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The Black Pirate [1926] [DVD]

Douglas Fairbanks , Donald Crisp , Albert Parker    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp
  • Directors: Albert Parker
  • 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: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Black Pirate is a 1926 adventure film which tells the story of a young nobleman who infiltrates a ship full of pirates to avenge his father's death. It stars Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp, Sam De Grasse and Billie Dove. In one long, dramatic scene, Fairbanks acting alone seizes a merchant ship. In another famous scene, he sticks his dagger into the mainsail and rides it all the way down from top to bottom, cutting the sail in half as he goes. The film features many special effects, including some spectacular models of sailing ships. The script was adapted by Jack Cunningham from a story by Fairbanks, who used his middle names 'Elton Thomas' as a pseudonym. The film was directed by Albert Parker and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Seen today, many of Douglas Fairbanks' films don't hold up too well, but his lavish 1926 swashbuckler The Black Pirate, shot in the still experimental, costly and time-consuming but here surprisingly impressive Two-strip Technicolor, works remarkably well. There's less of the camp prancing that marred his earlier Robin Hood (though the army of soldiers in swimming trunks and straps swimming to the rescue in the grand finale would look at home in any Gay Pride march) and less striking of heroic poses while manically grinning, with more genuinely exciting stunt work as he swings from the rigging or slices his way down billowing sails. Fairbanks is at his best here, not overacting or chewing the scenery as relentlessly as in some other films, perhaps because the film's revenge plot keeps him in check. The sole survivor of a pirate raid on his ship that cost his father's life, he swears to have his vengeance, bluffing his way into their crew by killing their captain in a swordfight and capturing a galleon single-handed only to risk everything for the beautiful princess they take hostage when some of the crew can think of better things to do with her than hold her for ransom.

Every pirate cliché in the book is faithfully presented, from buried treasure to walking the plank, though the pirates are especially brutal here: when one captive swallows a ring, they simply slice open his stomach to retrieve it (albeit off camera) or test the sharpness of a blade on a prisoner before disinterestedly wiping the blood off on his corpse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Main like it really was 28 Feb 2009
By Rich
My copy was in NTSC, despite what it said on the box.
This disk is taken from a monochrome print though the original was shot in an early two colour formatte. I don't know how widely distributed the colour version was, I suspect most cinema goers saw it in black and white in the nineteen twenties.
the Black Pirate was the film my mother remembered best from her childhood. It is a fine example of escapist cinema from the inter-war period. The scene where our hero descends from the rigging on a knife thrust into the sail is rightly famous and the vessels are wonderful caricatures of the 16th century war ship.
My cat, Boz, is a big fan of Douglas Fairbanks and swashbuckled for days after watching this film.
Pirates of the Caribbean without the noise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Black and White Pirate 17 Jun 2010
The DVD is the monochrome version though it seems to suggest colour in the blurb. It is not the Technicolour version, The track is aweful and does not relate to the action.
Colour versions exist elsewhere. Buy that version not this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good pirate adventure 5 April 2010
This is my favourite Douglas Fairbanks movie but the technicolour version is awful. Because you don't know who is who and the clour is pink which ruins the quality.
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