Twilight Time Blu-ray's Review: Captain From Castle (1947) The Pirates of Blood River (1962) Play Dirty (1968)

Captain From Castle (1947) The Pirates of Blood River (1962) Play Dirty (1968)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring in Captain from Castle: Tyrone Power, Thomas Gomez, Cesar Romero, John Sutton, Jean Peters, Lee J. Cobb, Antonio Moreno

Starring in The Pirates of Blood River: Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, Kerwin Matthews, Oliver Reed, Andrew Keir, Peter Arne

Starring in Play Dirty: Harry Andrews, Daniel Pilon, Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Nigel Davenport, Patrick Jordan

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: Captain from Castle: 5 out of 5, Pirates of Blood River: 4 out of 5, Play Dirty: 4 out of 5

Here we go with another action packed, drama induced twisted adventure of three wonderful films brought out wonderfully by the one and only company Twilight Time on Special Edition Blu-ray’s. I choose a triple feature just because it was fun to do so. It’s always great spending an afternoon in a movie marathon and what better way to do so then with three high quality blu-ray’s. Twilight Time has mastered yet again 3 Blu-ray’s that are highly recommended.

Captain From Castle:

This stars a true masterpiece film actor, the one and only Tyrone Power. A true powerful acting performer in just about anything he has ever done. He graced Cinema and owned the screen as he acted in countless films. He was always able to capture the part, make you believe the part he was performing. He made you feel his characters as living breathing reality. He gives you all the emotions. He becomes the character and owns the character throughout his career and in Captain From Castle is no different. He always acted as if reality was taking place on screen.

Throughout his acting career he was a true action-packed swashbuckling performer on screen. He captured every role, every action-packed scenario that he ever starred in. From being a pirate, to being a hopeless romantic, he gave it his all. Sadly, we lost him at a very young age of only 44 years old. The years that he acted, he gave us very memorable pieces of cinema and this is one of them. Thankfully Twilight Time has honored this master with a lovely Blu-ray.

Also starring the very beautiful and amazing Jean Peters. Boy what a looker she was. Truly breathtaking actress that created many wonderful characters throughout her career. She was a true sex symbol, but she was so much more than that. Loved her in Viva Zapata! and Broken Lance is one of her greats also.

Also starring the flawless mastery of Lee J. Cobb.

Captain and Castle was directed by one of the great directors of all time. The one and only Henry King. This amazing director, directed over 117 films. From the amazing Twelve O’Clock High, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Song of Bernadette, Carousel and so many others. He truly was a god and king of all things cinema.

Captain from Castle is set during the 16th century Mexico. Your main character is Pedro De Vargas played by the one and only Tyrone Power. His character flees from Spain. He is on the run because he has spoken up against and offended the Inquisition officer. Pedro ends up joining up with an expedition to Mexico but that all changes when the mission which is ran by the character Cortez played flawlessly by the master Cesar Romero, ends up turning the mission into conquering Mexico. Pedro ends up finding love all the while hiding from the clutches of the inquisition.

The Pirates of Blood River:

Starring one of the greatest icons to ever grace cinema, the one and only Christopher Lee, the master of terror Dracula himself. Lee needs no introduction to anyone calling themselves a movie lover. He was the very definition of performance in no matter what role he played. From drama, to horror, he was the guru of cinema. Most fans flock to his horror films as their trademarks, but Lee was so much more than just a horror actor. Lee was a skilled thespian.

Also starring the one and only Kerwin Mathews. Mathews was a regular in many of Ray Harryhausen films or action adventure, fantasy cinema. He was the spectacular, swash buckling hero of many stand out films. From The 7th Voyage of Sinbad playing the lead role of Sinbad. To this one I am reviewing, 1962’s The Pirates of Blood River. Also 1962’s Jack the Giant Killer, 1967’s Battle Beneath the Earth. Who can forget his role in one of the greatest, cheesiest, “oh my god what the hell did I just watch” 1971’s dorkiest and yet greatest B-movie Cult midnight film ever, rubber suit and all, Octaman. How can you go wrong with a man in a rubber suit octopus, half man, half rubber octopus, priceless? His last two films where horror movies. 1973’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and the comedy horror 1977’s Nightmare in Blood. Kerwin was an awesome soul at true performing. He captured a vast array of weird, wild, dramatic wonders throughout his career. He stopped acting in 1977 but did not pass away until 2007. I suppose after a while certain actors just walk away, or are tired of the business. He went on to sell antiques. Stayed with his partner Tom Nicoll which they were partners for an amazing 46 years. Kerwin passed at 81 years old. He left me with a wonderful childhood of memories, growing up with fantasy and adventure that he graced his wonders with.

