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The John Wayne Adventure Collection (The High and the Mighty / In Harm’s Way / Island in the Sky / Hatari! / Donovan’s Reef)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Claire Trevor, Robert Stack
  • Directors: Otto Preminger, William A. Wellman, John Ford, Howard Hawks
  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Swahili
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 689 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O179GI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The John Wayne Adventure Collection (The High and the Mighty / In Harm’s Way / Island in the Sky / Hatari! / Donovan’s Reef)" on IMDb

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2010
Format: DVD
THE JOHN WAYNE ADVENTURE COLLECTION is five of Duke's better 1950s and '60s productions. Each widescreen transfer in this currently out-of-print box is on its own disc; extras are minimal.

SYNOPSES--

DONOVAN'S REEF reunites "Liberty Valance" vets Duke, Lee Marvin and director John Ford. Filmed in Hawaii and with a Xmas subtext, the two former navymen meet once a year on their mutual birthday for drinks and fisticuffs.

HATARI! features Hank Mancini's famous "Baby Elephant Walk." It's the story of a group of African hunters that collect animals for zoos and the lady photographer who disrupts their little circle, especially with her penchant for adopting infant pachyderms.

In THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, engine trouble on a commercial trans-oceanic flight unnerves the pilot, so his back-up, Dan Roman (Wayne) slaps some courage into him. A loss of fuel from an errant bullet that hits but doesn't explode (?) a gas tank means they may not make it to shore. Co-pilot Roman however refuses to give up.

Otto Preminger's IN HARM'S WAY is a WWII epic with soap opera undertones. Here, Duke is a heavy cruiser commander who's relieved of duty after issuing some questionable orders while at sea during and just after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. He's given a desk job for some months but eventually gets a second chance at command in the South Pacific campaign.

ISLAND IN THE SKY is a story of survival under harsh winter conditions. Duke's transport plane crashes in an uninhabited area of Labrador and it's his responsibility as pilot to keep everyone from freezing to death until they can be rescued.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31, 2011
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The John Wayne Adventure Collection is a great set of movies for any fan of The Duke's non-western films, with four of his most popular titles plus the collector's edition of Island in the Sky. Since you can easily find reviews for the individual movies, I'll confine my comments to the value of this box set, other than to say again that The High and the Mighty, Donovan's Reef, Hatari, and In Harm's Way are all very popular John Wayne movies. Just check some customer reviews on different sites and you'll see that a large majority of people give them five stars.

As for this set, it's an excellent value if you want all five of these movies in your collection. A few minutes of searching will tell you that In Harm's Way, Hatari, and Donovan's Reef are not exactly easy to find new at a decent price. I've been keeping track recently trying to decide what to buy, and those three DVD's have cost consistently around $20 each, sometimes more for In Harm's Way and Hatari. The five movies separately always add up to about $80, maybe a little more. New copies of the Adventure Collection are usually available for $60 or less, so this really is a good deal if you want all five.

The only other small detail is that even though the five movies are on their own discs, they come in three thin-size cases. In Harm's Way and Island in the Sky (collector's edition) are in the same case, as are Donovan's Reef and Hatari. The High and the Mighty is a two-disc collector's edition, and is the only one with its own case. If you can live without having each movie individually packaged, you'll probably appreciate the savings of this box set. The original movies and DVD special features are all intact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert e white on August 27, 2013
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Lots action and supense. High and Mighty had me on the edge of my seat when I saw it in the theater, and when I saw it on late night movies about 10 years ago. Now I have my own copy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By liquorish on February 18, 2014
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All three of these movies show him in different roles. They show how versatile he was. I watch them over and over again.
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My husband & I are big John Wayne fans & this collection is so wonderful. Our favorite movie is "The High & the Mighty" as you sit on the edge of seat wondering how it will all end. We enjoyed the theme song for "The High & the Mighty" very much. "Island in the Sky" is so exciting & not as familiar to fans as the other films are but just as good as the others in this collection. "Donovan's Reef's" is a comic delight with lots of Hawaiian music thru-out the movie. This one was our 2nd favorite & "Island in the Sky" was our 3rd favorite. You don't want to miss "Hatari" & "In Harm's Way" as they're very enjoyable. What a good collection of John Wayne movies!!!
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By Al on February 15, 2014
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If you love the duke than these movies should be in your collection, plus it's a three pack in one case collection.
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The John Wayne Adventure Collection (The High and the Mighty / In Harm's... Great as all Wayne movies go these were a Christmas gift as our friend had not seen all of them in the collection.
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"High and Mighty" and Harm's Way"
are excellent and the others just fill out my Wayne collection. Plus, Wayne looks like my Dad.
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