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Night Flight on DVD 7th June

Postby Ann Harding » February 15th, 2011, 6:53 am

A 'real' DVD from Warner!!!


MGM All-Star Spectacular Features Hollywood Legends John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Montgomery and Myrna Loy

Burbank, Calif., February 14, 2011 – Unseen since it was pulled from circulation in 1942, the MGM all-star extravaganza, Night Flight (1933) makes its long-awaited debut on DVD June 7 from Warner Home Video. Orders are due May 3 (SRP $19.98).

Directed by Clarence Brown (Angels in the Outfield, National Velvet), Night Flight stars John Barrymore (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Dinner at Eight, Twentieth Century), Oscar®-winner Helen Hayes (Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Airport, 1970; Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Sin of Madelon Claudet, 1931; Anastasia, Herbie Rides Again), Academy Award®-winner Clark Gable (Best Actor in a Leading Role for It Happened One Night, 1934; Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Misfits), Academy Award®-winner Lionel Barrymore (Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Free Soul, 1931; Key Largo, It’s a Wonderful Life), Robert Montgomery(June Bridge, Once More My Darling), and Myrna Loy (The Best Years of Our Lives, received an honorary Academy Award® in 1991 for her career achievement).

“Only MGM, with their incredible 'more stars than there are in the heavens' slogan, could assemble a cast like this one,” said George Feltenstein, senior vice president, Theatrical Catalog Marketing, Warner Home Video. “This remarkable film boasts the same kind of overwhelming star power the studio deployed for success in creatingGrand Hotel and Dinner at Eight. Movies with more than one big star are commonplace in our industry now, and have been for years, but in the 1930s, having more than two big stars in one movie was very rare, which makes this film a true cinematic treasure.”

Building momentum for its inaugural DVD release, Night Flight will be screened at the second annual TCM Classic Film Festival, which takes place April 28 through May 1 in Hollywood.

Night Flight will also be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers and for electronic download from online retailers including Amazon Video on Demand.

“With its excellent acting by an imposing list of players and the meticulous attention to details of flying, both on land and in the air, the film translation of the prize novel, "Night Flight," written by the French air-mail pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is a vivid and engrossing production.”– Mordaunt Hall.b.r.c., The New York Times (October 7, 1933)

One of the most authentic flying movies to grace the silver screen and a must own for classic movie fans, the suspense-filled drama is an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's international best-seller “Vol de Nuit.” Best remembered for his novella “The Little Prince” (“Le Petit Prince”), Night Flight is based on the author’s harrowing experiences as an airmail pilot and director of the Aeroposta Argentina airline.

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there’s only one way to get the medicine where it’s desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes. A Grand Hotel-worthy cast – John and Lionel Barrymore (in their final film together), Clark Gable, Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy – headline this thrilling adventure from the novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupèry. Forceful men clash, lovely women wait and fragile biplanes challenge the sky “with special effects that feel downright revolutionary [including] gorgeous, convincing shots of aircraft during nocturnal voyages and a magnificent storm sequence.” (Nathan Southern,

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Format: DVD
Language: English
Run Time: 84 minutes
Street Date: June 7, 2011
Order Date: May 3, 2011
Cat / UPC: 1000195601 / 883929184767
SRP: $19.98

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Re: Night Flight on DVD 7th June

Postby MissGoddess » February 15th, 2011, 10:02 am

This is terrific news. All I have is a very murky DVD-R I bought from a collector. It's a remarkable film for the cast alone. I'm also very glad that TCM is screening it at the festival.

I just realized John Barrymore was in all three of the MGM "all stars".
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Re: Night Flight on DVD 7th June

Postby charliechaplinfan » February 15th, 2011, 11:50 am

This is really good news, at last it's seeing the light of day.
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Re: Night Flight on DVD 7th June

Postby feaito » February 15th, 2011, 1:20 pm

These are superb news Christine, I also have a murky, almost unwatchable DVD edition of the movie released in Chile, and the film not only interests me because of MGM, the all-star cast, St.Exupery et al, but because part of the action is set in Chile...and what a joy that it won't be a DVD-R....I also read on another thread, where Moira posted a link to a NY Times article, that we might hope for a decent release for "The Constant Nymph" (1943) too!!

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