on July 12, 2012
I was amazed by the great scenes in these films, whether they be castles, battle scenes at sea, or the jungles of Central America. These stories are action-packed with ships attacking at sea, intense, romantic, and intelligent. The collection comes in four individual discs.
The stories of The Sea Hawk (1940) and Don Juan (1948), besides being romantic, also involve a great deal of political intrigue. The Sea Hawk comprises the period of strained relations between Spain and England just prior to the defeat of the Spanish Armada (this event is not part of the movie). It has an interesting Queen Elizabeth, comparable to the one in the 1999 Elizabeth movie, a multi-dimensional character who must struggle between doing the best for her people, and sustaining peace because of economic convenience. The actress Brenda Marshall plays Flynn's love interest albeit the action and intrigue downplay the romance here. Don Juan encompasses a period where there are good relations between England and Spain, the setting is in the Spanish castle, since Don Juan is Spanish, and the conflict is with a close adviser to the Spanish King who wants to become king by waging war on England. This film makes a good balance between romance, action, and political intrigue. I find Viveca Linfors delicious in her role of Queen Margaret of Spain. I can never get tired of watching her. She is Don Juan's true romantic interest in this film. And I love that last line: "My dear friend, there's a little bit of Don Juan in every man, and since I am Don Juan, there must be more of it in me!"
Captain Blood (1935) is another romance and Errol Flynn's first leading role, this time dealing with internal political intrigue in England. A doctor gets unfairly arrested and tried as a traitor for aiding an opponent to king James, who is the bad guy here. The doctor becomes a pirate later and finally he is part of a restored order in England under King Williams of Orange. Blood's romantic interest is played by a vivacious and charming Olivia de Havilland. This film also has intense battle scenes between ships, slave rebellions, and swashbuckling between Flynn and Basil Rathbone. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is the most popular of these films. Olivia de Havilland plays Mariam. When Richard the Lionheart is imprisoned in Austria, his brother wants to take over England and impose unjust taxes, particularly among the Saxons, and Robin Hood, of course, is opposed to these injustices. He does everything to antagonize the impostor king, wins an archery contest, escapes a prison, leads a rebellion, swashbuckles with Rathbone again, helps restore the Lionheart to his throne, and stays with Olivia de Havilland. I know... I spoiled this last film. But even if someone told me about it, I wouldn't miss watching it because the fun is in watching these great spectacles with great drama, great acting, and great action.
Michael Curtiz (director of Casablanca) directs three of these films, and Don Juan is directed by Vincent Sherman. Erich Wolfgang Korngold did the incredible musical score that accompanied these films, while Max Steiner did the same for Don Juan. The films of Robin Hood and Don Juan are in technicolor, while Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk are in black and white. But every film was well done, and was fun to watch.
on January 26, 2013
The Adventures of Robin Hood, runs for 102 min. beautiful colour, Lang. English, French, Spanish, extras
Captain Blood, runs for 119 min., black and white, Lang. English, and French, extras
The Sea Hawk, runs for 127 min., black and white, Lang. English, extras
The Adventures of Don Juan, runs for 110, beautiful colour, Lang. and Subtitles in English.
ALL movies ( 4 discs) are full screen, with Subtitles in English, French and Spanish, for the first 3 above.
Great Errol Flynn collection for a great price!!!
on February 12, 2014
Captain Blood, The Seahawk, Robin Hood and Don Juan. Four disks together showing how Swashbuckling is properly done. No computer special effects. Sword fights meant blade on blade action. Villains always knew how to laugh at the hero. Olivia DeHavilland, gorgeous. Actual ships built for these movies. Director Michael Curtiz. Music from Eric Wolfgang Korngold. These were the movies about those times when Men were made of Iron and ships were made of wood. Okay. Fiction. However, very much the day of the Heroes, especially Errol Flynn.
on March 27, 2015
Four great swashbuckling movies. The DVD transfers are excellent, with clear, stable images and rich sound. The extras enriched my understanding of the productions. The newsreels and cartoons were fun, too.
on December 20, 2013
What more can you say or need to know other than these movies star Errol Flynn. The smile. The roguish nature. Always . . . well almost always coming out on top in the end. One of my favorite scenes is in The Adventures of Robin Hood when he swings on the vine, landing on a big rock and saying - Welcome to Sherwood!
They simply don't make actors like Errol anymore. The actors today are nothing but paper cutouts. Errol was the real thing. Along with the likes of Bogie. Bacall. The Duke. Liz Taylor. Rhonda Fleming. John Garfield. The glorious Lana Turner and so many more.
If you've never watched Errol before check this collection out. The Adventures of Robin Hood and Sea Hawk are worth the cost alone, though Captain Blood rocks too.
on December 9, 2014
I purchased this collection for "The Adventures of Don Jaun" because I owned all the other movies, but it was a easy decision for me to pick this set up, because everything that was offered was not widescreen & why not back up my collection as this set was the cheaper of the two! I have found myself searching these TCM sets for films I am interested in because you get so many extra's it definitely makes you feel like you got a good bargain! Many of the extra's & shorts are not available anywhere else! Oh & by the way this is a great collection of swashbuckler's!!! Every film in this set is great fun for lovers of the clashing of stele!!! Being a swordsman the exaggerated movements make me chuckle but I understand how theatrical sword play must be over exaggerated for the layman to make sense of what is going on. I have been studying true swordsmanship which is roughly 500 years removed from Olympic fencing & worlds away from theatrical sword play but I did see Errol Flynn incorporate "The Scratch" a sneaky move banned from Olympic fencing & immortalized in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet when "Tibalt the prince of cats" (a epithet earned by his notorious use of the scratch) slays Marcucio Whipping his sword around Romeo's body & into Marcucio! "Tis but a scratch, not as deep as a well nor wide as a church door but ask me on the morrow & surely you will find me a grave man indeed!" If your a lover of action adventure & the Swashbuckler & new to Errol Flynn start here & you may get hooked!
on July 31, 2015
The four movies are on separate discs--in a 'stacking' dvd case. The movies cover a Hollywood timeline. All are enjoyable, but agree with critics that the first movie, Capitan Blood --introducing Errol Flynn to the pirate genre--is the best executed. Next best would be Don Juan--Errol showed his humor here and the storyline was fun look at a classic story. Enjoyed the Sea Hawk for the exchanges between Errol and the lead 'bad guy'. Robin Hood is a classic, of course. The movies all have little extras, one of which explains that the same supporting cast played in almost all Errol's movies (thought they looked familiar!) due to Hollywood contract system and his preference. The collection would have been better if it had included Errol Flynn's movie with Bette Davis (private lives of Elizabeth and Essex)--that would make the collection complete. Actually, could have replaced Sea Hawk with that movie....