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Eagles Over London aka La battaglia d'Inghilterra [Blu-ray]
(Enzo G. Castellari, 1969)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Fida Cinematografica
Video: Severin Films
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,593,537,031 bytes
Feature Size: 16,476,131,328 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.50 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 13th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
•“Eagles Over Los Angeles” - Q+A with Tarantino as host (16:34)
• Quentin Tarantino’s conversation with director Enzo G. Castellari - Part 2 (14:15)
• Deleted Scene (:32 in HD! - German with English subs)
• Trailers in HD (Eagles, Inglorious)
Description: In this World War II action-thriller, the
British High Command finds itself in the thick of a huge
dilemma when it is realized that they have long been
infiltrated by spies form a German intelligence group. This
all happens during the preliminary stages of the Battle of
Enzo initially delivers some solid action and does so with impressive scale, particularly the evacuation at Dunkirk. There are lots of boats, soldiers and planes and the magnitude of Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk is nicely conveyed. Other aspects are less successful such as the extended and poorly conceived dogfight over London that ends the film. It’s an unconvincing mélange of models and close up shots of Van Johnson that’s much too long considering the movie was really built around Captain Paul fighting German infiltrators. Enzo also occasionally uses a split screen approach that seems pointlessly arty and suffers badly unless you are watching a widescreen print. Considering how much fun his more well known The Inglorious Bastards was, Enzo’s Eagles Over London can’t help but suffer by comparison, but it still manages to deliver a decent amount of war-related carnage (one Nazi even kills a guy in a sauna) and looks like a much more expensive production than it probably was.Excerpt from Monster Hunter located HERE
Eagles Over London fares better on Blu-ray than Severin's other Castellari film to 1080P; The Inglorious Bastards. I'd say it is still fairly weak and has inconsistencies but the image quality seems a notch superior to the first offering. This is only single-layered and colors are bland with drab greens but I suspect it is accurate to the source - which may be the best available. Detail has strong moments but softness as well - it really varies. Noise is only minutely visible as is grain - but the latter is nice to see when it does make its presence known. The lighting of the film is suspect and I'll assume this reflects in the transfer's contrast. The cinematography has some interesting angles and split-screens, through triggers etc. When these are captured in high-definition it kind of brings out their uniqueness. The Blu-ray is most probably a decent representation of Eagles Over London but fans shouldn't expect too much - this is easily noted as HD - superior to SD-DVD - but depth and texture are not abundantly apparent.
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No boost here - its a bland Dolby 2.0 channel track with the fronts being used exclusively. The quality is scratching, poor high end and exhibits no depth or range. I'd say this is even weaker than the image but surprisingly suitable for the film's nostalgic cache. I'll assume a lossless option would have required some extensive restoration although making this linear PCM may have improved it a certain degree although battle/bombing scenes do pick up the bass a bit.There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
No commentary but we get similar supplements to the Inglorious Blu-ray. First off is “Eagles Over Los Angeles” - a 16.5 minute Q+A with an exuberant Tarantino as host at the Silent Movie Theater from May 6th, 2008 - and the director/writer also has a one-on-one Enzo G. Castellari for 15-minutes rated as 'Part 2' (the first part being a half-hour on Severin's Inglorious package) There is a mini-deleted scene in German with English for 32 seconds in HD! and HD trailers for both Eagles and Inglorious.
October 8th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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