Directed by Richard Lester
UK 1975


  Fraser's tales of Harry Flashman, a 19th-century British naval officer who always manages to come out on top despite being a bit of a rogue and a lot of a coward, formed a series of much loved comic novels which had always seemed to offer themselves for film adaptation.


Theatrical Release: October 2nd, 1975

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:41:36 
Video 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital Mono) , DUBs: Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono), French (Dolby Digital Mono)   
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary with Malcolm McDowell and Film Historian Nick Redman
• Inside Royal Flash
• Meet Harry Flashman
• Isolated Score and F/X Track
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2007

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Chapters: 24




This dual-layered, progressive DVD, 16X9 enhanced in its original 1.66 ratio looks acceptable for the most part but has moments of weakness. Detail appears fair-to-midland but there is often grainy-looking digital noise in much of the background. It is fairly clean with infrequent speckles and contrast is quite strong. The mono audio (stereo is also an option - as well as French and Spanish DUBs) sounded clear and consistent.

There is a listen-able commentary with star McDowell and film historian Nick Redman gentle probing him with questions and conversation. There are 2 featurettes and one can hear the isolated score if desired. The film was amusing occasionally touching on some bawdiness, but nothing special in my mind. The DVD has some value at the right price though and Brit comedy fans may wish to indulge. 

Gary W. Tooze



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