Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 118 (Mar 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

James Franco, Martin Henderson, David Ellison, Jennifer Decker, Tyler Labine & Abdul Salis

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3
Internet Links
Special Features
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.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): M106534
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For war action violence and some sexual content
(Retail Price): $33.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/30/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tony Bill
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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)

DVD Picture:
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)