Kino Lorber Releases Erik Nelson’s Critically-Acclaimed World War II Documentary THE COLD BLUE

Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray release of THE COLD BLUE, a new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Erik Nelson that tells the story of the courageous men of the Eighth Air Force during World War II, featuring stunningly restored 4K footage shot by Oscar-winning director William Wyler in 1943 as part of his own documentary, The Memphis Belle.

Set to street on April 7, THE COLD BLUE comes to Blu-ray and DVD packed with bonus features including a new 4K restoration of Wyler’s short documentary, The Memphis Belle, A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944, 45 minutes), audio commentary with director Erik Nelson and executive producer Catherine Wyler, “Into the Cold Blue”: Restoration and Reinvention (22 minutes), “The Flying Fortress” (2 minutes), and the trailer. The SRP for the Blu-ray is $34.95, and the SRP for the DVD is $29.95.

THE COLD BLUE is a stirring tribute to the men of the Eighth Air Force, who flew deadly missions during World War II. Half of the U.S. Army Air Force’s casualties during the war were suffered by the Eighth. Director Erik Nelson tracked down nine of the surviving Eighth Air Force veterans to recall the harrowing experiences they endured in the summer of 1943.

THE COLD BLUE features newly restored 4K footage and outtakes shot by director William Wyler (Oscar® winner for The Best Years of Our LivesBen-Hur and Mrs. Miniver) for his 1944 short documentary The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (also included on this disc). Wyler went to Europe in 1943 to film the air war in progress, where he and his crew flew actual combat missions on B-17s, during which one of his cinematographers was killed. Incredibly, all of the raw color footage Wyler shot for The Memphis Belle was recently discovered in the vaults of the National Archives, which has undergone a stunning frame-by-frame 4K restoration by Nelson and his team, and is incorporated to illustrate the veterans’ remarkable stories. THE COLD BLUE is a meditation on youth, war and trauma, and a testament to the courage of the men of the Eighth Air Force.

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