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Zacast51
03-09-2004, 12:26 AM
Its been a long time since a good movie on The Air War in WW2 has come out (Pearl Harbour doesn't fall under the catagory of either "Good movie" or "Air war movie" as far as I'm concerned).

Are any currently being shot or has there been any talk of one being made?

With all the tech directors have at their disposal I bet some great great A2A combat sequences could be shot...

On a side note, I know theres a film thats in production now about the fall of Berlin. Mabye that will be intresting.

Zacast51
03-09-2004, 12:26 AM
Its been a long time since a good movie on The Air War in WW2 has come out (Pearl Harbour doesn't fall under the catagory of either "Good movie" or "Air war movie" as far as I'm concerned).

Are any currently being shot or has there been any talk of one being made?

With all the tech directors have at their disposal I bet some great great A2A combat sequences could be shot...

On a side note, I know theres a film thats in production now about the fall of Berlin. Mabye that will be intresting.

GR142_Astro
03-09-2004, 12:57 AM
Here you go.

Tom Cruise goes to Tangmere (http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk/people/viewarticle.asp?c=332&id=73910)


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Spinne_3.-JG51
03-09-2004, 01:00 AM
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow looks good, even though it's neither historical, nor accurate when it comes to how stuff flies. But then again, it never pretends to be even remotely realistic either. Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates) is in it.

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BlitzPig_Ritter
03-09-2004, 07:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Spinne_3.-JG51:
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow looks good, even though it's neither historical, nor accurate when it comes to how stuff flies. But then again, it never pretends to be even remotely realistic either. Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates) is in it.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I saw previews for that when I saw the final Rings movie. Could be interesting, even though the P-40 did some pretty amazing stuff in the preview.

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Charlie901
03-09-2004, 07:31 AM
I think Steven Speilberg needs to revisit WWII in an air war setting. He could do something great in this field with his expertise.

Anyway, I saw a special on how he started making movies as a kid in Arizona and he filmed scenes of himself and his friends in the pits of several WWII A/C in a abandoned airfield. He then spliced in real WWII gun cam footage for the action sequences.

Maybe we should write to him and tell him to do a movie dedicated to all the pilots of all the nations who faught and died in WWII.

AWL_Spinner
03-09-2004, 07:48 AM
Funny you should mention Spielberg, one of the best recent WWII sequences I've seen was at the beginning of the first episode of his series "Taken".

From memory it was 109Gs tearing into a formation of B17s, but it looked very realistic. At least compared to rubbish like Pearl Harbour.

I can only hope Mr. Cruise's production is worthy of it's subject matter. History, alas, does not fill me with confidence.

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SpookyRuben
03-09-2004, 08:16 AM
Just a quick comment on your mention of the air combat sequence in the Mini-series Taken Spinner. The reason it looked so realistic was because is was actual gun camera footage that had been computer enhanced and colour was added. They got a real B17 for the close-ups etc... and basically spliced it all together. It definatly looked good, and that's why.

Just thought I'd let the secret out.

Cheers,

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sfbaytf
03-09-2004, 08:18 AM
I'm waiting for the old movie Battle of Britain to come out on dvd.

ELEM
03-09-2004, 08:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by sfbaytf:
I'm waiting for the old movie Battle of Britain to come out on dvd.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Has been for quite some time:-
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008PC0Y/002-9211284-3780823?v=glance

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aerick2
03-09-2004, 08:35 AM
The last air war movie I can remember was Memphis Belle, about 10 years ago. It was a great movie, although the special effects don't compare to what is possible today and it was a bit far fetched. (B-17 flying on one engine)

skunkertx7
03-09-2004, 08:37 AM
The Tom Cruise picture is probably not going to happen. Both the director and the actor are doing other films for the next two years.

The only thing I know about right now is that Spielberg is doing a Pacific edition of Band of Brothers and will go into production soon. It is going to be a fictionalized account this time.

bazzaah2
03-09-2004, 08:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by aerick2:
The last air war movie I can remember was Memphis Belle, about 10 years ago. It was a great movie, although the special effects don't compare to what is possible today and it was a bit far fetched. (B-17 flying on one engine)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Memphis Belle was a dramatisation of an actual wartime documentary, which was produced in anticipation of that plane being the first to finish the 25 mission tour of duty.

would like to see that again (saw it once on TV).

