WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Battle of Britain

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curt Jurgens, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Patrick, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Patrick Wymark & Susannah York

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML101522
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1969
(LD Release Date): 12/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Guy Hamilton
(Screenplay/Written By): James Kennaway & Wilfred Greatorex Ron Goodwin
(Story): NA
(Music): Ron Goodwin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bert Davey, Jack Mazsted, William Hutchinson & Gil Parrondo
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(Editor): Bert Bates
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Harry Saltzman & S. Benjamin Fisz

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Called the “greatest aerial spectacle,” Battle Of Britain tells the historic true story of the outnumbered British Royal Air Force who successfully fought off the overwhelmingly powerful German Luftwaffe at the beginning of World War II, saving England from invasion. With truly amazing aerial photography and victorious performances by Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer, Ralph Richardson and Robert Shaw, this film tells a love story between men and their country and is a tribute to the courageous allied pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® Scope aspect ratio is framed at 2.32:1, and subtitles are cut off at the bottom of widescreen monitors. The picture is inconsistent throughout exhibiting dated color fidelity, often undersaturated fleshtones and deep undefined blacks. Some scenes are overly bright and unnatural looking. The picture is wanting in sharpness and detail with good shadow detail and poor contrast. Slight noise and distracting artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural with bass rumble and background hiss.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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