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The Black Shield Of Falworth [DVD] [1954]

Tony Curtis , Janet Leigh , Rudolph Maté    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, David Farrar, Barbara Rush, Herbert Marshall
  • Directors: Rudolph Maté
  • Producers: Robert Arthur, Melville Tucker
  • 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: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EC24KW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Medieval epic full of swashbuckling heroics and romance. Tony Curtis plays a dashing young knight trying to defend the British throne and win the heart of a fair maiden. Myles (Curtis) is a headstrong young peasant who sets out to find out the identity of his father. He travels to the majestic MacWorth Castle, where he aims to win a knighthood as well as the hand of Lady Anne (played by Janet Leigh, Curtis's real-life bride). However, she has already been claimed by the evil Sir Walter Blunt (Patrick O'Neal) . Meanwhile, the English throne is being threatened by sinister forces from within. It seems it's up to Myles to save the kingdom.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Black Shield of Falworth was Universal-International's first feature in CinemaScope, and is released for the very first time on DVD in the UK on 10 November 2008 by Eureka Entertainment. In one of his earliest and most dashing performances, a young Tony Curtis pursues his real-life bride Janet Leigh, while defending the British throne in this swashbuckling saga filled with jousts, jests and medieval super heroics The time is England in the reign of King Henry IV, Miles (Curtis) is a headstrong, handsome peasant determined to learn the name of his slain father and discover his true heritage. His fiery ambition and swift sword lead him to the majestic MacWorth castle. There he must compete for both knighthood as well as the hand of the fair Lady Anne (Leigh), but her love is claimed by the evil, conniving Sir Walter Blount. All the while the English throne is being challenged to the death - from sinister forces within Soon the fate of the realm, and his beloved Lady Anne, will depend upon his martial skill, but not before Miles must unlock the secret of his own shocking, mysterious identity. With its outstanding supporting cast and dazzling set design this is truly an epic tale of which legends are made! Starring the ever charismatic, multi-award winning Tony Curtis (Some like It Hot, Smell of Sweet Success, The Defiant Ones), the OSCAR® nominated Janet Leigh (Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate) and directed by the OSCAR® nominated cinematographer Rudolph Mate. ...The Black Shield of Falworth

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Shield is a Winner! 14 Sep 2010
By Humbi
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Pure entertainment presented in the format closest to the original film release. Historical piece, not only because of the period, but because it was indeed the first Technicolor and Cinemascope release for Universal Pictures. This is a must have Blu-ray for serious collectors around the world. Thank you for not region locking it. It plays "Universally" (No pun intended)
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4.0 out of 5 stars FALWORTH REVISITED 1 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Last saw this movie some 50 years ago ! I spoke to Tony Curtis at the Metropole B'ham ( autograph signing ) and he confirmed that in the movie he never said " Yonder lies de Castle of my Faddah ! " as the critics claimed. The Black Shield of Falworth remains exactly as I remembered - wonderful technicolour rendered excellently in blu ray ( sound mono though ) with a very young Tony and a wonderful baddie performance from our own Peter Cushing as a Muslim Prince seeking to usurp the British Monarchy.
Great Movie - but sadly almost everyone in it is long since dead ( including David Farrar , Torin Thatcher and of course the very beautiful Janet Leigh who had only just married Tony at that time )!
Thanks again Blu Ray - great movie - great action - aaaah .....all those yesterdays!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE 5 Oct 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw the BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH at the cinema as a child in 1954. For me it was a trip down memory lane. It was a film of its time, although people queued in 1954 to see it. Athough today it may look dated and the late Tony Curtis had a 50`s hair style, which was known as the Tony Curtis Haircut,very popular with young men at that time and it was merrie England on the Universal backlot it is still worth a look to any movie buff. I have just watched it on my 42inch tv and found the quality of the dvd acceptable. It is also worth watching to see the villain played by David Farrah a english actor who's talents were wasted by Hollywood.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yondah lies the castle of my faddah! 17 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Here's Universal Studios first CinemaScope picture, but more importantly, the first anamorphic scope picture in Technicolor (all of the 20th Century Fox premiere releases were in Color by DeLuxe). This EUREKA high-definition transfer is first-rate, and a benchmark for continuing Blu-ray masters of classic films.
Curtis and Leigh were hot mid-century contract players for Universal at the time this matinee swashbuckler was released, and that low-budget studio's set pieces are quite evident throughout this production. Universal didn't jump on the CinemaScope stereophonic bandwagon either. Still, it's a quaint costume potboiler with loads of 1950's nostalgia working for it. Wouldn't it be great to see Blu-Ray transfers of other great early scope adventures like KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES, THE EGYPTIAN, SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD, MOONFLEET etc. etc. etc. etc....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merrie England, 19th century medievalism 2 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
This is a first class film, true it hangs on the coat-tails of Prince Valiant, but that does not distract from it's worth. This is the medieval England of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites, the England of dappled sunlight through greenwoods, whitewashed cottages and many turreted castles. Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh are full of youth and vigor defending the crown and justice and the American dream (pardon). The film moves at a good pace and the action sequences are exciting and well staged by James Havens. Of course its not everyones cup of tea, no swearing, no sex and no gore but it is a classic of the swashbuckler genre and should be viewed as such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Shield of Falworth 16 Oct 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A very pleasant surprise indeed to find this film getting the High Definition treatment. The Black Shield of Falworth has been long sought after by collectors and yet has never been given a decent release in any format - until now. Eureka have excelled themselves with this beautiful transfer on Blu-ray. Colour, sound and picture are all excellent and, most importantly, the film is in its correct CinemaScope aspect ratio at long last. The case even features the original Reynold Brown poster art. An absolute bargain at the price and an essential purchase for any fan of the Golden Age of Widescreen - the 1950s. Keep it up, Eureka!

