Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dancing Pirate

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 22, 2022
Price: DVD $13.99, Blu-ray $17.99
Studio: The Film Detective/Cinedigm/MVD Visual

This week, The Film Detective (TFD), the classic film restoration and streaming company, will release the first ever 100% Technicolor dancing musical, 1936’s Dancing Pirate, on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD.

Charles Collins stars in the film as a dance teacher from Boston who is tricked into joining a band of pirates, leading him to be fitted for a noose in California. Collins catches a break when the mayor’s daughter (Steffi Duna) demands the hanging be postponed until he teaches her to waltz.

Dancing Pirate earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction and was billed in its day as “the first dancing musical in 100% new Technicolor.”

The film co-stars such familiar faces as Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) and Rita Hayworth (Gilda), in an early performance as a specialty dancer.

Featuring a new restoration of Dancing Pirate from rare original 35mm archival material, with a brand new 4K scan, the disc include the following bonus features:

-Audio commentary and original insert essay from author Jennifer Churchill
Glorious Pioneers: The Birth of Technicolor, an interview with author/historian, David Pierce
Ambushed by Mediocrity: Remembering the Dancing Pirate, an interview with film producer/historian, Michael Schlesinger.

Buy or Rent Dancing Pirate

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.