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TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (Desperate Journey / Edge of Darkness 1943 / Northern Pursuit / Uncertain Glory / Objective Burma) (2010)

Errol Flynn , Ann Sheridan , Lewis Milestone , Raoul Walsh  |  NR |  DVD
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TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (Desperate Journey / Edge of Darkness 1943 / Northern Pursuit / Uncertain Glory / Objective Burma) + The Errol Flynn Signature Collection, Vol. 2 (The Charge of the Light Brigade / Gentleman Jim / The Adventures of Don Juan / The Dawn Patrol / Dive Bomber) + TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends - Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood / Captain Blood / The Sea Hawk / Adventures of Don Juan)
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Product Details

  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone, Raoul Walsh
  • Writers: Robert Rossen, William Woods
  • Producers: Henry Blanke, Jack L. Warner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 542 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO4D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (Desperate Journey / Edge of Darkness 1943 / Northern Pursuit / Uncertain Glory / Objective Burma)" on IMDb

Special Features

Desperate Journey (1942)
Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery: Vintage newsreel, Oscar-nominated patriotic short The Tanks Are Coming, musical shorts Borrah Minnevitch and His Harmonica School and The United States Army Air Force Band, classic cartoon The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall, trailers of Desperate Journey and 1942's Murder in the Big House
Northern Pursuit (1943)
Warner Night at the Movies 1943 Short Subjects Gallery: Vintage newsreel, wartime short The Rear Gunner, musical short All-Star Melody Masters, drama short Over the Wall, classic cartoon Hop and Go, trailers of Northern Pursuit and 1943's The Constant Nymph
Edge of Darkness (1943)
Warner Night at the Movies 1943 Short Subjects Gallery: Vintage newsreel, musical short The United States Service Bands, classic cartoons Hiss and Make Up and To Duck... or Not to Duck, trailers of Edge of Darkness and 1943's The Hard Way
Uncertain Glory (1944)
Warner Night at the Movies 1944 Short Subjects Gallery: Vintage newsreel, musical short United States Coast Guard Band, classic cartoons Brother Brat and Russian Rhapsody, trailers of Uncertain Glory and 1944's The Mask of Dimitrios
Objective Burma! (1945)
Commentary by historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame, and Frank Thompson
Warner Night at the Movies 1945 Short Subjects Gallery: Vintage newsreel, Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Think You're Allergic, classic cartoon A Tale of Two Mice, trailers of Objective Burma! and 1945's Pride of the Marines

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Unlike so many boxed-set tributes to actors, this one's actually got a tight, logical theme: Errol Flynn Adventures offers five World War II pictures made at Warner Bros. during Flynn's reign as a top leading man. Four of the films were directed by one of Flynn's favored collaborators, the robust Raoul Walsh, and all of them have an urgent wartime commitment that puts them in a zone between entertainment and propaganda.

That zone is a compelling place, and often emotionally potent. The earliest (1942) of the films is also the lightest in tone: Walsh's Desperate Journey has a joshing attitude that belies its title. Flynn plays the Aussie leader of a multinational bomber crew that crash-lands in Germany (where the Germans actually speak German) and must make its way across hostile territory to safety--a suspenseful setup that allows for some derring-do and wisecracking on the trip (although Flynn and Walsh are adept at shifting gears from comedy to heroism at a moment's notice). Ronald Reagan plays a flippant US flyboy and enjoys one of his best moments on screen with an engaging scene of double talk.

Edge of Darkness, directed by Lewis Milestone, is an extraordinarily powerful 1943 film about a defiant band of resisters in a small seaside town in Nazi-occupied Norway. Serious and stirring, with messages aplenty about the importance of solidarity and sacrifice during wartime, the movie goes all the way and then some. Flynn tamps down his usual jocularity, folding himself into a remarkable ensemble (we're talking at least a dozen significant roles here) that includes Walter Huston, Ann Sheridan, Judith Anderson, and Ruth Gordon.

By comparison, Northern Pursuit is tame, with Flynn in snowy Canada, escorting a Nazi (Helmut Dantine) to custody… or is he? The question mark is about the only interesting wrinkle in this far-fetched picture, although Flynn doesn't embarrass himself. Ah, but our man slips into fine form in 1944's Uncertain Glory, a crackerjack premise that allows Flynn to exude his more roguish charms. His character is a convicted killer scheduled for the guillotine, and he and his guardian (Paul Lukas) contemplate the possibility of the doomed man falsely turning himself in as a wanted saboteur; the Nazis are holding 100 locals hostage to slaughter if the real saboteur doesn't turn himself in, and after all, wouldn't a Nazi firing squad be preferable to the guillotine?

