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Topic: Masters Of The Air [Historical War Drama]

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Masters of the Air is an Apple TV series that recounts the story of the 100th Bomb Group during World War II. Led by Gale 'Buck' Cleven and John 'Bucky' Egan, the series follows the airmen as they embark on dangerous missions to reach bombing targets inside Nazi Germany.

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I've watched the first 2 episodes and so far so good.  Band of Brothers is the gold standard for a mini series and this is not in that league, but it's about as good as The Pacific, and I'm about as interested in the characters.  The choice of using digital instead of film, depreciates the quality to me, too clean, and the problem of speaking through masks in loud noisy planes will have you turning up your center channel speaker to hear the dialogue in some scenes.

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paisley1 wrote:

I've watched the first 2 episodes and so far so good.  Band of Brothers is the gold standard for a mini series and this is not in that league, but it's about as good as The Pacific, and I'm about as interested in the characters.

Saw all released  three episodes so far... Yeah, next try to catch up to Band of Brothers but long way to go. And yes, it is mostly about the characters which do just not "click". I couldn't care less if they come home or not. I think the first two Episodes of Band of Brothers was key to the whole series. I realize they learned from the Pacific and tried to create some more memorable characters and interactions in Masters of Air... but fail. 

paisley1 wrote:

The choice of using digital instead of film, depreciates the quality to me, too clean,

The problem is not "digital" vs "film". It is what the post-production team does with the source material. And yes, in this case, they did either not have the talent to create atmosphere or a feeling of realism or just adopted the modern movies standard "can't go wrong if you are following the mainstream super clean look". Which probably most people hate, often enough without realizing.

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fassy wrote:

The problem is not "digital" vs "film".

Post production can't hide digital from my eye, and can't properly recreate that soft grainy film aesthetic that matches an historical drama, also, the more you mess with it in post, the more modern it looks.  The Executive Producers probably know that this story doesn't merit/warrant the cost of film, but it just looks so digital I wouldn't be surprised if they used an iPhone....just for apple TV+.

This is how I'd want it to be done:

https://cdn.theasc.com/Band-of-Brothers-Bluescreen-Shot.jpg

One of the reasons why I think Succession is one of the greatest TV series ever made, is because of the look, it was all shot on Kodak 35mm negative, just like Band of Brothers, which has a quality to it.

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paisley1 wrote:

This is how I'd want it to be done:

True, fully agreed. But there are better and worse digital productions. Most of the last few years have been on the side of awful.

Back to "Masters of Air"... EP4... Boooooooooooooring. What a snoozefest. After a promising start, this miniseries went downhill fast. Lost almost all interest by now...

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Well, the comments on IMDB are mostly (besides the odd 9/10 or 10/10 I-love-every-crappy-show-idiot-comment) spot on. Funny enough when the rating is 7.9/10 while it should be more like 5.4/10 or so.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2640044/reviews