews with surviving (now very aged) Spitfire and ATA pilots plus a couple of currently-serving RAF pilots attached to the BoBMF. The modern-day aerial footage in particular is stunning, offered in 2.39:1 ratio and beautifully filmed and edited.
The narrative (by actor Charles Dance) takes its time and nothing is rushed. A significant 20%-or-so of the running time is not actually about the Spitfire, but the contemporaneous events against which the aircraft may be appreciated in historic context. Devotees of the Spitfire’s operational service history and development may notice some missing details: this is an elegy, a tribute to this iconic aircraft, a story well written and well told, more than a comprehensive technical aviation history. It's designed and intended for a new generation as an introduction to exactly why this aircraft is such a national icon and why it’s so important in the national psyche.
Despite a few minor niggles, overall this is an excellent film with a good narrative storyline, first-class film editing and stunning visuals. Recommended.
I saw it last night (17/7/2018) at a special cinema screening, and it is a magnificent achievement, celebrating the people and the machine that has gained a special place in our heart. The audience cheered at the end !
The aerial photography is superb, supplemented by the iconic noise of the merlin engine at full chat, interspersed with a soundtrack that captures the sprit of the time, but is not intrusive.
The real achievement are the interviews with the last of the few, male and female, recounting their stories and experiences. These tales capture the essence of the film, truly it is a tale of the people involved, their strength and courage, bringing an incredible emotional depth to the film which I believe has never been achieved before.
Five stars really doesn't do it justice, however that's what it gets.
I am buying the DVD of course!
The music was fitting as well and really did add to the whole.
The reason it’s only 4 stars, and it’s something that really let it down, is the audio levels - throughout there are multiple sections where I could not hear the people being interviewed! Either the music was to loud or the sounds from the clips overpowered what was being said - I actually ended up stopping the film so I could enable subtitles it was so bad.
It was especially irritating because the rest of the production was so outstanding
Don’t get me wrong it’s definitely a must, just turn on subtitles from the start so you don’t miss the interviews which you won’t want to miss
This is beautifully photographed with some modern aerial footage well worth seeing. Good also to see (among others) Mary Ellis and Geof Wellum who both died recently.
There is something of a lack of history in this, though. Yes the film starts with the Schneider Trophy story and early trials (note 2-bladed prop!) but then jumps to the modern restorations. No doubt the time-element precluded working through all the (24) variants but I feel more emphasis should have been given particularly to the Mk5 and the Mk9 models. Equally there was scant reference to Dowding's amazing Filter Control system which won the air war just as much as Spits and Hurricanes. Without that the fighters would have been at a severe disadvantage.
No reference was made at all to the incredible job the Spits did as Photo-Recce planes, even though they were in use from quite an early date.
So while this is a wonderful film and well worth seeing there is a strange historical disconnect in parts.