Pirates of Tortuga is chiefly of interest today as an example of how, even in the early sixties, the studio infrastructure could lend even cheap programmers lavish production values. True, most of the sea battles are stock footage from The Black Swan, but the standing backlot sets at Fox give this Sam Katzman quickie a fairly lavish look. Shame it never finds much interesting use to put them to, with the third-rate cast failing to provide any color to offset the clichés, although it does offer a rare opportunity to hear the oft-dubbed John Richardson, the Clive Owen of his day (looked like a movie star, acted like a plank of wood), use his own voice in a supporting role. Once the bookies favorite to take over the role from Sean Connery, just be grateful that George Lazenby got to play James Bond instead!
Fox's DVD offers a good enough 2.35:1 widescreen transfer and includes the original theatrical trailer.