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Old 11-12-2006, 10:54   #1
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Warners R1 Errol Flynn Signature Collection Vol. 2 in March '07

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection Volume 2 for 27th March 2007. Warner will debut five more all-time favourite films starring Errol Flynn – whose combination of natural athleticism and magnetic good looks made him one of the most popular and highly paid stars of the ‘30s and ‘40s. The Collection follows in the footsteps of the successful 2005 Volume One collection and offers yet another opportunity to experience Flynn as a soldier, boxer, pilot, swashbuckler, and always a star. The films included are Adventures of Don Juan, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Dawn Patrol, Dive Bomber and Gentleman Jim.

Each DVD features adventurous extras such as director/historian commentaries, Oscar-nominated film shorts, classic cartoons and vintage newsreels. The titles will be priced individually at $19.97 SRP and Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection, Volume 2, a five-disc set, will be available for $49.92 SRP.

Adventures of Don Juan (1948) – Errol Flynn made his name portraying dashing heroes who clasped a sword in one hand and a maiden in the other. Audiences loved Flynn’s devil-may-care bravado as much as they admired his athletic grace and astonishing good looks. Filmed in glorious Technicolor, Adventures of Don Juan was Flynn’s first swashbuckler in eight years – and a glorious reprise it is, directed with gusto by Vincent Sherman. In the title role, Flynn is a wiser, warmer, wittier version of his earlier characters as he rescues the Spanish queen (Viveca Lindfors) from the snares of an evil duke. Oscar®-winning costumes and superb sets (including a knockout grand staircase) create a lavish atmosphere for dalliances with married beauties, narrow dungeon escapes and plenty of duels.

Special Features Include:
Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and historian Rudy Behlmer
Warner Night at the Movies 1948 short subjects gallery:
Vintage newsreel
Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be on the Radio
Oscar-nominated travel short Calgary Stampede
Classic Looney Tunes cartoon Hare Splitter
Trailers of Adventures of Don Juan and 1948’s Silver River
Subtitles: English (Feature Film Only)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) - Inspired by history and Tennyson’s poem (“Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred”), The Charge of the Light Brigade tells the tale of a band of British Lancers who challenge an army of 25,000 Russians. The film’s highlight: the charge itself, a masterful, pulse-pounding nine minutes of thundering hoofs and flashing sabers that stands up magnificently against any Hollywood action scene of today – and brought 1936’s Best Assistant Director Oscar® to Jack Sullivan for his staging of the vaunted sequence. Errol Flynn, fresh off his success as Captain Blood, stars as the leader of the 600 horsemen. Olivia de Havilland, his Captain Blood leading lady, co-stars. And legendary composer Max Steiner makes his Warner Bros. debut a memorable one with his stirring, heroic musical score.

Special Features Include:
Warner Night at the Movies 1936 Short Subjects Gallery:
Vintage newsreel
Oscar-winning drama short Give Me Liberty
Comedy short Shop Talk with Bob Hope
Classic cartoon Boom Boom
Trailers of The Charge of the Light Brigade and 1936’s Anthony Adverse
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

The Dawn Patrol (1938) – Errol Flynn and David Niven take to the skies in this thrilling aerial action yarn as World War I British flyboys who, whether quaffing down beers or gunning down their German foes, unite in devil-may-care gallantry and in disdain for their commander (Basil Rathbone). But war’s realities will soon tarnish their bonhomie and change their disdain to understanding. They will also become commanders, forced each dawn to send young poorly-trained recruits in patched-up aircraft to certain death. Its superior pacing, performances and style, combined with amazing dogfights above and a haunting indictment of war’s futility below, make The Dawn Patrol a soaring classic of guts and glory.

Special Features Include:
Warner Night at the Movies 1938 short subjects gallery:
Vintage newsreel
Musical shorts The Prisoner of Swing and Romance Road
Classic Cartoon What Price Porky?
Trailers of The Dawn Patrol and 1938’s Four’s a Crowd
Subtitles: English & Español (feature film only)

Dive Bomber (1941) – Dive Bomber is a stirring, authentic Technicolor tale about getting ready for war. Flynn portrays a flight medical researcher and Fred MacMurray plays a squadron commander, flyboys who put differences aside and risk all to confront the problems of blackout-inducing G-forces and high-altitude sickness. Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) directs from a script co-written by aviation pioneer Frank “Spig” Wead (the biopic subject of John Wayne’s The Wings of Eagles). And destined for wartime greatness was the aircraft carrier seen in several scenes: the USS Enterprise, the nation’s most decorated World War II ship.

Special Features Include:
New Featurette Dive Bomber: Keep ’Em in the Air
Theatrical Trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Gentleman Jim (1942) – In one of his biggest box-office hits, Errol Flynn portrays dapper James C. Corbett, whose style in and out of the ring helped bring acceptability to what had been an unsanctioned, back-room sport. The role was a Flynn favorite, and he rigorously schooled himself in the gliding footwork, deft jabbing, feinting and left-hooking that were Corbett trademarks. Raoul Walsh, director of seven Flynn films, balances bravura fisticuffs with family vignettes and flirtatious romance (Alexis Smith is Flynn’s co-star). And Ward Bond plays heavyweight champ, John L. Sullivan, a legendary ring king dethroned by the clever but tough “Gentleman Jim.”

