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Pirates of the Golden Age Movie Collection [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Errol Flynn , Maureen O'Hara , Charles Barton , Frederick De Cordova    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Alice Kelley, Mildred Natwick
  • Directors: Charles Barton, Frederick De Cordova, George Sherman
  • Writers: Charles K. Peck Jr., Harold Shumate, Joe May, John Grant, Joseph Hoffman
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 8 May 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T0GO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOIST THE JOLLY ROGER! 4 Dec 2007
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What a superb collection this is!
'Yankee Buccaneer' stars Jeff Chandler as a U.S. Navy commander who is ordered to disguise himself and his crew as pirates and to set sail under the skull and crossbones in an attempt to infiltrate a pirate community.
'Double Crossbones' features Donald O'Connor as a salesman in a shop selling jewellery and other fine items who is arrested when the proprietor is found to have stolen goods on the premises. On the way to prison he manages to escape along with old sea dog Will Geer and they both become pirates. Donald O'Connor has always reminded me of Danny Kaye. He could sing and dance, and his mannerisms were similar, although he did not have quite the same appeal. He sings one song here, but this movie is not a musical.
'Buccaneer's Girl' has the very attractive Yvonne De Carlo as a singer who falls for pirate Philip Friend. She sings three songs, but, again, this is not a musical.
Last but not least, 'Against All Flags' stars the legendary Errol Flynn as a government spy who is sent to infiltrate Anthony Quinn's pirate band and manages to woo the stunning Maureen O'Hara in the process.
All four movies are in glorious technicolor and complement each other very well. Jeff Chandler even does the narration at the beginning of 'Double Crossbones'. There is plenty of sword fighting, cannon firing and sinking of ships, but also romance and humour. All in all, great fun.
The sound and picture quality is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Universal's US NTSC 4-film DVD collection isn't top tier swashbuckling, but it adds up to a decent bit of plunder - no precious gems, but only one stale chocolate Doubloon.

By 1952 Errol Flynn's wicked wicked ways were starting to catch up with him but, a few shots where he's short of breath aside, he still manages to hide it pretty well in pirate romp Against All Flags. It's certainly not in the Captain Blood or Sea Hawk league, but it is an entertaining glorious Technicolor swashbuckler that has fun playing with Flynn's rakish image - when asked to explain trying to sneak away with a female captive he simply shrugs "Springtime?" - and delivers the goods in a tight 83 minutes. Flynn's not a proper pirate this time but a British naval officer pretending to be a mutineer to go undercover and stop the pirates of Libertatia ransacking the local shipping, wooing Maureen O'Hara's fiery ship owner Spitfire Stevens to memorise her map of the islands defences (conveniently located in her bedroom) and unsuccessfully trying to prevent Anthony Quinn's suspicious pirate chief from sacking the Moghul of India's ship and kidnapping his daughter. Frankly, as played by Alice Kelley, she's such an irritating simpering moron that you'd think the Moghul would be glad to see the back of her, but with every Englishman in India facing death if she isn't returned he has to somehow rescue her without incurring the wrath of O'Hara...

No, it's not the greatest plot in the world, but it zips along at a cracking pace, is lavishly produced and well cast (Mildred Natwick's in there as a sharp-tongued chaperone as well), the action decently handled - itself a surprise in a late Flynn film - and everyone plays it like they mean it and they're having a good time in the process.
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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Silly, but Entertaining Set, with Flynn, to Boot! 11 Jun 2007
By Benjamin J Burgraff - Published on
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Universal may never have had the prestige of an MGM, but it knew how to make a rousing genre picture (NOBODY did classic horror, better!), and these swashbucklers are great fun...with Errol Flynn providing a first-rate entry in the collection!

"Against All Flags" (1952): Nearing the end of his WB career, Flynn was allowed an occasional freelance assignment...and Universal welcomed him with a first-rate comedy/adventure, 'A-List' co-stars (Maureen O'Hara and Anthony Quinn), and a veteran director (George Sherman). While lacking the grace of his youth, Flynn has abundant panache and charm as an undercover officer posing as a pirate, and obviously enjoyed making this movie. A bit of trivia: Flynn broke his ankle filming a battle scene, and during his recovery, Universal (never a studio to waste money), utilized the sets to film "Yankee Buccaneer"! GREAT fun! (4 1/2 stars out of 5)

"Yankee Buccaneer" (1952): One of the two pictures in the collection directed by comedy and action veteran Fred De Cordova (later famous as "The Tonight Show" producer), this brawny B-adventure showcases two rising stars (Jeff Chandler and Scott Brady), and provides an early view of David Janssen, in a small role. While the plot (a U.S. Naval vessel poses as a renegade, to track pirate activities) is no great shakes, the story never drags, and the cast is enjoyable. (2 1/2 stars out of 5).

