Before there was "AIRPORT", or its sequels, or most of the Irwin Allen disaster films, there was "THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY". When a plane flying from Hawaii to San Francisco, loses an engine and precious fuel dwindles away, we're introduced to a cast of soap opera characters that are unintentionally funny and captivating, at the same time. John Wayne stars as the brave co-pilot having to step up when the pilot(Robert Stack)buckles under pressure. "These" two are the most original characters! Still, it's great fun and it never feels dull even at over two hours.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film's correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and grain is virtually non-existent. There is great detail throughout.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's not aggressive, however, it's still impressive, especially during various sequences involving plane maneuvers. The music is well complimented through all speakers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
PARAMOUNT has packaged the film as a special edition with two discs. The first disc offers the phone and a fun commentary with the Leonard Maltin, the director's son and cast members. The 2nd disc offers a lengthy documentary broken up into eight sections.