(aka 'One of Our Aircraft Is Missing')

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UK 1942

 

  As 49th Parallel would be the Canadian influenced propaganda effort by Powell & Pressburger - One of Our Aircraft is Missing is the Dutch equivalent. Supporting the war effort - Michael Powell was commissioned by the British government and the film he and Emeric Pressburger made focuses on six Royal Air force men who find themselves stranded in Holland after their bomber, "B for Bertie", is shot down by anti-aircraft fire after a raid on Stuttgart. The servicemen are all competent and affable - in civilian life they are a garage proprietor, an actor, a Yorkshire businessman, a pilot, and a professional footballer. All are given the help and resources they require from the sympathetic Dutch farmers and country people. Googie Withers plays the woman who formulates the final arrangements for their trek to the safe North Sea where they can eventually be picked up by the Allies. The cast and crew (including Powell acting in a guest appearance!) runs like a who's who of film language - cinematography is by Ronald Neame, editor: David Lean - playing the Dutch priest: Peter Ustinov etc.

In the powerful canon of Powell & Pressburger this gets little mention as it doesn't reach the lofty heights of Black Narcissus or I Know Where I'm Going but the film is still one of the best to come out of the war effort with multiple telltale's of the pairings obvious greatness. Essential cinema.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: June 27th, 1942

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DVD Review: Universal Pictures Video (UK) - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Universal Pictures Video (UK)  - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:38:21 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Pictures Video (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none 

DVD Release Date: May 15th, 2006

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 10

 

 

Comments:

Very decent transfer from Universal UK on this clandestine masterpiece. How it evaded me on the releases calendar I'll never know. There is a shade of brightness boosting, some artifacts and a few scratches visible, but it is progressive and tight to the frame edges. Contrast and black levels are very good. No extras but optional English subtitles are offered. Audio was fairly strong considering the age of the film. The price is reasonable for such a fabulous piece of cinema - just a shame it is bare-bones. We strongly recommend!  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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