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Count of Monte Cristo [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gérard Depardieu , Ornella Muti , Josée Dayan    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Sergio Rubini
  • Directors: Josée Dayan
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, Didier Decoin
  • Producers: Doris Kirch, Jacques Bar, Jean-Pierre Guérin
  • Format: Colour, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BFJM26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,617 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Memories of past adaptations of the Alexandre Dumas novel inevitably hover over this Count of Monte Cristo, a four-part French mini series from 1998. Yet despite a rocky beginning, this lengthy costume adventure, starring Gérard Depardieu as the vengeful Dantès, is absolutely mesmerising in its own way.

Rich in detail and overlapping subplots, strikingly handsome in art direction without getting ostentatious, this particular Count comes to life after Dantès escapes his lengthy incarceration in solitary confinement. Fans of the story know what comes next: Dantès makes his way to an uninhabited island off Italy, where he locates a vast treasure he has heard about. His sudden, phenomenal wealth gives him the means to reward allies, punish enemies and become an architect of events without anyone knowing who's behind them. While Dantès' mind is bent on destroying those who betrayed him, his deeper nature causes him to perform a vast amount of good as well.

Depardieu's big, beefy, clean-shaven self is not exactly the right fit, initially, for a character supposedly subsisting on thin soup for 18 years. He quickly assumes the central role with one of his most knowing and subtle performances, ingeniously painting Dantès as a man who has exchanged one sort of prison for another, the latter his own hatred. The sharp, engaging screenplay is by Didier Decoin (The Chambermaid on the Titanic), and the production is directed with flashes of bold inventiveness by Josée Dayan.--Tom Keogh,

