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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
This is truly vintage pirate stuff. Not as well known as Flyn's pirate movies but this has great script & caste that delivers a real golden age of hollwood experience...the digitised version is hard to tell from restored film & worth having in the collection
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Buckle Up"
Good old fashioned swashbuckler in glorious Technicolor has Tyrone Power renouncing his pirate days to help enforce British sovereignty in the Caribbean. Literate script from Seton Miller and Ben Hecht is especially well served by the wonderful Laird Cregar as the flamboyant governor of Jamacia and George Sanders who seems to be having a high old time as the rebel pirate...
Published on 19 Feb 2007 by Mark Pearce


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4.0 out of 5 stars What is that?..........the devil looking after his own!, 3 Feb 2012
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This is the story of the Spanish Main, when villainy wore a sash, and the only political creed in the world was, love, gold........and adventure!

The Black Swan finds Tyrone Power at his swashbuckling best, here as James "Boy" Waring, a pirate starting to find his conscience as he starts to find love, Power is devilishly handsome and swaggers about with knowingly comic abandon. Tho this Henry King directed picture reeks of being an illegitimate child to Errol Flynn's fabulous Captain Blood, it has such a great sense of fun and high production values, it really doesn't matter one jot. The colour cinematography from Leon Shamroy rightly won an Academy Award, whilst the nomination for Alfred Newman's booming score and the one for special effects team were very much deserved. The other thing to note is the fabulous costumes courtesy of Earl Luick, splendid attire, none more so than evidenced by Laird Cregar's joyous Henry Morgan. George Sanders and a ravishing Maureen O'Hara are in on the fun and really it's a film that to me is impossible not to enjoy, so avast yee lubbers and buckle up your swash. 7/10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 5 Jan 2011
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This is truly vintage pirate stuff. Not as well known as Flyn's pirate movies but this has great script & caste that delivers a real golden age of hollwood experience...the digitised version is hard to tell from restored film & worth having in the collection
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Buckle Up", 19 Feb 2007
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Good old fashioned swashbuckler in glorious Technicolor has Tyrone Power renouncing his pirate days to help enforce British sovereignty in the Caribbean. Literate script from Seton Miller and Ben Hecht is especially well served by the wonderful Laird Cregar as the flamboyant governor of Jamacia and George Sanders who seems to be having a high old time as the rebel pirate Captain Leech.Maureen O'Hara is both spirited and quite beautiful as the love interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Swan [1942] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 31 Mar 2014
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The Black Swan [1942] [Blu-ray] [US Import] THE ARCHETUPAL TECHNICOLOR SWASHBUCKLING . . . A TIMELESS PLEASURE!

Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara cross romantic swords in this epic OSCAR® Winning swashbuckler. Reformed pirate Jamie Boy [Tyrone Power] is supposed to be helping the new governor of Jamaica rid the Caribbean of black-hearted buccaneers. But when he falls head over heels for Lady Margaret [Maureen O'Hara] he kidnaps her and sets sail for the adventure of a lifetime. The film won an Academy Award® and was nominated for two more, which was as follows:

Won: Best Cinematography [Leon Shamroy]

Nominated: Best Visual Effects [Fred Sersen, Roger Heman Sr. and George Leverett] and Best Original Score [Alfred Newman]

FILM FACTS: The film is based on part on real-life pirate Sir Henry Morgan, who plundered the Caribbean in daring raids with his crew during the 1600s.

Cast: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn and George Zucco

Director: Henry King

Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck and Robert Bassler

Screenplay: Ben Hecht and Seton I. Miller

Composer: Alfred Newman

Cinematographer: Leon Shamroy

Audio: English: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 1.0 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 [Full Screen]

Running Time: 85 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Andrew's Blu-ray Review - The long-simmering conflict between Britain and Spain has at long last come to an end, and it looks like much the same can be said of piracy on the high seas. The infamous pirate Henry Morgan [Laird Cregar] not only defied death but has been knighted, promising to rid the Atlantic of his former comrades-in-arms on his way to the governorship of Jamaica. He offers his friends a regal pardon and a hundred acres of land a piece if they hang up their Jolly Rogers once and for all. If they don't, well...they'll be staring down the same hangman's noose that Morgan somehow escaped. Captain Jamie Waring [Tyrone Power], himself recently on the wrong side of a Spanish torture rack, eagerly sets sail alongside his long-time friend. Not much of anyone else shares Waring's enthusiasm. Too many other pirates, among them Captain Billy Leech [George Sanders] and Wogan [Anthony Quinn], sneer at Morgan as one of the king's spies. The residents of Jamaica are even more leery, suspicious that Morgan and his men could ever give up their wicked ways. They're desperate for Morgan and the hangman to face each other once again, and if they have to feed the likes of Billy Leech inside information about well-stocked ships to raid and embarrass their unwelcomed new governor, then that's just what they'll do. Oh, and if preening English gentleman Roger Ingram [Edward Ashley] rakes a captain's share of the loot in the process, all the better. Unfortunately for Morgan, Ingram's ploy works all too well, and every effort thus far to hunt down Leech and company have been stymied.

