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Island In The Sky (Special Collector's Edition)


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  • Actors: John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, Walter Abel, James Arness, Andy Devine
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Writers: Ernest K. Gann
  • Producers: John Wayne, Robert Fellows
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Aug. 2 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ML2JC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,364 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27 2006
Format: DVD
This was a great movie for seeing John Wayne and Andy Devine truly act and not re-perform the characters that they are famous for. For me, this film is better than the "High and the Mighty". Even thought there are some sappy parts, they are kept to a minimum. The story is tight, with a strong focus on the men on the ground and in the air. You really get the idea that the snow bound men are scared, and the searchers are dog weary but neither of them are willing to quit.
Also listen to the commentary about the story that this movie is based (14 men, some wounded, stranded for 60 days and no deaths)! Why haven't anybody tried to make a movie out of that, I don't know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Watcher on Feb. 27 2012
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Island In The Sky, is a good old classic. Based in the north, it shows what it was like during those olden days of flying and just how dangerous it was. And how some
never made it home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lise Thompson on Aug. 25 2013
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Love John Wayne. The story was very interesting and different for John Wayne. Enjoyed it very much. Passed it on to another John Wayne's fan
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Based on a true story by Ernest K. Gann This tale shows John Wayne in a persona seldom before seen in movies, and only to be repeated, as far as I know, in "The High and the Mighty". The setting for the story is wartime (War 2) when transports, poorly equipped with navigation aids, often flown by unmilitary ex-airline pilots, returned to the US by hopping from Scotland to Iceland to Greenland to Presque Isle in Maine.in horrendous weather and wartime imperatives. Or the other way, for that matter - then the search was often pointless if a plane went down from heavy icing into an unforgiving and frigid Atlantic. At the best of times these heroes made their way without incident only to turn around and do it again. At the worst of times they often got lost, ran out of fuel and either were lucky enough to find a convenient Labrador lake to put down on or crashed and died of freezing, starvation or despair. I was fortunate to spend some time after the war in Search and Rescue in the area and we were still finding and investigating the remains of wrecks that took years, sometimes decades to turn up Sometimes they jumped over Goose Bay and let the plane go on auto pilot; often they were not so fortunate.

This a black and white 1951 movie that was overshadowed the technicolor "The High and the Mighty" next year. Despite seven nominations of the Oscar, it won only one for the music. It certainly should have won more.

Knowing the area like the back of my hand, the portrayal of the bleak and barren country was accurate - except for some unlikely high mountains and a temperature of 70 degrees below zero F. After all, the location used was the Sierras but in spite of that, much of the ground scenes were amazingly like northern Labrador and Quebec.
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