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
When I saw this, I thought "hmm, another French film with Gérard Dépardieu, is there a French production that DOESN'T involve him in some way?" But I have to say that he is perfect for this part. After 18 years in jail, the innocent Edmond Dantès styles himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, in order to seek revenge against the so-called friends who betrayed him years before, using his vast wealth, a number of disguises and remarkable ingenuity to mastermind their spectacular downfalls. Brooding, vengeful and frightening with his enemies, loyal and gentle to his friends, Dépardieu as the Count is central to this production. But this is by no means a one man show.
There is a whole kaleidoscope of characters as the story unfolds, some comic, like the scrounging Caderousse, others scheming and suave, such as the dastardly Villefort, and a host of others. If you like costume drama, this will not disappoint, as the women flounce in beautiful dresses around huge and ornate houses, the men strut in their impeccable waistcoats and top hats, and in the background, horse-drawn carriages ferry the rich and privileged past the hungry, dirty peasants. There is mystery, betrayal, suffering, trickery, clandestine romance, scheming, exotic locations, murder, kidnapping, regret, love, execution, financial skulduggery, redemption - you name it, it appears in Dumas's classic tale. Even the subtitles are good, in the unenviable task of conveying the complexity of the story, and it is certainly more atmospheric to hear the words in French - I can't imagine Dépardieu or any of this production dubbed into English!
I can't recommend this video highly enough if you feel like a few hours of Napoleonic intrigue and escapism, all set to a beautifully haunting and dramatic score.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Adventure at it's best! 29 Dec 2002
Ever since reading the novel many years ago I've been searching for an accurate adaptation to either TV or Film. Many years ago the BBC mini-series captured it beautifully with the unique English actor Alan Badel in the lead role as the enigmatic 'Monte Cristo' Since then everything has disappointed and some have shown only cursory respect for the original novel. Then along comes this version which is simply wonderful! Following the original storyline as closely as possible, within the time frame, and featuring superb casting, great camera, sound etc., Depardieu et. al. bring this story truly to life with its complexity of plot, suspenseful romance, fascinating characters - and all backed by a great music track which carries us magically from one scene to another!
Thoroughly recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent! 8 Aug 2002
At first I was a little concerned about the lenghth of this mini-series. I thought it was nearly impossible to enjoy the viewer for more than 4 hours. But....I was very wrong! This series is a jewel. Gerard Depardieu is always at his best in this kind of historic roles. His performance is brilliant! Also the acting of the other main characters was just exellent. Only after a few minutes you get already captured by this quality-story. The settings are beautiful and reminds you convincingly of this period in history.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuanced and compelling mini-series 6 Feb 2004
Not to be confused with the many films of the same name, this Gerard Depardieu Count of Monte Cristo was originally a mini-series for French television. This is a substantially authentic presentation of Dumas' ever-popular romance.
The authenticity is underlined by the inclusion of the full English translation of the original novel in the same case. This is something you simply could not have got away with in any of the film versions.
The series does take a couple of liberties with the plot, but in general they are nuanced alterations required to make it fit the format of television. It also has the very significant advantage of being in French with English subtitles, so most of the dialogue is the original.
What then, of the series itself? Hugely enjoyable. Depardieu is absolutely right for the part, and well supported by Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Sergio Rubini and Florence Darel. Prior to watching this, I had seen two of the films but not read the book. I was left gasping in my chair. With Dumas, plot is everything, and this is probably his best. The production and cast make up for what is probably the author's greatest weakness - he is better at describing passion than he is at showing it, and better at telling us that the situation is tense than actually making us feel the tension.
What about the book, then? It's a little disappointing that we get the English text rather than the French. Even so, the series will lead you naturally into reading. If that itself leads you to finding and reading the French text, so much the better.
Warmly recommended.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Mini-Series!!! 5 Feb 2003
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I first saw this mini-series living in France when it was on national TV. Everyone was talking about it, its was on all the chat shows and in the newspapers, and when I saw it I knew why - it was completely gripping! Great acting, great camera work, great production quality, beautiful scenery and location, great editing, directing and most imporantly amazingly convincing acting by a huge cast.
It's Gerard Dep's best performance by absolute miles, its as if he's lived all his life just for this role.
If you're a fan of the book or Dumas' other books you will love this, if you're a fan of a gripping and fascinating story you'll love it, and if you like period pieces or drama, you will love it. If you're bored of the same repeats on TV you could do no better in buying an entertaingin DVD than to get this.
Far far FAR better than the 2002 Guy Pierce remake. Its in a whole other league.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cest magnifique
Great drama. I bought this about 7 years ago, when it was a fiver! Great value for about 6 hrs of TV. Depardieu is superb, and the whole thing is very well shot, and soo French. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. A. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Only moan is you have to watch the credits after each episode.
Eat popcorn, drink cola, put out the cat, cover the budgie, cuddle the wife. Enjoy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST
I remembered seeing this series on TV years ago and had been hoping it would appear on Blu Ray sometime. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Over theatrical
I found this over theatrical and frankly dull. There was little to explain the characters' motivation, and there were obvious budgetary constraints. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Machiavelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Monte Cisto DVD
It doesn`t stick to the original story line in several significant ways, but it makes a very watchable adaptation with good performances in the main parts
Published 18 months ago by John Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercedes and the Philosopher's Stone
I read Dumas's fanciful tale of betrayal and revenge as a teenager and greatly enjoyed it. I've seen several productions over the years and this is by far the best, although I must... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr. John Bromilow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Count of Monte Cristo
Love this version, exciting and visually beautiful. Being in French is sublime in itself. Depardieu is divine as usual. Love the period drama especially this one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carol Masuch
5.0 out of 5 stars The book of the film, both spellbinding
First I watch the film & was enthralled & then I read the book & was lost in this world.
Both were wonderful
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by JohnJenner
2.0 out of 5 stars Secondbest
Although this version matched the book as closely as possible and wasn't bad, it could not compare with the BBC series starring Alan Badel. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by Countonbadel2
5.0 out of 5 stars Select your seller carefully
I used Zoverstocks who advertised the book & DVD for sale but only sent the DVD and did not answer emails about the missing book. A claim filed with Amazon. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by An Artist
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