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American Fighter Pilot
American Fighter Pilot
Actors: Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Leon Melas
Director: Jesse Negron
Genres: Television, Documentary, Military & War
PG     2005     7hr 15min

Complete Season One Set -- contains 7 hours of programming, plus bonus materials including "the making of" documentary, interviews with Tony Scott, Jesse Negron and Leon Malas, additional footage, effects and animation and...  more »

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Actors: Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Leon Melas
Director: Jesse Negron
Genres: Television, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Drama, Documentary, Military & War
Studio: American Fighter Pilot
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/15/2005
Original Release Date: 03/29/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 03/29/2002
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 7hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The editing is what caused this series to get canceled not t
T. Timmons | 03/03/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is by far the worst editing I have seen. You will enjoy if you suffer from schizophrenia or Attention Deficit Disorder, since no single video clip lasts for more than 1 second. Had this series been produced as a traditional documentary it would have been fascinating, but so much for that idea. I sat through three episodes before I could no longer stand it and turned it off. Thank God it was a rental. DO NOT BUY THIS DVD 1) you will regret it and 2) you will always hear me saying "I told you so!""
Could have been great if better edited ...
Kurz Schluze | 01/11/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the worst edited documentary I have ever seen.
You can not have a single shot spoiled with flashes, slow motion, and unnecessary digital FX.
I have nothing against crazy editing when it is for a 3 min MTV music clip or a TV add. But on a 7 hours documentary you get airsick.
If fine edited, all this interresting story could have been told in less than two hours.
Each episode has a more than 2 min introduction...
During the episodes you see some shots more than ten times.

By the way, I am a very long time aviation enthousiast."
An interesting, if somewhat hokey ride
J. Clark | 08/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"After the series "American Fighter Pilot" died a quick death on network TV due to abysmal ratings, we finally get to see the three USAF pilots complete their journey through Eagle driver school. This 3 CD set includes all seven original episodes, five of which were not aired. Also included is the "how they made it" view from the producers.

Three USAF officers are profiled and we follow their trials and tribulations under the intense pressure of fighter pilot training. We are treated to some excellent ground-to-air and air-to-air footage of the world's premier fighter aircraft, the F-15 Eagle. We see some behind the scenes action in the classroom, briefing rooms and squadron bar room. Commentary on the student's performance and progress is given by the intense type-A flight instructors who seeks to train but are not shy in pointing even the smallest mistakes. We also go into the students personal lives with profiles on their families and the challenges that they face.

If you are a die-hard aviation fan, this title is worth seeing. Unfortunately, it is long and drawn out with all the time spent on the pilot's personal lives. How many times do we have to see one student sitting in church? Too many to count. Does the prospect of seeing home videos in another student's kitchen sound appealing? More filler. Then there is the production - put simply, it is overproduced and overblown with gee-whiz quick scene edits that attempt to create excitement. At many points, the viewer will feel like they are being talked down to with over simplified text and voice overs. Example "Mission Objective: Kill" is supposed to describe a 1 v 1 air-to-air guns-only engagement where a student performs basic fighter maneuvers against his instructor.

They could have made this whole series in three episodes if the producers just concentrated on the pilot training and flying. If Top Gun had the AFP production treatment, it would have been 12 hours long with no additional flying sequences. Bottom line, buy it for the flying sequences and keep the remote handy with your finger on the fast forward button."
Too many good reviews
J. Roberts | 01/01/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Great subject matter. Truly. But the worst editing possible. Period. I love anything to do with F-15s, and really wanted to like this, but could not. I watched all seven episodes and it just about broke my brain. It seemed like no scene was longer than about a second, and I'm not exaggerating. Tony Scott took the material for a great documentary and wrecked it with MTV-style editing for schizophrenics. It would be nice if someone recut this into a two hour great documentary, instead of 5+ hours of superficial, hard to watch garbage."