Blue Max

Blue Max

3.8 5
Director: John Guillermin

Cast: George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andress

     
 

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John Guillerman's The Blue Max (1966) appeared on laserdisc twice, once from Japan in a dual audio version (the Japanese get actors who sound like the actors in whose place they're dubbing, and the results are interesting) and then in a letterboxed American release that looked pretty good. Both are supplanted and then some by the FoxVideo DVD edition, whichSee more details below

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John Guillerman's The Blue Max (1966) appeared on laserdisc twice, once from Japan in a dual audio version (the Japanese get actors who sound like the actors in whose place they're dubbing, and the results are interesting) and then in a letterboxed American release that looked pretty good. Both are supplanted and then some by the FoxVideo DVD edition, which features a gorgeous new digital transfer, showing exquisite visual detail either in the air or on the ground and glittering clarity on the audio, from the strains of Jerry Goldsmith's soaring music score to the impact of every explosion and crash. As part of the Fox War Classics collection, the disc is low priced and comes without any insert or other frills, apart from trailers in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and a selection trailers from five of the other films in the May 2003 Fox War Classics release cycle (SInk The Bismarck, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Enemy Below, 13 Rue Madeleine, and The Desert Fox). Audio tracks in Spanish (mono) and French (mono) are also accessible, along with English captions and Spanish subtitles. The layer transition in the 156 minute movie is seamless, and the 44 chapters are up to the task of breaking the plot up for the viewer, principally based on the combat episodes in the script. The three-layer menu is straightforward in its design and very easy to maneuver around.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Anyone looking for simply stunning aerial action sequences need look no further than The Blue Max, in which such sequences are among the finest ever captured on film. Director John Guillermin and cinematographers Skeets Kelly and Douglas Slocombe are out to dazzle (albeit in the service of the story which they are telling), and dazzle they certainly do. They fill the wide screen with action and movement, whether of the exteriors of the planes as they perform their daring maneuvers or from the vantage point of inside the cockpit (giving an extra special thrill to the viewer). Tracking shots go in unexpected places, and even the backgrounds feature surprising and telling details. This trio was going for thrills, and they deliver in spades. Happily, Guillermin doesn't limit his visual prowess to the aviation sequences, but finds clever ways to utilize the CinemaScope even when only two figures are sharing the frame. If these "grounded" scenes had the dramatic power of the airborne ones, Max would rank in the absolute top ranks of adventure films. Unfortunately, the actual story that holds the aerial sequences is confusing and poorly told, a situation that is not helped by lead George Peppard's wooden acting. The rest of the cast, notably the excellent James Mason and the beautiful Ursula Andress, turn in solid performances, which helps matters considerably. Even with its flaws, Max is well worth seeing for those amazing flight sequences.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0024543071952
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:30:00
Sales rank:
4,535

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None Specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Peppard Bruno Stachel
James Mason Count von Klugermann
Ursula Andress Countess Kaeti von Klugermann
Jeremy Kemp Willi von Klugermann
Karl Michael Vogler Heidemann
Anton Diffring Holbach
Loni von Friedl Elfi Heidemann
Peter Woodthorpe Rupp
Harry Towb Kettering
Derren Nesbitt Fabian
Roger Ostime Crown Prince
Hugo Schuster Hans
Carl Schell Baron von Richthofen
Derek Newark Ziegel
Alex Scott The Orator
Frederick Ledebur The Field Marshall

Technical Credits
John Guillermin Director
Maurice Ayers Special Effects
Ron Ballanger Special Effects
Ben Barzman Screenwriter
Karl Baumgertner Special Effects
Max Benedict Editor
Fred Carter Art Director
Jack Causey Asst. Director
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Rene Dupont Production Manager
Christian Ferry Producer
Basilio Franchina Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Gerald Hanley Screenwriter
Claude Hitchcock Sound/Sound Designer
Skeets Kelly Cinematographer
Stuart Lyons Casting
David Pursall Screenwriter
Jack Seddon Screenwriter
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Elmo Williams Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Western Front
2. Main Titles
3. Behind German Lines
4. The New Replacement
5. The Squadron
6. A Pretty Medal
7. First Mission
8. Dogfight
9. An Unconfirmed Kill
10. Stachel's New Partner
11. A Confirmed Kill
12. The Official Story
13. Something of the Cobra
14. General Von Klugermann
15. The General's Approval
16. 7000 Guns
17. The Wrong Room
18. Battleground
19. Shot Down
20. A Small Celebration
21. Von Richthofen
22. The General's Expert
23. The Wounded Hero
24. Countess Von Klugermann's Guest
25. Similar Tastes
26. Intermission
27. Entr'acte
28. At a Standstill
29. Two Against Five
30. The Bridge
31. The Better Man
32. A Hero's Funeral
33. Indiscreet
34. An Army in Retreat
35. Air Strike
36. Allied Attack
37. Twenty's Not Enough
38. Ordered to Berlin
39. Good Military Reasons
40. Kaeti's Offer
41. The Blue Max
42. A Change in Plan
43. The Hero's Last Flight
44. End Titles

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