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Toward the Unknown [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

William Holden , Lloyd Nolan , Mervyn LeRoy    DVD-R
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Charles McGraw
  • Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Archives
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00508W3MU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars toward the unknown 21 April 2014
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excellent movie and came as described very pleased with this product. picture and audio were first class no problems cheers
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4.0 out of 5 stars '50s flyboy drama 24 Sep 2014
Heavy planes action and it shows some of the best shots you'll get of a few aircraft.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  42 reviews
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Aviation Films Ever, Finally on DVD 22 July 2011
By Terry Sunday - Published on Amazon.com
"Toward the Unknown," released on October 20, 1956, and FINALLY available on DVD, is, in my opinion as a lifelong airplane buff and recently retired aerospace engineer, simply one of the very best aviation films ever made, bar none.

A thrilling showcase of Cold-War-era jet and rocket aircraft and harrowing flight test operations, filmed on location at California's Edwards Air Force Base, it stars William Holden as Air Force Major Lincoln Bond and Lloyd Nolan as General William Banner. In the screenplay by Beirne Lay, Jr., Bond is an ex-fighter pilot who carries the stigma of having broken under the pressure of communist brainwashing while he was a POW after being shot down over Korea. The steps that he forces himself to take in order to prove to General Banner that he is fit enough to fly the supersonic rocket planes then being tested at Edwards is an interesting and absorbing tale, if a bit drawn-out dramatically.

But the aircraft are the real stars of the show, and "Toward the Unknown" has them in abundance, with outstanding aerial photography of planes you will not see anywhere else in filmdom. For example, this is the only place to see actual footage of the Martin XB-51 bomber in flight (disguised with fake markings as the "Gilbert XF-120"). You'll see North American F-100 "Super Sabres," Lockheed F-94 "Starfires" and many other classic, historic jets that were really flying at the time. One of the most significant aircraft featured at length in "Toward the Unknown" is the Bell X-2 rocket plane. Carried aloft by a Boeing B-50 "Superfortress," the X-2 investigated flight at speeds and altitudes far beyond those of the X-1, in which Captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager first exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. There's no CGI here--these airplanes are the real thing, and they are absolutely thrilling to watch!

For about 25 years or so, I've had a videotape of "Toward the Unknown" that I recorded in Denver from broadcast television in Beta format (remember that?) and then transferred to a VHS tape after Beta disappeared. You can imagine the picture and sound quality. A few years ago, I bought a DVD of the show from an "independent" source. It's okay, but not spectacular. Now, finally, with this official Warner release, I can donate all my previous versions to the library, where, hopefully, they will inspire a new generation of aviation enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars aim high 6 Oct 2011
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I suppose that the decision whether or not to buy this DVD-R of Toward the Unknown depends upon how long you've wanted see this movie on home video. For me it has been decades--waiting for a VHS, a CED disc, a laser or a DVD of this terrific movie. I've got the DVD-R and it is okay. There is some color shifting during dissolves between scenes but other than that this widescreen look at Edwards Air Force Base in the middle of its golden decade is sensational. If you, like me, wonder what became of the wild blue yonder you will be delighted with this release. Don't think twice--aim high, go for it.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOWARD THE UNKNOWN 29 Jun 2011
By Jeffrey M. Bembaron - Published on Amazon.com
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TOWARD THE UNKNOWN IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FLYING MOVIES EVER MADE. WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS MOVIE IN A THEATER ON A GIANT SCREEN IT LITERALLY BLEW ME AWAY.
IT WAS ONE OF TWO MOVIES AT THE TIME, THAT SHOWED THE AIR FORCES WAY OF TESTING NEW HIGH ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT. IT WAS A WELL ACTED PIECE, WITH WILLIAM HOLDEN AS A FORMER ACE TEST PILOT TRYING TO REGAIN HIS HONOR AFTER THE KOREAN WAR, BY TESTING NEW JET AIRCRAFT. THE GENERAL PLAYED BY LLOYD NOLAN IS WONDERFUL AS THE MAN WHO GIVE HOLDEN HIS CHANCE. THE MOVIE ALSO HAS A GREAT CAST OF WELL KNOWN ACTORS, WHO SHINE IN EACH OF THERE ROLES. THERE ARE ALSO SOME GREAT ACTION SCENES OF AIRCRAFT BEING TESTED, ALONG WITH A LITTLE TRAGEDY MIXED IN.
I DO HEARTLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE TO ANYONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN FLYING. THE OTHER MOVIE I WAS REFERRING TO IS "ON THE THRESHOLD OF SPACE" WITH GUY MADISON. I HOPE THAT IT TO WILL FIND THE LIGHT OF DAY ON DVD SOON. MANY THANKS JEFF BEMBARON
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great aviation time capsule, not so great plot- 4 Mar 2012
By James Atkins - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is partially based on the treatment of some actual pilots, like WW II and Korean War ace Walker Mahurin, that were captured by the North Koreans and tortured into signing fake confessions of atrocities. Some of these men were treated pretty badly by the Air Force upon their return to America. William Holden's character is one of those men. The real reason to watch this is the really impressive shots of Edwards AFB during the early years of the jet age. The panorama of real aircraft on the ramp and the aerial photography are the best parts of the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's All About Context 18 Jan 2013
By Rick Forchuk - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this isn't a great film from the point of view of character development, or even acting performances, it has some milestone events that are important to consider ... and for me, it was an amazing experience because I had seen it in 1956 (4 times actually, and got into big trouble for leaving for the movie theatre at 10:00 a.m. and not showing up at home until 10:00 p.m. ... at the age of nine years). I loved aviation movies then, love them now, and this one has some key scenes of '50s military aircraft hardware that I haven't seen in decades. It's also James Garner's first movie, which makes it interesting from that viewpoint. I'm not certain that someone who did not sit, enthralled by this heading-for-the-edge-of-space movie, during their formative years would find it as exhilarating as I did, but for anyone who is an aviation enthusiast and has an interest in the pioneers of this era, this is a very interesting film to watch. It isn't a documentary, but it's based on enough factual data to make it a credible and enjoyable experience.
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