The First Of The Few details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Derrick De Marney, Roland Culver, Rosamund John, J.H. Roberts, David Niven, Leslie Howard, Anne Firth|
|Studio:||DB MUSIC SALES|
The First Of The Few
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Greatly improved sound qualityBy Idontlikenicknames (80 reviews) from Hertfordshire , 07 Jan 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Four stars just for the sound of that wonderful Merlin engine. The improvement of the DVD sound quality over an old VHS I owned is amazing.
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War movie excellenceBy kenym (21 reviews) , 17 Nov 2012Really good movie relaying the trials of mitchell in his quest to build the spitfire with some excellent footage of warplanes , superb sound of the Merlin engines and some unique footage
A truly great movieBy a customer , 08 Nov 2012A truly great movie now with blue-ray digital remastering. In
1940 Britain stood alone and the Battle of Britain determined the nation's fate. Three things determined the result of the battle: the courage and skill of the young airmen and the Spitfire aircraft. This film tells the story of the Spitfire and its inventor R. G Mitchell. Both Leslie Howard and David Niven turn in stellar performances. I was gripped throughout. It stands alongside 'Dambusters' as a must-see WW2 film. One side note: shows just how good British engineering can be - in this case rather better than Herr Messerschmitt's, a fact well understood by the Luftwaffe pilots. The digital re-mastering is quite astonishing, removing the blurs and wobbles of the picture and offering a c-ystal clear soundtrack.
Stiff upper lip stuffBy a customer , 14 Aug 2012Great classic Black & White film, but what enhancements Blue Ray offered I cannot tell! Legendary Sunday afternoon film anyway.
A Film We Should All SeeBy Layabouts (3 reviews) , 12 Jul 2012Excellent original pre WW2 biography in dramatic terms that tell a story that we all should know and appreciate, then the actual battle scenes are although not as good as the Battle of Britain film scenes are very good but not overstated. when you watch this you appreciate the fact that it could have all gone wrong for us in 1940 for two reasons, firstly R Mitchell may have not lived long enough to finish his briliant design and of so we would have probably lost the Battle of Britain and the invasion would have happened. Today this film could well be improved upon with technology but would we have got the superb acting from such as Howard and Niven, GREAT FILM !
true brit gritBy itstinks (702 reviews) from North of Reading , 28 Oct 2011Well made docudrama with what looks like actual newsreel footage interspersed with the biography of the designer of the Spitfire.
Takes into account how aviation ideas were shared around the globe.
Leslie Howard plays Mitchell as quiet but strong-willed while David Niven gets to be a rogueish extrovert character to boost the story.
The film was overseen by Mitchells widow and son and most of the details seem to be true even given the morale boosting nature of the film.
Of course the Hurricanes shot down more enemy planes than the spitfire but there were more of them to start with and their design never thrilled as much.