The Collectors Edition of the Royal International Air Tattoo 2009 DVD features the main feature disc and a bonus disc. With anything related to the Air Tattoo, you’d expect a high quality products, and this DVD does not disappoint.
Starting with the Main disc, the production is very slick and professional. It does cover all aspects of the Tattoo with plenty of behind-the-scenes footage on top of some superb captures of the flying display. There are plenty of interviews too with key personalities.
The flying display footage is second to none with some superb on-board footage and some unique shots from the “Follow Me” cars while the aircraft taxy in after arrivals or their displays. The dramatic weather conditions enjoyed at Fairford over the weekend add extra dimension to the filming. Undoubted highlights include on board footage from the Breitling Jet Team and an unusual camera position on the Chinook.
The first special feature on the Bonus Disk features highlights from the arrivals days a Fairford. The quality of the footage, like the main feature, is outstanding but it does just feature the ambient sound of the show site. This does mean some background “crashing” of scaffolding poles and some conversation is picked up which could be a little distracting. There’s some great extra footage from the back of the “Follow Me” cars as well as further footage from the practice displays in the days leading upto the Air Tattoo.
Whether you missed RIAT or want a reminder of the weekend, this is a superb DVD with some stunning footage. The bonus disc too is a nice edition if you you really want a more complete round-up, but it does lack the finish of main production.