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Two Decades of Errol

ANOTHER DAWN (1937) William Dieterle pairs up-and-coming romantic devil Errol Flynn up with screen queen Kay Francis for a collision of honor and passion in Mesopotamia. Akin to the similarly themed Garbo vehicle, The Painted Veil (also a Somerset Maugham adaptation), Another Dawn places a bunch of stiff-upper-lips in an exotic locale where forbidden fires burn between the matrimonied and the footloose. American Julia Ashton (Francis), her heart shattered by the death of her aviator fiancé, agrees to marry the honorable Col. John Wister (Ian Hunter). Accompanying the colonel back to his desert base, Julia meets his best pal, Capt. Denny Roark (Flynn), and the frozen embers in her heart come roaring back to life. And so, what price, honor? What cost, happiness? One of Francis’ final films for Warner Bros. that’s full of sweeping action and swooning romance.

ESCAPE ME NEVER (1947) Errol Flynn plays the keystone corner in a romantic quadrangle in this intercontinental romance about a pair of star-crossed composer siblings and the ladies in their lives. In turn-of-the-last-century Venice, Caryl Dubrok (Gig Young) aspires to be a composer and win the hand of English heiress Fenella Maclean (Eleanor Parker). Unfortunately, street waif Gemma (Ida Lupino) breaks up the pair when she declares to Fenella that she lives with the composer Dubrok. It turns out Caryl is not the only composing Dubrok and Gemma and her baby had moved in with Caryl’s more feckless and reckless rogue of a brother, Sebastian (Flynn). And so, Caryl, Sebastian, Gemma and babe set off on a Tyrolean quest to set matters straight. It’s a journey that takes the film from Venice to London, from light comedy to dark tragedy, all the while accompanied by Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s wonderful score. Newly Re-mastered

THE WARRIORS (1955) Allied Artists raised its ambitions by diving into historical epics, all while maintaining the lean efficiencies they learned while being the more humble Monogram. Errol Flynn stars as the famed ‘Black Prince’ Edward, battling upstart French nobles with the gall to rebel against his rule of Aquitaine in the midst of the 100 Years War. After a cherished noble lady (Joanne Dru) and her little brothers fall into the clutches of rebel ringleader Comte De Ville (an already captivating Peter Finch), Edward sets out to their rescue and into adventure. Shot on location in England’s Elstree Studios by Guy Green who paints the screen in high style with the costumes and castles available to him, The Warriors lean pace and unpretentious script plays out like the Medieval cousin to the great Monogram Westerns of an earlier epoch. 16×9 Widescreen, Newly Re-mastered

Boyz 2 Toons

MAGIC BOY (1960) Magically-gifted boy Sasuke lives in peace, deep in the forest with his animal pals and his elder sister, Oyu. After their forest sanctuary is violated by a demon witch who devours one of Sasuke’s animal companions, he vows vengeance. Leaving the forest, the boy sets out to master his magical gifts by making a pilgrimage to the home of the wizard, Hakuunsai. While Sasuke learns the ways of magic, Yakusha, the demon witch, terrorizes the countryside, and Sasuke works to complete his training in time. Magic Boy aka Shunen Sarutobi Sasuke is a classic piece of anime history – the first full-length animated feature produced in Japan to reach the shores of the United States. With much of the original storyline left untouched and centering on pop culture staple hero Sarutobi Sasuke (think Bomba the Jungle Boy crossed with a ninja), Magic Boy is an enchanting precursor to decades of imported Japanese ani-magic. 16×9 Widescreen

MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1967-68) Marine Boy, the amazing aquatic hero of the American anime action classic, surfaces for a final volume of sea-faring sci-fi adventures! This 3-Disc, 26-Episode Collections rounds out Marine Boy’s excursions for the Ocean Patrol Marine Headquarters with a series of fantastic confrontations against fearsome foes side by side with some fabulous friends. Thanks to the inventions of his father, Dr. Mariner, Marine Boy is super-scuba geared up and ready for the full fathom fighting form with his propeller shoes and bulletproof wet suit, not mention his boomerangs and Oxy-gum! So take a swim with Marine Boy, his dolphin Splasher, mermaid gal pal Neptina, hero-worshiping little Clicli and the stalwart crew of supersub P-1 as they go up against evil electronic brains, haunted island, ghost cruisers, mutant plankton swarms, militarized red dolphins, and attacking icebergs. It’s just another day under the sea for Marine Boy – brave and free!

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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