Warner Home Entertainment is prepping an ambitious collection of a legendary actor with Errol Flyyn: The Signature Collection. Five films and an exclusive documentary are coming this spring.
Captain Blood – 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.
Leonard Maltin hosts the DVD with newsreel footage, a musical short, comedy shorts a 1935 trailer gallery a featurette and a Lux Radio Production.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex – 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.
Again, Maltin hosts the event with newsreel footage a musical short, a cartoon a 1939 trailer gallery and a featurette.
The Sea Hawk – 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.
The Maltin presentation includes newsreel footage, the short Alice in Movieland, a Porky Pig cartoon, a 1940 trailer gallery and a featurette.
They Died With Their Boots On – 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.
The 1942 Maltin segment includes more newsreel footage, a military short, a cartoon 1942 trailers and a featurette.
Dodge City – 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.
Newsreel footage, a short, a cartoon, a 1939 trailer gallery and a new featurette are featured on the disc.
The box set also comes The Adventures of Errol Flynn – 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.
The set is priced at $59.92 and it will arrive on April 19th.