The Master of Ballantrae

The Master of Ballantrae

Director: William Keighley Cast: Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
UPC: 0883316860120
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 28,967

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Jamie Durrisdeer
Roger Livesey Col. Francis Burke
Anthony Steel Henry Durrisdeer
Beatrice Campbell Lady Alison
Yvonne Furneaux Jessie Brown
Felix Aylmer Lord Durrisdeer
Jacques Berthier Arnaud
Mervyn Johns MacKellar
Charles Goldner Mendoza
Ralph Truman Maj. Clarendon
Francis de Wolff Matthew Bull
Gillian Lynne Marianne
Moultrie Kelsall MacCauley
Jack Taylor Actor
Stephen Vercoe Actor
Charles Carson Col. Banks

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
William Alwyn Score Composer
Ralph W. Brinton Art Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Patrick Crean Choreography
George Frost Makeup
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Harris Editor
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Herb Meadow Screenwriter
Harold Medford Screenwriter

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The Master of Ballantrae 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Upon its release, 'The Master of Ballentrae' was considered a massive undertaking and huge gamble on the part of Warner Brothers. The lavishly perverse lifestyle of their star, Errol Flynn had caught up to him by this point in his career, preventing any close up photography except for some occasional snippets shot through a thick filter. The picaresque tale concerns England¿s crackdown on Scotland, two romantic triangles and a bloody showdown between two brothers (Flynn and Anthony Steel) who find themselves on opposite ends of the confrontation. A lot of visceral globetrotting ensues and the film, regardless of its shortcomings, skips along quite nicely through its mere 89 minutes. Shot in Italy, Scottland and Wales it was a huge hit in Europe but widely panned in the U.S. Set aside the title if you're a fan of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, on which the film is supposedly based, because this movie in no way follows the book's plot. As a stand alone film however, it is a rather inviting confection with Flynn doing his swordplay and slick one liners to good effect on lavish sets. But Jack Cardiff¿s brilliant photography is the real star here. Warner Home Video gives us a nice looking DVD transfer of this would be masterpiece. Edge enhancement does crop up now and then but nothing that will terribly distract one from enjoying the film. Colors are rich and nicely balanced. Blacks are deep. Age related artifacts are kept to a minimum. Over all, a clean visual presentation. The audio is mono but very well balanced and nicely restored.