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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham
  • Producers: Carl Foreman, Stanley Kramer
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Upv
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4H0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,037 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features :

24 Minute Documentary
Theatrical Trailer
Photo & Poster Galleries
Filmography
Stereo Digitally Remastered
Ratio 4:3
Subtitles: English for deaf and hard of hearing

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One of the greatest Westerns ever made gets the deluxe treatment on this superior disc. Written by Carl Foreman (who was later blacklisted during the anticommunist hearings of the 1950s) and superbly directed by Fred Zinnemann, this 1952 classic stars Gary Cooper as just-married lawman Will Kane, who is about to retire as a small-town sheriff and begin a new life with his bride (Grace Kelly) when he learns that gunslinger Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) is due to arrive at high noon to settle an old score. Kane seeks assistance from deputies and townsfolk, but soon realises he will have to stand alone in his showdown with Miller and his henchmen. Innovative for its time, the suspenseful story unfolds in approximate real time (from 10:40 a.m. to high noon in an 84-minute film), and many interpreted Foreman's drama as an allegorical reflection of apathy and passive acceptance of Senator Joseph McCarthy's anticommunist campaign. Political underpinnings aside, this remains a milestone of its genre (often referred to as the first "adult" Western), and Cooper is flawless in his Oscar-winning role. The first-rate DVD gives this landmark film all the respect it deserves, beginning with a digitally remastered transfer from the original film negative. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. E. C. Norman on 14 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
The greatest and best Western ever made, beautifully dark, real and with almost all of the usually prevalent adventurous and romantic John Wayne style removed. This is a thrilling, emotional and yet truthfully simple film that is directed with all the tense skill that Zinnemann would go on to show in 'Day of the Jackal'. The plot builds and builds in suspense, and while Cooper and Kelly expertly perform the pitiful roles of Kane and his bride that gain our empathy, the other townfolk demonstrate a contrasting cruel cowardice that is just...genuine.

The skill of the acting and direction and stark bleakness of the plot, mixed with a heady infusion of true love and goodness, gives it a reality that puts it above more romantic views of the West such as 'Stagecoach' and 'Rio Bravo'. 'The Searchers', 'Shane' and Eastwood's recent effort 'Unforgiven' come close to reproducing this, but it will take a real act of perfection to tumble 'High Noon' from its pedestal. I salute you!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2001
Format: DVD
This is an exceptional western: an exceptional film. It follows the three classical unities of time, place and theme: it takes place in 'real' time; the action is centred on the town and its environs; there are no sub-plots to detract from the main story. Tightly controlled and acted. A great credit to Fred Zinnemann and his team.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By B. Bagnall on 5 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
Please be warned: as great a film as this is (and it’s a gem) the actual DVD is dreadful. Picture quality is on a par with a video – blurry and very dark. Sound quality is not much better. But worst of all, there are sudden black-outs between scenes that appear about 4-5 times throughout the film. These are very poorly done and sudden and do not appear on the region 1 release. I suspect they are fade-outs for commercials!
If you have a multi-region DVD player then check out the Region 1 version (not the Collectors Edition) for the best picture quality. The difference is amazing.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
This is the quintessential Hollywood western. It will continue to represent the genre for many decades to come.
It stars Gary Cooper, one of the most beloved of leading men who personified soft-spoken heroic courage in scores of important films, including Beau Geste (1939), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Along Came Jones (1945), The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), etc., and Grace Kelly in her debut role. Directed by Fred Zinneman, whose credits include From Here to Eternity (1953), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Julia (1977) and a dozen more, High Noon tells the story of Will Kane, a small town marshal who, on his wedding day faces a man just let out of prison with three of his outlaw friends who are aiming to get revenge for his being sent up.
The enduring image of the film is Gary Cooper walking tall in the deserted streets of the town in a black Western hat, a black vest, long-sleeved white shirt, black string necktie, watch chain, boots, and low slung holster and two belts, while off to the side inside the wooden buildings we see "that big hand move along, nearin' high noon--which is when the train arrives carrying the freed prisoner.
Will Kane has cleaned up the town, but now the gunslingers return and he is their target. His wife of less than an hour (Kelly) demands that he leave town. The town itself, in fear of the gunmen, also wants him to leave town, hoping to take the fight away from them. He tries to recruit deputies but everyone is afraid. Even his lone deputy (Lloyd Bridges) deserts him. In the background is Dimitri Tiomkin's haunting ballad, sung by Tex Ritter: "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling (On This Our Wedding Day)." Both Cooper and the song won Oscars. Noteworthy was the fine performance by Kay Jurado as ...
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
This film is absolutely marvellous, almost faultless. Against the advice of everyone and at great personal risk, a man - Gary Cooper, who is wonderful - stays true to himself and faces the Miller gang. If he turns away from his destiny, his life's work goes for nothing. If he faces it, he loses his new wife (Grace Kelly) and possibly his life as well. So it seems, but the film has some surprises to spring. No-one of note stands by him, though one or two, touchingly, try. The film is full of beautifully shot scenes, Cooper is mesmerising and the rest of a fine cast never let him down - and there is extra atmosphere from the haunting little cowboy song called, 'Do not Foresake me O my Darling'. This really is one of the classics of American cinema, one of the best of all Westerns, and well worth seeing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DSB (Norwich) on 30 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The 'Product details' and 'Product description' sections give conflicting information - region A (ie US only) and 'region free' so I hesitated before ordering. In practice I had no problem with the disc and the blu-ray transfer of this superb film is wonderful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is a retiring lawman all set to leave the town of Hadleyville with his new bride Amy (Grace Kelly). But word comes that a notorious gunslinger he put in prison has been released and is heading to town with his gang intent on bloody revenge. With a sense of fearless duty Kane decides to stay and sets about enlisting a posse, however, he finds that nobody in the town that he made safe for everyone will aid him in his mission.

The 1950s saw a big shift in styles for the American Western. After the yee-haw Cowboy Vs Indians excess of the 40s, the decade was ushered in by such film's as Broken Arrow. Showing the Indians in a sympathetic light, Broken Arrow also showed that clearly Westerns had much more to offer than frothy shoot them up entertainment. Which brings us to High Noon, a black and white Oater that landed in 1952 and is still today revered as a quintessential classic Western. Which is not bad considering there's no gun-play here until the last five minutes of its 85 minute running time.

What makes High Noon so significant is that it's not a big movie in terms of production. There's no reams of extras dashing around in glorious Technicolor, no sprawling vistas inhabited by colourful characters, this is pretty understated stuff. Yet thematically it's as big as it gets, a lesson in character drama where not a frame is wasted. From it's unforgettable opening of three bad men (Lee Van Cleef, Robert Wilkie, Sheb Wooley) waiting at the station while Tex Ritter's ballad explains the plot, to the now legendary and iconic ending, High Noon simmers with suspense and intensity as the story unravels. All told in real time too.

Based on a short story called The Tin Star written by John W.
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