Published on June 29th, 2012 | by Chris0
Red Tails (2012, Blu Ray)
This (short) review deals specifically with the Blu Ray version of Red Tails. My initial review still stands firm. In fact, I'd even say I enjoyed this even more the second time. Despite its flaws, it (much like Spielberg's War Horse) just has a certain "old school" war movie feel to it that I just can't shake.
Picture and sound are suitably brilliant here. No 7 channel mix, but the 5.1 DTS-HD is more than adequate. Crank it up.
But what really puts this over the edge, are the included extras, most notably the documentary "Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War." I stayed up waay past my bedtime watching this little gem. I suggest you do the same, especially if you are at all interested in WWII history, let alone the history of the 332nd. There are a few shorter pieces as well that fall into the "Featurette" category, which are worth sticking around for.
Have to go with an 8/10 here, folks. Pick this one up.
Red Tails [Blu-ray]
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1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces; the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options -- including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
- Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Bryan Cranston
- Terrence Howard
- Michael B. Jordan
- PB ACTION/ADVENTURE
- Run Time: 125
- Release Date: 1/6/2015
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Looking for a unique WW2 movie? You came to the right place.,
This review is from: Red Tails (Amazon Video)Gonna tell it as it is. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Then I read the comments and saw people complaining that it's not realistic and things like that and gave it a poor score. Now tell me, is this movie marked as a documentary? It might be based on a true story but its not gonna be exactly that story. This film was made to be an entertaining movie. And even though it is a false rendition of the true events it still uplifts their story. It made me want to look into the history of the red tails. And it teaches a good lesson that the color of our skin doesn't make us any different from one another. No matter how you put it you can't disagree with me on that. It is the ultimate level in the sense they trust them with their lives.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a documentary that is going to be realistic and true to every detail this isn't for you. If you are looking for an entertaining movie about WW2 airmen this is for you. Plus it has the conflict of not only man vs... Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great World War II Movie,
This review is from: Red Tails (DVD)Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, and Terrence Howard star in this great movie about the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-negro unit. Thus, they were relegated to second-rate aircraft and flew missions of little importance. But, due to the efforts of Colonel Bullard (Howard), the Tuskegee Airman soon found themselves at the forefront of the air war over Europe.
The Tuskegees were given the opportunity to fly bomber escort. The caveat was that they were to remain close to the bombers throughout the mission. Given brand-new P-51 Mustangs, the Tuskegee Airmen soon made a name for themselves with both the grateful bomber crews and the German pilots.
This is an excellent movie. I originally saw it in the theater and I bought the DVD copy. The acting is very good, and David Oyelowo (Lightning), Nate Parker (Easy), Terrence Howard (Colonel Bullard), and Cuba Gooding Jr. all give fine performances. The special effects and air... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great visuals, so-so action dialog, "ok" music,
This review is from: Red Tails [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Many have written about the story that needed to be told; my comments will be mostly just about the movie; from one who's loved many war movies (I'm 56 y.o.).
From the first scene, I was loving the realistic CGI (I only wish "Memphis Bell" looked anywhere near as good), and hating the way the fighter and bomber pilots spoke. .
The drama dialog was appropriate, and I appreciated the drama scenes in general, but in every battle scene, I felt the dialog was just not right.
Similarly with the music. I'm one (of many I suppose) for whom the music in a war movie drives the pace of the action and the scene cuts. "Midway" is a good example; sometimes I'll watch the movie just because I'm so drawn in by the way the music melds with the action. I feel the same about "In Harms Way"; the music draws you in.
One thing I do really like about the scenes where B17s are under attack; I liked the bit of extra attention to the trauma and horror being... Read more
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Summary: I stayed up waay past my bedtime watching this little gem. I suggest you do the same, especially if you are at all interested in WWII history, let alone the history of the 332nd.