Special features on Disc One include audio commentary with Director Tony Bill and Producer Dean Devlin, and trailers. Disc Two is equipped with six featurettes: the 27-minute Real Heroes: The Lafayette Escadrille, an interesting eight-minute The Diary Of A Miniature Stunt Pilot, eight minutes with Whisky and Soda: The Lion Marscots, Taking Flight: The Making Of Aerial Battle Sequences in ten minutes, nine minutes with The Real Planes Of Flyboys, and an almost five-minute ride with the Air Force Thunderbirds and The Navy Blue Angels; six deleted scenes; a DVD-ROM game; and the theatrical trailer.
While World War I rages in far-away Europe, a group of American soldiers volunteer to assist the French in taking to the skies against the fearless Germans. Under the command of Captain Thenault (Jean Reno), these wet-behind-the-ears Flyboys, led by cowboy Blaine Rawlings (Franco), learn the price of freedom, and become the true-life Lafayette Escadrille. Inspired by a true story. (Jack Kelley)
With its hot color scheme, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits plugged-up fleshtones that are overly red. The entire image appears to have a white hazy shroud, with inadequate black levels and blooming whites. Details are rather soft, but can be sharp at times. Edge enhancement is noticeable on high-contrast transitions, but source element artifacts are not apparent at all. (Danny Richelieu)
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