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Source:  Los Angeles Times

Fans of classic war stories and aerial action are in for a stirring mix of audio and visuals in Erik Nelson’s “The Cold Blue.”

The handsome, lovingly reconstructed, if brief, documentary is based on unearthed footage shot by director William Wyler for his 1944 documentary about the 8th Air Force, “The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress.”

More than 70 years later, Nelson learned that 34 reels of “Memphis Belle” outtakes existed in the vaults of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and decided to repurpose them for an all-new film.  But this noble task required a painstaking, frame-by frame, digital process to repair the scratched footage and restore it to its original clean state.

Nelson and his editors, Robert Erickson and Paul Marengo, have deftly blended a vibrant selection of footage with voice-over commentary from nine surviving veterans of the 8th Air Force: a mix of former pilots, gunners, navigators, and bombardiers.

“The Cold Blue” is available now on HBO.

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.

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