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Not worth the extra cost, especially if you own the HD-DVD original
April 2, 2008
Having viewed One Six Right on Discovery HD Theater, I decided to get both the HD-DVD version of this film along with this "companion DVD."
However, unlike the beautifully produced original, this one is quite a let-down. While the making of One Six Right is interesting in its own right, I'm not sure if it warranted its own companion DVD, at least not in its present form.
While the interviews with Brian Terwilliger and others about the difficulties of making the film were interesting (among them, Los Angeles World Airports which owns VNY did not originally cooperate with the project), I would have liked to have seen more interviews with the pilots seen in the original. Terwilliger himself said the interviews alone consisted of 80-100 hours of raw footage, and this DVD would have been a great opportunity to include interesting parts of these interviews that had to be cut out of the original for brevity's sake.
Three of this DVD's own extras, "The Joyride", "Into the Clouds", and "Movie Montage" are already featured on the HD-DVD version with the added bonus of being in high definition, unlike the companion which is standard definition only. In fact, the extras portion of the HD-DVD version of One Six Right has better and more content than this companion DVD does.
At best, this DVD should be included with the standard definition version of the original as a two-disc set, and whatever footage isn't already duplicated in the HD-DVD version be integrated into that.