Exciting news for 8th Air Force vets and historians. The 2 DVD special edition of the classic 1949 film starring Gregory Peck and Dean Jagger is now available. I found a brand new, sealed one online for under ten dollars, so you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get it.
Nearly every 8th Air Force and 15th Air Force vet I've ever talked to has praised Twelve O'Clock High as the most realistic and sensitive portrayal of life in a bomb group in the perilous first year of the US air war in Europe, 1942-early 1943.
The acting is superb by all. This is first and foremost a study in leadership and secondly a war film, and it succeeds on both points. Run, don't walk, to get your Special Edition DVD of Twelve O'Clock High as soon as you can. You will not regret it.
With this 2007 Special Edition, you get the original movie, one of the greatest Hollywood films ever made and certainly the greatest WWII film ever made. Second, you have on the same disc a voice-over narration option giving facts about each scene by commentators. The second disc contains a retrospective on the making of the film, a profile on the man who was the model for Gen. Savage, a profile on the US home front, a profile on bomber crewmen in WWII, movie stills, news articles, and more. As a big fan of this film, the new edition is a treasure and renders my older version entirely obsolete.
On a scale of one to five, I give it a six.