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Captain Horatio Hornblower [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU18C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,840 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2014
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A solid 19th-century seafaring adventure classic set during the Napoleonic Wars. C.S. Forester adapts his own novel to the screen. Director Raoul Walsh ("Battle Cry"/"Colorado Territory "/"White Heat") aims to capture the spirit of the book, keeping in all the chases, escapades and duels, but alters the plot to make it mostly a thinking person's swashbuckler. Gregory Peck is perfect casting for the fictional Captain Hornblower, the heroic but ruthlessly strict disciplinarian (approves of the flogging of a crewman ordered by the cruel 2nd Lt. Gerard).

It retains enough excitement to overcome its sprawling storytelling and dead spots. It's a more conventional Hollywood action film than Forester's more imaginative written words were meant to be, but the viewer is duly rewarded with some breathtaking fighting scenes.
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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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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2012
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This is a review of the American edition of this 1950 film, which skilfully combines three of CS Forester's Hornblower novels, `The Happy Return', `A Ship of the Line' and `Flying Colours'.

I am of an age where loan Gruffudd will always be Horatio Hornblower, but Gregory Peck undertook that role in an earlier time. Tall and gangly with a reserved character, Peck certainly looks the part, yet somehow it never seems completely natural. This is especially true with regard to his `cough' of embarrassment that Virginia Mayo as Lady Barbara Wellesley so quickly picks up on; the `cough' seemed mangled by Peck and thus came over more as an affectation than a natural response to me. But the film is as a whole well-acted: see if you can spot the young Christopher Lee!

The special effects are very good, the sailing seeming so natural. The battles are not as realistic and gory as those in `Master and Commander' - this is the 1950s after all - but I was well-impressed nevertheless.

There are some factual errors - most notably the reference to Arthur Wellesley being the Duke of Wellington in 1807 - and large diversions from the original novels, such as Hornblower's first wife Maria being portrayed like a lady, when she was the cloying daughter of a common Portsmouth landlady: but Hollywood could not have Gregory Peck marrying such a creature!

There are generous extras on this DVD. Firstly, there is an hour-long 1952 radio-theatre broadcast of more or less the same script as the film. It stars both Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo, but is laughably relentless in its plugging of Lux Soap. Secondly, there is a twenty-minute film `My Country `Tis of Thee', an American history of the United States that was nominated for an Oscar.
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