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NEW 2022 1080p HD Master from 4K scan of original Nitrate Technicolor Camera Negatives!
CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS (1942)
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Aspect Ratio 16x9 1.37 with Side Mattes
Audio Specs DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 MONO
114 Minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: 1942 Newsreel; Vintage 1942 Color WB Short "Rocky Mountain Big Game; Classic Bugs Bunny cartoons: "What's Cookin', Doc?" (HD) and "Hold the Lion, Please" (HD); Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)

The incomparable James Cagney stars with Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall and Alan Hale in his first Technicolor feature, once again reunited with Warner Bros.' legendary Michael Curtiz at the helm. Cagney portrays pilot Brian MacLean, a hot-shot Canadian pilot who is just as adept at stealing flying jobs from his competition as he is at stealing their girlfriend's hearts. But when he hears a speech by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill about the looming Nazi threat, MacLean enlists in the Royal Canadian Air Force . . . only to find his superior is a man from whom he stole both a job and a girl--and to encounter action and adventure in aerial combat over the North Atlantic. This was the first Hollywood production to be filmed almost entirely on location in Canada, and was released right after the U.S. entered WWII.

 
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Hooray! I've been waiting on this Blu a long time. No, this isn't one of the greatest Warner films ever made, the script is pretty much cookie-cuter, totally unoriginal, but surprisingly involving, because 1) )the Technicolor photography is out of this world stunning, especially some scenes shot in what is supposed to be Canada just before dusk and after dawn, 2) Brenda Marshall has never looked lovelier or been more sympathetic, 3) Cagney is, well Cagney, which is pretty damn great in my book, 4) Cagney and Brenda Marshall have some serious chemisty going on 5) the film is extremely well paced 6) and the flying sequences by Paul Mantz are to die for.
 

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Hooray! I've been waiting on this Blu a long time. No, this isn't one of the greatest Warner films ever made, the script is pretty much cookie-cuter, totally unoriginal, but surprisingly involving, because 1) )the Technicolor photography is out of this world stunning, especially some scenes shot in what is supposed to be Canada just before dusk and after dawn, 2) Brenda Marshall has never looked lovelier or been more sympathetic, 3) Cagney is, well Cagney, which is pretty damn great in my book, 4) Cagney and Brenda Marshall have some serious chemisty going on 5) the film is extremely well paced 6) and the flying sequences by Paul Mantz are to die for.
Perhaps, it's just me, but I think Brenda Marshall's character in this movie is not a good person! IMO, the movie has never been among my favorite Cagney films. I liked it more when I was younger than I do now as a senior citizen.:) Here are my thoughts from my last viewing which was about two years ago. However, the cinematography is excellent and it's a Michael Curtiz directed movie so I'm looking forward to watching this again on Blu-ray.
 

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Well, you won't see it on my wishlist, but I'm buying it any way.:)
Yikes "The" Bosely Crowther liked the film! I loved the film since the old Cagney Laserdisc days!


Feb 13 1942 (will WAC market this as the 80th Anniversary of the film?)

