May 20, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
The Red Baron, an independent film with big stars, opened in a few large cities this spring and is now available on DVD from Amazon.com and from the film’s distributor.
The DVD is expected to be released June 1, although Amazon is taking pre-orders. The film was shot in Prague in 2006 and went through more than a year of editing. The script was nearly bought by major Hollywood producers, but changes they wanted didn’t sit well with the writer, Nikolai Muellerschoen of Niama Film Productions. He decided to make the film independently.
For such a small film, it has big stars. They include Matthias Schweighöfer ( Valkyrie), Joseph Fiennes ( Shakespeare in Love and ABC’s “FlashForward ”), Lena Headey ( 300, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), and Til Schweiger ( Inglourious Basterds).
Like many aviation films, the flying sequences are computer generated from computer models based on actual aircraft.
The DVD includes the featurette, Making of the Red Baron, and Legends of the Red Baron.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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