One of the most treasured Hollywood classics, and one of the most influential and iconic Westerns ever made, High Noon remains a powerful study of heroism, and the tension between the individual and the society around him.
One of the best films by director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) — and produced by Stanley Kramer — High Noon is riveting entertainment and an acknowledged American masterpiece, yet one with surprisingly tumultuous roots.
What’s the story?
In his Oscar-winning performance, Gary Cooper stars as small town Marshal Will Kane, preparing to retire and leave town with his young bride Amy (Grace Kelly). However, plans are derailed with the impending arrival of outlaw Frank and his brutal gang.
Unfolding in real time, High Noon follows Will as he futilely tries to assemble a posse with the reluctant townspeople, who want Will to forget about a conflict — as does Amy, a Quaker pacifist who just wants to avoid violence. But as high noon approaches, Will realises he must do the moral thing…with or without help.
A bit of background
While the film has become a favourite of U.S. presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton, its release was controversial: John Wayne (who had turned down the role) and Howard Hawks hated it, precisely because it was viewed as a thinly veiled allegory for the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings investigating communism at the time.
High Noon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 1989, the NFR’s first year of existence. An iconic film whose story has been partly or completely repeated in later film productions, the ending scenes especially inspired a next-to-endless number of later films, including but not just limited to westerns.
Its politics make it even more intriguing now, but regardless, High Noon is one of the most important — and gripping films — of the 1950s.
Eureka Entertainment (Masters of Cinema Series) presents Director Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon in a 4K restoration limited edition blu-ray. This essential package is available for purchase at Amazon.co.uk.
Release date: September 16, 2019SPECS
- Director: Fred Zinnemann
- Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell
- Country: USA
- Production Year: 1952
- Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
- Region: A, B, C
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Formats: Black and white; 1.347:1
- Audio: English
- Subtitle: English
- Studio: Eureka Entertainment (UK)
- Limited Edition Hardbound Slipcase [3000 copies]
- A LIMITED EDITION 100-PAGE Collector’s book featuring new writing on the film; the original short story The Tin Star by John W. Cunningham; excerpts from writings and interviews with director Fred Zinnemann; archival articles and materials relating to the film
- 4K Digital Restoration
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by historian Glenn Frankel, author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
- Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by western authority Stephen Prince
- New video interview with film historian Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience
- A 1969 audio interview with writer Carl Foreman from the National Film Theatre in London
- The Making of ‘High Noon’ [22 mins]– a documentary on the making of the film
- Inside ‘High Noon’ [47 mins] and Behind ‘High Noon’ [10 mins] – two video pieces on the making and context of the film
- Theatrical Trailer
High Noon – Masters of Cinema package details
High Noon 1952 – Eureka trailer
High Noon 1952 soundtrack
Notice: The picture quality of these photos and videos do not reflect the picture quality of the blu-ray or DVD in this package.