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Bomber Boys

BFS Video // 2012 // 89 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 8th, 2012

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson is a bomber boy. He loves playing Bomberman.

The Charge

The McGregor brothers return for another love letter to old-school British aviation.

The Case

Last year, Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace) and his former RAF-pilot brother Colin, teamed up for a documentary on the iconic Battle of Britain. Here they return to continue their examination of England's air power during World War II, with their focus turned towards the highly effective—and extremely controversial—Bomber Command.

If you've seen The Battle of Britain, the game-plan for Bomber Boys should be familiar. Once again Colin challenges himself to take a legendary airplane for a spin, while Ewan pounds the pavement to dig up more info on the history (and offer some support in the plane). This go-round, Colin is looking to pilot the Lancaster, Britain's bomber that devastated Hitler's cities and industry. But before he takes the controls, he'll work his way up by flying some of the Lancaster also-rans.

Along the way, the brothers go about typical documentary duties, talking to experts and scholars, as well as surviving members of the British air force (and one guy from Luftwaffe), culling accounts of those who experienced the insanity first-hand.

It's a great package and made better thanks to the brothers McGregor. It's obvious they both have an abiding love and respect for their country's World War II history and this boyhood whimsy (and sometimes muted reverence) permeates the production throughout. Ewan obviously brings the star-power and it's terrific to see him react with such non-contrived enthusiasm when he gets to go for a spin in the Lancaster. And while Colin may not have the wattage of his little brother, his RAF credentials and just-as-fascinated devotion to the material and plenty to the formula.

This being a documentary on Bomber Command, the producers don't shy away from the controversy, specifically the tactic of "area bombing" that led to the firebombing and decimation of Hamburg and Dresden. The take from the men who were actually flying these death-defying runs as teenagers? "They started it."

The DVD: standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 stereo, and no extras (another head-scratcher).

The Verdict

Not Guilty. This installment completes a must-have two-feature set for the WWII enthusiast in your living room.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 90

Perp Profile

Studio: BFS Video
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Foreign
• Historical
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

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