Case Number 13814: Small Claims Court

AMERICA'S TEAM: BEING A U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRD

Janson Media // 2007 // 81 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 12th, 2008

The Charge

Climb aboard for the ride of your life.

The Case

Well, this is going to be a quick one. In fact you can read the following question and if you answer "yes" then guess what -- get this disc. Okay, are you ready? Here goes:

Have you been waiting for a DVD that will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird stunt team?

Did you answer "yes" or "you betcha!' or "hellz yeah"? Great! I have good news for you. America's Team is the disc you've been waiting for. Jam-packed with candid footage, thrilling shots of the airplane pilots doing their thing, cockpit tours and plane walkthroughs and a musical photo montage, this bad boy delivers the content that Thunderbird fans yearn for.

And it's cheesy.

But whatever, there's a specific audience for this release and they -- you know who you are -- will eat it up. The documentary's main focus is on the first female member of the Thunderbird squad, as she embarks on the season-long tour, grapples with the enormous amount of fan mail, signs autographs of young fans and lauds the opportunity for women to penetrate typically male-dominated enclaves like fighter jet exhibit crews.

Buttressing her story is a boatload of behind-the-scenes stuff including visits to the veterans' hospital, the inter-team softball game and the hard-core training and tactics these pilots have to nail.

The DVD is actually not too bad, sporting a solid 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a decent stereo track. Extras: an F-16 walk-around and cockpit tour and a still gallery.

There you go, that's your disc. Enjoy.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Janson Media
Video Formats:
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 81 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Cockpit Tour
* Plane Walkaround
* Photo Gallery

Accomplices
* None