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Toward The Unknown (Remastered) (1956)

William Holden , Lloyd Nolan , Mervyn Leroy  |  NR |  DVD-R  What's this?
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith, Charles Mcgraw
  • Directors: Mervyn Leroy
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00508W3MU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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William Holden goes where no man's gone before in director Mervyn LeRoy's high-flying aviation adventure. Tortured into making a false confession while a POW in Korea, Major Lincoln Bond (Holden) returns to active service as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base. Determined to clear his name, Bond battles a hard-nosed base commander (Lloyd Nolan), prejudiced officers and his own insecurities in hopes of landing the most coveted - and dangerous - test project of all: the Bell X-2 rocket plane. The first and only film made by Holden's own company, Toward the Unknown features an X-2 mockup especially built for the production by Bell Aircraft and marks the screen debut of James Garner, whose TV series Maverick would make him a household name just a year later.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Aviation Films Ever, Finally on DVD July 22, 2011
"Toward the Unknown," released on October 20, 1956, and FINALLY available on DVD, is, in my opinion as a lifelong airplane buff and recently retired aerospace engineer, simply one of the very best aviation films ever made, bar none.

A thrilling showcase of Cold-War-era jet and rocket aircraft and harrowing flight test operations, filmed on location at California's Edwards Air Force Base, it stars William Holden as Air Force Major Lincoln Bond and Lloyd Nolan as General William Banner. In the screenplay by Beirne Lay, Jr., Bond is an ex-fighter pilot who carries the stigma of having broken under the pressure of communist brainwashing while he was a POW after being shot down over Korea. The steps that he forces himself to take in order to prove to General Banner that he is fit enough to fly the supersonic rocket planes then being tested at Edwards is an interesting and absorbing tale, if a bit drawn-out dramatically.

But the aircraft are the real stars of the show, and "Toward the Unknown" has them in abundance, with outstanding aerial photography of planes you will not see anywhere else in filmdom. For example, this is the only place to see actual footage of the Martin XB-51 bomber in flight (disguised with fake markings as the "Gilbert XF-120"). You'll see North American F-100 "Super Sabres," Lockheed F-94 "Starfires" and many other classic, historic jets that were really flying at the time. One of the most significant aircraft featured at length in "Toward the Unknown" is the Bell X-2 rocket plane. Carried aloft by a Boeing B-50 "Superfortress," the X-2 investigated flight at speeds and altitudes far beyond those of the X-1, in which Captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager first exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aim high October 6, 2011
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I suppose that the decision whether or not to buy this DVD-R of Toward the Unknown depends upon how long you've wanted see this movie on home video. For me it has been decades--waiting for a VHS, a CED disc, a laser or a DVD of this terrific movie. I've got the DVD-R and it is okay. There is some color shifting during dissolves between scenes but other than that this widescreen look at Edwards Air Force Base in the middle of its golden decade is sensational. If you, like me, wonder what became of the wild blue yonder you will be delighted with this release. Don't think twice--aim high, go for it.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOWARD THE UNKNOWN June 29, 2011
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TOWARD THE UNKNOWN IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FLYING MOVIES EVER MADE. WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS MOVIE IN A THEATER ON A GIANT SCREEN IT LITERALLY BLEW ME AWAY.
IT WAS ONE OF TWO MOVIES AT THE TIME, THAT SHOWED THE AIR FORCES WAY OF TESTING NEW HIGH ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT. IT WAS A WELL ACTED PIECE, WITH WILLIAM HOLDEN AS A FORMER ACE TEST PILOT TRYING TO REGAIN HIS HONOR AFTER THE KOREAN WAR, BY TESTING NEW JET AIRCRAFT. THE GENERAL PLAYED BY LLOYD NOLAN IS WONDERFUL AS THE MAN WHO GIVE HOLDEN HIS CHANCE. THE MOVIE ALSO HAS A GREAT CAST OF WELL KNOWN ACTORS, WHO SHINE IN EACH OF THERE ROLES. THERE ARE ALSO SOME GREAT ACTION SCENES OF AIRCRAFT BEING TESTED, ALONG WITH A LITTLE TRAGEDY MIXED IN.
I DO HEARTLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE TO ANYONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN FLYING. THE OTHER MOVIE I WAS REFERRING TO IS "ON THE THRESHOLD OF SPACE" WITH GUY MADISON. I HOPE THAT IT TO WILL FIND THE LIGHT OF DAY ON DVD SOON. MANY THANKS JEFF BEMBARON
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great aviation time capsule, not so great plot- March 3, 2012
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This film is partially based on the treatment of some actual pilots, like WW II and Korean War ace Walker Mahurin, that were captured by the North Koreans and tortured into signing fake confessions of atrocities. Some of these men were treated pretty badly by the Air Force upon their return to America. William Holden's character is one of those men. The real reason to watch this is the really impressive shots of Edwards AFB during the early years of the jet age. The panorama of real aircraft on the ramp and the aerial photography are the best parts of the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's All About Context January 18, 2013
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Although this isn't a great film from the point of view of character development, or even acting performances, it has some milestone events that are important to consider ... and for me, it was an amazing experience because I had seen it in 1956 (4 times actually, and got into big trouble for leaving for the movie theatre at 10:00 a.m. and not showing up at home until 10:00 p.m. ... at the age of nine years). I loved aviation movies then, love them now, and this one has some key scenes of '50s military aircraft hardware that I haven't seen in decades. It's also James Garner's first movie, which makes it interesting from that viewpoint. I'm not certain that someone who did not sit, enthralled by this heading-for-the-edge-of-space movie, during their formative years would find it as exhilarating as I did, but for anyone who is an aviation enthusiast and has an interest in the pioneers of this era, this is a very interesting film to watch. It isn't a documentary, but it's based on enough factual data to make it a credible and enjoyable experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars defective rip - too dark to be seen June 2, 2013
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This is a "just in time" production of an old movie with limited market. They did not check the quality of the rip before they burned the DVD - the indoor scenes are very dark - only ghosts of people can be seen. Outdoors is a bit better, you can make out the people and surroundings, but still too dark.

