Captain Blood (DVD)
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Captain Blood (DVD)
Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star in this swashbuckling classic. After he treats wounded English rebels, physician Peter Blood (Flynn) is arrested and sentenced to slavery in Jamaica. There, he catches the eye of the governor's daughter, Arabella (de Havilland), who buys him. But Blood leads fellow slaves in an escape and strikes terror into the Jamaicans as the pirate Captain Blood--until the Spanish attack, and Blood saves Arabella and Jamaica from England's enemies.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Item model number : WHV65914DVD
- Director : Michael Curtiz
- Media Format : Black & White, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 59 minutes
- Release date : April 19, 2005
- Actors : Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Guy Kibbee, Henry Stephenson
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Hal B. Wallis
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00005JMR7
- Writers : Casey Robinson
- Number of discs : 1
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Note: the scene with Captain Bloods ship fighting the French ships was very realistic. It was early swashbuckling and cinematography at its best.
NO other actor could have played physician turned swashbuckling pirate Peter Blood, but Errol Flynn. He was made for the role.
Flynn was 26 and Miss De Havilland was a luminously beautiful nineteen years old.
The chemistry between the two is tangible and it makes the emotional scenes between them all the better.
The character actors who were in quite a few a Errol Flynn's movies were outstanding.
That old saying "they don't make them like that anymore" is sadly so true.
After viewing this as a child and now watching it all these years later was a real treat.
I advice all the lovers of the golden age of film to watch Captain Blood. It's a rare treat.
Captain Blood is comfort food to me.
I'm not looking to colorize it, though I'm not opposed to it. But if WB is to continue to profit decades after the original copyright was intended to expire. I expect them to earn it by at least cleaning out the slightly distracting film blemishes. I'm now disinclined to buy any more classic HD content. Instead, I'll look to upscaled DVDs at a fraction the cost. Perhaps Amazon might flex its muscle to tag classics as digitally cleaned vs. digitally captured (raw).
The only criticism of the DVD that I have is that such a film should have been colorized during the re-mastering process. I know that the impact of black-and-white can also be visually stunning as well as representative of a ground-breaking era of film, but the costumes and action scenes cry for color to be fully appreciated. Flynn's voice seemed to be slightly muted in the early scenes, too.
Other than that, the film is a rollicking good time--filled with action and witty dialogue delivered by consummate professionals. Lionel Atwill and Basil Rathbone are villains par excellence--one knows that Rathbone and Flynn will eventually cross swords, but just where and when is a surprise. The onscreen chemistry between Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland cannot be denied; it is as magnetic as the onscreen relationship between John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara. Supporting actors such as Henry Stephenson and Flora Robson round out this magnificent film soufflé and help to make it the true classic that it is. Buy this together with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and you will truly have Errol Flynn at his best.