The Hawker Hurricane was the first fighter monoplane to join the Royal Air Force and the first combat aircraft adopted by that arm capable of exceeding 300 mph in level flight. The Hurricane shouldered the lion s share of Britain s defence during the Battle of Britain. This program portrays the history of this legendary aircraft which was to form an immortal partnership during the infamous battle.
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Some very good black and white photography. Color shots very poor quality. The writer should be shot. Extremely simple historical view. Many inaccurate statements. The closed captioning kept calling the engine noise "jet engine roar" through out the movie. That should give you an idea of the depth of detail and research used in this film. That would make all of you movie producers because you once watched a movie. Better than nothing, but take it with two pounds of salt!
The archival footage is excellent. The newer footage of NVL is less so, sometimes grainy and very unimaginative. The soundtrack is rather awful. One theme song over and over and over, interspersed with the sound of some engine that's about three rpm from fragging itself. Screaming engine to the extent that the subtitles identify it as a jet! So what was it? A real Merlin or some soundtrack footage from a forgotten jet file? Towards the center the narration is, if I must confess - pretty boring, spewing facts and figures and seemingly losing focus. This is about the Hurricane, not the Battle of Britain... Worth a watch, but...
Some excellent video footage I'd never seen before and some very interesting facts I didn't know. It never mentioned the Hurricane was most valuable in attacking German bombers because it had a better rate of climb than the Spitfire. So it could reach the bombers more quickly than the Spit with less warning time of an impending raid. Very worth watching.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2016
Loved it because, while it was not perfect, it did a very good job of covering the typically neglected workhorse of the Battle of Britain. Also had a bunch of variants I had no knowledge of. Since so little attention is paid to this particular airplane relative to the Spitfire, this 3-4 star production gets bumped up to a 5.
Excellent informative and entertaining vintage post-war account of Hawker Hurricane's role in The Battle of Britain and other theaters. The Spitfire legend is so entrenched in WWII lore that this workhorse and its creators deserve more attention from history. This documentary provides that attention well!
This documentary traces the development and fighting history of Britain's second World War II fighter. It traces the Hurricane from the earliest days of the war through its many variants. It's well-written and nicely edited. If you're interested in WWII aviation I think you'll find it interesting.,
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
An interesting history and evolution of the Hawker Hurricane for those interested in WWll aviation. Also interesting that the Hurricane, not the Spitfire, was the predominant aircraft flown that led to England's success during the Battle of Britain.
There is a lot of expertise on the Hurricane in this video, but the flavor of the aircraft is lost to the narration. You do not hear the sounds of the aircraft, except as a subdued background. So, the effect of the video is a bit like attending an airshow while listening to an iPod. Before these aircraft are completely lost to time we need a good quality look at the flavor of the aircraft complete with sounds from the aircraft. We want to know how deafening the roar of a Merlin is from the cockpit in the very least, but this video has even less.
5.0 out of 5 starsthis is up there with the best. Plenty of archive film and I thought the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2017
Compared with all the other similar videos I've watched over the years, this is up there with the best. Plenty of archive film and I thought the Churchill speeches on the subject of Fighter Command worked well. The narration too, was very good.
ANOTHER FINE DVD ADDED TO MY COLLECTION.A CONCISE AND ABSORBING VIEW OF A VERY GOOD FIGHTING MACHINE. WELL WORTH THE MONEY TO VIEW A VERY EXCITING WW2 WAR HORSE FROM ITS INCEPTION TO ITS FIGHTING QUALITY.