But I guess we were warned. The DVD case warns that this limited production DVD can only be viewed on some types of equipment. Not clear if the problem is a shoddy rip of the original content or the limited run DVD production.

You would be better off finding an old VHS copy - an off the air broadcast version would be easier to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent and delivered on time
Published 12 days ago by Sherman Clemens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of cold war aircraft.
Anything with William Holden is pretty good
and if you are into aviation or aviation history
their is an assortment of cold war aircraft in
this movie that you will... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rodney B. Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie giving some insight to what test pilots go ...
A very good movie giving some insight to what test pilots go through, the hazards of testing new untried aircraft. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dues'y H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, the DVD wasn't remastered, at least not in my opinion.
I bought this movie after reading about it and seeing that it had great people in it as well as great aerial photography. Those two things are true. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Film Score fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre acting, but the real stars are the '50's aircraft - some who...
A great and timeless, classic film which, while the acting (in my opinion) was rather mediocre, stars some real and interesting military aircraft - some of which have never before,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars 60s jets.
I love the inflight scenes of the B-51. Reguardlos of the movie script it was way ahead of its time. Good job Martin Aircraft!
Published 3 months ago by R. Moats
5.0 out of 5 stars "Toward the Unknown" ... It says it ALL ! cutting edge film making of...
I first saw this film on 16mm at Boarding School in Sydney way back in 1960, I was in Prep School, only 10 y.o. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Raymond G.W. Whiteman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic...
A sleeper classic movie I recall from childhood. It's a tour de force of USAF flying hardware form the mid-50's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vectorer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Stuff before the Right Stuff
Awesome period piece, filmed at Edwards Air Force Base in the 50's when it was the place to be for flight test before the space program.
Published 3 months ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
This is an old movie but just as good as it was when it was first released. Watching it was like renewing old friendships with the cast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carol C.
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