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The Buccaneers

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In the tradition of its other fine historical dramatic series, like Robin Hood, William Tell and Sir Lancelot, TMG proudly brings you The Buccaneers, based on the true story of England's attempt to destroy the Caribbean pirate's stranglehold on shipping routes in the New World. Produced in England at the famed Nettlefold Studio sound stages in Walton-on-Thames, The Buccaneers features the noted British actor Robert Shaw (Jaws, A Man For All Seasons) as Captain Dan Tempest, a pardoned ex-pirate, and Peter Hammond (The Avengers) as Lt. Beamish, the Crown-appointed deputy governor of the pirate-infested island of New Providence, in the Bahamas. In true swashbuckling tradition, Tempest and his former pirate crew of his swift corsair, The Sultana, take on the Spanish privateers ravaging the Caribbean. Receiving a pardon from the King in return for giving up a life of piracy, Tempest and his stalwarts confront the privateers on the high seas of the Spanish Main. Swordplay abounds, as the forces of the Crown struggle to rid the New World of pirates, the likes of Blackbeard, a constant irritant to Captain Tempest and a recurring villain in the series. Many of Britain's finest actors of the time took part in the series, including Paul Hansard, Edwin Richfield, Alec Clunes, Neil Hallett and Brian Rawlinson. The 30 episodes in this 3 DVD set are among the best of The Buccaneers, featuring the daring adventure and exciting exploits of Captain Tempest and his not-always-so-merry crew!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Shaw, Peter Hammond
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 750 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019BI0WE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on October 9, 2006
Format: DVD
The mid to late 1950s and early 1960s saw numerous costume adventure series produced in England and exported to the United States, series like "The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel," "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot," "Ivanhoe," "William Tell" and "Sir Francis Drake." In the wake of the successful series "The Adventures of Robin Hood," the same production company, Sapphire Films, made "The Buccaneers" for the 1956-57 season on CBS. "The Buccaneers" focuses on the exploits of reformed pirate Dan Tempest and his crew as they aid Lt. Beamish, the acting governor of New Providence, a small British colony in the Caribbean. Robert Shaw, perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of "Quint," the doomed shark hunter in "Jaws," portrays Captain Tempest. Like "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Buccaneers" was produced for a juvenile audience but thanks to some good writing and acting, adults can enjoy this fun adventure series. Look for guest stars like Joan Sims and Sidney James from the "Carry On" movie and TV series, Hazel Court of Hammer Films fame, and even future film director John "Midnight Cowboy" Schlesinger makes an early acting appearance.

Following on the heels of their two previous classic TV releases (the 1954 version of "Sherlock Holmes" with Ronald Howard and "Victory at Sea," the early 1950s World War II documentary series), Mill Creek Entertainment offers all 39 episodes of this entertaining series. Given the low selling price for this release, I had low expectations for this DVD set, but was very pleasantly surprised at the visual quality of the episodes. These episodes are very near the quality that one would expect for a classic TV release from a major studio.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Alfuso on March 21, 2007
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Nearly 50 years before Jack Sparrow there was The Buccaneers.

I loved this series when I was 10. Allowing for the technology of the time, it's still a fun show, with good dialogue and good acting. Camera work is generally tight and the sets don't shake.

I am still in love with Lt. Beamish, and the wary relationship he and Tempest develop. But after watching and rewatching 50 years later, I find Hammond's Beamish is the best character in the show. Certainly the most developed one. (And this close to drop-dead gorgeous). Shaw was pretty much playing himself. But Hammond fleshed out what was essentially a comedy relief role of a naive bumbler with authority figure issues into someone with real grit underneath, added the touchstone orf "King and Country", honor and friendship, and went toe to toe with Shaw's ego and came out dead even or sometimes ahead.

The ad-libs and one-upmanship in this old series are just a tickle. I have no idea of what the professional relationship between Shaw and Hammond was, but the two characters really click.

Pity that Beamish disappears after episode 26. The show loses some spark as Tempest has no one to really bounce off of. Beamish was the only one who butted heads with him.

This is a Broadway musical waiting to happen. Someone please show this to Mel Brooks!

A terrific Yo Ho.

And thigh-high leather boots. . . .

One year later:

not only has it held up well and Beamish is as endearing as I remember, I actually managed to locate and contact the actor - Peter Hammond - who portrayed this delightful character.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tommy A. Land on January 17, 2007
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This is a great set and what a price. The quality is excellent and where can you get so many shows at this price. The shows are very well done, I've watched all of them and loved all. I remember watching this show as a kid so this made it even better.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2007
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THE BUCCANEERS was a half-hour British import that aired for 39 weeks on the CBS-TV network (Saturdays at 7:30 PM) during the 1956-57 season. In it, Robert Shaw plays Dan Tempest, a reformed and pardoned pirate who is charged by King George with the protection of the Bahamas (New Providence). Tempest's ship "Sultana" can also be seen in 1950's TREASURE ISLAND (with Robert Newton), as well as in the Gregory Peck version of MOBY DICK (directed by John Huston).

Besides Shaw, the BUCCANEERS cast includes Peter Hammond as Lt. Beamish, Wilfred Downing as Dickon, Paul Hansard as Taffy, Brian Rawlinson as Gaff and Edwin Richfield as Armando. Jane Asher is a guest star in episode #32 ("Flip and Jenny"). Asher was engaged to Paul McCartney during much of the 1960s.

This is a very well done television show that will appeal to young and old alike. Highly recommended. And for more swashbuckling adventure, the ULTIMATE PIRATES COLLECTION is better than a barrel of grog and a chest of gold dubloons. Arrrrrrrr!

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The following sequential program list includes episode titles, original airdates and guest stars (where indicated).

(.#1) Blackbeard (9/22/56) - Alfie Bass/Peter Bennett
(.#2) The Raider (9/29/56) - Jane Griffiths/Brian Worth
(.#3) Captain Dan Tempest (10/3/56) - George Margo/Judith Wyler/Peter Bennett
(.#4) Dan Tempest's War With Spain (10/10/56)
(.#5) The Wasp (10/17/56)
(.#6) Whale Gold (10/24/56)
(.#7) The Slave Ship (10/31/56) - Earl Cameron
(.#8) Gunpowder Plot (11/7/56)
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