Blu-ray Release: Royal Flash

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Twilight Time

Royal Flash scene

Malcolm McDowell is Harry Flashman in 1975's Royal Flash.

The 1975 British comedy-adventure film Royal Flash, adapted by George MacDonald Fraser from his novel (the second in the popular 12-book series, The Flashman Papers), offers a tale about that energetic cad, Harry Flashman (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange), taking reluctant if opportunistic part in 19th-century history.

In the movie, Flashman is drawn into a plot to impersonate a prince engineered by the fearsome Otto von Bismarck (Oliver Reed, Tommy) and must utilize all his wily talents to emerge unscathed.

Directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, Petulia), the film also stars Alan Bates (Women in Love), Florinda Balkan, Britt Ekland, Joss Ackland (The House that Dripped Blood) and a young Bob Hoskins (Made in Dagenham) in one of his earliest film roles (albeit, a small one).

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be ready to pre-order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives or TCM SHOP ( on the pre-order date, which is is sometime in mid-November.

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.