Wings on Turner Classic Movies’ “31 Days of Oscar”, a gem of a month for anyone looking to catch films that are hard to find or are unable to find entirely. At the same time I also caught Cavalcade, a film that actually is on DVD, but only as a part of Fox’s 75th Anniversary Collection, which will run you $389.99 based on [amazon asin=”B0041T4LZQ” text=”current pricing”]. No thanks.
Wings, however, is about to become more readily available.
Just as Paramount did when they released African Queen on March 23, 2010, which, at the time, was probably the highest profile studio feature not available on DVD and Blu-ray, the studio will now release Wings for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24, 2012 with a brand new restoration, which was detailed in today’s press release:
Included on both the DVD and Blu-ray release will be the new documentary “Wings: Grandeur in the Sky,” which gives perspective on the cinematic achievements of director William Wellman and his team of filmmakers and exclusive to the Blu-ray release will be “Dogfight”, which explores the history of early aeronautics; and “Restoring the Power and Beauty of Wings“, which details the restoration process.
Wings stars Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen and to put it simply, the World War I-set film centers on a pair of air jockeys that fall in love with the same girl. As I mentioned when I wrote about it back in February, it does feature some spectacular aerial combat and battlefield scenes and just might surprise today’s audiences with some of its intensity.
Both editions are available for preorder right now. You can order the Blu-ray [amazon asin=”B0067MLCEI” text=”here”] and the DVD [amazon asin=”B0067MLCD4″ text=”here”].