Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 8th, 2002
Tyrone Power is the intensely irritating American flyboy who flies a delivers a bomber to England to earn some money. Once there, he spots old flame Betty Grable, and enlists in the RAF so he can woo her back. Grable is also being courted by Power’s commanding officer, who possesses all the decent qualities Power lacks (i.e. just about everything).
The romance, which central to the film, is not exactly enthralling, since you’re rooting for the wrong man. The combat scenes, however,…were more elaborate than I was expecting (enthusiastic if not entirely convincing model work), and the film works up a decent head of excitement in these sequences.
The soundtrack, as is the case with the other films in the series, is offered in newly created surround sound. Stick with the mono: most of what comes out of the rear speakers is either of place (wraparound voices) or white noise. The mono will require turning the sound up a bit, but is much, much cleaner.
The picture is, of course, in the original 1.33:1 format. The print is not is the same pristine shape as many of the other films in this series. Some scenes show considerable damage, and the grain, particularly in night scenes, gets quite bad. As well, there are some moments where halos shoot up from the characters, doubling their height.
The menu is still and silent, and the only features are trailers for this and eight other war films.
No, this is not a classic. Not by any stretch. But it is still quite solidly put together.
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