John Hayes
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Black Cheese of Falworth 16 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
It doesn't take much knowledge of film history to suss out exactly what type of film we're presented with here.

Since it was produced in the U.S. in the mid-50's, we're safe in assuming that it's not all that creditable as a source of historical edification. Also, from seeing Tony Curtis' name slotted in the lead, we can expect that it wasn't entirely an a-list vehicle, (despite the fact that this film served as the first outing in the use of Cinemascope). And, since the movie was directed by a man more famed amongst professionals as a cameraman than he is recognizable to the layman as a director, we can deduce this is a movie prettier to look at than it is to enjoy as a narrative.

But really, those are all of the cons, and on the happier side of criticism there are a few merits to tag onto it as well.

In the instances where scenes are played for cheek rather than tat earnest, there are a few good laughs to be found, (and almost all have to do with the Leigh character). Additionally, the film is quite beautifully lit, and the color work is particularly smart for its period, (although you can tell Mate isn't quite that comfortable in arranging his compositions for this new ratio). And lastly, while it's a minor point that probably wouldn't be considered a plus by all, I take some pleasure in noting that the chain-mail blouse Leigh sports in one scene must have been very cold indeed, as it comes to two sharp points in a way that's bound to claim the attentions of most, (if not all) heterosexual men. For America in the 1950's, this had to be scandalous, (although you'll hear no complaints from me) and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it sparked some consternation back in the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good film.
Published 25 days ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant swashbuckling adventure!
This is a very good quality upgrade with clear picture and good colour. It is a good story with a mystery that unfolds towards the climax. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter F Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Shield of Falworth [1954] [Blu-ray]
The Black Shield of Falworth [1954] [Blu-ray] In one his earliest and most dashing performances, Tony Curtis pursues his real-life bride Janet Leigh, while defending the British... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic sword film
First off this comes in a in 14 mm Case the same as only bought alley Barbara and 40,000 thieves which is best that takes up less room rated G absolutely no extras on but the sound... Read more
Published 4 months ago by paul block
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent relaxing entetainment.
A lovely nostalgic evening's entertainment, excellent quality transfer to disc and in blu ray. Who could ask for better? I hope this is a new trend starting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DREAM TOWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Coat of harms
Myles, an all action farm mullet in a pair of tights, and his sister Meg live happily on the Universal Studio's backlot, in Ye Olde England. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arch Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood favourite
A film a rember with kidness from my youth cant say the acting is great but its enjoyable fun Janet Liegh look so good
Published 6 months ago by Indred Cold
4.0 out of 5 stars Old gold
An old movie from the golden period of film making. It's still well worth to watch. It hasn't "faded" with time.
Published 7 months ago by Laurentius Gemini
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Shield of Falworth DVD
This was ordered for a friend who loves all of these type old films and she was very pleased with it.
Published 7 months ago by Thurn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Shield of Falworth
I have always liked this movie when i was younger and decided it was time to own it on dvd, but lucky for me I could get a copy on region 2 as some of the old movies you can hardly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Psychotic Devil
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