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Action - The Red Baron - Available June 1st 2010

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The Red Baron
Matthias Schweighofer, Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes
Directed by Nicolai Mullerschon
Monterey Video 2010
106 minutes

The Red Baron is a good biopic about Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, Germany's WW I flying ace. It also throws in a romantic interest and a "war is a terrible thing " message. On these two points, it does not work as well. What makes The Red Baron DVD is the aerial scenes, especially the night combat sequences, and Matthias Schweighofer' performance as Von Richthofen.

Manfred Von Richthofen is a young aristocrat who likes to fly. The movie quickly sets him up as the central figure in his squadron. He sees the aerial fights he engages in as a hunt and a sport and has a code of honor regarding its conduct. The Red Baron also concentrates on the relationship between him and his men. This serves to make him more than a legendary character.

After a few good aerial fight sequences he meets and falls in love with Kate, a Belgian nurse. She tries to open his eyes to the realities of war and at first fails. It is only during a later meeting when Richthofen is badly wounded that she manages to drive her point across. At the same time, it is somewhat clear that both lessons marked the Red Baron.

His change in attitude could also be attributed to his head wound or combat fatigue.

The situation is getting grim for the Germans near the end of the movie and this is reflected in the grimness of certain scenes.

You know the end is near when Von Richthofen explains why he does what he does to Kate.

The Red Baron DVD is a pretty good movie that should please fans of air combat, war movies, and biopics.

Special features are a twenty-minute Making of and a slide show titled Legends of The Red Baron.

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