The thunderous roar of engines in giant bombers, the thrilling sweep of planes across the sky and the strong and eager faces of young airmen are now familiar in the vocabulary of the screen. But they still can be eloquent and exciting when properly used in a film. And properly is but a mild word for the way in which they and other aerial shots are packed into the Warners' stoutly heroic and exceedingly masculine "Captains of the Clouds," a salute to the Royal Canadian Air Force, which soared into the Strand last night.As they did on their previous "Dive Bomber," the Warners went all-out on this film. They shot most of it in Canada, with the generous cooperation of the R. C. A. F. Even Air Marshal William Bishop was persuaded to play himself in it. They dressed it in brilliant Technicolor, which gives dramatic point to even a barber's pole. They sent in a first-string line-up of their male actors, headed by James Cagney. And they had Arthur Horman, Richard Macaulay and Norman Reilly Raine prepare a script for it which, inspired by so much abundance, provides enough for not one but two films.Indeed, had the Warners trimmed the first hour of this hour-and-fifty-three-minutes show they would have had a much better picture than the double-feature which it now seems to be. For Part I is a routine he-man fable about a tough and aggressive "bush" pilot—one of those free-lance fliers of passengers and freight in the Canadian backwoods—who feuds for a while with other pilots, then goes partners with two of them and finally marries a tall-timber doxy to keep her from messing up the life of one of his pals. All of it is prettily photographed, but the old story is obvious and dull.Not until its second half does the picture take on some consequence. Then the girl-stealing hero, now shed of wife and pal, joins up with the R. C. A. F. He bolts against the discipline and the ruling that he is too old to fly a combat plane. But his big chance to do the usual "big thing" comes, as it obviously must. While ferrying a bomber to England in a squadron commanded by his old pal, he takes on a Messerschmitt fighter which attacks the unescorted planes. And thus, to put it bluntly, the picture ends with a bang.The story, as one may gather, is bravura to a fault and conveys certain notions of masculine fit-ness which are juvenile, to say the least. But the scenes of R. C. A. F. training are impressive and dignified, a sequence showing the presentation of wings to graduates by Air Marshal Bishop is moving, even though it is marred by some offensive ostentation from the script, and a shot of bombers taking off for England in the hour before dawn is pulse-quickening. A recording of a bit of Winston Churchill's classic "We shall defend our island" speech has been worked into the picture very neatly and strikes a note of strange profundity. Mr. Cagney is his usual swaggering self in a none too attractive role; Dennis Morgan, Alan Hale and Reginald Gardiner do well as some of his pals, and Brenda Marshall is flip and alluring as the weed that grew up in the wilds. But this critic had the odd feeling throughout the second half of the film that a company of Hollywood actors, fugitive from a previous picture, had got loose amid the serious activities and the flashing planes of the R. C. A. F.
CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS—Screen play by Arthur T. Horman, Richard Macauley and Norman Reilly Raine; directed by Michael Curtiz for Warner Brothers. At the Strand. Brian MacLean . . . . . James Cagney Johnny Dutton . . . . . Dennis Morgan Emily Foster . . . . . Brenda Marshall Tiny Murphy . . . . . Alan Hale Blimp Lebec . . . . . George Tobias Scrounger Harris . . . . . Reginald Gardiner Air Marshal W. A. Bishop . . . . . Himself Commanding Officer . . . . . Reginald Denny Prentiss . . . . . Russell Arms Group Captain . . . . . Paul Cavanagh Store-Teeth Morrison . . . . . Ciem BevansFoster . . . . . J. M. Kerrigan Dr. Neville . . . . . J. Farrell MacDonald Fyffe . . . . . Patrick O'Moore Carmichael . . . . . Morton Lowry Chief Flying Instructor . . . . . Owen Cathcart-Jones President of Court Martial . . . . . Frederic Worlock Popcorn Kearns . . . . . Benny Baker Nolan . . . . . Charles Halton Provost Marshal . . . . . Louis Jean Heydt
 
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Hooray! I've been waiting on this Blu a long time. No, this isn't one of the greatest Warner films ever made, the script is pretty much cookie-cuter, totally unoriginal, but surprisingly involving, because 1) )the Technicolor photography is out of this world stunning, especially some scenes shot in what is supposed to be Canada just before dusk and after dawn, 2) Brenda Marshall has never looked lovelier or been more sympathetic, 3) Cagney is, well Cagney, which is pretty damn great in my book, 4) Cagney and Brenda Marshall have some serious chemisty going on 5) the film is extremely well paced 6) and the flying sequences by Paul Mantz are to die for.
The iconic scene of the Floater plane flying overhead of Brenda Marshall's character as she was standing on top of a haystack, was shot at Trout Lake in North Bay, Ontario. I've actually gone swimming in that lake! Brenda Marshall's stunt double for that scene was living in the Empire Living Centre (Which was the Empire Hotel where some CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS (1942) cast and crew stayed while that scene was being shot!) back when a special anniversary presentation was shown at the Capitol Centre about 15 years ago (She was then 88, as I recall). She and her husband got to attend the free screening (As my wife and I also did!), which was unfortunately the Warner DVD, rather than an actual film print. My wife's grandmother also worked in that Hotel at the time of the shooting, and did end up living there for a couple of years around the mid 2000s.

