A special 6-disc box set collection of Errol Flynn movies, bonus features
and a definitive new documentary. Over 10 hours of content!
- 5 classic movies, each digitally remastered
- The Adventures of Errol Flynn documentary film
- “Making Of” Featurette for each film
- Warner night at the Movies, hosted by Leonard Maltin – with shorts,
cartoons, trailers, newsreels & more
CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935): (B&W) Errol Flynn shot to stardom
as Peter Blood, a 17th-century physician who turned pirate after escaping unjust
political imprisonment. It was a role the handsome, sea-loving Tasmanian was
born to play, and he shaped it into Hollywood's archetypal image of the
adventurous hero. That he also became a romantic idol and a vision of gallantry
in love is due in large part to his ideally cast co-star: radiant Olivia de
Havilland in the first of their eight films together.
Directed with panache by Michael Curtiz, scored with flair by Erich Wolfgang
Korngold and featuring Basil Rathbone and Lionel Atwill as villains to remember,
Captain Blood becomes a ride on the high seas of unparalleled enjoyment.
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX (1939): (Col) Bette
Davis and Errol Flynn made The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
fascinatingly public, striking sparks in this lavish Technicolor tale of the
ill-fated love between the aging Elizabeth I and the dashing Earl of Essex.
Thoroughly unglamorous hair eyebrows and hairline shaved, face painted chalky
white face double Academy Award winner Davis exudes such intelligence, energy
and ardour that her romance with the decades-younger Essex (Flynn at the peak of
his remarkable good looks and athletic verve) is completely believable. Based on
Maxwell Andersons play Elizabeth the Queen and directed by Michael Curtiz, the
film was nominated for five Oscars (Best Art Direction, Colour Cinematography,
Scoring, Sound Recording and Special Effects). Stars: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis,
Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent Price.
THE SEA HAWK (1940): (B&W) Cannons thunder, blades
clatter and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's incomparable music swirls and
flourishes in The Sea Hawk. In one of his best roles, Errol Flynn plays Capt.
Geoffrey Thorpe, who commandeers a 40-gun galleon, endures captivity, and then
boldly escapes to warn England of Spain's armada. Working on his 10th of
12 movies with Flynn, Michael Curtiz masterfully directs the film's blend of
royal intrigue and derring-do heroics made on a then-lavish $1.7-million scale
that included construction of two full-sized ships. The film was stirringly
topical in its day. When Queen Elizabeth (Flora Robson) exhorts her country to
maintain fighting readiness against tyranny now and forever, audiences knew
forever had come: Hitler had launched his World War II air siege of England.
Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale.
THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (1941): (B&W) The 7th
Cavalry Regiment, Gen. George Armstrong Custer says, rides to hell or to glory.
It depends on one's point of view. The point of view of Raoul
Walsh's spectacular They Died with Their Boots On decidedly favours glory.
Errol Flynn portrays the famed cavalryman in this hoof-and-thunder chronicle
tracing his career from dandyish West Point plebe to Civil War hero to frontier
legend immortalized by the Battle of Little Big Horn. Olivia de Havilland,
sharing the marquee with Flynn for the eighth and final time, plays
Custer's devoted wife Libby. And composer Max Steiner's stirring music
trumpets gallantry and sacrifice. Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland,
Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn.
DODGE CITY (1939): (Col) Where cattle drives end, trouble
begins. Thirsty, trigger-happy cowmen pour into Dodge City, where might too
often makes right. There ought to be a law in this corrupt, bullet-riddled town.
In his first of eight Westerns, Flynn is as able with a six-shooter as he was
with a swashbuckler's sword. He confronts lynch mobs, slams outlaws into jail
and escapes (along with co-star Olivia de Havilland) a fiery, locked rail road
car. Hailed for Flynns sagebrush debut, its vivid Technicolor look and
spectacular saloon brawl that may have employed every available stunt person in
Hollywood, Dodge City later gained another distinction when it inspired Mel
Brooks cowboy parody Blazing Saddles. Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland,
Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot, Alan Hale.
THE ADVENTURES OF ERROL FLYNN (2005) (Col & B&W)
Real to Reel: A Hollywood legends life of action, romance and drama. Definitive
new documentary! The man, the movies, the mayhem. Including new interviews with
frequent co-star De Havilland. Narrated by Ian Holm.