Special Features Include:
Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery:
Vintage Newsreel
Sports shorts Shoot Yourself Some Golf (with Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman) and The Right Timing
Classic Cartoon Foney Fables
Trailers of Gentleman Jim and 1942’s The Male Animal
Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Show Adaptation with Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith and Ward Bond
Subtitles: English & Español (Feature Film Only)

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. All are in Dual-Layer format.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:41   #2
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Excellent stuff. Glad I held off buying the R2 Dive Bomber now.
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What excellent news!!!!!! Keep the collections coming, WB!!!!!!!
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glad these are available individually, cause the only one I'm willing to pay for right away is Gentleman Jim (which I really love); Don Juan, Light Brigade, and Dawn Patrol each have their merits, certainly, but I'd rather save my money for sets that really blow me away... I like Flynn a lot, as a star, and I like some of his films very much--including the as-yet-unreleased The Sisters, Cry Wolf, Santa Fe Trail--a misrepresentation of American history so demented (and so exuberant!), it must be seen to be believed! Those 3 + Gentleman Jim and maybe Charge of the Light Brigade would have sold me...

I've also always wanted to see Four's a Crowd--I just have a feeling I might really like it...

But I guess I'll never understand the appeal of WW 2 war movies--are people really excited about Dive Bomber? Of course, I know that feelings on these matters can vary widely--witness the Doris Day divide which has opened up elsewhere on this site! (count me as a "nae", by the way)--and that one's preferences in classic film have nothing to do with one's validity as a human being!
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Old 11-12-2006, 15:29   #5
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But I guess I'll never understand the appeal of WW 2 war movies--are people really excited about Dive Bomber?
It's not your typical war movie. This is more like that popular Scientists Try To Solve Problems genre. It has more in common with Apollo 13 than Saving Private Ryan.


Colour me excited as Flynn is simply my favourite movie star by miles. (By the way, I'm currently reading his hugely entertaining autobiography My Wicked, Wicked Ways. Consider it recommended.)
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Old 13-12-2006, 10:46   #7
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Great news, but a pity they couldn't have found room in there for Silver River and Virginia City which I believe had been mooted for release.
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Does anyone know if Light Brigade might end up being heavily cut? I'm thinking about the use of tripwires on the horses. Or is it only the UK where they have to cut that stuff out?
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Old 13-12-2006, 22:34   #9
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Only the UK; they trip to their hearts content in R1 land.

Looking at the BBFC it was cut when originally released in this country, but not for video 20 years ago, though it's possible a pre-cut version may have been submitted for certification.

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Only the UK; they trip to their hearts content in R1 land.
Glad to hear it. Well, obviously it was a needlessly cruel thing to do back then, but cutting it makes no difference for already dead horses.
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..or indeed, empty horses.
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The box art has been added; see the link in the first post.
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The Beaver on Flynn Vol. 2 here
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Mine arrived today, just under the customs limit before postage from DVD Pacific (phew).
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Savant on the Flynn set right here:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2256flyn.html
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Watched Gentleman Jim yesterday, and Light Brigade and Dawn Patrol today.

Light Brigade takes awhile to get going, but the second half is fairly thrilling stuff with the final charge being one of the best action scenes I've ever seen. I wept like a baby.

Dawn Patrol is good all the way. Niven and Flynn looks like they have a lot of fun together (indeed, they were close friends in real life), and Rathbone is particularly good as their commander, tortured by continually sending men into pointless deaths.

And Jim... I'd heard a lot of good things about it and knew that it was Flynn's personal favourite of all the movies he'd starred in, so my expectations were ridiculously high - I could only be disappointed, right? Wrong. It was everything I'd hoped for and more. Flynn was never more charismatic and charming than in this movie, and he makes for a plausible boxer with some great foot-work and a terrific left jab. I think I enjoyed it even more than my other Flynn favourites, Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk. I laughed, I cried... I think I'm gonna rewatch it tonight.
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I'm at the same stage.

I'm trying to decide if the ship in harbour during the fight in Gentleman Jim has been dug out of storage by Warners from Captain Blood; be nice to think that it was (for some reason).

Great set isn't it?
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Great set isn't it?
Fantastic. And I love when Flynn climbs back in the ring spitting water.
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Remember watching Gentleman Jim as a kid and thinking how fantastic it was. My favorite Flynn film has to be The Sea Hawk though.
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Absolutely thrilled with DVD of Gentleman Jim as well - hoping we see more Flynn in other star or themed collections until the release of volume 3, whenever that may be. I'm a great fan of Cry Wolf, The Green Light, The Perfect Specimen, Escape Me Never, Uncertain Glory AND of course San Antonio, which would look great in radiant color on DVD. And I adore the camaraderie and larger-than-life heroics of Desperate Journey
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