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AWL_Spinner
03-09-2004, 08:49 AM
Somehow a fictionalised account just ain't the same..

Thanks SpookyRuben for the "Taken" insight, no wonder I was impressed!

And re: Battle of Britain DVD, it's been out for a while on Region 1. It's not out yet on Region 2, it's spiritual home, which is almost as bad as Ubi's bonkers distribution policy.

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ELEM
03-09-2004, 08:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AWL_Spinner:
And re: Battle of Britain DVD, it's been out for a while on Region 1. It's not out yet on Region 2, it's spiritual home, which is almost as bad as Ubi's bonkers distribution policy.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Who doesn't use a multiregion DVD player?

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Capt._Tenneal
03-09-2004, 08:58 AM
There's also Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" starring Leo Di Caprio, although it's a biopic of Howard Hughes there should be some flying sequences in it, mostly civil aircraft maybe. I'd like to see the Spruce Goose scenes, though.

aerick2
03-09-2004, 08:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bazzaah2:

Memphis Belle was a dramatisation of an actual wartime documentary, which was produced in anticipation of that plane being the first to finish the 25 mission tour of duty.

would like to see that again (saw it once on TV).
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Yeah I know it was, but some parts were HIGHLY fictionalized. Like the ball turret getting blown off, leaving the gunner hanging out the bottom of the plane by a strap. There's no way that really happened.

sfbaytf
03-09-2004, 10:55 AM
Hey Thanks! I did a search a while back and didn't see it. What's region 1? Will it will play on any dvd player?


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ELEM:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AWL_Spinner:
And re: Battle of Britain DVD, it's been out for a while on Region 1. It's not out yet on Region 2, it's spiritual home, which is almost as bad as Ubi's bonkers distribution policy.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Who doesn't use a multiregion DVD player?

I wouldn't join any club that would have ME as member!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

compass1
03-09-2004, 12:10 PM
Battle of Britain is out on Region 2 DVD ON 26/5/04

ryan2107
03-09-2004, 12:35 PM
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03-09-2004, 12:49 PM
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_VR_ScorpionWorm
03-09-2004, 12:59 PM
The Memphis Belle movie was pretty amazing but it was almost historically inaccurate except maybe for the date. The bombing mission wasn't in Bremen at all it was a run to Lorient, France. It is printed in a book "Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot-The Man Who Flew the MEMPHIS BELLE". But then again it wasn't supposed to portray a documentary but a drama flick.

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horseback
03-09-2004, 01:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by aerick2:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bazzaah2:

Memphis Belle was a dramatisation of an actual wartime documentary, which was produced in anticipation of that plane being the first to finish the 25 mission tour of duty.

would like to see that again (saw it once on TV).
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Yeah I know it was, but some parts were HIGHLY fictionalized. Like the ball turret getting blown off, leaving the gunner hanging out the bottom of the plane by a strap. There's no way that really happened.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Aerick

it might interest you to check out Osprey's Liberator Units in the Pacific. There's a shot in it of a ball turret gunner hanging out of his turret (he eventually fell out; I don't recall if he was alive at the time of the photo). Given the sheer numbers of bombers that flew in combat with ball-turrets, it would not surprise me a bit to learn that something quite similar to the episode in Memphis Belle occurred more than once.

As Tom Clancy has observed, the greatest difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.

cheers

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03-09-2004, 01:43 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Capt._Tenneal:
There's also Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" starring Leo Di Caprio, although it's a biopic of Howard Hughes there should be some flying sequences in it, mostly civil aircraft maybe. I'd like to see the Spruce Goose scenes, though.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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malkuth
03-09-2004, 03:25 PM
Hollywood and Historic Movies = Bad Idea.

They might make it etertaining, but they are usually so far fetched its silly.

Well Guess saving Private ryan was pretty good. Thats a minority though.

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