My late stepbrother's dad also made a very brief appearance in this film, but that's another story! :)

CHEERS! :)
 

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Perhaps, it's just me, but I think Brenda Marshall's character in this movie is not a good person! IMO, the movie has never been among my favorite Cagney films. I liked it more when I was younger than I do now as a senior citizen.:) Here are my thoughts from my last viewing which was about two years ago. However, the cinematography is excellent and it's a Michael Curtiz directed movie so I'm looking forward to watching this again on Blu-ray.
That the character Brenda Marshall plays may "not be a good person" is a value judgement on the part of the viewer. I don't think her character is a "bad person" per se, but badly written and stereotyped and ill-defined, as well as contradictory, but regardless of the character she plays, in the opinion of this viewer, she has never looked lovelier nor been presented more sympathetically. In spite of all the ambiguities and cliches, she won me over. And I generally find her irritating, but I do like her in "Captains of the Clouds". It's one of those films in which I find the characters and the plot implausible, but the actors and the way the film is put together works for me every time I watch it, in spite of the issues I have with the script.
 

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The iconic scene of the Floater plane flying overhead of Brenda Marshall's character as she was standing on top of a haystack, was shot at Trout Lake in North Bay, Ontario. I've actually gone swimming in that lake! Brenda Marshall's stunt double for that scene was living in the Empire Living Centre (Which was the Empire Hotel where some CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS (1942) cast and crew stayed while that scene was being shot!) back when a special anniversary presentation was shown at the Capitol Centre about 15 years ago (She was then 88, as I recall). She and her husband got to attend the free screening (As my wife and I also did!), which was unfortunately the Warner DVD, rather than an actual film print. My wife's grandmother also worked in that Hotel at the time of the shooting, and did end up living there for a couple of years around the mid 2000s.

My late stepbrother's dad also made a very brief appearance in this film, but that's another story! :)

CHEERS! :)
Thanks Tony! Great story!
 

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That the character Brenda Marshall plays may "not be a good person" is a value judgement on the part of the viewer. I don't think her character is a "bad person" per se, but badly written and stereotyped and ill-defined, as well as contradictory, but regardless of the character she plays, in the opinion of this viewer, she has never looked lovelier nor been presented more sympathetically. In spite of all the ambiguities and cliches, she won me over. And I generally find her irritating, but I do like her in "Captains of the Clouds". It's one of those films in which I find the characters and the plot implausible, but the actors and the way the film is put together works for me every time I watch it, in spite of the issues I have with the script.
I'm usually a Brenda Marshall fan, but not in this film as unlike you, I found her character irritating and unappealing despite her beauty. To each his own when it comes to subjectivity in film.
 

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The only Cagney Technicolor production (of two) controlled by WB. The other is a Fox film by one of their contract director
That other Technicolor production. Are you referencing "What Price Glory?" or "A Lion Is in the Streets" which were both directed by Raoul Walsh.
 

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I'm usually a Brenda Marshall fan, but not in this film as unlike you, I found her character irritating and unappealing despite her beauty. To each his own when it comes to subjectivity in film.
And I'm generally not a Brenda Marshall fan, for instance I find her really irritating in "The Sea Hawk" because she's trying to be so very sweet and it comes across to me as phony and stiff but I love her in "Captains of the Clouds". I think she's amazing in it. And it's more than beauty. She's a real woman in that film. In that film, unlike many of the others I've seen her in, she transcends the material. Maybe because Cagney is so expressive, so in the moment, it gave her something to work against. He brings everybody up to another level Or maybe I like her better when she's playing unappealing characters, as she's not trying so hard to be charming, but just is. Anyway, seeing her in "Captains of the Clouds" was a real eye opener for me.
 

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