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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2022
I managed to catch one of the limited cinema showings of this the day before I received the DVD, so I have seen it twice so far.

If you are after a rivet by rivet account of the titular aircraft than you are in the wrong place- this instead is an incredibly moving and powerful telling of the experience of being on a heavy bomber crew during the Second World War, told by the few who remain. It does not shy away from the controversies that rage until this day, but presents both sides in a very thoughtful manner.

The aerial filming of the BBMF Lancaster- much of it filmed during the day but 'treated' to appear as if it was twilight/night time- is stunning. I have followed the aircraft virtually all my life and have a massive archive of documentary footage of it, and I have never seen filming of this quality, from such inventive angles. (The only niggle is that the Lanc is continually seen flying about with modern anti-collision lights blinking away all the time, and with the two top hatches always open, which the BBMF insist on doing these days)

The soundtrack is moving and very immersive, which brings me to the bonus features on the disc- there are some extra snippets of material that did not make the final film (Including praise for the ground crew, an unforgiveable omission from the main feature) and a very good feature about the recording of the music.

If you want rivets, go somewhere else; if you want heart, soul, meaning and the sheer weight of worth, buy this film.
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