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Island in the Sky (1953)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film critic Leonard Maltin, Darryl Hickman, James Lydon, William Wellman, Jr. and aviation expert Vincent Longo Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by yojimbo28 on August 24th, 2011:Find all reviews by yojimbo28
This is a very informative track. One note to make, this is two commentary tracks edited together fairly seamlessly. One has Leonard Maltin, actor Darryl Hickman, director's son William Wellman, Jr. and aviation expert Vincent Longo commenting together, while the other track is just Maltin and actor Jimmy Lydon. Maltin is very knowledgeable not just about this film, but about many of the other films that various actors in this movie also worked on. He does a good job facilitating the discussion here, sometimes playing the role of interviewer to draw out the conversation. Hickman doesn't have a whole lot to say, as his role is pretty minor, but Lydon has a more substantial part, and both offer up their recollections of working for director William Wellman and working with John Wayne.

Here's a list of some of the topics that get covered pretty well here:
- the shooting location
- the challenges the crew faced working in the elements and in the air
- the film's realism and attention to detail
- Wellman's life, particularly his military experience and shooting style
- Wayne's relationship with the other actors, and his dual role as actor and producer
- lots of information about the bevy of character actors that appear here, you will recognize a lot of these guys, a real star-studded cast
- Ernest K. Gann, the adventurer who adapted his own novel into the film's screenplay

If you have the DVD and enjoy the film, you'd be doing yourself a real disservice if you don't listen to the commentary.
Reviewed by musíl65 on January 25th, 2021:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track is great. The topics are the locations, the weather conditions, flying for the army in WW II, Wayne’s production company, working for Wayne, the style of Wellman, the non cynical tone of the movie, the actors and shooting in airplanes.

There are no gaps. 10 out of 10.