Much larger in scope, and a demonstration of Walsh's talent for dynamic compositions and irresistible narrative flow, is Objective, Burma!, a tough battle epic in which the soldiers get realistically grimy. Flynn's platoon parachutes into Burma for a mission--but the real challenge is trekking back out again. Harrowing in both its suggestion of Japanese atrocities and its willingness to kill off characters you didn't expect to see die, this film must surely have been an influence on Saving Private Ryan. Flynn--who was 4F during the war, for various physical ailments--acquits himself nobly, proof that he was more than a swashbuckler.

The only commentary track comes with Objective, Burma!, while the other discs are filled out with fun Warner Night at the Movies shorts and newsreels; you won't want to miss the surreal "Borrah Minnevitch and His Harmonica School." --Robert Horton

Product Description

DESPERATE JOURNEY Allied airmen shot down over Germany fight their way back to England. ERROL FLYNN leads RONALD REAGAN and other flyboys in a rousing wartime spirit-lifter. EDGE OF DARKNESS They’re everyday citizens – and extraordinary heroes. Flynn and ANN SHERIDAN rally Norwegians against the Nazi occupiers of their once-peaceful village. NORTHERN PURSUIT Icebound wilds and ice-blooded Nazis! Canadian officer Flynn infiltrates a cadre of saboteurs and guides them toward their destination…and into the unraveling of their scheme. UNCERTAIN GLORY The Gestapo decree: 100 Frenchmen will die if a resistance leader fails to turn himself in. Condemned French prisoner Flynn volunteers to pose as the wanted man. Powerful heroism! OBJECTIVE, BURMA! Pinned down in the jungle – and fighting back! Flynn commands a stranded paratrooper patrol in this gritty, volatile tale noted for its battlefield authenticity.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A set of World War II films starring Flynn May 8, 2010
Format:DVD
Here are the specifications of the extra features. Note the return of the Warner Night at the Movies that was last seen on the Warner Homefront Collection in late 2008. Also note that Objective Burma is a new release but that there are several new features on this new version.

Desperate Journey (1942) - directed by Raoul Walsh
BONUS FEATURES:
Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery:
Vintage Newsreel
Oscar-Nominated Patriotic Short The Tanks Are Coming
Musical Shorts Borrah Minnevitch and His Harmonica School and The United States Army Air Force Band
Classic Cartoon The Dover Boys at Pimento University or the Rivals of Roquefort Hall
Trailers of Desperate Journey and 1942's Murder in the Big House

Edge of Darkness (1943)-directed by Lewis Milestone
BONUS FEATURES:
Warner Night at the Movies 1943 Short Subjects Gallery:
Vintage Newsreel
Musical Short The United States Service Bands
Classic Cartoons Hiss and Make Up and To Duck....
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Errol Flynn War Movies...Together, at Last! August 4, 2010
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I have been waiting for years for this collection! Next to John Wayne, Errol Flynn was probably the most iconic screen persona of the 'wartime hero', and the screen's greatest swashbuckler made an inspiring spokesperson of allied wartime heroism...until his infamous 1942 rape trial revealed a more flawed, less heroic carouser and womanizer. Warner studio boss Jack Warner would be shocked and pleased that ticket sales for Flynn films didn't decline after the revelations, but Flynn's public image (and personal self-esteem) never truly recovered. So, in a sense, these five films show Flynn at the pinnacle of fame and success, sliding into his tragic decline...

"Desperate Journey" (1942): Aussie co-pilot Flynn's disregard to his captain's orders to remain at high altitude on a bombing mission over Poland gets the plane shot down, the captain killed, and Flynn and crewmates Ronald Reagan, Alan Hale, Arthur Kennedy, and Ronald Sinclair pursued across Europe by stereotypical Nazi villain Raymond Massey, and the most inept collection of German soldiers since "Hogan's Heroes"...This film is NOT to be taken seriously (in case you weren't sure), but to be enjoyed as one of the wildest, zaniest, most exciting adventure films of WWII. Director Raoul Walsh pulled out all the stops...and listen for Flynn's final line..."Now for Australia, and a crack at those Japs!", which had audiences in stitches, even in 1942! (4 1/2 stars, out of 5)

