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Yellowbeard: On DVD Finally!

There have been two movies which, since the day I bought my first DVD player, I’ve wanted to own a nice crisp digital transfer of. Both have been unavailable at anything less than a ‘reasonable’ quality thus far, however in the last month that has changed: Back on the 6th I posted about the upcoming release of a new ‘final cut’ of Blade Runner (the DVD release of which will include the original theater release of the film) and now I’ve stumbled on the impending release of the number two movie on my Christmas wish list: Yellowbeard.

The high seas adventure follows the accounts of the infamous pirate Yellowbeard who finds himself incarcerated for tax evasion. Despite years behind bars, the tight-lipped pirate refuses to disclose the whereabouts of his vast treasure. In an effort to find the treasure, the Royal Navy comes up with a scheme to increase Yellowbeard’s sentence by 140 years hoping that he’ll break out of jail and lead them to his treasure trove. Falling for the ploy, Yellowbeard escapes and recruits a motley crew of companions to help him find the treasure…[more]

I’ll be the first to admit that Yellowbeard isn’t for everyone. It’s a pretty screwy movie with an unusual rhythm and oddly paced dialogue. The fact that it features many of the Monty Python crew sets people in the wrong direction for a start, because this isn’t a Python movie. No, it’s more like the ‘We are the world’ of comedies, boasting some of the greatest names (and some of the not so great) to have ever come together on the screen – which I suspect was part of the motivation to appear in the film.

Originally release in 1983 the film was written by Graham Chapman, Peter Cook and Bernard McKenna who also featured on screen along side of Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Marty Feldman, Eric Idle, Michael Hordern, Madeline Kahn, James Mason, John Cleese, Spike Milligan, Nigel Planer, and a host of others, including quite a few cameos.

The DVD release, available on the 27th of June, is presented anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) and enhanced for 16×9 televisions, but sadly comes with no bonus features.. unless of course you count the figgin movie I’ve waited 23 years to own! [source]

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