Mar 262022

Captains of the Clouds debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars James Cagney, Dennis Morgan and Brenda Marshall, arriving on Blu-ray March 22nd.



Captains of the Clouds
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Action, Drama
Warner Archive | NR – 113 min. – $21.99 | March 22, 2022

Date Published: 03/26/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Writer(s): Arthur T. Horman, Richard Macaulay, Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay), Arthur T. Horman and Roland Gillett (story
Cast: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Reginald Gardner

Features: Newsreel, Short Film, Cartoons
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 36.64 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.74 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Brian MacLean (JAMES CAGNEY) is an overconfident Canadian bush pilot who does not think twice before stealing any flying opportunity from his fellow pilots. But when he joins the air force at the beginning of World War II, his disregard for authority causes more problems than he can imagine. To clear his reputation, protect his friends, and win the respect of the military, Brian learns that he must act for the benefit of his country instead of himself.



This comes with a 1942 Newsreel (2:14), Rocky Mountain Big Game (10:06) short, two Cartoons (“What’s Cookin’, Doc?” and “Hold the Lion, Please”) and the Theatrical Trailer (2:50).


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Captains of the Clouds flies onto Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection where it’s presented in its original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer culled from a 4K scan of original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives. Not a surprise as for my money these Warner Archive releases, the picture here does look fantastic. Colors are nicely balanced and show some good vibrancy and detail is sharp and well defined throughout. There were some very minor specs but these were rare making for a great looking picture on the whole.

The movie comes with the usual DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track that these older films. There is some noticeable hissing noise for some scenes, especially with dialogue, but all in all is a respectable lossless track that, for a singular track, shows off some okay depth for the more action-centric scenes.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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