Errol Flynn Movies on DVD: Warner’s The Errol Flynn Signature Collection
Errol Flynn was one of the most handsome and most dashing leading men during the studio era – or any era, for that matter. Although Flynn rarely gave what could be considered a “good” performance (his excellent dramatic turn in The Sun Also Rises is a notable exception), he was so great to look at that lack of acting ability was a minor inconvenience.
Warner Home Video is releasing The Errol Flynn Signature Collection, a six-disc DVD package containing five Errol Flynn Warner Bros. movies: Captain Blood (1935), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Dodge City (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940), and They Died with Their Boots On (1941).
All but one of those (The Sea Hawk) co-stars Olivia de Havilland as Flynn’s romantic interest, and all but one (They Died with Their Boots On) was directed by Michael Curtiz. (For the record: Flynn’s The Sea Hawk leading lady is Brenda Marshall; Raoul Walsh directed They Died with Their Boots On.)
Errol Flynn Warner Bros. movies
Though not necessarily great films, they are all worth watching because, well, Errol Flynn is the star, and as a plus the boast excellent production values. (Note: both The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and Dodge City are in color.) Also, all five Flynn vehicles feature a gallery of Warner Bros. notables. Besides Olivia de Havilland, you’ll find Bette Davis (The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex), Claude Rains (The Sea Hawk), Sydney Greenstreet (They Died with Their Boots On), and Ann Sheridan (Dodge City).
Additionally, the Errol Flynn set also includes the feature documentary The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) and several featurettes pertaining to each of the Flynn movies.
The Errol Flynn Signature Collection is scheduled to come out in North America on April 19.
Errol Flynn “pirate” in Captain Blood image: Warner Bros.
Doris Day DVD box set: Warner Home Video’s Doris Day Collection
The much underrated Doris Day hasn’t won an Honorary Academy Award yet, but at least she’s being honored with her own DVD box set, Warner Home Video’s Doris Day Collection – even if most of the DD Collection’s films have already been released as “singles.” The 8-disc set, to come out on April 26, includes the following Doris Day movies: (Image: Doris Day Love Me or Leave Me.)
- Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962), a sentimental circus story directed by Charles Walters, and co-starring Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, and Martha Raye.
- Calamity Jane (1953), possibly Doris Day’s best film. Calamity Jane is a lively musical Western directed by David Butler, with an exuberant Day in the title and co-starring Howard Keel as a no-nonsense Wild Bill Hickok. As a plus, Day gets to sing the Academy Award-winning song “Secret Love.”
- The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), a very 1960s and very silly comedy directed by frequent Jerry Lewis collaborator Frank Tashlin, with Rod Taylor, plus assorted Commie spies and counterspies.
- Love Me or Leave Me (1955), with Day as torch singer Ruth Etting, getting slapped around by James Cagney and delivering a perfectly acceptable dramatic performance under the guidance of veteran Charles Vidor.
- Lullaby of Broadway (1951), which has Doris Day, while not singing show tunes, romancing Gene Nelson.
- The Pajama Game (1957), a musical about labor relations (!), co-directed by Broadway’s George Abbott and Hollywood’s Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town), with John Raitt as Day’s leading man.
- Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960), a not very funny “family” comedy directed by MGM alumnus Charles Walters (Good News, Lili), with David Niven and Janis Paige.
- Young Man with a Horn (1950), an acceptable black-and-white melodrama co-starring Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, and directed by veteran Michael Curtiz.
“Doris Day Movies on DVD” Love Me or Leave Me photo: MGM.