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The Cold Blue

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bent River, IA
The Cold Blue
Posted by Reasoned on Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:54 PM

Just returned with my 84-year-old father from watching the HBO documentary "The Cold Blue", about the Eighth AF B-17 crews and would HIGHLY recommend.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 24, 2019 2:52 AM

Just watched the trailer and it looks like a tough one to watch.  Great footage though.  On the to watch list.  Thanks for posting. 



  • Member since
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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Friday, May 24, 2019 8:03 AM

It was a special 1-day showing in theaters.   Although it is a HBO Production, seeing it on the small screen (even your 72 inch home set) won’t have the same impact.   

You have seen similar scenes o the history channel.  The pictures are scratched, if shot in color they are old and muddy.   The researchers found 15 hours of raw film in the Archives.  This film was used by William Wyler to make his Memphis Belle documentary.  They digitized the raw film.   As such they were able to zoom and pan the images.   The image is stretched to full movie theatre size.   They hand touched every frame to remove the original development scratches and correct the color

They included interviews with many 8th Air Force vets.  I think I heard that   as part of the restoration/documentary process they met with 9 crewmen of the Belle (in the early 2000s).  The bombardier was a real character.

I saw it last night.  I enjoyed it, much better than a History Channel version. The colors were brilliant.  There are already comments raised on other forums regarding how we modelers have gotten markings/details wrong.  

The soundtrack was well done.  The original film was shot without sound.  Subsequent documentary films added sound with varying success.  They flew  on a couple of the Collins Foundation aircraft to collect actual engine And other sounds.   Not sure how they did the Flak, but there was a thump followed by rattles of scrapnel on the airframe.   In stereo it was effective. 

Highly recommended.  Keep an eye out for its return to theatres.  Maybe in a year timed with the anniversary of the end of the war in Europe

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  • From: North Pole, Alaska
Posted by richs26 on Friday, May 24, 2019 12:25 PM

It will be replayed once more in theaters, and then it will be on Amazon Prime in six months, just like Peter Jackson's WW1 documentary.  

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Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

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  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Sunday, May 26, 2019 4:22 AM

HBO will be showing it at 8:00 p.m. on June 6. Set your DVR's.




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