Directed by one of my personal favorite directors of cinema. Specifically, because of his horror movie films. I being a B-movie Drive-In fiend, flock to his films. He mastered Horror greats as Vampire Over London, Blood Beast from Outer Space. One of my personal all time favorite zombie films 1966’s The Plague of Zombies. Also directed the truly classic 1966’s The Reptile. Loved 1967’s The Mummy’s Shroud. A pivotal Director of my childhood.

As you would guess the title of the movie basically explains it. You have a group of mean and ruthless pirates that attack a settlement on the Isle of Devon. They as all pirates are looking for treasures. These pirates will stop at nothing to obtain their riches.

Play Dirty:

Starring the one and only who needs no introduction the main man of performing himself Michael Caine. Caine plays Capt. Douglas. The plot is set during the North African Campaign in World War 2. British soldiers dress up and disguise themselves as Italian troops in the ability to travel behind the Nazi lines in hope to destroy a very important oil depot run by the Nazi’s.

Also starring Harry Andrews who was truly a unique performer that had a memorable look about him, he was massively squared jawed which made you remember his face. He was one of the unique character actors that stood out. Andrews would always tend to play tough guy military style roles. His looks and personality gave him a forceful ability to make you believe that the character he was playing was real. 107 performing credits to his name, he gave his all to the cinema world. From classic’s like Battle of Britain (1969) to Moby Dick (1956) to winning awards for The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and 1965’s The Hill. He was a true performer that always stood out and maintained the viewer in every part he played. He has been honored by Twilight Time with their releases of Theatre of Blood, Alexander the Great, Solomon and Sheba all on special edition Blu-ray’s.

Directed by Andre De Toth. A director that took his performing actors and actresses to the next level. A true director that always knew what he wanted, and he executed it greatly. Action, suspense, drama, horror and mystery. He made a world of his own in 44 movies and TV under his mastery. Play Dirty is a prime example of his action talent.  


My Rating: 5 out of 5

Yet again no fault in this department. Twilight Time tends to always capture the perfection of audio and video quality. They never let me down in this reality. The quality and perfection they put into their products shines brightly with ease of sound clarity to the ear and beauty of video to the eye.

Captain from Castle:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1947 / Color

Pirates of Blood River:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1962 / Color

Play Dirty:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1968 / Color


Captain from Castle

Isolated Music Track:  You have a pure talent on the music in this film. A composer of perfection. Alfred Newman. Alfred Newman was another pioneer of music. A composer and arranger and conductor of many, upon many pieces of music for film. The vast array of work under his belt can only show you his expertise at music, from, The Song of Bernadette, All About Eve, The Diary of Anne Frank, How the West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told and many, many more credits to his name. What’s so different and amazing about Newman is, he only wrote music for film. This idea and concept showcases the beauty he had for film and that beauty always showed in the finished product. I must mention the success of his music was honored countless times, winning an impressive 9 Oscars and being nominated over 40 times.

Audio Commentary with Film Historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame, and Nick Redman
Tyrone Power: The Last Idol
Tyrone Power and His Leading Ladies
Original Theatrical Trailer

The Pirates of Blood River:

Isolated Music & Effects Track: The music is done by Gary Hughes. Hughes doesn’t have much under his belt as composer. He died at the young age of 56. He mastered many wonderful Drive-In films such as the 1963 classic The Crimson Blade. Also, the wonderful Drive-In Classics The Devil-Ship Pirates, The Viking Queen and A Challenge for Robin Hood.

Audio Commentary with Writer Jimmy Sangster, Art Director Don Mingaye, and Film Historian Marcus Hearn. A Wonderful listen.
Original Theatrical Trailer

Play Dirty:

Isolated Music & Effects Track: A master talent. A brilliant composer. An Oscar winning musician. A 3-time Oscar winner. Michel Legrand mastered so many greats of cinema. 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair, Summer of ’42, 1983’s Yentl. Over 200 movies and TV credits to his name. Still alive and kicking it today and still composing. His music is still used today. Started composing in 1955 and still composing in 2017. A wonderful special feature that I always look forward to on Twilight Time blu-ray’s.  

Original Theatrical Trailer


Twilight Time did another amazing job at bringing forth three fantastic experiences that they accomplish so greatly. A beautiful transfer to all three, dynamic visuals and hearing on all three. All three are priceless examples of how to treat older films. Highly recommend all three Blu-ray’s.


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