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A Century of Flight
A Century of Flight
Genres: Documentary
G     2004     8hr 22min

Studio: Kc Sales Release Date: 06/01/2004 Run time: 502 minutes Rating: G

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Movie Details

Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Madacy Records
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/29/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 8hr 22min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Eight hours of shoddy images :^(
Charles E. Gillen | Reston, VA, USA | 12/30/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"An aviation buff, I thought I could not go wrong getting this 4-DVD documentary for less than $20. I was wrong. This is far from the documentary quality one can find on the History and Discovery channels, in fact it actually reminded me of the murky and dull 16mm films seen in school (half a century ago) as a feeble gesture toward audio-visual "education".

Most of the early archival film clips didn't look as good as similar clips seen on TV, while the newer clips were almost uniformly unsharp or in bad color. The narration was half-decent, but overall the visual quality was so lacking this entire production seemed a distinctly amateur project done on a shoestring.

I had been fooled into thinking this DVD set might be a quality item because of the packaging in a neat metal case. I might as well keep the case and throw away the DVDs. The DVD publisher Madacy is one I DEFINITELY will try to avoid in future."
Typical Madacy product
George Pytlik | The spectacular Pacific Northwest | 12/26/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Had I realized this was a Madacy production before I bought it, I would have made a different decision. I learned long ago to avoid Madacy titles because of their poor production quality, but there was nothing on the box indicating Madacy involvement (it is there but almost impossible to read without a magnifying glass). The packaging was quite spectacular, unlike Madacy titles I had purchased in the past. Metal case with color printing and there was even a wonderful full-color book inside outlining many of the great pioneers of aviation and their aircraft with superb production quality. So, I was unprepared for the poor quality of the video content inside. I own many of the videos from disc 4 in VHS format, and could not believe how badly these have been reproduced on DVD. I can do a better job of transferring the VHS to DVD using my analog-to-digital converter! As other reviewers have pointed out (too bad I saw these posts after my purchase), the documentary is not organized in any meaningful pattern and fails to deliver on its promise of describing the history of aviation."
If there was a zero star rating, I would use it
BDSM Fan | United States | 01/03/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

Ditto everything the other reviewers have written, with the addtion of this note:
For a collection featuring the SR-71 Blackbird on the cover, it is not even mentioned on any of the four discs.
What a disappointment."
Make Love, Not War
John P Bernat | Kingsport, TN USA | 06/02/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This 4-disk video set is beautifully packaged in a 4-disk folder in a beautifully illustrated metal can case.

While it was reasonably well produced and showed some fun stuff, it was not organized well. The worst is the so-called "hawks and doves" disk that is all hawks.

During the first 100 years of aviation, warfare played a key role in air development, but not as overhwelming as portrayed here. The first two disks are almost entirely devoted to war with very little coverage of the development of civilian aviation at all. And even if it were supposed to be all about wartime aviation, some highly historical airplane episodes, such as the Enola Gay, are not even covered.

The third disk was devoted to space exploration. Moving from the second disk to the third suffered from some of the same sense of uneven treatment.

There must be a better collection than this - but where?"