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Film: “The High and the Mighty” (the all-star aircraft-in-peril disaster flick starring John Wayne).
Last seen: US television broadcast in 1979 following Wayne’s death.
American home video: Brief limited edition release in late 1970s.
Reason for disappearance: Dispute between the Wayne estate and Warner Bros. regarding the restoration of the film.
Chances of seeing it on video/DVD: Possible, but the fact the film has been out of circulation for so many years suggests this won’t happen in the near future.
Bootleg opportunities: Ample, although the visual quality on most bootlegs can be rated as a B or B- (the film was shot in CinemaScope but no bootleg has it letterboxed).
Get the rest of the story in part two of THE BOOTLEG FILES: “THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY”>>>
Posted on October 17, 2003 in Bootleg Files, Features by Phil Hall
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