Video Release: May 18, 1999
Theatrical Release: 1926
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino on Video
- Runtime: 90 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
This swashbuckling nautical adventure, starring the incomparable Douglas Fairbanks, made film history as one of the first full features shot entirely in Technicolor. Here, he plays a nobleman who wants to revenge his father's murder, so he boards a pirate vessel disguised as one of the thieving, villainous rapscallions, and sets about achieving his goal. On the high seas, the athletic Fairbanks provides a no-holds barred, rip-roaring, stunt-filled voyage -- complete with a one-man takeover of a merchant ship.
A silent film.
"The Black Pirate" was the first feature film shot in 2-strip Technicolor, but many surviving copies are in black & white.
The Kino VHS version is in color and features a full orchestral recording of the original score in digital stereo, under the musical direction of Robert Israel. It also includes extra material, such as outtake footage and stills.
The Kino/Image laserdisc (ID3543KN) includes an audio commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer.
According to Variety, Elton Thomas (who came up with the film's story) was actually Fairbanks himself.
Additional production company: Elton Corp.
Copyright 1926 Elton Corporation.