An unexpected jewel that is as beautiful and moving as it is surprising, “The Cold Blue” makes its debut on HBO on June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-day, and that is exactly as it should be.
Composed of hours of meticulously restored full-color outtakes from William Wyler’s famous 1944 documentary “Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress”, an inside look of the men of the US 8th Air Force and their bombing of Germany, “The Cold Blue “blinds visually and emotionally.
Directed by Erik Nelson with a resonating Richard Thompson score and executive produced by Catherine Wyler, William’s daughter, “Cold Blue’s” color images delight both the eye and humanize and personalize combat situations.
The same goes for the voice-over, the emotional memories of still-living veterans of the 8th Air Force, all now in their nineties, who remember what it was like, sometimes crying for their memories. “Anyone who says they’re not scared,” a man says, “is full of junk.”