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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050HVLOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Region Free - plays on all DVD players worldwide. English Dolby Digital audio with optional English, French, Spanish and Korean subtitles. Case (as pictured) displays English and Korean text, with film synopsis in both languages. English DVD menu.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
The Sea Hawk is the only picture to give The Adventures of Robin Hood a run for its money in the greatest adventure film of all time stakes. Sharing only the title with Warners enjoyable silent film and reusing the sets and costumes from The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, it's a great example of the genius of the studio system in the days before packaging became a dirty word. Errol Flynn is at his very best here, whether he's capturing Spanish galleons in the English Channel, wooing Brenda Marshall or fighting off a quartet of palace guards to warn Queen Elizabeth of the impending Armada - he's the kind of guy every man wants to be and every woman just wants. And he's backed up by a strong array of talent - villainous Claude Rains and eternally snide and condescending Henry Daniell, sidekick Alan Hale, Flora Robson's haughty but playful Elizabeth, reliably decent Donald Crisp and a slew of other familiar faces all the way down to J.M. Kerrigan's shifty spy. Even the eternally irritating Una O'Connor is on her best behavior here.

And there's real talent behind the cameras too - Howard Koch and Seton I. Miller's unashamedly stirring screenplay, Sol Polito's great black and white photography, where every swordfight casts giant shadows, Anton Grot's far from grotty art direction, Michael Curtiz's vivid direction and, of course, Erich Wolfgang Korngold's greatest score (not to mention that song!). Warner's recent DVD release is a fine package, boasting the fully restored version (the obvious anti-Nazi parallels were removed for post-war reissues, reducing Donald Crisp's role to a mere extra) and the sepia tint to the Panama sequences.

Extras are good, although it is a shame that the terrific - and very different - silent version was not included as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Carter on 23 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
I agree with Trevor Willsmer: this is quite superb, a terrific film for all the reasons he lists. The only thing to add is a reference to the impossibly lovely Olivia de Havilland: she doesn't have much to do but stand there appearing darkly beautiful, but my, how well she does it! Now I can't wait to see her, opposite Errol Flynn again, in Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

And Trevor mentions in passing the sepia sequence in the film: my immediate thought was that this was in homage to the colour sequence at the end of Ivan the Terrible Part II, but that wasn't made until 1944 so maybe it was the other way round?

One more point: the music (by Korngold) is wonderful, especially the trumpet led action theme that Indiana Jones' tune has an uncanny (and presumably not accidental) resemblance to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice on 30 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This classic swashbuckling adventure cost around 2 million dollars to make and the effects are great for it's year,including the sea battle.
The ships were hand made and the company built a stage which was filled with water. The stage was so big they were able to fit two full sized sailing ships.
Errol Flynn is the greatest actor for his swashbuckling roles and other movies which are worth watching are Robin Hood and captain blood.
Other actors like Johny Deppe or Tyrone Power are great for their swashbuckling films, but you can't put them in the same category as Errol Flynn.
Out of all pirate movies, this is my second best and my number one is the first pirates of the carribean movie, because I prefer the story a lot more. This movie is also number 6 in my top 25 swashbuckling movies on amazon.co.uk, which is worth looking. Other pirate movies which are worth watching is the Spanish main with Paul Henreid and the black swan with Tyrone Power.
There is also a great duel towards the end between Errol and the evil Henry Daniell. But the negative thing about the duel is that Henry Daniell didn't take part because he couldn't fence, so they had to use a double.
If you have not seen this great adventure, you should buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2011
Format: DVD
The Sea Hawk is directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Howard Koch and Seton I. Miller. It's loosely based on The Sea Hawk (1915) written by Rafael Sabatini. Starring are Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale and Henry Daniell. Music is scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Sol Polito is the cinematographer.

It's the reign of Queen Elizabeth and Captain Geoffrey Thorpe preys on the galleons of Spain, plundering for treasure and freeing the English enslaved as oarsmen. Back at court, the Spanish Ambassador and an English traitor conspire against Thorpe and the British naval defence as King Philip II of Spain (Montagu Love) plots World domination.

Swashbuckling ahoy in this quite rousing Michael Curtiz/Errol Flynn picture. No expense spared from Warner Brothers who stumped up $1.7 million to help make The Sea Hawk a wonderfully lavish production. The budget is evident in the marvellous sets and the impacting costumes, spot on direction from Curtiz, the cinematography from Sol Polito is luscious, whilst Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score is suitably periodic with its swirling romanticism for the tender threads and rousing for the ship duelling bluster. But all this wouldn't be quite so great without a good cast to flesh out the dynamite story.

Errol Flynn is perhaps at a career high as Thorpe? Swashing away with a trusty blade to do down the evil enemy who dare to hurt good old Blighty. Villain duties fall to Claude Rains as Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba and Henry Daniell as Lord Wolfingham, Rains is sadly underused but leaves his mark, whilst Daniell is deliciously scheming and easily carries off the baddie honours.
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