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Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP09 May 2019 10:13 a.m. PST


I only learned of this today, though some of the cognoscenti here may already be anticipating its release.

The link will explain, but for those who have already seen William Wyler's classic "Memphis Belle," this is the miles of footage not used, including portions that could not be used as just being too gruesome.

I definitely want to see this!


King Monkey09 May 2019 10:57 a.m. PST

I saw the trailer on youtube. The restored footage looks absolutley amazing.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2019 11:50 a.m. PST

Wow. Does look amazing. I will have to try to take my family to see it. Thanks for posting, Patrick.

Choctaw09 May 2019 1:16 p.m. PST

That's incredible.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP09 May 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

Sometimes, while looking for wood, I find gold!

I HAD to share my amazed delight at this release with anyone else who could appreciate the opportunity this film represents.


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2019 5:47 p.m. PST

I will have to see that.

14Bore10 May 2019 2:17 a.m. PST

A must see

Lion in the Stars11 May 2019 1:31 a.m. PST

Will have to buy any DVD or BluRay.

Walking Sailor11 May 2019 10:27 a.m. PST

YouTube link

I counted 3.

14Bore18 May 2019 5:28 p.m. PST

Just looked it's playing here Thursday at 7:30 so going to try and see it.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 6:20 a.m. PST

Since I cannot see it this coming Thursday. And since I think it will be only shown that day, I checked it out on Google. From what i read, it will be shown on HBO on June 6. That will be pretty cool for many.

FreemanL06 Jun 2019 4:32 a.m. PST

As one of my first wargames was AH Luftwaffe and I spent 20 years wearing blue, this was a must see for me! We got a chance to view it in our theater here in St Louis. It is well done but I had more fun watching the making of it after the film itself. Seeing and hearing those old vets talk and carry on as well as they were doing in their 90s was a true inspiration to me.

The film is worth seeing but understand that it is basically the 11-12 hours of leftover footage from the original WWII film Memphis Belle along with some newsreels, so if you've seen the Belle, you get an idea of what is being shown here. The restoration is fantastic but it comes in segments or bites.

I can't help but compare it to the effort by Peter Jackson with the WWI restore into color and the sheer amount of effort he put into that project to get it right and to make it a cohesive story. This film would have benefited from the same treatment.

It is worth seeing but it may help to understand what it is first.

Skarper22 Jul 2019 8:58 p.m. PST

I watched this last night. It is OK.

It's always good to record the thoughts and memories of survivors while they are still with us.

The footage is mostly leftover bits and looks as if it has all been colourised.

I would have preferred more insightful analysis of the campaign but that is available elsewhere of course. I just find these kind of documentaries a little lacking in bite.

Worth watching if you get the chance, just nothing earth shattering.

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