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Errol Flynn Signature Collection (R2) in October

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection for 17th October 2005 priced at £49.99 exclusive to HMV. This set marks the UK DVD debut of five all-time favourite films from 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.

Included in the set are: Captain Blood, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Sea Hawk, They Died with their Boots On and Dodge City as well as the previously released Dive Bomber.

Captain Blood (1935) - 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 (Casablanca), 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.

Special Features:

  • Newsreel
  • Comedy Short All-American Drawback
  • Cartoon Billboard Frolics
  • New Featurette Captain Blood: A Swashbuckler Is Born
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) - 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 here - eyebrows and hairline shaved, face painted chalky white - double Academy Award winner Davis exudes such intelligence, energy and ardor 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 Anderson's play Elizabeth the Queen and directed by Michael Curtiz, the film was nominated for five Oscars (Best Art Direction, Color Cinematography, Scoring, Sound Recording and Special Effects).

Special Features:
  • Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1939 with:
    • Newsreel
    • Musical Short The Royal Rodeo
    • Cartoon Old Glory
    • 1939 Trailer Gallery
  • New Featurette Elizabeth and Essex: Battle Royale

The Sea Hawk (1940) - 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 (Casablanca) 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.

Special Features:
  • Newsreel
  • Short Alice in Movieland
  • New Featurette The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action
  • Theatrical Trailer

They Died With Their Boots On (1941) - 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 favors 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.

Special Features:
  • Newsreel
  • Short A Tail of Two Kitties
  • New Featurette They Died With Their Boots On: To Hell or Glory
  • Theatrical Trailer

Dodge City (1939) -- 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. Once trail boss Wade Hatton (Errol Flynn) pins on a badge, there is.
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 railroad car. Hailed for Flynn's 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.

Special Features:
  • Newsreel
  • Academy Award-Winning Drama Short Sons of Liberty
  • Cartoon Dangerous Dan McFoo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • New Featurette Dodge City: Go West, Errol Flynn

Dive Bomber (1941) -- When the film hit theatres in 1941, Americans already sensed the U.S. would be plunged into World War II action. No one knew how and when war would come. But everyone knew they had to be ready.

Dive Bomber is a stirring and authentic Technicolor® tale about getting ready. Errol 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 form a script co-written by aviation pioneer Frank Wead (the biopic subject of John Wayne's The Wings of Eagles). And unbilled but 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:
  • Documentary: 'Dive Bomber: Keep Em' In The Air'
  • Theatrical Trailer

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. All are in Dual-Layer format.

BONUS DISC
The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) - Acclaimed, Emmy-Award winning documentarians Joan Kramer and David Heeley (Bacall on Bogart, The Spencer Tracy Legacy, The John Garfield Story, Katharine Hepburn: All About Me) cast their sights on the amazing Flynn life story with this new feature length documentary, available exclusively as part of the Errol Flynn Signature Collection. Narrated by Ian Holm, the film traces Flynn's journey from his Tasmanian childhood to the heights of Hollywood celebrity. Along the way, he goldmines in New Guinea, sails the world, reports on wars, stands trial, goes broke and chases (and catches) far too many beautiful women. Film clips, home movies and interviews that include fascinating commentary provided in 2004 by eight-time Flynn co-star Olivia de Havilland highlight this insightful look at a real life that - often tragically - out-glamoured reel life.

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