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Directed by Josef von Sternberg
USA 1957

 

From producer Howard Hughes (Hell’s Angels, The Outlaw) and director Josef von Sternberg (Thunderbolt, The Blue Angel) comes the thrilling and often humorous Cold War adventure Jet Pilot starring screen greats John Wayne (Rio Bravo, Brannigan) and Janet Leigh (Touch of Evil, The Manchurian Candidate). Wayne gives one of his most commanding performances as an American Air Force colonel who is sent by the Pentagon to obtain top-secret information from a Russian pilot (Leigh). The two eventually fall in love and, with their marriage as a perfect cover, the colonel is ordered to flee to Russia with his bride—this time with him posing as a defector. When the political charade is discovered, however, the courageous couple must embark on a heart-pounding escape with enemy agents in hot pursuit. Written by Jules Furthman (Spawn of the North, Nightmare Alley) and shot by Winton C. Hoch (Joan of Arc, The Quiet Man), Jet Pilot is a high-flying spectacle that “soars in an ecstatic flight of speed, grace and color” (Andrew Sarris).

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Turgid and risible Cold War drama enlivened only by the superb aerial footage so beloved of its producer Howard Hughes, who re-shot, re-cut and generally tinkered with the film so obsessively that it was finally released some seven years after shooting began. Clearly uninspired by the material, Von Sternberg focused all his attention on Leigh, an improbably beautiful Soviet pilot who lands in Alaska to seek political asylum and falls in love with Major Wayne. But, it transpires, she's an agent sent to turn a high-ranking officer into an informer, and he returns with her to Russia. Needless to say, she soon realises that Moscow doesn't measure up to Palm Springs, but not before some pretty daft stuff involving sexual innuendo, patriotic sentiments, and very obvious double-cross. For Von Sternberg completists only.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 25th, 1957

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:52:50.764        
Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,115,536,402 bytes

1.37:1 Feature: 21,264,408,576 bytes

1.85:1 Feature: 21,620,305,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.75 Mbps / 22.15 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate 1.37:1 Blu-ray:

Bitrate 1.85:1 Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1972 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1972 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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Studio:
Kino

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,115,536,402 bytes

1.37:1 Feature: 21,264,408,576 bytes

1.85:1 Feature: 21,620,305,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.75 Mbps / 22.15 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Includes Both the 1.85:1 Widescreen and 1.37 Versions of the Film
• Theatrical Trailer (2:51)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 30th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (November 2021): Kino have transferred Josef von Sternberg's Jet Pilot to Blu-ray. It is has both 1.37:1 and 1.85:1 1080P presentations sharing the dual-layered Blu-ray. The film is all over the board in that respect being shown at 1.66:1 and even 2.0:1. The visuals can look thin (noisy) at times with the heaviness of a natural film appearance. It is clunky but does export grain and wonderful Technicolor depth (glancing at the DVD transfer from the John Wayne: An American Icon Collection - reviewed HERE.) The 1.37:1 with the superfluous head space does have a notch of superiority in terms of the image stability. Overall is is pleasing enough and very watchable - the colors are the largest benefit to the hi-res rendering with rich greens and reds.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Jet Pilot has plenty of beautiful aerial shots and roaring plane engines that come through with surprising depth. The score is by Bronislau Kaper (Key to the City, The Wild North, Lord Jim, 1944's Gaslight, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Swan, Them!, The Naked Spur, Welles' The Stranger) and does well supporting the romantic aspects of Jet Pilot. Kino offer optional English subtitles, for both aspect ratios, on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers only the two aspect ratios of the film presentation plus a trailer as a supplement.

Josef von Sternberg's Jet Pilot is obviously 'dated' and certainly no where near the director's more renowned work. Jet Pilot is silly - intentional at times - filled with US patriotism, but is carried well by the star power of a handsome Wayne and the cheesecake prancing of sweater-girl Leigh. The romancing and suspicions have ups and downs but overall it is quite cute. Nothing more. The Kino Blu-ray has the dual ARs and vibrancy of the Technicolor. Fans of the leads may find the most benefit.

Gary Tooze

 


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