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D-Day: Normandy 1944 lands at Air Force Museum Theatre on May 24

  • Published
  • By Mary Bruggeman
  • Air Force Museum Foundation
The Air Force Museum Foundation and 3D Entertainment Distribution invite audiences to step back in time with the new documentary film D-Day: Normandy 1944-3D, which opens at the Air Force Museum Theatre on May 24, 2014, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944-3D conveys this monumental event to the world's largest screens for the first time. Blending multiple cinematographic formats, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, D-Day: Normandy 1944-3D brings new perspective to the landing that changed the course of history. D-Day: Normandy 1944-3D will be shown three times a day, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named "Overlord," given only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler's Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy.

D-Day itself is well-known, yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this became the most important location in the world. "We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 years ago. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II," explained writer and director Pascal Vuong. "I found my own way of telling this complex story to family audiences using innovative film techniques."

Over three years in the making and with a budget of five million dollars, the film's live-action sequences were shot exclusively on location in Normandy, France. No fewer than five CGI and visual special effects companies also collaborated under the creative leadership of N3D LAND Films to complete the 43-minute film.

"As soon as I saw the first minutes of this film on the giant screen in 3D," says Brokaw, "I found it irresistible."

D-Day: Normandy 1944-3D is produced by N3D LAND Productions and distributed worldwide by 3D Entertainment Distribution. Ronan Chapalain is responsible for the stereography and post production, and Col. (Ret.) Peter Herrly is the main historical advisor. The original musical score was written by Franck Marchal and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Paul Rouger. Producers are Catherine and Pascal Vuong and Sylvain Grain. Normand McKay served as associate producer.

The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be marked by national and local commemorations on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia throughout 2014. Museum visitors will be able to see D-Day: Normandy 1944-3D on the largest digital screen in Southwest Ohio plus artifacts and aircraft used during the invasion in the museum's World War II gallery. A C-47D on display is painted and marked to represent one of hundreds of C-47s participating in the D-Day landing. A CG-4A glider hanging above the C-47 was the type glider towed and recovered by the C-47 pilots, which also carried troops or equipment to Normandy. The B-17 and B-24 aircraft which dropped 300 tons of bombs prior to the D-Day invasion are also on display. Other interesting artifacts include Chaplain Major George B. Wood's jump boots and jacket and "crickets" issued to Allied Airborne troops. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force offers free museum admission and free parking.

The National Museum of the U. S. Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

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Founded in 2001, 3D Entertainment Distribution is a fast-growing company focused on the production, post-production, theatrical sales and marketing of innovative 3D films for IMAX® theatres and digital 3D cinemas worldwide. Based in London and Los Angeles (CA), the company is dedicated to immersing audiences of all ages in engaging, story-driven 3D experiences that inspire and educate. For more information please visit

N3D LAND Films is a production company founded by the four creators of the award-winning large format 3D documentary Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World. In 2011, N3D LAND Films launched the production of the first large format 3D documentary devoted to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In 2013, it signed a partnership with 3D Entertainment Distribution for the worldwide release of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944, which is dedicated to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives in this battle for freedom. For more information please visit

The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was established in 1960 as a philanthropic, non-profit organization to assist the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of United States Air Force. The Foundation raises funds through its Museum Store, Air Force Museum Theatre, membership program, flight simulators, and Valkyrie Café, as well as from direct donations. Proceeds allow the non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation to support entertainment and educational programs for patrons throughout the year. For more information about the Foundation, visit

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NOTE FOR THE MEDIA: For more information, please contact Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Theatre Operations, Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., or (937) 656-9623. For information regarding 3D Entertainment Distribution, please contact Alexandra Body, 3D Entertainment Distribution Ltd., or +1-323-284-4131.