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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: PAL, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: VellaVision
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JMKA36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,070 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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Olive Films Blu Ray pictureHigh Noon: 60th Anniversay Edition [Blu-ray] [1952] [US Import] is at least 10 times better than my 2001 Universal DVD pictureHigh Noon [DVD]. Well worth the upgrade. Most review sites have this as Zone A Locked, but plays fine on my Zone B player. Only extras are a making of featurette and trailer which are on the old DVD. Comes in usual naff 11mm US slim case(in a slipcover), but sleeve looks good in a proper 14mm Amaray caseAMARAY Blu-Ray Cases - 14mm Spine - (10 Pack).
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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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2008
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If you have never seen High Noon then it is most certainly time that you did. This is a very fine suspense Western. The story concerns a Town Marshall, Will Kane portrayed by Gary Cooper and his increasingly desperate attempts to enlist the help of unwilling townspeople to stand against a gang of vengeance seeking killers who are shortly to descend on the town. The film was directed by Fred Zinneman who was not noted for his Westerns, unless you count Oklahoma. Zinneman uses the artful device of real time to crank up the suspense as we are constantly shown the ticking clock. The film was made in black and white which adds to the starkness and realism of the film.

The film opens with the bad guys meeting up and starting their long ride into town accompanied by the terrific Tex Ritter track memorably beating out in the background. The Ned Washington lyrics were a perfect accompaniment to the mood of the film. The song deservedly won for best song at the Academy Awards. It also introduces a very young Lee Van Cleef to the moviegoing public. It is a startling sequence and one of the more memorable openings in movie history. Cooper is excellent as Will Kane a man struggling to contain his demons, a role which earned him a best actor at the Academy Awards. Although struggling against the tide he refuses to drown. Despite the possible fatal consequences he is a man who will not shirk his responsibilities.

Cooper was said to be ill during the making of the film which may explain his very gaunt appearance. Grace Kelly plays his very pretty young bride who transpires to be his only help. Lon Chaney jnr, Katy Jurado, Thomas Mitchell and Lloyd Bridges provide strong support.
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