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Captain Blood [DVD][1935]


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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Basil Rathbone
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LG4IQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: Errol Flynn shot to stardom as Peter Blood, a 17th-Century physician turned pirate after escaping unjust political imprisonment. It was a role the handsome, sea-loving Tasmanian was born to play, and he shaped it into Hollywood's archetypal image of the adventurous hero. That he also becam a romatic idol and a vision of gallantry in love is due in large part to his ideally cast co-star: radiant Olivia de Havilland in the first of thir eight films together. Directed with panache by Michael Curtiz, scored with flair by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and featuring Basil Rathbone and Lionel Attwill as villains to remember, CAPTAIN BLOOD wil skipper you on the high seas of unparalleled enjoyment. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view it) - The film is presented in its original BLACK & WHITE and FULL SCREEN format (1.33:1 aspect ratio) and runs for a total of 114 minutes - the AUDIO is the original ENGLISH language and MONO (there is also an Italian dubbed soundtrack on the disc) - SUBTITLES are in English, French, Italian, Dutch and Arabic (with Hearing Impaired subs for English and Italian languages only) - SPECIAL FEATURES are vintage newsreel, a comedy short 'ALL AMERICAN DRAWBACK' and a cartoon 'BILLBOARD FROLICS' (all from 1935), the film's original Theatrical Trailer and a new featurette 'CAPTAIN BLOOD: A SWASHBUCKLER IS BORN'.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Scott on 23 July 2003
Format: VHS Tape
As something of an Errol Flynn buff, I can reassure any of you debating whether to part with you're hard earned money on Captain Blood, that you will in no way feel dissapointed with film...
Captain Blood is ture epitomy of a rip-roaring, Swashbuckler from Hollywood's so called 'Golden Age'. Following the adventure of Peter Blood, a Doctor condemned to spend a life of slavery in the Carribean, who escapes and embarks on a life of adventure through Piracy. The story is enticing, with everything you could need for an instant classic; Injustice, Courage, Romance, Pirates, Naval Battles, fantastic acting, tremendous swordfights (espcially the duel on the beach between the two rival captains), and the merest whiff of moral undertone (the injustice of slavery).
The acting is enthusiastic (without being OTT -common in many films of this Genre and period), with Flynn on top form. All in all, an absolute classic and well worth purchasing - please dont allow the age and lack of colour to deter you from a thoroughly enjoyable film.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "olympiastrymer" on 14 Sep 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Pure swashbuckling joy. It has pirates, duels, double-crosses, villainous villains, a great will-they?-won't-they? romance, Basil Rathbone as a scurvy villain and of course the drop-dead-gorgeous charms of Errol Flynn. Yes, it's in black and white. Yes, the modeling work is obvious. But the plot, which is faithful to the book (also well worth a read), acting and enthusiasm of all concerned make it every bit as compelling as its technicolour descendants.
It could be bettered - but only by the original theatrical release (which is around 20 minutes longer) on DVD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
Captain Blood is one of those films I always undervalue, which at least means that each time I see it I'm pleasantly surprised by how much better it is than I remembered. Despite the lack of action until the spectacular finale, it has a good plot and some great visuals, as you'd expect from Michael Curtiz, but a big part of the fun is watching Errol Flynn become a star before your eyes: it's easy to guess which scenes were shot during the first couple of weeks when he was still a little awkward, but the confidence, charm and vigour he brings to the part easily overshadows his few missteps, and he and Olivia De Havilland are one of those rare perfect onscreen couples. Basil Rathbone's Fronch axe-scent is so out-ray-juss that even he can't keep a straight face (he literally has to turn away from the camera at one point as he gets a fit of giggles). His swordfight with Flynn is the only real disappointment, a surprisingly flat number even if we didn't have Robin Hood to compare it with. Wonderfully entertaining on every level.

As well as boasting the uncut version of the film (the UK video was a cut reissue version), Warners' DVD comes with an excellent array of extras too - a documentary on the making of the film, a 1937 radio adaptation, trailer and selected short subjects recreating the whole 1935 moviegoing experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Akinsanya on 21 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
Although I am only just 40, I grew up watching Errol Flynn and was captivated by his flair and the delivery of his lines. I have almost every film that he made. This film was one of his earliest and it is truly brilliant. The Young Flynn brings the character of Captain Blood to life and you feel as if you aboard the ship and one of the crew!

Errol Flynn belongs to a generation of great actors whp mastered their craft and were truly captivating. His chemistry with Olivia De havilland was simply magical and one of many that they made together.

A must see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "CAPTAIN BLOOD" (1935) (119 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill & Basil Rathbone

Directed by Michael Curtiz

The quintessential swashbuckler. Irish doctor Dr. Peter Blood (Flynn) is wrongly sentenced to deportation and slavery to the Caribbean. He plans an escape and now seeking vengeance forms an alliance with the French buccaneer Capt. Levasseur (Bathbone). However during their reign of piracy they capture Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland) and Blood's feelings are betrayed when he challenges Levasseur over her.

Atwill played many a screen villain, but I'm not sure he was ever better as the pompous blundering oaf Colonel Bishop. My favorite scene is when Flynn routs out the Spanish pirate attack on Port Royal by seizing the pirate ship. When Atwill comes on board to thank those who turned the tables on the pirates he gets quite a reception. The dialog in this scene and the final result of this oaf being tossed into the harbor is priceless.

Quintessential Flynn in his "breakout" role is outstanding and a fabulous Eric Wolfgang Korngold score that still rings true today.

Special mention goes out to Basil Rathbone, flawlessly cast as a French corsair.

BIOS:
1. Michael Curtiz [aka: Manó Kertész Kaminer] [Director]
Date of Birth: 24 December 1886 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Date of Death: 10 April 1962 - Hollywood, California

2. Errol Flynn [aka: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn]
Date of Birth: 20 June 1909, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Date of Death: 14 October 1959, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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