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King's Rhapsody [DVD]

Anna Neagle , Errol Flynn , Herbert Wilcox    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anna Neagle, Errol Flynn, Patrice Wymore, Martita Hunt, Finlay Currie
  • Directors: Herbert Wilcox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I04OS4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adapting Ivor Novello's long-running musical play for the big screen, this enchanting Ruritanian romance marked the second pairing of Errol Flynn and British film heroine Anna Neagle under the direction of Herbert Wilcox.

Blending sumptuous pageantry and richly varied music and choreography, King's Rhapsody echoed the abdication crises that enthralled pre-War Europe, with Flynn starring as the prince who falls for a commoner (Neagle), and his wife Patrice Wymore as the princess whom he is finally persuaded to marry. The film is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

For some years, Richard, carefree heir to the throne of Laurentia, has been contentedly living in exile with his love, Marta Karillos. On the death of his father, however, the Queen Mother persuades him to return to Laurentia to claim the throne, and accept marriage to Princess Cristiane of Norseland - the 'Snow Princess'...

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing! 23 April 2014
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This box office failure which curtailed the proposed multi-picture partnership of Neagle and Flynn, is described bizarrely as a "gem" by another Amazon reviewer. For this DVD release "the gem" receives a very basic transfer that has resulted in a decidedly sub-standard DVD. Yes a full restoration would have been costly but the fact there appears to be a fly walking across the telecine for about 10 minutes at the start of the film is inexcusable. Add to this that there is an often blurred picture, several examples of print damage, very poor audio quality and soundtrack distortion (noted by another reviewer too) and you end up with a bit of a dog's dinner. Hidden away is a vague hint of how wonderful the original Ivor Novello musical may have been. But Herbert Wilcox the director cuts the three hour show into ninety minutes screen time, reallocated and removes many of the musical numbers leaving Anna Neagle with just one song! All in all it's a bit of a mess - and badly dubbed too, with some astonishingly bizarre choreography to boot. A strong cast is given the impossible task of making something out of the lamentable script and abridged plot and then they have to cope with Mr. Wilcox weak direction. It's all such a shame and having waited many years for a DVD of this film to have been given such a feeble transfer in a shoddy plastic "folder" is the last straw. No - I'm not expecting "pristine" restorations but the releasing company's claims led me to expect a much better transfer than we are given. Yes, I got a little nostalgic pleasure from it all but that was outweighed by a major sense of irritation at the distributors for releasing the film in this condition. I don't want to discourage real fans from purchasing this product - but for me it was a qualified disappointment!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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It would seem that some dvd collectors have been spoiled by pristine, expensive restorations of classic movies like GONE WITH THE WIND, THE ROBE and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Not every old movie has a fan-base which is going to make hours of costly restoration worthwhile for the company releasing it on dvd. The hit-and-miss Herbert Wilcox adaptation of Ivor Novello's operetta KING'S RHAPSODY is a case in point. Errol Flynn is well cast (if a mite too old and showing it) for the lead role and obviously did not wish his singing to be dubbed. (His brief ,self-deprecating attempt at vocalizing in Warners' THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS was fun but did not lead to a singing career......). Thus his songs are sung by other characters and the device of having a wandering minstrel sing from the streets was employed which was obviously not in the original stage version. (On the positive side of things, this minstrel has a great voice).
Good location shots are mixed with stylized sets - nothing unusual in many big budget Hollywood musicals. Anna Neagle does well with both the dramatic and musical demands of her role and good British character actors (such as Finlay Currie and Martita Hunt, "re-united" 10 years after Lean's GREAT EXPECTATIONS) give able support. Errol's real-life wife at the time- Patrice Wymore (a Warner Bros discovery)- playing the princess Errol is expected to marry for the sake of his country- is beautiful and effective in her supporting role.(Miss Wymore passed away recently).
The print is imperfect but I have seen much worse. The colour palette is strong (ie. not faded) and the image is quite sharp for early CinemaScope.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars do not buy 23 April 2014
Format:DVD
Long awaited and a total disappointment. Brand new transfer my foot.
The sound is comparable to an early thirties talkie.
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