Initially meant as a form of follow-up to his 1935 Captain Blood, which gave Errol Flynn his first major role, The Sea Hawk, had to wait half a decade, and come from another source entirely to make it to the screen.
But when it did, with Mr. Flynn one of Hollywood’s consummate stars, it arrived via a huge budget, a great cast, and quality galore.
There are only about a dozen major Flynn films, and finally receiving Sea Hawk on Blu-ray, is a cause of celebration.
The majority of the film, which made up the cut version (18 minutes had been lost) is drop dead gorgeous, while the inserts for the excised material is less so.
But the difference between the two, similar to the situation with Hawks’ The Thing, allows us to see, and understand the various cutting decisions at work.
One of the great adventure for not only of the 1940s, but for any era.
Those who have never seen the film, should be thrilled.
The sepia toned sequence, also looks superb in HD.
I could offer a list of the Flynn films that fans would love to purchase on Blu-ray, like so many others have requested, but the studio is aware, and acting as funds allow to do proper restoration work.
Image – 5/3 (cut sequences)
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely
Very Highly Recommended