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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.]]>
- Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1935: Newsreel, Johnny Green and His Orchestra musical short, All-American Drawback comedy short, Billboard Frolics cartoon, theatrical trailers
- New featurette: Captain Blood: A Swashbuckler Is Born
- Audio-only bonus: Lux Radio Theater Production featuring Errol Flynn
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
There's a surprisingly small amount of full-scale action, as the film's true strength is in its depiction of the characters' emotions -- not that it drags by any means! But we get to see what drives Peter Blood & what sort of man he is. Just look at his reaction to Jeremy Pitt's flogging -- outrage, anger, a burning hunger for justice. That's what so many of Flynn's best films were about, and it's shown quite effectively here. If some of the dialogue & acting creaks just a bit, then that simply adds to the charm of the film. This is how they used to be made, and we wouldn't have it any other way!
Thoroughly rewatchable entertainment, most highly recommended!