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Charge of Light Brigade [DVD] [1936] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , B. Reeves Eason , Jack King    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce
  • Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Jack King, Lloyd French, Michael Curtiz
  • Writers: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Burnet Hershey, Forrest Barnes, Jack Henley
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2E30E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charge of the Light Brigade. 3 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
Although its purpose in 1936 was to raise a spirit of military self-sacrific in America's young men prior to WWII; this film is still one of both Errol Flynn's, and Hollywood's all time greats! Despite the historical inaccuracies; Union Jacks flying proudly upside down for example, the films basic themes have undoubtedly stood the test of time. Brotherly love strained by a beautiful woman. Cowardly treacherous behaviour ultimately avenged by a thundering cavalry charge of the Empire's gallant soldiery. Noble Commander's protecting a fallen hero's good name; this film has it all and more! Full of understated emotions, dignity, courage, loyalty and honour plus a large dash of decency, they simply don't make films like this anymore! On a graver note, if they ever start too, perhaps we should all begin to take a deeper interest in world events, but until then; ENJOY IT!!!!! IT'S A CRACKER.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic film, with a great ending 10 July 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is truely a great film.
Telling the story of Captain (later Major) Vickers of the 27th Lancers, who experiences the horrible massacre of women and children at a garrison city in British India. You can feel your blood boil as you watch the unarmed women and children being shot to pieces as they try to escape and the horrors the remander of the garrison finds when it returns.
After this the film moves to the Crimea for the last 30 - 20 mins of the film, although the film sadly devotes little to the war of 1854 the showing of the charge is fantastic, being played along with the poem which was soon wrote after the event.
Overall a great film which has a satisfying ending ...
I would recommend this film to all people who enjoy a good action film and it is certainly the better of the two films made on the suicidal charge.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC EMPIRE MAKING 8 Jan 2006
By Steven
Format:VHS Tape
A classic British Empire film set in the backdrop of India and the Crimea. The story begins with a brutal massacre of soldiers in a British garrison in Colonial India. Then the story drifts into the Crimea and in the beautifully shot, Light Brigade charge!
This film is one of the last remaining that makes the British Empire look heroic. The battles are superb and are shot in the way like old western film shootouts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great actor lay beneath the good looks. 1 Jun 2012
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Every young budding actor should study Errol Flynn, his rich gentle voice and the elegance in his walk and the way he moves is sheer magic.
Can not think of one leading man these days to touch him, he had it all and serious acting chops as well, well ahead of his time.

Don't let the age of these films put you off, they are stunning films and he is worth getting to know.

Recently saw the SeaHawk, and he just gets better.

If you want to see one of the "best entrances" in a film ever watch Robin Hood. When he walks through the door of the banquet hall with that deer over his shoulders, I tell you - your knees will start to shake!

Let these films be your Sat/Sun afternoon matinee and it will make your day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but murder on the horses 7 Jun 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Warner Bros. and Michael Curtiz faced a real challenge with their 1936 epic The Charge of the Light Brigade: how to solve the problem of turning the biggest fiasco in British military history into a heroic adventure? Why, ignore history entirely and make it all up instead, of course! Unfortunately, it doesn't quite pull it off, because no matter how entertaining the first hundred minutes are, there's no getting around the stupidity of Donald Crisp's commanding officer or the criminal irresponsibility of Errol Flynn's actions in the last reel, no matter how `noble' his intentions. Nor is it easy to accept the truly vicious horsefalls in the final charge, no matter how spectacular the sequence, although at least the huge number of horses killed in the sequences (along with one stuntman) led to laws being passed to protect animals in films.

Despite the title, the film takes its lead from the previous year's The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and is more interested in revolting natives on the Indian frontier than it is in the Crimean War, with Flynn's dashing cavalry officer surprisingly losing Olivia De Havilland's hand to his brother Patric Knowles while failing to avert a massacre masterminded by C. Henry Gordon's treacherous Surat Khan. The Charge itself is here an act of revenge rather than a ghastly blunder, and is portrayed as the turning point in the war rather than a wasted heroic gesture. But then, when Tony Richardson offered a more historically accurate version in 1968, audiences stayed at home in droves, so the studio clearly knew what they were doing by going for romantic hokum, and darn entertaining hokum at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. 7 Dec 2013
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I saw this film years ago as a youngster and loved it.I sat and watched the DVD (to my wifes disgust) and enjoyed every
minute of it. It is totally historically inaccurate and gung-ho but I loved it. It is a typical Errol Flynn film with plenty of action
and very little story. Great support from the likes of David Niven , Donald Crisp,Olivia De Havilland and Nigel Bruce and
lots more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charge of the Light Brigade 4 Oct 2013
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One of the best films of the period ever made. The acting was was good and the action scenes brilliant. Would recommend this to all lovers fo the old Hollywood erea
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Film of the '30s
Difficult to purchase in the UK, I welcomed the opportunity to purchase a copy from an overseas seller. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. A. Redfearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Jingoism at its best
A faithful rendition of the British Army's greatest - and most glorious - blunder? Of course it isn't! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but only 20 minutes of the movie is set in the Crimea War,
Don't get me wrong, this film is a pure classic and it's still very good, even today. But the only two things I found disappointing was that only the last 20 minutes was set in the... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars reviewv film
always like the origanal copy and film i did serve in the forces at the time was on exercise with the the what are now tank regiment and wear skull and crossbones as a badge
Published on 25 Jun 2011 by paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but only 20 minutes of the movie is set in the Crimea War
Don't get me wrong, this film is a pure classic and it's still very good, even today. But the only two things I found disappointing was that only the last 20 minutes was set in the... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking entertainment
As a historian, I should not like this film, and I have attacked Elizabeth:The Golden Age and Culloden for such inaccuracies. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Junius
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Although its purpose in 1936 was to raise a spirit of military self-sacrific in America's young men prior to WWII; this film is still one of both Errol Flynn's, and Hollywood's all... Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2008 by C. W. Bradbury
3.0 out of 5 stars A stunning travesty
A thrilling action film starring two of the most romantic film actors before or since with the added bonus of the inclusion of David Niven in a magnificent cast. Read more
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