"Buccaneer's Girl" (1950): The second De Cordova-directed feature; while the title sounds like a typical RKO/Maureen O'Hara adventure from the '40s, this is, in fact, a light-hearted pirate yarn featuring Yvonne De Carlo as a misplaced Boston entertainer involved with dashing buccaneer captain Philip Friend (an attractive actor who never quite achieved major stardom). There's a lot of Lucille Ball in De Carlo's comic performance, and you may notice TWO of Errol Flynn's classic villains (Robert Douglas and Henry Daniell), on hand to provide mischief! Lovable pirates with hearts of gold, and good, clean family fun. (2 stars out of 5).

"Double Crossbones" (1951): Donald O'Connor, prior to "Singing in the Rain", shows his remarkable dancing skills in this often silly, but likable little family-friendly yarn. As a meek apprentice who accidentally becomes a pirate, the film's success relies on his charm, and for the most part, he delivers. You'll never see Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, or Captain Kidd more sweet-natured than they are portrayed here! Watch for Will Geer, James Arness, Charles McGraw, and Glenn Strange, in supporting roles...(2 stars out of 5).

These titles may not have you dreaming of running off to sea, but at this price, they certainly are worth a few evenings' worth of swashbuckling!
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double rum matey 7 May 2007
By C. A. Luster - Published on
As most reviews have stated this set is worth owning if for no other reason to own "Against All Flags". I watched it for years on TV and waited anxiously for it to come out on DVD. When it did not come out in the two Errol Flynn sets I was very disappointed. This is by far a favorite of most Flynn fans. Those of us that especially like "The Seahawk", "Captain Blood", and "The Master of Ballantrae" love it. A must have. The others in this Pirates set are mindless fun too, just not inspirational enough to have me want to see the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" or go to Disneyworld to go on the ride as much as "Against All Flags". One other thing, the DVD is clear and sharp and the color in "Against All Flags" is so clean it looks like a new print.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered 8 May 2007
By S. Beistline - Published on
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I also ordered this only for Against All Flags. The quality of this DVD was excellent. I received this set in the mail yesterday and only had the opportunity to watch Against All Flags, and the movie was all I expected and more with the great Technocolor and sound quailty, along with the original movie trailers. As is, this set was worth the money after just the first film, and I've got 3 more in the set to look forward to and enjoy.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aaaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhhh..... 19 Feb 2007
By D. James - Published on
This set looks like it's worthwhile for classic adventure movie lovers. A brief description of each title:

Against All Flags -

In 1700, the pirates of Madagascar menace the India trade; British officer Brian Hawke has himself cashiered, flogged, and set adrift to infiltrate the pirate "republic." There, Hawke meets lovely Spitfire Stevens, a pirate captain in her own right, and the sparks begin to fly; but wooing a pirate poses unique problems. Especially after he rescues adoring young Princess Patma from a captured ship. Meanwhile, Hawke's secret mission proceeds to an action-packed climax.

Bucaneer's Girl -

Robin Hood-like pirate Baptiste takes only the ships of rich but wicked trader Narbonne. Fun loving Debbie, a passenger from his latest prize, stows away on the pirate ship and falls for the pirate; later, having become a New Orleans entertainer, she meets his alter ego, who's engaged to the governor's daughter. Sea battles and land rescues follow in lighthearted style.

Yankee Bucaneer -

A United States Navy ship in the first half of the 19th century, under the command of Captain David Porter, is expecting to put ashore after a year on the seas; but the arrival of one of Porter's ex-students, the willful and independent Lieutenant David Farragut, brings a new mission: to disguise the ship and crew as a pirate ship and help the Navy locate the criminals who have been robbing America's merchant fleet. But as Farragut's disobedience threatens the safety of the crew, they stumble upon an international conspiracy.

Double Crossbones -

All I could find was - After being falsely accused of dishonesty, a young man decides to become a pirate.

Piratey goodness for all.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We have waited too long 3 Mar 2007
By Daniel Lee Taylor - Published on
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This collection would be worth the price for the movie Against All Flags. The others are icing on the cake. Buccaneer's Girl features Yvonne DeCarlo as a singer in New Orleans who has to free her pirate friend from prison. See why she was called queen of the B-movies. Yankee Buccaneer has a really good cast featuring Jeff Chandler, David Janssen and Scott Brady. The real jewel here though is Against All Flags. Imagine the pairing of Errol Flynn and Maureen O'Hara, as a pirate herself, in a film that has action, humor and romance. Anthony Quinn plays a villanous pirate himself in this fun and entertaining film that has been hidden far too long.
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