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High Noon [DVD]

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4H0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,338 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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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41 of 43 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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74 of 81 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 41 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 1000 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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22 of 24 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 6 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
The best ever review of this seminal western has to be by Ian Christie in the Daily Express many years ago. Three words; it would not therefore pass muster here, but works for me:

Set your watches.

This does deserve more, for I am not Ian Christie.

So, this is one of the greats, with themes familiar now, but less so then. The good man unable to get support from the townsfolk. Remade as 'Outland' of course and the same theme in a sequence in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', and many other references in film and TV. I'm not aware, surprisingly of any full remake as a western. A great supporting cast.

Probably the best thing that's easy to forget is that the film runs in virtually real time- quite often used now, I suppose, but I know of no other examples so early. Ian Christie's words are even cleverer when you see that. Beautifully framed in every scene with an effective claustrophobic quality.

And of course it has that lovely gentility of films of the time; little if anything approaching a swear word.

Gary Cooper, of course, never bettered in the good straight man role- there are others as good, but none you can say better, surely. Then Grace Kelly- I have no bad word to say about her, but she never 'clicked' for me. Yet she acted wonderfully in this and others, and yes, was very beautiful. And SPOILER ALERT ! we were all sure she was going to come back, weren't we ? Weren't we ?

Wonderful emotive ending with some surprises, and again more original then than it seems now. As perfect an ending as any movie ever made.

Once again, a great western around a compact centre, short for a change, but a classic.

Oh, and Frankie Laine sings the theme for the single, not, I believe, the movie.
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