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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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Hollywood has used the 'good-man-wronged' scenario countless times since this movie, but rarely to such effect. Battered, beaten, but never broken, Dr. Peter Blood transforms into Captain Blood, the terror of the high seas that crushes his enemies without ever letting anyone affect his high-minded moral core. It was not his choice to become an outlaw, but if he has to become one, he will be the best one there ever was. Redemption, honor, and love all make their appearances in the fine script enacted by a worthy cast, but at every point Blood is a man in control of, and therefore responsible for, his own destiny. It's a great film and one you definitely should check out.
The plot centers around a doctor (Blood), who is unfairly sentenced by a corrupt judge for being "a rebel against the king". His life is spared, and he is sent to Port Royal, Jamaica, to be sold as a slave, and after escaping, piracy becomes his only means of existence. "And thus Captain Blood began his piracy...with a ship, a handful of men, and a brain." Basil Rathbone is marvelous as the bad guy Captain Levasseur, and the swordplay on a rocky shore between Blood and Levasseur (Laguna Beach substituting for Jamaica) is superb. Others in the supporting cast include J. Carrol Naish and Guy Kibbee.
With fast paced direction by Curtiz, a stupendous debut film score by classical composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and cinematography by Hal Mohr, with clever use of miniatures in the seafaring scenes, this film will stand the test of time for generations to come. Nominated by the Academy for Best Picture and Sound, total running time is 120 minutes. DVD extras include an interesting featurette, with commentary by film historian Robert Osborne, among others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not sure what happened to it but .the movie was scrambled.really disapointed in it.Published 1 month ago by lester yarbrough
What a great old film, Errol Flynn is so good, and then so many other stars, Basil Rathbone... Sorry Johnny Depp, these are way better cinema pirates!Published 1 month ago by Charlie C
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