Facing another cry for impeachment, Morgan sends his best man after Leech in one final, desperate attempt to prove himself worthy of his governorship. Jamie Waring is up to the challenge but has to make one quick pit stop first, stopping to see Lady Margaret [Maureen O'Hara]. It's not enough of a humiliation that Morgan replaced her father as governor or that Jamie Waring is now sleeping in her former bedchamber, but Margaret is dragged kicking and screaming onto a ship by a man she finds utterly repulsive...and on the eve of her wedding to Ingram, no less! Everything seems to be going Jamie Waring's way. He's finally gotten his hands on the girl of his dreams, even if Lady Margaret wants to stab her kidnapper in his sleep. He discovers who the traitor is that's trading privileged information to Leech, and at long last, he even tracks down his former brother in piracy. The only downside is that this all happens at the same time, and Jamie Waring doesn't stand a chance. The ships of Jamie Waring's enemies outclass his in speed and firepower, so he can't run, and he can't fight. Like they say, though, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That charade buys Jamie Waring a little time, sure, but that's destined to leave him staring down even more cannons than before...

More than seventy years later, `The Black Swan' remains an infectiously fun swashbuckler. Boasting an 85 minute running time and a screenplay by Ben Hecht [Notorious and His Girl Friday], among others, the film is remarkably lean and uncluttered. `The Black Swan' is bookended by sprawling sequences of swordplay, moments made that much more frenetic by speeding them up a touch. Though filmed on a soundstage rather than the high seas, its massive models remain surprisingly convincing these many decades later, heightened by the breath-taking Technicolor cinematography of Leon Shamroy. Though Leon Shamroy was the only member of the film's cast and crew to take home a statuette, Alfred Newman was rightly nominated for an Academy Award for his rousing, high adventure score. As far as the premise goes, there's just something I find endlessly engaging about pirates trying to make good despite the best efforts of supposed gentlemen with no moral character. It's fast, it's breezy, it's thrilling, and a cast with the likes of Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara on the bill ensures that "The Black Swan" is almost always a joy to watch. Tyrone Power would go on to further costume epics, such as Captain From Castile, Prince of Foxes and The Black Rose, yet none of these were able to match the sheer swagger, splendour or pictorial beauty of The Black Swan.

Sadly, another historical spectacle proved to be Tyrone Power's last performance, because in September 1958, Tyrone Power and his wife Deborah went to Madrid and Valdespartera in Spain to film the epic Solomon and Sheba, to be directed by King Vidor. On the afternoon of November 15, 1942, he filmed a scene with George Sanders as the villain, in which the two performed a duel with broadswords. Tyrone Power had filmed about 75 percent of his scenes, when he was stricken with a massive heart attack while filming a duelling scene with his frequent co-star and friend, George Sanders. He died en route to the hospital on Saturday, November 15, 1958 and he was only 44. He was aware of his heart condition; in fact it was shortly before leaving for Spain that he did a film for the American Heart Association in which he warned of the dangers of exertion and said "time is the most precious thing we have." Solomon and Sheba was the kind of film that demanded physical effort, a costume epic with much action; Tyrone Power was the kind of actor who loathed letting a double do what he felt he could do himself.

Of course, the downside of a film swirling around reformed pirates is that the middle stretch of the film is disappointingly light on action, and far less of `The Black Swan' is set on sea than one might expect. I certainly wouldn't have minded at least one more battle somewhere in the middle; the closest it comes is the blink-and-you-miss-it siege on the Prince Consort, literally ending in seconds. The middle act is dominated by Jamie Waring's infatuation with Lady Margaret, and there's a reason I hesitate to use the word 'romance'. Lady Margaret can barely stomach the sight of this overly persistent and not altogether charming pirate, and though she inevitably falls for the man who kidnapped her as the film draws to a close, her swooning abruptly comes out of nowhere. As much as I enjoy "The Black Swan", it just doesn't approach the heights of Errol Flynn's most memorable swashbucklers. Not quite a classic but still a great deal of fun and very much recommended!

