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(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.

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Theatrical Release: June 27th, 1942

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Comparison:

Universal Pictures Video (UK) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Box Covers

NOTE: Cover art on the Amazon.UK site is incorrect.

   

Distribution Universal Pictures Video (UK)  - Region 2 - PAL Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:21 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:42:55.836 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,306,955,055 bytes

Feature: 24,086,310,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.70 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1832 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1832 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

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

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,306,955,055 bytes

Feature: 24,086,310,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 27.70 Mbps

Edition Details:

 None

Blu-ray Release Date: November 15th, 2016
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 8

 

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Olive - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - November 2016': Beside the new Olive 1080P transfer - the 2006 DVD looks too bright in spots. The HD advances in grain support, detail and superior contrast. many will appreciate that it alleviates the PAL speedup issue of the SD - now seeing the film in theatrical running time. It is far superior in-motion but the visuals are not overwhelming fro the format and damage exists in the form of light scratches and frame-specific speckles. There isn't a pervasive score but you can hear the heart-warming scene with Onward Christian Soldiers, whistled by Bernard Cribbens, providing inspiration. There are optional English (yellow font) subtitles. No extras - not even a trailer - on the region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

Still such a great war film - Powell and Pressburger, Ronald Neame as cinematographer and film editing by David Lean! For the brilliant cinema - this Blu-ray is recommended!  

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ON THE DVD: 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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NOTE: Cover art on the Amazon.UK site is incorrect.

   

Distribution Universal Pictures Video (UK)  - Region 2 - PAL Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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