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High Road to China [Blu-ray]

Tom Selleck , Bess Armstrong , Brian G. Hutton  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston
  • Directors: Brian G. Hutton
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00744WZ0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Take the high road to adventure with Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong in this freewheeling action-comedy set in the Roaring Twenties. Selleck stars as Patrick O'Malley, a boozing, washed-up aviator who meets his match when he's hired by a high-strung heiress to find her long lost father. They make their way eastward in O'Malley's WWI biplane, surviving narrow escapes, last second rescues, and combat with warlords along the way. But nothing tops the ongoing battle they have with each other -- the one which leads inevitably to romance.

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833 of 850 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contact MGM and Request HRTC on DVD April 30, 2006
I read all 61 reviews to learn as much as I could about this fine film MISSING from my DVD collection. Then I went to my collection and read the back of the "Quigley..." jacket. I then Googled MGM Home Video, and went to their site. I scrolled to the bottom of the first page and clicked on "Help/Contact/FAQ." This took me to a screen with a pull-down menu from which I selected "MGM DVD," entered my email address, and politely asked them to explain themselves, check these 60 plus reviews as evidence that they should release HRTC in DVD.

I suggest you vote yes on this "review" (I did say it was a "fine film")in the hopes that 100% "Yes" votes will get this to the top of the review heap where it can be seen. Then I suggest that you use the instructions above to contact MGM. Finally, I suggest that everyone buy this film from Amazon when it comes out as thanks for their strong support of end-viewer reviews. God Bless.
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237 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of fun lives on in this swashbuckling adventure December 26, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
UPDATE: This movie has just been announced for Blu-ray and DVD releases in the United States for April 17, 2012.

After passing over the role of Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" three years later Tom Selleck appeared on movie screens, cashing in on his Magnum PI popularity as an adventure hero who owes more than just a tip of the hat to the character made famous by the teaming of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
Of course the movie industry was heavily populated with Indy clones in the early 1980s, but this one in which Selleck plays a pilot helping an heiress locate her missing father was a cut above the above the rest.
I never saw this movie in the theater but on television and subsequently the now defunct VHS format. I think I wore that tape out watching the movie again and again.
With a great script and some truly clever dialogue this movie zips along so fast that you overlook the holes in the plot and just sit back and enjoy a good time. It helps that the supporting cast includes Bess Armstrong (so much better here than she was in Jaws 3), Brian Blessed (always fun to watch) and the perenniel villainous Robert Morley.
Very highly recommended, here's hoping it arrives on DVD soon.
There is a DVD of this movie available in Europe (Region 2) for those of us with region-free players. Copies of this Swedish DVD regularly appear on e-bay.
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212 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Road to Entertainment December 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Tom Selleck stars as a former World War I flying ace, reduced to reliving his past glories in a bottle and giving flying lessons in two broken down Camels. Sparks fly between Selleck and Bess Armstrong when she hires him to help find her father (a young looking Wilford Brimley), last seen in Tibet, before her inheritence is lost to a scheming business partner (Robert Morley at his humorously evil best). Adventure abounds as the pair wend their way between Egypt and Tibet, with sidekick mechanic Jack Weston holding the dilapidated planes together. An outstanding musical score helps this entertaining film immeasureably. This is the kind of movie that Hollywood should be making ... but isn't!
I find myself wearing out the recording I made from an on-the-air source and fervently wish that "High Road to China" would be re-released on video and DVD so that I could buy a decent copy for my library.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
This is such a fun and feel good film. Not one of the critical "greats" of cinema history but still very much loved. I've lost count how many times I've watched this excellent little movie. There is such a chemistry between the two lead characters that the film is a real joy. I don't think Bess Armstrong played such a likeable funny magnetic character again. (Then again I don't suppose I've seen all her work. Suffice to say , she is wonderful in this).And Tom Selleck demonstrates most clearly how underrated he has been since the days of "Magnum". High Road to China was a bit lost at it's time of release. It was dismissed as a Raiders of the Lost Arc wanna-be. Looking at it again now makes one realise that this was a silly and shallow comparison to make. The only similarity is the time period the film takes place in.

Now to the negative. A DVD release of this film is LONG overdue. Why oh why is it being flopped into the market place with poor mono sound and dodgy unrestored picture that looks like it has been pirated from a VHS tape?

I bought this DVD from another source in Australia and was just so glad to finally have it on DVD in any condition. However I do fear that the uncreative twits who make the decisions as to which movies are to be released on DVD, are simply testing the waters with this unrestored release. If this sells well then maybe High Road to China will eventually be given the treatment it deserves and fully restored and re-released on DVD.

These decision makers aren't fans of movies. They don't understand why or how a film is a success. (just look at the number of sequels that are made, when the first in any series always has to struggle to be approved).
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its about time!! February 21, 2012
Love this movie! I remember going to see this with my mother, I loved the movie so much that I took the bus across town, by myself, the next day to see it again. There I was sitting alone, waiting for the movie to start and my father walks in and sits next to me. He's said to me, "Must be a good movie if you are willing to see again..." Indeed it was.
Glad to see it finally on disc... and Blu-Ray at that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars "…You Dirty Rotten Rat!" – High Road To China on BLU RAY
Before there was George Clooney - there was Tom Selleck - as personable an actor as you could get. Women loved him and guys admired him. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Selleck films.
Liked the chemistry with his co-star, Bess Armstrong. Good story line, great cinematography, ending was a little flat. Worth adding to my collection though.
Published 3 days ago by C. Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast service, well packed
Great movie and being a pilot I was very much into the plot and Tom Sellick is one of my favorite actors.
Published 4 days ago by Owen L. Gossett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great period movie
I like period movies made on location. In the era this movie takes place, the planes were small and slow, and flew close to one another. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Vito Monopoli
1.0 out of 5 stars Returned
I know the movie itself is great thats why i ordered it. However, the copy I recieved did not open and it had to be returned.
Published 18 days ago by Joseph C Bua
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally have it!
I have been looking for this movie for a while. I am glad to have it. I have a Tom Selleck movie collection going and just had to have this one. Is it his best work? Read more
Published 21 days ago by momts50
1.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment.
I ordered this for a Christmas gift. New out of the packaging and it doesn't work. Don't waste your money!!
Published 22 days ago by poncho
5.0 out of 5 stars High Road to China, Love it!
High Road to China, whats not to love about this movie. It has Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong ,old airplanes , beautiful scenery and romance. Awesome story line. Read more
Published 24 days ago by nana
4.0 out of 5 stars Selleck and Armstrong Take the High Road
This is a great early Tom Selleck movie with a terrific supporting cast including Bess Armstrong as the female lead. It's a fun adventure.
Published 26 days ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars High Road to China - fantastic move
Love the picture. An easy laid back and thoroughly enjoyable movie. Great background music and beautiful cinematography. Would highly recommend.
Published 27 days ago by Debra A. D'Ambroso
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Doesn't sound like the greatest movie to get on blu-ray according to this review.
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