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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Burning Blue'
(William Scott, Morgan Spector, Robert A. Mayers, Trent Ford, et al / DVD / R / 2014 / LGF)

Overview: They may have trained to meet danger head-on, to execute vital strategic maneuvers while flying at breathtaking speeds, but after a series of fatal accicents, a close-knit squadron of male Navy pilots begins to splinter - and becomes the focus of a criminal investigation.

DVD Verdict: 'Burning Blue' is one of the finest films I've seen about gays in the military - when discrimination and homophobia existed. For those who don't know, this film is based on director's DMW Greer's play of the same title which received critical acclaim.

The story focuses on two relationships. First is the "bromance" of Daniel and William who are F- 18 pilots working for the US Navy. Buddies from the start, this friendship was disrupted when a third guy Matthew entered the picture and became Daniel's love interest. This film is set during the period of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy so you can feel that the situation made the characters "internally" homophobic and sexually repressed, heartbroken and fearing for their career future. A gay witch hunt follows, investigating Daniel and Matthew relations and also that of William's and other pilots.

The last half hour is engrossing and will reveal secrets. But the message is clear: the old "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the discriminatory policies before that did not work and had only detrimentally affected the lives, loves and families of gays who really just want to serve his country.

The film has very good production values, like a mainstream film, and very well paced. The acting is excellent especially by Trent Ford and Morgan Spector (fine acting at the last part). Rob Mayes is great as handsome Matthew. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentary with Director/Producer DMW Greer
"Burning Blue: A Story of Courage and Love" Featurette
Deleted Scenes