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The High and the Mighty (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

John Wayne , Claire Trevor , William A. Wellman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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John Wayne delivered one of his most memorable performances in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, a suspenseful thrill ride that presaged the disaster films of the 1970s with the story of a commercial jetliner that suffers engine trouble on a transpacific flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. With pilot John Sullivan (Robert Stack) too panic-stricken to act, it's up to second-in-command Dan Roman (Wayne) to guide the aircraft to safety--despite being traumatized by the death of his own wife and child in a plane crash years earlier. Wayne's self-doubting copilot presides over jittery crew members and passengers whose stories are told in flashbacks and fleshed out by a stellar supporting cast that includes Claire Trevor, Jan Sterling, Laraine Day, Phil Harris, Robert Newton, and Sidney Blackmer. Directed by William Wellman from a script penned by aviation writer Ernest K. Gann from his own novel of the same name, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY garnered six Oscar nominations (including Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for both Trevor and Sterling) and an actual win for Dimitri Tiomkin's indelible, whistle-themed film score. Long held out of print by a legal dispute, this little-seen disaster classic has finally been restored and remastered to its pristine Cinemascope glory for a truly riveting tale of terror in the skies. Product Details •Edition: 2-Disc Set/The John Wayne Collection •Number of Discs: 2 •Rating: Not Rated •Film Country: USA •UPC: 097368876347 Additional Details Genre: Action/Adventure Format: DVD Display Format: 2-Disc Set/The John Wayne Collection

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered it April 5 2006
I was excited to learn that 'The High and the Mighty' had been restored and remastered - what a wonderful job they did with it.
I remember it when it was released in 1954 - a memorable film, John Wayne was wonderful in it and had a good supporting cast.
I know I tried to get a copy of this film over 25 years ago and it wasn't available - it was well worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can the wait finally be over ....? Dec 28 2003
By A Customer
Variety report 12/14/03
Wayne pix to be restored
'High and Mighty,' 'Island' to get homevid release
The estate of John Wayne has made a deal with Cinetech and Chace Prods. to update and restore two of the actor's 1950s hits, "The High and the Mighty" and "Island in the Sky."
The films were made by Batjac, the company founded by the actor and run by his heirs.
Arrangement was made by Gretchen Wayne, the widow of the actor's late son, Michael. Move came as the result of a volume of calls by fans who wanted to see the films.
Both of the William Wellman-directed films will be released on homevideo sometime next year.
"The High and the Mighty," which starred Wayne and Robert Stack, was originally released in 1954. "Island in the Sky," which starred Wayne, Lloyd Nolan and James Arness, was released in 1953.
Batjac owns many of Wayne's best-remembered films. Michael Wayne presided over the distribution of those films until his death earlier this year.
Addendum 3/1/04
Just read another blurb somewhere quoting William Wellman Jr. (the Director's son, AND the little boy in the movie that sleeps through the whole thing) stating that he had just finished working on his contribution to the DVD, and that it is coming soon.....
Addendum 6/1/04
Retired TWA Captain Barry Schiff wrote in the June issue of AOPA Magazine (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc - [...]) that he spoke with Gretchen Wayne, and that she stated that the original negatives were damaged by water while in storage, and that technology only recently has evolved to the point where the film can be restored. When asked the BIG question of when, she simply said, "Sooner rather than later."
Good article on the movie if you can get a copy of the magazine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Boy's Memory Nov. 24 2003
Ater reading the two reviews posted I couldn't help but add my comments as well. I saw the movie in the theater five times in 1954 when I was an elecven year old boy whose father had been a decorated B-17 pilot in WWII.
I wanted nothing more in life than to become an airline pilot after seeing that movie. The theme song, which has continued to play in my head over the ensuing years, always reminds me of that boyhood dream. Unfortunately my eyesight kept me from pursuing that dream and I've always regretted it. Wayne was the perfect hero and the final scenes of the movie have styaed with me ever since. Academy award theme song playing in the background, the station manager of SFO calling John Wayne's character an "old pelican" after he is insturmental in bringing the airliner home after six hours of terror over the Pacific, and John just walks off into the night in his beat up flight jacket saying nothing.
Maybe because I lived near the San Francisco airport and had flown out of there that summer on United to Seattle in an old DC4 and then on to Fairbanks, Alaska on Pan Am to visit my cousin made it even more meaningful. Whatever the reason, I can still remember the great cast and scenes in the back of the plane where everyone was terrified. Its the only movie that has affected me in such a manner.
I wish all who love that movie so much could convince the Wayne estate to release it as it is the finest example of his greatness as an actor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Absent, Too Long Oct. 26 2003
This is a legendary movie of the 1950s, long regarded as one of John Wayne's all time greatest films. It presages the 1970s "Airport" series with the story of the passengers and crew of an in-flight airliner in significant trouble. Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest K. Gann, it featured a first-rate ensemble cast and a riveting storyline, as well as a theme song that became almost a musical icon of the period. But somewhere along the way this wonderful film got "kidnapped" into "movie limbo" and has drifted there ever since, mired in all manner of obtuse legalities and , ultimately, a seeming intention on the part of the late Michael Wayne to "hold it back" from general release to the public "until the time is right". Well the time has long been right and the time is right at this very moment. So BATJAC, or whomever, how about it??? There are people out there now who have NEVER HEARD OF THIS MOVIE and THAT is a crying shame. Let's get "The High And The Mighty" out there, people, and get it out there as soon as possible! Or the...Duke...may hafta...come back and...plug ya....pilgrim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING FOR UPDATED INFO Dec 23 2003
By John
As the child of an airline pilot and stewardess of the 50's and 60's, I will always fondly remember THATM along with FITH (w/Glenn Ford) as my two favorite all time aviation movies. I have The Flying Leathernecks, Flying Tigers and Jet Pilot (ahhh Janet Leigh and those bumper bullets!). I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Gann and his wife while living in the Pacific Northwest. Today I am a professional Learjet pilot and find myself whistling that haunting theme everytime I walk out to the tarmac (in elevators, in the truck, someplace with bad accoustics). I would give anything to see this movie released on DVD. What say you Wayne Foundation?
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