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High And The Mighty, The
Special Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 100 (Sep 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris, Robert Newton & David Brian

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on disc one includes a four-minute introduction by Leonard Maltin, commentary by Leonard Maltin, William Wellman, Jr., Karen Sharpe, Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales and Vincent Longo, and the John Wayne DVD collection previews, which are shown as upfront ads. Disc two includes a two-minute introduction by Leonard Maltin, "The Making Of The High And The Mighty," which offers seven featurettes: the 15-minute behind-the-scenes "The Batjac Story: Part 1 (1951-1963)," the nine-minute "Stories From The Past," a ten-minute "On Director William A. Wellman," the 19-minute "The Music And World Of Dimitri Tiomkin," the 19-minute "Ernest K. Gann: Adventurer, Author & Artist," the four-minute "Restoring A Classic," and the eight-minute "A Place In Film History." "Flying In The Fifties" is a 24-minute presentation of flying during the time when commercial airlines were just getting off the ground. Also, there are three trailers; the theatrical trailer, the television trailer, and the Batjac montage. And rounding out the special features is footage from the premiere of The High And The Mighty, and a photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 88763
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 147
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1954
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/02/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): William A. Wellman
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Story Synopsis:
Things get a little rocky in the air one night while flying from Honolulu to San Francisco. As the passengers reflect on things going on in their own lives, troubled pilot Dan Roman (Wayne) does his best to calm their nerves and bring the plane to safety. "The High And The Mighty" is based on the novel by Ernest K. Gann. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
While there are certainly some dated characteristics with this picture, the anamorphically enhanced 2.55:1 DVD looks great. Colors are often very nicely saturated, offering pleasing balance, although fleshtones are unnaturally brown at times. Blacks are often pleasantly deep and solid. Sharpness and details are satisfying, with adequate contrast and shadow delineation. The source element is revealing of flecks of dirt, scratches, and other minor artifacts; some of which can be distracting. Still, the picture has been nicely restored and the DVD exhibits little in the way of bothersome pixelization and few edge halos. (Suzanne Hodges)

A commendable job was done in the remastering and mixing of the Dolby