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Captain Horatio Hornblower [1951] (REGION 2) (PAL) [Dutch Import]

Gregory Peck , Virginia Mayo , Raoul Walsh    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, James Robertson Justice, Stanley Baker
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RJXYCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,632 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dutch Release - Audio : English - Subtitles : Dutch ( optional )

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite GOLDEN oldie! 5 April 2010
Format:DVD
This film is over fifty years old now, but the quality is still excellent. The story is set in a British Navy ship during the napoleonic wars, and is an amalgamation of three of C.S Forester's best novels, (The happy return, A ship of the line, and Flying Colours). The screenplay was adapted by the author, CS Forester himself in person, so what we get here is a version created by the author himself that removes the clutter from the novels but stays true to the basic storyline, and to the characters themselves.

As a result the film moves at a fast pace, the action never stops and although the film is quite long, it is over before you know it, leaving you wanting more. Gregory Peck is outstanding as Captain Horatio Hornblower, giving the character real life and heart. This film is a must for all lovers of naval history and Gregory Peck.

This film gets the full five stars from me for script, production, locations, costumes and performances. This movie is a real treasure not to be missed.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful adaptation with a twinkle in the eye 2 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
Being the first - and today very little known - adaptation for screen this motion picture stays true to Forester's novels yet making the atmosphere and etiquette of the day understandable and believable to present day's viewers.

Gregory Peck is - as always - excellent in the title role as the solitary and basically lonely captain who's struggles and thoughts rarely come over his lips. Virginia Mayo Fulfills her role as the upper class turning romantic lady while still giving her character depth. The story focuses on events of the Hornblower series of novels that succeeds those of the very popular and recent TV series starring Ioan Gruffud. The manuscript is truthful to the novels both in respect to atmosphere, character depiction and events.

If you're a fan of Napoleonic times, history in general and the actors participating this is a must. Much care and effort was obviously taken by the production team to match the historical settings - from the firelocks on the cannon to the stock and frock of officer's uniforms. Even the prevailing "British" attitude and humour shines through from time to time in this Hollywood production such as an English sailor's linguistic skills in French: "Eh, oui oui, Monsewer!"

All in all a good picture with good cast, visual effects, storyline and dedication to details. Highly recommended to fans of the TV series, the Napoleonic and those who simply love a good love story set in a different time.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment at its very best 24 April 2007
Format:DVD
Set at the time of the Napolionic wars, HMS Lydia, a frigate of the British Navy, is sent on a secret mission to the Americas. She fights a ship twice her size and is very badly outgunned. Does she survive to fight another day? Tremendous cast including many very well known British actors. This film has the added advantage of Technicolour. Offering not only tender romance but vivid action and adventure which keeps you glued to the film to the very last minute. Great battle scenes which are thoroughly realistic. An outstanding classic, not to be missed. Partly filmed in Portsmouth Royal Navy base and Mermaid Street Rye East Sussex.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adventure movie for the whole family 21 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
Two little boys stare transfixedley onto the screen. The sandwiches laid out in front of them get stuffed into little mouthes as if on automatic. This isn't Johnny Depp they are watching, swashbuckling at Keira Knithley's side and that other fine actor's whose name will always escape me. This is Gregory Peck clearing his throat at Latin Amweerican would-be despots in their captured battelships, at over-confident french sailors in their supposedly safe harbours and at noble ladies who imagine that merely being married to admirals who are not Hornblower would save them. Yes, some dialogues may seem artificial and deaths appear a bit too clean; but this is ast should be, because back in 1951 adventure movies were also made to be watched by families.

Now, what to watch until the boys are old enough for Master and Commander?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Horatio Hornblower 18 Jun 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We bought the Really Excellant TV series "Hornblower" starring Ioan Gruffudd. having watched and enjoyed every minute. I bought the film "Captain Horatio Hornblower" with Gregary Peck...because, it would seem the film picks up on the storyline where the TV series left off. Both the ITV series and the film are Classics in their own right. Both Leave you wanting more...Brilliant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Horatio Hornblower 9 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
This is my favourite movie without exception. It doesn't matter that it is years old...the story coupled with quality acting stand the test of time. Gregory Peck is still to swoon over!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars satsfied. 15 Sep 2011
By mk
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
perfect picture in english. as always arrived on time no quible with the price.also well satisfied with amazon.after sales is 5xxxxx.if you are a first time buyer with amazon.would highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower shows them how it's done! 1 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The last time I saw this film was on tv a long time ago. It has always been in my personal "Hall of Fame". It is exciting, funny, romantic and the battle scenes are just great. The Technicolor is terrific too, adding to the enjoyment of the story. I have read most of the Hornblower books by C.S.Forester and I recognized much of the stories I had read in the screenplay. Of course it did help that C.S.Forester wrote the screenplay himself. Although the actors who played the main characters were not British (Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo - American and Robert Beatty - Canadian) they gave a pretty good performance of a British accent.The only jarring note for me was when there was a reference to the "English Navy" and the "King of England". At that stage in history the country was "Great Britain". This is a mistake usually common amongst Hollywood scriptwriters but surely not by a British writer. There may have been a bit of Hollywood script editing!
I was initially a bit wary about the DVD as it was a Dutch import. Although the sleeve details are in Dutch the film plays in English just as I remembered it. It is helpful that the language selection page is the first page shown.
I heartily recommend this DVD to anyone interested in that period of history and looking for a good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by catherine dalgleish
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Published 16 days ago by Phillip Markwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My boyfriend love the film
Published 1 month ago by Sheena Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
most enjoyable film
Published 2 months ago by Martin Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Brief review of DVD
I purchased this DVD for my father who loves Naval movies.

Gregory Peck is particularly good in the role of the naval officer.

My father recommends it.
Published 3 months ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars hornblower
A true classic film starring Gregory peck, for all the family to watch.
Of captain Horatio Hornblower doing his duty for his country.
Published 4 months ago by Michelle Ritchens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Everything I thought it would be. Very happy to have it in my collection. Great period piece.and inspirational. What more?
Published 6 months ago by Derek Charles Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic hard to find epic one of the best
This is a well made film in the time when MGM and 20th Century Fox was making great films in the 50s and 60s as the demand was very high from the public and many great films was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MR B GIBBINS
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
A great classic action film Peck is in excellent form as Hornblower have added this to the recent Hornblower TV film series
Published 10 months ago by PATRICK FORSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Verry nice old Movie...
...that you will not forget. It is like "The bounty", one of the most important movies in this category. Watch it!
Published 12 months ago by M O
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