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This collector's edition of High Noon features an impressive list of extras, but much of the material falls into the "fluff" category, and the result is only mediocre. The disc contains three behind-the-scenes featurettes, but their combined running time falls short of six minutes. The highlight of the three is the "On Location" video that presents various aspects of the filming, including the final gunfight. The most prominent feature is a commentary track from executive producer David A. Rosemont and director ...
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Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado 07/01/1998 DVD New 1952 Run time: 85. Still Sealed in Plastic. Never used! Buy with ... confidence-Satisfaction Guaranteed! Read more Show Less

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This collector's edition of High Noon features an impressive list of extras, but much of the material falls into the "fluff" category, and the result is only mediocre. The disc contains three behind-the-scenes featurettes, but their combined running time falls short of six minutes. The highlight of the three is the "On Location" video that presents various aspects of the filming, including the final gunfight. The most prominent feature is a commentary track from executive producer David A. Rosemont and director of photography Robert McLachlan. They do offer plenty of information, but the track just isn't very enjoyable. They're both pretty dry speakers, and this film isn't the type to generate fascinating discussion. Another section that falls short is the collection of interviews with the major stars and director. These brief vignettes appear in a poor, full-frame transfer with low sound quality. One high point is the cast and crew biographies, which are nicely detailed, with extensive filmographies for the seven main actors, plus the director and screenwriters. This disc also contains a fairly useless photo gallery with 12 pictures -- primarily of actors posing for the camera -- as well as the widescreen original theatrical trailer and two television spots. The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer features several amazing long shots of outdoor scenery that showcase an array of colors. One particularly breathtaking shot has the villainous gunmen riding into town with a huge mountain looming in the background. Unfortunately, the indoor shots lack this pristine focus under darker conditions. The nearly pristine and powerful 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer is a highlight. The sounds are clear and lush and showcase the emotional moments of the story. The only hindrance to this transfer is the predominance of dialogue in the story until the final gunfight.
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Special Features

