DVD Release: The Corsican Brothers

DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth

The Corsican Brothers

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. let's his sword do the talking in The Corsican Brothers.

The 1941 action-adventure film The Corsican Brothers, adapted from the 1844 novella by Alexandre Dumas, stars the incomparable Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (The Mark of Zorro).

Hen’s Tooth’s DVD release marks the first time the Gregory Ratoff-directed movie has ever been issued on disc.

There’s plenty of swordplay and swashbuckling adventure in Dumas’ tale of identical twins Lucien and Mario, separated as infants, and raised unaware of each other’s existence. One becomes a Parisian gentleman, the other a country bandit.

When they are reunited as adults (both played by Fairbanks), they seek revenge on the evil Baron (Akim Tamiroff) who plundered their homestead and robbed them of their birthright. Complications arise when both fall in love with the same beautiful Countess (Ruth Warrick, Citizen Kane), and the rivalry threatens to derail their vendetta.

Featuring superlative cinematography and music by Hollywood legends Harry Stradling (My Fair Lady) and Dimitri Tiomkin (The Guns of Navarone), respectively, classic The Corsican Brothers also stars J. Carrol Naish, H.G. Warner and Gloria Holden.

No bonus features are on the DVD, which includes a new transfer of the film from a 35mm print.

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