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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Mark McSherry, Jan 21, 2019.
In Like Flynn in select US theaters starting later this month.
Great headline, but poor follow up story
Opening paragraphs from the The Canberra Times review (October 2018):
"In 1937, the Australian-born Hollywood star Errol Flynn wrote Beams End, a rollicking account of his youthful Coral Sea adventures with three friends aboard Sirocco, a 12-metre yacht that was never meant to sail beyond Sydney Harbour's headlands.
"The book's tone was an engaging blend of artful self-deprecation and gleeful exaggeration. Flynn was exulting in his growing reputation as a gentlemanly hell-raiser, while taking care to do it with charm.
"Describing Sirocco's 5000-kilometre voyage from Sydney to Papua New Guinea, he wrote: "The only truly remarkable thing about our seamanship was our appalling lack of it ... my calculations of our position would, as often as not, locate the ship anywhere from the South Pole to the middle of the Sahara Desert".
"Australian action director Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) has produced a rough screen translation of these reminiscences but little of Flynn's insouciance has made the cut. The film plays like an old-fashioned Hollywood B-picture with a bland hero, lots of drinking and brawling and a lot of over-acting..."
When I saw the thread title I thought - Woo Hoo! WAC releasing another Flynn film!
Then I read the actual thread title a little more closely. Oh well.
Or that Criterion would be releasing Captain Blood
Or a rescued lost film, The Other Side of the Flynn.
It should also be in the Movies section, shouldn't it?
Or that ANYONE would be releasing CAPTAIN BLOOD.
Hmm... Just lately, every other new thread title around here is getting more and more clickbaity. Maybe the site should be renamed the BuzzFeed Theater Forum?
The IN LIKE FLYNN DVD arrived today. Plays on all of my US DVD players without a problem. It’s a bare-bones release but the movie displays with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on a 16:9 Widescreen. Plus the soundtrack is in 5.1 English Dolby audio. The running time is 98m. There is no menu, extras, or subtitles.
The DVD appears to be legitimate and not a boot-leg. IN LIKE FLYNN’s official Australian DVD release date was Feb 6th.
I pulled out my book and there is this, in the first chapter of BEAM ENDS, that tips off the reader to what will follow. And must have served as inspiration to the film-makers of IN LIKE FYLNN. Errol writes-
“Usher’s is the famous Sydney hotel where foregather all the men from the South Sea Islands… You will hear of encounters with unknown tribes of savage head-hunters, of close shaves by ambush in the New Guinea jungles, of good gold prospects found in the mountains of Solomon Islands…You will hear how So and So’s canoe capsized in the vast crocodile-infested Sepik River, of which no man knows the source… Bend a leg on the bar foot-rail and you will hear many strange and wonderful stories. What is more, a lot of them are true. I know, because I have told some true ones myself.”
I take it Mark that it is the Aussie release on Umbrella. No BD unfortunately.
No BD. At least not yet. Though the DVD looks more than just good projected on a 120" screen. The soundtrack is active on the surrounds. The film score is rousing too, and available at Amazon.
The biggest fault with the disc is no subtitles; sometimes the dialog is hard to discern with the Australian accents, Especially when Charlie speaks. Fortunately there are subtitles available to download online.
I'm hope it will at least be available at some point as an HD stream. It just opened in the US the last week of January so that may be a few months away here. With all the location shooting, it deserves to be viewed at more than 480p.
I see IN LIKE FLYNN is available on Google Play in Australia. And you can wishlist it at Google Play in the US.
iTunes has just listed IN LIKE FLYNN. Pre-order is $9.99 with release date of April 30th.