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Monday, June 25, 2012

High Noon Coming to Blu-ray

Coming from Olive Films on July 17.
SRP - $29.95

This groundbreaking western was voted at the 33rd greatest film of all time by the AFI® (100 Years… 100 Movies). Gary Cooper won the Oscar® for Best Actor in this classic tale of a lawman who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of killers seeking revenge. In one of the greatest showdowns in cinema history, Cooper’s Sheriff Will Kane stands to lose not only the town, but also his bride, Grace Kelly. The stellar cast includes Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney, Henry Morgan, Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef.

High Noon won a total of four Academy Awards® including Best Editing, Score (Dimitri Tiomkin) and Song, “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling”, written by Tiomkin and Ned Washington and sung by Tex Ritter. High Noon also received Oscar® nominations for Best Picture (Stanley Kramer), Best Director (Fred Zinnemann) and Best Screenplay (Carl Foreman).

Olive's 60th Anniversary Edition presents High Noon in a new transfer, restored in HD from the original negative. The disc also contains the following supplements:

  • The Making Of High Noon behind-the-scenes featurette, narrated by Leonard Maltin
  • Theatrical trailer

The blu-ray can be ordered from amazon.com below
High Noon (60th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]


  1. There are two big surprises involving High Noon to me. One is when I watched Lee Van Cleef being interviewed by Johnny Carson when Lee was on pushing The Master TV series and he revealed that he had a couple of lines in the film. Lee told Johnny something like "When Ian MacDonald gets off the train, the director discusses what he wants the heavies waiting on the train to say and he had a couple for me. I said 'Please. If I open my mouth now after coming this far without saying a word, it will destroy my character as a mysterious and silent type'. He thought for a moment and agreed. So the only racket I make in that movie other than gunfire is playing the harmonica".

    And the other is back when I was able to get a much more complete list of LVC's film and TV credits complied, I discovered that a couple of Lee's TV jobs actually aired BEFORE High Noon was released. So that means the fist time the public saw Lee Van Cleef on a screen acting was on television and not in a movie.

  2. What kind of harmonica was he playing?