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High & The Mighty [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Wayne , Claire Trevor , William A. Wellman    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Writers: Ernest K. Gann
  • Producers: John Wayne, Robert Fellows
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Colour, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ML2KQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Airplane Disater Movie 24 Jan 2008
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From the extras with this DVD you will see John Wayne was not actually going to star in this movie produced by his company.

Granted the movie is very long and drawn out but the soundtrack / music score in 5.1 sound really helps.

Also for anyone who has seen Airplane! you will see the source character for the role Robert Stack plays in both movies.

Movie also shows how air travel has changed from the early 50's when air travel was for the privileged few.

This movie has also been showing on Sky in HD but only with stereo sound.

It is a shame they did not re-release this movie on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets fly away ! 27 Mar 2008
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A big mistake is to watch this film from a modern day standpoint. If it is not possible
to temporarily transport oneself back 50 years the movie will be an exceedingly tedious, boring and
without doubt a funny one, and almost certainly you will not last the flight!
For politico-business reason the High and the Mighty has been sitting on an archive shelf since the 1950s - it first appeared on cinema
screens in 1954 and in cinemascope too which at the time was an innovative format. It has recently been restored - all 141 minutes of it - and a damned fine job has been done too. Excellent colour saturation, sharp focus and a 5: 1 soundtrack miraculously engineered into the movie. It looks and sounds so good it might have been shot last week. What could not be changed is the screenplay, the special effects and the acting!
A lot of familiar faces are in the cast list including a youthful John Wayne and a fresh faced Robert Stack, also a young Jan Sterling will be met.
Commercial flying in the 1950s was far removed from the stressful experience it can be today. Then there were no long queues at check-in desks; in fact one was greeted by name as one approached with smart leather luggage and a shoulder-padded suit - men as well as women! There were no close encounters with anyone suffering from travel rage and everything was most courteous and friendly. This was after all, an experience for the comfortably off and the well behaved. Furthermore, airports then, unlike today, were not shopping malls with a runway attached .
The film is full of clichés - even then - and has Airplane, which was to appear some thirty years in the future, written all over it.
Basically, the story is of an airliner short on fuel - really!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a movie that has been missing for a long time 16 Jan 2011
This is a nice two disc item of a movie that has seem to have disapeared over the years . It is a nice print of one of what must have been one of the first "disaster " movies. I have not viewed the extra disc as yet but the actual film was as enjoyable as when I first saw it on release more years ago than I care to remember . Younger viewers of it will probably be bored with it as there is no zap and blast , but older viewers will as it shows a more gentler age .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dull and The Cliched 9 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and certainly there's nothing like a film being unavailable for years to help build up its reputation to near-mythical status without having to worry about the film itself shattering the illusion. Case in point The High and The Mighty. The biggest hit of 1954 and one of the first major disaster movies, for a couple of decades or more rights issues and a lengthy restoration process kept the film out of circulation and alive only in the fond memory of those who saw it in their youth. It's not just less impressive than director William Wellman, co-star John Wayne and novelist/screenwriter Ernest K. Gann's previous collaboration Island in the Sky, it's not very good at all. Now that the novelty has gone with six decades of airplane-in-jeopardy movies, much of what's left is clumsily executed hokum with a low-octane cast playing a planeload of annoying and extraordinarily badly written stereotypes facing a swim home when an engine catches fire and their plane loses the extra fuel it needs to make it to dry land. While Leonard Maltin warns in his DVD introduction that it's "a film very much of it's time," even in 1954 this was remarkably unsubtle stuff and it really should be a lot better than it is: money has been spent and there's a lot of talent in the credits, with Wellman and Gann's own aviation experience promising much more than an overlong soap opera in the sky with dialogue and characterisation so risible that even Irwin Allen would have rejected it.. Read more ›
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable viewing 19 Oct 2005
I was expecting alot more from this DVD,yes the quality/sound/cinemaphotography are excellent,but the story gets bogged down from too much star treatment. It could have been trimmed down to 2 hours to enhance some excitement which was lacking throughout. Anyhow,fans of the Duke wont be disappointed and the highlight for me and many others is the wonderful film score
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne and Robert Newton 19 Jun 2014
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The special features are far more interesting than the film itself as it is too long and tedious. Dimitri Tiomkin won an Oscar for Best Score in this film, and there's no doubt that he is a good composer. He deserved the Oscar, but this wasn't his best score. 'Dial M For Murder' was a better score which came out in the same year. I can see why this film was out of circulation for years because despite the cinemascope and beautiful shots, it still drags its feet and feels much longer than the 141 minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The High and the Mighty John Wayne
If you are a John Wayne fan, this as a film for you, with character clashes, heroics and good summings up in an adventure story.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. C. B. Mclaglen
5.0 out of 5 stars the high and the mighty
great john wayne classic with a great cast the film and sound are excellent and it came in perfect condition
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Barry Ratcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars For Lovers of John Wayne
Great DVD's that were hard to find mainly becasue I didn't think of Amazon as the first port of call - lesson learnt. Packaging and delivery excellent. Great quality DVD.
Published 7 months ago by Charlotte Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne
I always love watching john wayne movies. John Wayne being John Wayne. His movies have it all. Arrived within the despatch date.
Published 16 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne doesnt come much better
An unusual part for John Wayne this but he carries it of well ,you could argue about the drama side of it but considering the age of the movie its a good offering ,for all Wayne... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rankin Cattan
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film.
I love John Wayne, especially in cowboy films, but this film was excellent, and the music was wonderful. I was the film on TV but I wanted to watch it adain, and again!
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A Let-Down
I'm a big fan of both John Wayne (and the fact that he didn't get an Oscar for his role in The Searchers, is I think, a national disgrace) and Claire Trevor, both of whom were... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
4.0 out of 5 stars The father of "Airport" and grandfather of "Airplane"
Finally available on DVD after years of legal troubles, this is one of the least known John Wayne's movies and also one of the few, in which he deliberately accepted to play a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maciej
2.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne
I was really looking forward to this but it was not the film I remembered. Never mind I thought, it's John Wayne it will be good. Not so, I found it boring and dull.
Published on 2 May 2012 by Pam Conrads
5.0 out of 5 stars The High and the Mighty
The best movie I've ever seen. As a small kid I saw in early 50'es and I decided to be an an airline pilot which I eventually became for the next 44 years. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Kaitsu
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