The John Wayne 4 Movie Collection [4 Discs] [DVD]

Four movies featuring the Duke himself are available in this collection. John Wayne stars in a quartet of classic action films, each of which are featured in this set. The compilation includes Hondo (1953, co-starring Geraldine Page), Island in the Sky (1953), The High and the Mighty (1954), and McClintock! (1963).
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Special Features

  • 2-minute fight school
  • A good ol' fashion fight
  • A special introduction by Leonard Maltin
  • Commentaries by Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne and Andrew McLaglen
  • Commentary by Leonard Maltin, William Wellman Jr. Karen Sharpe, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez and Vincent Longo
  • Commentary by Leonard Maltin, William Wellman Jr., Darryl Hickman, James Lydon and Vincent Longo
  • Commentary by Leonard Maltin, westen historian Frank Thompson, and actor Lee Aaker
  • Dooley's down: the making of Island In the Sky
  • Ernest K. Gann - adventurer, author & artist
  • Flight school - the art of aerial cinematography
  • Flying for Uncle Sam
  • From the Batjac vaults
  • Hondo:
  • Introduction by Leonard Maltin
  • Island In the Sky:
  • Maureen O'Hara and Stefanie Powers remember "McLintock!"
  • McLintock!:
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery
  • Profile: James Edward Grant
  • The Apache
  • The Batjac Story: the legacy of Michael Wayne
  • The Corset: don't leave home without one!
  • The High and the Mighty:
  • The John Wayne Stock Company: Harry Carey, Jr.
  • The John Wayne Stock Company: Ward Bond
  • The making of Hondo
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned


The High and the Mighty
For The High and the Mighty, director William Wellman made a point of using Cinemascope to heighten the dramatic content of a confined screen space -- in this instance, the cockpit of a plane in flight. Copilot Dan Roman (John Wayne) seems a lot more in control of things than Captain John Sullivan (Robert Stack) when the plane loses an engine during a flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. Wellman crosscuts from the tension in the cockpit to the various subplots involving the plane's passengers, among them May Holst (Claire Trevor), Lydia Rice (Laraine Day), Howard Rice (John Howard), Sally McKee (Jan Sterling), Ed Joseph (Phil Harris), and Humphrey Agnew (Sidney Blackmer) (as a character named Humphrey Agnew -- a remarkable prescient cognomen given the future of the U.S. vice presidency!). Adapted by Ernest K. Gann from his best-selling novel, The High and the Mighty was one of the first (and most profitable) entries in the "terror in the sky" genre. Its theme music, written by Dimitri Tiomkin and whistled incessantly by John Wayne in the film, would later become a best-selling hit throughout the world. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Island in the Sky
During World War II, a Military Air Transport Command DC-3 piloted by a civilian crew is forced down in northern Labrador. The five men, led by Dooley (John Wayne), have barely any food and almost no way to keep warm, and their power supply is fading fast, but they have to find a way of staying alive until search planes find them. At first, even Dooley is overwhelmed by the responsibility for his crew's safety, and he is too lax in handling them -- but after one man dies, frozen to death just steps from help, he takes over and pushes his men and himself to the limits of their endurance; he even seems ready to crack himself at one moment. Meanwhile, the men who fly with Dooley push themselves and their machines past their endurance limits searching the arctic wastes for the downed plane. Island in the Sky -- based on the book by Ernest K. Gann (perhaps the best aviation novel ever written), which was, in turn, based on a true incident that happened during the war -- is one of the most startling movies in Wayne's output. He doesn't even look like the "star" John Wayne, but like a real pilot, and the cast, made up of familiar faces, all look like the real article; indeed, this movie should have been in the running for Academy Awards for costuming and makeup, just for making these familiar performers, such as Lloyd Nolan (in maybe his best performance) and Andy Devine (ditto), look like real pilots and ordinary men, rather than familiar actors. You end up feeling like you're watching a documentary, and the effect is bracing and unsettling, and dramatically unparalleled in Wayne's entire output. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Dan Roman
  • Claire Trevor
    Claire Trevor - May Holst
  • Laraine Day
    Laraine Day - Lydia Rice
  • Robert Stack
    Robert Stack - Sullivan
  • Jan Sterling
    Jan Sterling - Sally McKee

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