Flyboys (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Tony Bill Starring: James Franco Jean Reno

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Awesome movie! Great actors!

by americaneagle28@gmail.com on 1/17/2008

This movie is one of my all time favorite movies now. It has a great story which is based on a true story about the first time airplanes were used in WWI. The acting is great and the story is just as great. Watch this one and you'll be hooked! That's why I bought it on Blu-Ray because it was well worth buying the best version available. Read More

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Product Overview

Inspired by the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille, this action-packed epic tells the tale of America's first fighter pilots. These courageous young men distinguish themselves in a manner that none before them had dared, becoming true heroes who experience triumph, tragedy, love, and loss amid the chaos of World War I. Hang on for the ride of your life!

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203520494
UPC 027616065292
UPC 14 00027616065292
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/31/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Fighter Pilots
France
History
Pilots
Theatrical Release
True Story
War
World War I
Editors Note
Note FLYBOYS is a good old-fashioned historical drama concerning the Lafayette Escadrille, a French regiment of American volunteer airmen serving the allied cause in WWI before the U.S. became officially involved. James Franco plays Blaine, a Texas rancher; he bunks with Eugene (Abdul Salis), an African American boxer whose been living in Paris as an ex-patriate to get away from American racism. Other fighters include a pampered New York scion (Tyler Labine) and a lanky, lazy Kansan (David Ellison). They all train under the patient hand of the French commander, succinctly embodied by the wondrous Jean Reno (THE PROFESSIONAL). Martin Henderson (TORQUE) is good and brusque as a jaded flier with a bunch of kills under his belt and an obsession with an ace German fighter; he wont let the new kids drink in the officer's club until they've shot down their first planes. It all unfolds in a no-nonsense linear narrative that reminds one of early films like THE DAWN PATROL (1930) and WINGS (1927); and there's a comfortingly familiar orchestral score that's heavy with the cloud-invoking wooden flute. But the CGI-enhanced aerial dogfight scenes are the crux of the biscuit here, and history fans should be frothing at the mouth with all the zeppelins, dogfights and enemy chivalry. There's plenty of well-researched period detail and even some ooh-la la romance in the form of a good girl gone semi-bad from a nearby brothel (the very charming Jennifer Decker).
Reviews
New York Times "FLYBOYS is ever so nice, in the manner of a Norman Rockwell illustration....[The director] is a gentleman, moving things along with a tidy, well-mannered hand." 09/22/2006 p.E8
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Like TOP GUN with biplanes, this hugely fun movie has plenty of eye-catching dogfights..." 03/01/2007 p.111
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he airborne action whips up enough G-force to make this old-school war yarn an enjoyable throwback to the likes of WINGS and HELL'S ANGELS." 07/01/2007 p.39
Directors
Tony Bill
Actors
James Franco
Jean Reno
Cast & Crew
Blake T. Evans, et. al. - Writer
Chris Blunden - Editor
David Brown - Executive Producer
Dean Devlin - Producer
Henry Braham - Cinematographer
James Franco - Actor
Jean Reno - Actor
Matthew Gray - Art Director
Philip Elton - Art Director
Philip Winchester - Actor
Ron Rosen - Editor
Scott Hazell - Actor
Tony Bill - Director
Trevor Rabin - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 106531
UPC 00027616065292
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 140 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Just about everything in the video-gamey World War I picture "Flyboys" rings false, although the planes certainly are terrific. The film takes a strong subject, the Americans who volunteered for the French as aviators in the Lafayette Escadrille, and turns it into romantic slush. Good thing Jean Reno's around to give it some flavor: As the real-life Capt. Thenault, the stalwart French actor goes about his expositional business with gruff panache. You believe this man exists in a 1916 universe. Too many of the other, younger cast members are about as 1916 as "The O.C."...Leading a generic character roster, Franco's laconic Texan may be more smug than stalwart, but so is the movie. A tie-in Flyboys video game is now available, designed to coincide with the film's release. I guarantee that script will be better than this one.
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Reviewer Michael Phillips
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Flyboys" is an old-fashioned, boys' adventure version of an arresting chapter in World War I history about the enterprising bunch of young Americans who flew with the French before the United States entered the war. Lovingly and knowledgeably made by director Tony Bill, who got his pilot's license as a teenager, pic nonetheless has a lightweight, airbrushed feel; despite the brutal dogfights and inevitable deaths, there's little gravity or resonance...Franco's carryover James Dean posings early on serve his character's gruff coverup of a wounded soul, but the actor is best when he smiles and becomes personable...Shot in England, pic is handsomely and credibly appointed in all departments.
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Franco,James
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Glenn Kenny, Premiere ...cinematic comfort food...
Scott Foundas, LA Weekly ...highly enjoyable...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...straightforward and ingratiating...

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