"The Making of High Noon" hosted by Leonard Maltin; Digitally mastered; Chapter stop for Oscar-winning song "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'"; THX; French and Spanish tracks; English captioning; French and Spanish subtitles
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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Fred Zinnemann's High Noon was described by John Wayne as the most un-American movie he'd ever seen. It offered an in-your-face story about responsibility, private and public, and some truths about the archetypal American community that would have been unpleasant in any era, but were even more so during the Red Scare of the early 1950s: the spectacle of town marshal Wil Kane (played by a too-old Gary Cooper), abandoned by his friends and neighbors and having to face down outlaws alone, was a pretty raw statement about where some people (including liberal producer Stanley Kramer) feared we were heading in 1952. It was the soundtrack, completed by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington with a song sung by an off-screen Tex Ritter, that helped turn the movie into a huge box office hit. This was a double irony, and an indicator of just what a miraculous conjuring trick Kramer and Zinnemann and screenwriter Carl Foreman had pulled off: Ritter was a reactionary Republican, Cooper an avowed anti-communist, Foreman an avowed Communist sympathizer (who left Hollywood before the movie was released), the movie had two blacklistees in major roles (Lloyd Bridges and Howland Chamberlain), and Kramer was Hollywood's one respected liberal voice. They came up with a film that opened the way for a generation of serious westerns, including The Bravados, The Big Country, and The Searchers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1998
  • UPC: 017153348620
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Thx
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, THX-Supervised Mastering
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Will Kane
Grace Kelly Amy Kane
Thomas Mitchell Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Helen Ramirez
Otto Kruger Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Jr. Martin Howe
Henry Morgan Sam Fuller
Ian MacDonald Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh Mildred Fuller
Morgan Farley Minister
Harry Shannon Cooper
Lee Van Cleef Jack Colby
Robert J. Wilke James Pierce
Sheb Wooley Ben Miller
Tom London Sam
Ted Stanhope Station Master
Larry Blake Gillis
Jeanne Blackford Mrs. Henderson
James Millican Baker
Cliff Clark Weaver
Ralph Reed Johnny
Lucien Prival Bartender
Guy Beach Fred
Howland Chamberlain Hotel Clerk
Virginia Christine Mrs. Simpson
Jack Elam Charlie
Paul Dubov Scott
Tim Graham Sawyer
Nolan Leary Lewis
Tom Greenway Ezra
Dick Elliott Kibbee
John Doucette Trumbull
Virginia Farmer Mrs. Fletcher
Harry Harvey Coy
William Newell Jimmy
William "Bill" Phillips Barber
Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director, Set Decoration/Design
Carl Foreman Producer, Screenwriter
Harry Gerstad Editor
Ben Hayne Art Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Kramer Producer
Gus Norin Makeup
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Tex Ritter Songwriter
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Murray Waite Set Decoration/Design
Ned Washington Songwriter
Elmo Williams Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Credits (With Song) [3:08]
2. Trouble Arrives [:59]
3. Will and Amy Wed [4:47]
4. A Telegram for Will [1:17]
5. Helen and Harvey [1:41]
6. "I've Got to Go Back" [2:57]
7. "Don't Try and Be a Hero" [1:39]
8. You Shouldn't Have, Will [3:35]
9. "This Ain't Really Your Job" [2:37]
10. Grow Up [7:38]
11. Will Visits Helen [6:35]
12. "I Need Deputies" [1:54]
13. "Sam, He's Your Friend" [4:29]
14. Church Scene [8:36]
15. What Should I Do? [3:11]
16. Will Visits Helen [4:36]
17. Fist Fight [5:11]
18. Do You Want Out? [3:00]
19. Countdown [3:34]
20. Amy and Helen [:59]
21. Frank Miller Arrives [1:15]
22. Confrontation [8:01]
23. Amy Saves Will [1:41]
24. Will and Amy Leave [1:01]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Play Trailer
   Making of High Noon
   Language Menu
      English
      French
      Spanish
   Subtitles Menu
      English (Captions)
      French
      Spanish
      No Subtitles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Gary Cooper

    Enough said.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My favorite western of all time!!

    This western set the standard for all others that followed. Director Fred Zinneman does a brilliant job in building almost unbearable suspense. An aging marshall (Gary Cooper) ponders the future with his young bride in anticipation of a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. The clock actually becomes the central focus of the film. Great performances by Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado. A must-see movie for western and suspense fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mission Impossible 3- mission accomplished!!!!!

    this is the best action movie ever!!! you need to see it. it is just as good as the first. It has great special effects. it far outstrips Indiana Jones. if you see only one movie this year, make it mission impossible 3. You won’t regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    high noon

    One of the greatest westerns of all time,certainly the benchmark for all the others that followed.A fully deserved oscar for Coop for an outstanding performance of an ordinary man who we can all relate to torn between fear and duty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Western Passion Play

    Certainly one of the greatest movies of all time. Drawn from (intentionally or unintentionally) from the Passion of Christ. Very heavy Christian overtones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Classic Western

    Shot in an austere black and white that sets a starkly elegant tone for this excellent movie, HIGH NOON remains amoung the best of it's genre. Many of the Westerns that follow owe a debt to the actors and director for their workmanship and creativity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gary Cooper Gives A Superb Performance Here...

    Cooper won an Oscar for his performance as Marshall Will Kane, who must face down killer Frank Miller and his band of friends. Kane sent Miller to prison several years before, but Miller has been released and has promised to return to the town of Hadleyville to kill Kane. Coincidentally, just as Miller is released, Kane is retiring and marrying Amy(Grace Kelly). Newly married, Kane tells his bride he must stay and face Miller. Drama and tension predominate throughout this gritty black and white film. Tex Ritter's song, Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling plays throughout, providing a compelling musical background.

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