High Road to China [DVD]
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Sweden released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Swedish ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: O'Malley (Tom Selleck) is a heavy-drinking, tough biplane pilot flying the skies of China for fun and profit when Eve (Bess Armstrong) seeks him out to help her find her father before he is declared dead and she loses an inheritance to the evil Bentik (Robert Morley). O'Malley does not really want Eve around, but adventure and the challenge beckon. If only their journey together had been sparked by a little excitement, clever humor, snappy dialogue, and seductive romantic chemistry, this bland film would be a different trip altogether. ...High Road to China
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What a shame.
I bought this movie because I had the tape recorded in the US from Cinemax and I remembered this movie as a funny adventure and a highly entertaining picture.
I had hoped, since it is transferred on DVD, to receive the letterboxed or at least the full widescreen edition of it.
Nope. No such luck. It starts in widescreen (due probably to the titles) and lands up to be a Pan & Scan version of the movie.
The length is correct, at slightly over 100 minutes, but the first ten minutes are ruined by an underground persistent noise, which I can only suspect is due to the copy they used to perform the digital transfer (no, it is not transferred from a tape, at least this is good news).
The quality of the image though is not as bad as one may suspect. It is not terrific, but it is decent for such a movie.
Yet, I would wish that even this movie were picked up by someone serious and committed enough to find a pristine Widescreen copy of the same and able to clean it up in both sound and color and then re-distribute it conveniently.
But since this was a so-called independent movie, I suspect we will have to wait years before this happens.
Golden Harvest does not exist any longer, and I would not know who owns the actual rights to the movie.
But who ever does, should actually care more about his or her ownership and do something about it, instead of sitting around and doing nothing.
Movies are an artistic heritage for all the world to share, and especially with tiny gems like this one, they should be treated with much more deserved respect.
Buy it if you don't already own the VHS tape. If you do, sit on it, it is better.
The film is a great adventure, and has some funny moments along the way, this film is about a young spoiled women who has to hire a plane to find her father, before someone gets their hands on his fortune, so with not much choice and time running out she hires a ragged and hung over pilot(tom selleck) this is when the fun and adventure begin with them flying over six continents with everyone trying to kill them.
I was a bit disappointed with the Blu-ray release, the picture quality was just ok, plus there was no special features on the disc. But still I am very happy to get rid of my old VHS release, and proudly put this in my collection.
And I can remember seeing "High Road To China" at the cinema on release in 1983 and the audience warming wholeheartedly to its old-fashioned story of daring-do - a ripping yarn set in the 1920's with a handsome/rugged male lead (Tom Selleck) and a ballsy/brainy moll in distress (the lovely Bess Armstrong). All that and a score from John Barry that made the flying sequences feel lush and huge. I vividly recall Brian Hutton's movie being great 'fun' - a sort of poor man's Raiders/Indiana Jones and re-watching it on BLU RAY only confirms that. And remarkably it hasn't really aged a jot either...
Miss Eve Tozer is a pretty society brat (Bess Armstrong) - the headstrong daughter of Bradley Tozer (Wilford Brimley). She spends money like water and her evenings doing the Charleston in the men's clubs with adoring officers waiting to light her cigarette. But then her faithful manservant Charlie Shane advises her that Mister Bentik (Robert Morley) - the partner in her absent fathers company - will be able to get all the assets (and therefore all the money) if he can legally declare her Dad dead in 12 days. But her father is in Afghanistan and Eve will need a plane to get there...possibly even a reliable hand at the throttle...
Enter war-hero and ace fighter pilot Patrick O'Malley who just so happens to own two biplanes (Lorraine and Dorothy) and is both drunk and broke. O'Malley not only needs the hair of the dog to wake him up - but money to keep him and his trusty mechanic Struts (Jack Weston) in the liquid lunches they've become accustomed to.Read more ›
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Being a movie buff and like to watch a variety of films. I got this but being partial hearing I was a bit dubious about it as it never stated on the ;ist or any reviews if it has... Read morePublished 29 days ago by MR C.E.PHILLIPS
A gentle adventure with all the ingredients to make an enjoyable watch.Published 2 months ago by Paintbox
Saw this years ago , just had to watch again. If you like "boys own" type films such as Indiana Jones or The Mummy you will like this.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie from 1983, with some incredible flying scenes.Published 4 months ago by Leif Maroy