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Burt Lancaster: The Signature Collection (The Flame and the Arrow / Jim Thorpe All-American / His Majesty O'Keefe / South Sea Woman / Executive Action) (1950)

Burt Lancaster , Virginia Mayo  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Ryan
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Burt Lancaster: The Signature Collection (The Flame and the Arrow / Jim Thorpe All-American / His Majesty O'Keefe / South Sea Woman / Executive Action)" on IMDb

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Includes: The Flame and the Arrow (1950), Jim Thorpe All-American (1951), His Majesty O'Keefe (1954), South Sea Woman (1953), and Executive Action (1973).

Burt Lancaster had bounced around, literally, before entering movies. A former circus acrobat, the strapping Mr. Lancaster became a heartthrob with his 1946 debut, The Killers, but insisted on being an actor as well as a movie star. With his athletic physique and restless curiosity, he succeeded on both counts. Burt Lancaster--The Signature Collection is a hodgepodge of titles that show off the grinning appeal of this thinking man's hunk. It really doesn't include any signature classics, and the emphasis here is on Lancaster the bounding romantic; all but one of the films are from the early 1950s. The best of the lot is the earliest in the collection, The Flame and the Arrow, a Robin Hoodian tale of 12th-century Lombardy, with Burt fighting an evil lord and wooing fair lady Virginia Mayo. Even director Jacques Tourneur doesn't seem to have taken this too seriously, but it's a colorful, buoyant piece of nonsense with some stunning acrobatic work by Lancaster and his old circus partner, Nick Cravat. Jim Thorpe--All-American is an earnest bio of the great Native American athlete, who won gold medals at the 1912 Olympic Games only to have them taken away on a technicality. See this movie in childhood, and you'll never forget it: the tale of Thorpe's inspirational journey into greatness, and subsequent struggle with alcoholism and poverty, is hard to shake. Lancaster brings the full tragic dimension to the role, and of course fits the athletic shoes.

South Sea Woman is a WWII yarn in which a mouth Marine (Lancaster) finds himself court-martialed for some colorful activities on a Pacific island. Chuck Connors and Virginia Mayo are also in on the lightweight plot, which doesn't add up to much. His Majesty O'Keefe emphasizes Lancaster with his shirt off, a useful tactic in an otherwise humdrum account of a 19th-century adventurer in the South Seas. You might see the outline of a political parable if you squint hard, but mostly this is a slice of Technicolor exoticism. Jumping ahead considerably, Executive Action is a grim 1973 film that lays out an argument in favor of conspiracy in the JFK assassination. Lancaster and Robert Ryan lend their formidable authority to this low-budget film, which is much quieter in approach than Oliver Stone's JFK (and yet eerier because of that). It also shows how gracefully Lancaster had aged. Vintage cartoons, some Joe McDoakes shorts, and trailers fill out the usual Warners extras. --Robert Horton

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An OK collection but nothing to get excited over August 3, 2007
The following is a description of the films in this Signature Collection dedicated to the talents of Burt Lancaster:

Flame and the Arrow (1950) - This is an enjoyable swashbuckling type of film set in the 12th century. For some reason, when the local overlord stole Dardo's (Lancaster's) wife he does nothing, but when his son is taken from him he finally decides to take action. This film is important for two reasons - a. because it is fun and full of action b. because it revived Lancaster's career after he had been type-cast for several years as less than bright villains in film noir films. Lancaster purchased and produced this film himself, and as a result of it we got to see him as Elmer Gantry and Sgt. Milton Warden later on.

Jim Thorpe - All American (1951) - This is a very good biopic and the best film in the set, in my opinion. Lancaster plays Thorpe, a Native American athlete who loses his Olympic gold medals when it is learned he played two seasons of minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating his amateur status. This is a turning point in his life, and his marriage ends and he feels his dream of coaching as a career will never be. The film ends before the truly sad years in Thorpe's life begin, when he is truly broke.

South Sea Woman (1953) - Lancaster plays Marine Sergeant James O'Hearn who is being court martialed during World War II when he arrives in Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack and has no excuse for his absence up to that point. He refuses to defend himself. A showgirl takes the stand in his defense and tells the court that O'Hearn is really just standing up for a buddy of his, one who is really guilty of the scandalous behavior.

His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) - Probably the weakest film in the set, but still above average.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection December 2, 2007
By Dijon
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I ordered this Burt Lancaster set primarily for Jim Thorpe - All American which I'd seen as a kid and it truly holds up well. Surprisingly, Executive Action turned out to be a fascinating look at the JFK assassination made in the 1970s before Oliver Stone's JFK and I liked it even better than JFK. My third favorite was The Flame and the Arrow, with Burt at his hammiest and athletic best; a very entertaining film. His Majesty O'Keefe and South Sea Woman were lesser films but entertaining none the less. A pretty good bargain I thought.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BURT LANCASTER SIGNATURE COLLECTIOM January 18, 2010
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Though I received the package in a timely matter, I have not yet received a reply from the seller on the one dvd that has some flaws in it. The main reason I bought this package was for Flame and the Arrow, it is not available alone. That dvd plays ok until the end of the film. I have asked the seller what can I do about this defective dvd ? I have still not received a reply.
All told, the package is worth the price. One of the dvd's in the package is a film called- Executive Action- it is about the JFK assasination and is never shown on tv.
That alone is worth it. The film that is defective - THE FLAme and the Arrow-IS HARDLY EVER ON TV. IT should have been titled-ROBERTO HOODIO in ITALY!!! It is actually a very good movie where Burt does all his own stunts.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burt Lancaster signiture collection November 21, 2007
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Burt Lancaster has to be one of the most underrated actors ever to make movies. This is a good collection. Executive Action (not much Lancaster in the movie) and The Flame and the Arrow are worth the price of the collection. All the movies are excellent picture and sound. A real bargain at the price.
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