"Edge of Darkness" (1943): If "Desperate Journey" was unabashed silliness, "Edge" was a strong, brooding ensemble drama, filmed with director Lewis Milestone's compassion and understanding. Framed with a "Beau Geste"-style opening (in a ruined, deserted Norwegian village), the tale is told in flashback, as the Germans hold the village under an iron thumb.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult war movie! May 16, 2005
Format:DVD
Impressive, absorbing and fundamental film during the Nazi take over in Norway. Lewis Milestone was a great director but when he decided to make a war movie something happened. He was provided by a special spell touch. It's happens the same when John Ford made a Western or Hitchcock a suspense picture. He was possessed by an inner call . There is a Spanish term previously used by Federico García Lorca when he meant that special phenomena. He talked about "to have hobgoblin". And precisely this is the appropriate term designed to L.M.

An efficient cast completes the whole work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Flynn fans August 11, 2010
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Errol Flynn was the Quintessential swashbuckler. He literally stormed onto the screen in 1935 and proceeded to give us Captain Blood (1935) , Major Vickers of the Light Brigade (1936), Robin Hood (1938), the Earl of Essex (1939), Privateer Geoffrey Thorpe aka "The Seahawk" (1940, and George Armstrong Custer (1941). Most of these he made with Michael Curtiz and Olivia de Havilland. He also made the westerns like Dodge City (1939), Virginia City (1940), and Santa fe Trail (1940) in which he exchanged the sword for the six shooter. But all along he yearned for films that required more "acting" and as the war came along, and Flynn found himself unable to enlist (due to a TB spot and recurring bouts of Malaria), he turned to the making of war films not only to extend his acting but to serve his adopted country.

Here in one collection are those films. They range in quality, not only with respect to the films but also to Flynn's acting. In some (e.g., Objective Burma) he is the old recognizable hero, while in others he pulls back the throttle (e.g., Edge of Darkness) and in others the old Flynn will not be recognizable (e.g., Uncertain Glory).

This is an absolute must for Flynn fans.

We see him here at the peak of his powers, trying to change course, but the strong currents of his past will be impossible to steer against. Ahead lay the rocks of obscurity and undistinguished roles, the descent into alcoholism and drug abuse, the failure of his multiple marriages, and the self-parody. Near the end, the sun will rise once more and he will finally get the chance to reach the shores he yearned for. But in this remarkable collection we get a glimpse of the giant before the fall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Errol Flynn was Hollywoods original cool guy, and sadly the only film...
Errol Flynn was Hollywoods original cool guy, and sadly the only film he seems to be famous for is a kids movie ( Robin Hood )
My favorate film in this collection is Desperate... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Kevin L.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SPIRIT LIVES ON AND ON
A MUST FOR WWII BUFFS! EXCELLENT CAST.

LARRY
Published 13 days ago by Larry Ksanznak
5.0 out of 5 stars Four wonderful WW II movies
Four wonderful WW II movies.
Some of them like "Desperate Journey" even have their very funny moments thanks to Alan Hale as Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards :). Read more
Published 26 days ago by C. Mathieu
4.0 out of 5 stars Flynn WWII Movies
This is a terrific collection of gung-ho War Movies from WWII with Errol Flynn. The sound and print quality is excellent and it represents a special niche of War Movies that Flynn... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John B. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Father's Day gift for my husband
My husband is a big Errol Flynn fan and this was just up his alley. The moves are excellent (according to my husband, anyway) and the quality of the films is great.
Published 1 month ago by Allie's Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movies
THE SE ARE VERY GOOD MOVIES. GIVES A LITTLE BIT OF THE MIND SET OF WHAT WAS GOING ON JUN ING THE SECOND WORD WAR.
Published 1 month ago by lyla rose
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures
As an Errol Flynn movie fan I found this collection excellent. There are a few movies that you don't see often so this was a great deal.
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas M. Zallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mr. Flynn at his best
Adventure and fine acting at its best. These classic B/W movies I think are some of the best that Mr. Flynn has ever made. Great viewing and a great buy. I would buy this again.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure galore
I wanted to see these great old movies from my childhood and I was not disappointed. They are still great adventure stories plus have really wonderful casts.
Published 3 months ago by Anne W. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies.
I liked the movies when I was a kid and enjoy watching them now. Too bad movies today are not as good.
Published 3 months ago by manuel Martinez
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When is this going to be released on DVD. It's been MONTHS!!!!
Terry,
I agree wholeheartedly that this needs to be out on DVD. I have not heard any news on that front as of this date. Have you? I have it on VHS but would love to have it on DVD. Thanks.
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