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"Mission Control To Lost DVD, Come In, Over" - Release "The High And The Mighty"


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#1 of 5 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted August 04 2002 - 11:27 PM

Am I the only one who still weeps over the persistant non-appearance of William Wellman's legendary 1954 air-disaster epic starring Duke Wayne, The High And The Mighty? Owned by Batjac Films, which is owned by Duke's son, Michael. Warner distributed the film back in the good ol' days, but Wayne has refused on, I think three occassions to let Warner restore the film for theatrical re-release and DVD.

Robert Harris - are you there!? Posted Image Do you, sir, know the status of this mythical film? The neg is at Batjac (I think) but where are the other prints? Filmed in 2.55:1 CinemaScope and processed in WarnerColor. Faded? I would imagine so. Posted Image Salmon-red image? No! Posted Image Thanks in advance.

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#2 of 5 Ken_McAlinden

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Posted August 05 2002 - 02:18 AM

This was discussed several months ago in a John Wayne thread (not archived). I believe RAH stated that the Wayne family were doing their due diligence on the properties they owned inclusive of the Batjac films and also the Wayne-Fellows productions such as "The High and the Mighty". "The High and the Mighty" has been out of circulation for a long time. It's possible that it has never been on video - allegedly due to legal disputes. It certainly has not been seen much in the last 20+ years.

I've heard that it was royalty disputes with Robert Stack. I've heard that it was between the Wayne family and Warner Brothers. I have no idea what the real reason is.

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#3 of 5 SteveGon

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Posted August 05 2002 - 03:17 AM

I haven't seen The High and the Mighty but I'd like to, so....release it! Please?

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#4 of 5 Jeff Swindoll

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Posted August 05 2002 - 04:58 AM

I'd also like to see a letterboxed version of McKlintok! as well as The High and the Mighty.
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#5 of 5 Harry W

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Posted August 05 2002 - 10:43 AM

I've been waiting on this release since the released Mclintock and Hondo on video.Also Islands in the Sky.I 've got the Wayne Estate releases of Mc/Hondo and also the 3D version of Hondo thet showed on tv.I would love there version of Mclintock(not the Goodtimes version)and would be more than happy to sign any petion for it.Give me the Duke! Posted Image
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