Blu-ray Video Quality - The Black Swan arrives on Blu-ray at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and its 1080p image quality devours most every available byte on this single layer disc. Despite the original camera negative having been lost for decades, the levels of clarity and fine detail showcased on this disc are often startling. Its fine, filmic texture has been faithfully preserved on Blu-ray, afforded a healthy bitrate to ensure that the grain is rendered as accurately as possible. Contrast is, at its best, robust enough to inspire a convincing sense of depth and dimensionality. There is essentially nothing in the way of wear or damage to intrude. No excessive filtering, artificial sharpening, or awkward digital manipulation ever rear their heads either.

Its reproduction of The Black Swan's Technicolor photography, described by actress Maureen O'Hara and film historian Rudy Behlmer in the disc's audio commentary as being painterly and impressionistic in approach, is more problematic. In the early moments of the film, flesh tones are uneven, sometimes coming across as claylike. The faux-tropical sets uncomfortably alternate between lush, vivid foliage and sickly, pale greens.

The original Technicolor elements for The Black Swan were almost certainly junked by Fox in the 1970s, saddling the team behind this presentation with a heavily faded single-strip source. Given the severe limitations of what Fox was left to work with, what they've accomplished with this Blu-ray release borders on miraculous. Still, it will forever remain a crushing disappointment that short-sighted and poorly implemented decisions from forty years ago prevent us from fully appreciating these films as they were originally meant to be seen.

Blu-ray Audio Quality - "The Black Swan" boasts a 24-bit 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio monaural soundtrack that leaves little room for complaint. The hiss lurking in the background is too mild to pose any sort of distraction, and there are no clicks, pops, or dropouts to tear viewers away from the swashbuckling adventure. The audio is respectably clean and clear, and dynamic range isn't limited to any greater extent than anticipated. Not exceptional but in no way disappointing. Also offered are Dolby Digital monaural dubs in French and Spanish. Subtitles are limited to English SDH, Spanish and French.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Commentary by Rudy Behlmer and Maureen O'Hara: Carried over from the previous DVD release is this feature-length conversation between actress Maureen O'Hara and film historian Rudy Behlmer. It's an extremely charming interview reflecting on O'Hara's career and the Golden Age of Hollywood, although The Black Swan really isn't the central focus. Maureen O'Hara does speak about The Black Swan's cinematography, colour testing, makeup, swordplay, effects work, legendary studio brass, and co-stars, though her comments are often in more general terms and largely about the way films from this era were made overall. There are brief notes about how drastically this film diverges from Raphael Sabatini's novel and how the ending was replaced, but neither Rudy Behlmer nor Maureen O'Hara touches on how the end product differs. I would have liked to have heard more about the production of "The Black Swan" in particular, but I found myself hopelessly won over by O'Hara's kinship with other Irish actors, such stories as the actress yanking her stolen mink coat off a lapdog, and later being in a position to put an alarm clock on top of the camera to indicate when she's leaving for the day, even if she were in the middle of a take. A terrific and very worthwhile listen and was well worth hearing Maureen O'Hara telling us how Tyrone Power and her good self would sneak off the have their favourite ice cream and in doing so got back late to the studio and got a good telling off by Darryl F. Zanuck.

Theatrical Trailer [2:02] The only other extra is a theatrical trailer.

Finally, "The Black Swan" is a brilliant 1942 Technicolor film, and is also a terrific brilliant fun thrilling swashbuckler genre, and one that its many fans voted to see on Blu-ray as part of Fox's Voice Your Choice promotion. Though this disc is unavoidably compromised thanks to Fox's misguided view of film preservation in the '70s, this is as strong a presentation as anyone could reasonably hope to see with the elements available, and well worth the purchase price of £15.24 [$15.99] and makes "The Black Swan" that much more for me to eager to add this to my Blu-ray Collection and if you like this type of genre film, then you will be well worth rewarded and despite its age, it looks even better than when it was originally released. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller - Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014
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always loved this film now can watch anytime
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh what fun!, 7 Jun 2009
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This is a fun film, which I enjoyed. Not heavy or thought provoking, just fun.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BLACK SWAN (1942), 12 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Black Swan [1942] [DVD] (DVD)
This film brought back wonderful memories when movies was the only kind of entertainment that we had.
I enjoyed watching it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Pirates, 5 Sep 2009
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Maureen O'Hara at her red-haired feisty best, Tyrone Power as masculine and handsome as ever, Thomas Mitchell providing comic interludes. Worth a viewing
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