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William A. Wellman
Soar into the skies on a thrilling airborne adventure in this meticulously restored John Wayne film classic. In one of his most memorable roles, Wayne plays Dan Roman, a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-in-command cockpit assignments, he finds himself scheduled on a routine Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight - one that takes a terrifying, suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return. A "Who's Who" of Hollywood greats - Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris and Robert Newton, among others - are aboard for this celebrated drama bursting with conflict and excitement. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director (William W. Wellman) and two Best Supporting Actress nods (Trevor and Sterling), the film nabbed the Oscar for Dimitri Tiomkin's unforgettable musical score.
Theatrical Release: July 3rd, 1954
DVD Review: Paramount (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
Extensive DVD package from Paramount who appear to be raising their efforts to compete with the more prominent studios releases (ie. Warner). Like the film, this DVD is stacked. Almost overkill in the featurettes department it allows one to be picky on their post viewing choices. I found some filler and some of value. The commentary is a Wayne-love fest with some key points on the film production and Wellman himself. The image is good but a little thick and skin tones tend to look very red at times. Overall quite acceptable and I love the 2.35 widescreen scope. Sharpness is there but colors can look a bit washed at times. Hopefully, along with Island in the Sky, this marks Paramount's new commitment to DVD. Let's hope. out of
NOTE This DVD offers a 5.1 audio bump but I prefer the original track and listening only briefly . It sounded quite full.
NOTE: One thing I didn't like was that even if you skipped the Maltin intro, you still see it if you press 'play'. You can bypass with a chapter stop, but pretty sneaky regardless.
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