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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 148 minutes, audio commentary, Leonard Maltin intros, The Batjac Story and other featurettes, Trailers, Premiere footage, and photo gallery


RELEASE DATE: 8-2-2005

ANALYSIS: THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY is a character piece that hasn't been shown in a while. Attention is given to 28 characters (the crew of teh aircraft and the passengers). The film introduces you to each person and reveals a piece of that person during the course of teh flight (even after one of the engines fail after the point where they have to continue to their destination).

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)

The restoration and remastering job is excellent on THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY. Only one second of film damage is visible in one scene. Some grain is visible in the ariel footage. However the colors and blacks are vibrant. Image detail is nice.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English

The 5.1 DD track is very effective when it comes to the sounds of the passegner aircraft. Dialogue is easy to hear and Dimitri Tiomkin's score is beautifully showed off.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Leonard Maltin does intros for both discs including introducing the featurettes on disc two. The audio commentary for the film features Leonard Maltin, William Wellman (Jr.), Karen Sharpe, Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales, and Vincent Longo.

THE BATJAC STORY covers the origins of Batjac from the movies they did from 1954 to 1963 (Fun Trivia bit- John Wayne turned down the part of Matt Dillion on GUNSMOKE and suggested James Arness). STORIES FROM THE SET has the cast talk about how they were cast (and stories during filming). Included is 1994 interview footage with Robert Stack. ON DIRECTOR WILLIAM A. WELLMAN focuses on how he went by the script how it was written, added a little boy character, and interesting facts like what big actresses turned him down for roles in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (and Spencer Tracy originally cast as Dan Roman before he decided not to do it paving the way for John Wayne to be in the film). THE MUSIC AND THE WORLD OF DIMITRI TIOMKIN features film composer Christopher Young, Dimitri's second wife, and others talking about the career and music of Dimitri Tiomkin (and how Warners inserted the title song back into the movie for a week's play in L.A. to have it nominated for Best Song.

ERNEST K. GANN- ADVENTURER, AUTHOR, & ARTIST is the same featurette that is on the ISLAND IN THE SKY DVD.

RESTORING A CLASSIC looks at the work CineTech had to go through over a 12 month period to put together the complete film from sveral different pieces and restore the audio track. Leonard Maltin talks about the film in A PLACE IN FILM HISTORY. FLYING IN THE FIFTIES has interviews with people involved (pilots, dispatchers, and a stewardesss) in the passenger plane industry during the 1950s. They chat about the passengers, flying in heavy weather, engine failure, and the Point Of No Return. Archival film and pictures are included.

Finishing off disc two are a photo gallery, Footage from the Premiere of THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, The Batjac Montage of sveral Batjac productions, and trailers for the THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (theatrical and TV).

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY is a fantastic two disc special collector's edition from Paramount. If you want to see it agin or see it for the first time, watch it.

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