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Flyboys (2006)

Director: Tony Bill     Starring: James Franco Jean Reno
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203522966
UPC: 027616062123
UPC 14: 00027616062123
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From the Producer of Independence Day and The Patriot.
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!

"...cinematic comfort food...  Glenn Kenny, Premiere
"...highly enjoyable...  Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
"...straightforward and ingratiating...  Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Editor's 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).

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/30/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 140 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 106212
Video UPC UPC: 00027616062123
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info James Franco
Video Cast Info Jean Reno
Video Cast Info Philip Winchester
Video Cast Info Scott Hazell
Video Cast Info Blake T. Evans, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Chris Blunden - Editor
Video Cast Info David Brown - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Dean Devlin - Producer
Video Cast Info Henry Braham - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Matthew Gray - Art Director
Video Cast Info Philip Elton - Art Director
Video Cast Info Ron Rosen - Editor
Video Cast Info Tony Bill - Director
Video Cast Info Trevor Rabin - Original Music By

Professional 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

Los Angeles Times 6 of 10
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. - Michael Phillips

Variety 7 of 10
"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. - Todd McCarthy

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Franco,James
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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