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Hornblower - The Complete Collection [DVD]

Ioan Gruffudd , Robert Lindsay , Andrew Grieve    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
Price: £29.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne, Robert Bathurst
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Producers: Andrew Benson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 786 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,336 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Hornblower – The Complete Collection DVD box set contains the entire set of episodes from the Hornblower series. Based on the character of Horatio from C.S. Forester's stories, the show revolves around the adventures of a gallant Briton named Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), who fought on the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars. First broadcast in 1998, the period drama is initially set in the 1790s and also stars Robert Lindsay and Cherie Lunghi; the Hornblower screenplay was written by Russell Lewis.


The Hornblower series begins in 1974 in Portsmouth, England. As a fierce squall rages in the English Channel, a pale-faced 17 year-old midshipman huddled at the stern is just embarking upon his career in the Royal Navy. Sea-sick and drenched, Horatio Hornblower is laughed at by his new comrades as he boards a ship for the very first time. Little do they realise, however, that this young boy is destined to become one of the most courageous heroes of the Napoleanic Wars.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vary Good DVD Boxset mat a Vary Good Price 6 Nov 2011
By Traffic TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I purchased this DVD Boxset from HMV (sorry Amazon) and have enjoyed it vary much. It really does show what life must have been like back then for a new recruit into the Navy as a junior midshipman. The on-ship scenery was vary good and the acting by all vary good too. It did seem odd seeing Robert Lindsey in a serious role (after seeing him in the long running TV series, My Family) but he was awesome in this; my favourite character.

The box set contains 4 DVDs which run for a total of about 13 hours and covers all 3 series.

The description did say "Set during the 18th century Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), a young and shy midshipman, rises through the ranks to become an admiral" but throughout the series he never rises above lieutenant save for a brief spell as a commander before reverting back to Lieutenant. I guess the description must be referring to the book series.

The quality of the picture is vary good and clearly remastered.

If you enjoyed the books in the series and similar, such as Alexander kent's Richard Bolitho series, then this is a box set for you.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best 23 Mar 2008
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C.S. Forester wrote his eleven "Hornblower" novels in the 1930s and 40s, long before Patrick O'Brien's Jack Aubrey or Alexander Kent's Richard Bolitho. This series has to be very high on the list of the finest adaptations of Forester's novels. Given that these were produced for TV without the immense budget of a Hollywood movie, their realism and historical accuracy are amazing. In the earlier episodes, Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower and Robert Lindsay as his captain really strike sparks off each other, as do Gruffudd and Paul McGann in the later stages. This series is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of the Napoleonic wars. But shop around, at the time of writing the RRP for the 4-disc series is £59.99 but it can be found brand new for under half that.
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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sea bound adventures. 7 Aug 2007
If you enjoyed the film, Master and Commander, or read the books of Patrick O'brian and are looking for more, then Hornblower is perfect for you. More high seas adventure and swashbuckling than you can throw a stick at. Considering the lack of a hollywood budget and the fact they were made for TV, this series is just amazing. The navy based equivalent to Sharpe, I would strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a bit of action and adventure.

Would also say to shop around, not sure how long it will last for, but have just found it online at HMV for £17.99 in the sale, now that makes it even better.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling Stuff 5 Mar 2008
By I. H. C. Mellor VINE VOICE
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Whether you saw the 'Hornblower' series on the TV or not does not matter, these are wonderful to watch for the first time or again and again. Loads of action to please everyone. Well worth investing in.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower collection is worth every penny. 14 Jan 2010
By Fiona M
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This DVD collection is excellent. I remember watching it on TV years ago and enjoyed it then, but now it is even better (without the adverts!) It is amongst my favourite DVDs and the kids love it too (1
PG disc, 2 12cert discs and 1 15cert disc, but they have been very stringent on the certificates - the contents are suitable and the violence (sword fighting) comes in context with the story). I would rate it highly and recommend it to anyone who asks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I only recently saw this when it was repeated on ITV 3 and then I saw the box set and brought it.

I have to say that I have read the books which I loved but I think the series is better. It captures the essence of Hornblower with out dwelling on his more irritating habits which would probably put of to days audience.

Ioan Gruffudd it could be said was born to play Hornblower a man where the need to his duty is the most important thing in his life. The way he changes throughout the series is remarkable from shy bullied midshipman. To Commander of the Hotspur the way he commands the men who often have years more experience than him is brilliant.

I imagine the purist will have problems with the same cast throughout, the book is littered with hundreds of characters. The characters being maintained throughout is just one reason why the films work so well.

Robert Lindsay is fantastic and this reminds us what a good actor he is. Jamie Bamber Paul McGann Davis Warner Denis Lawson all make this unmissiable.

A word about Sean Gilder and Paul Copley as Styles and Matthews fantastic these characters play a large part in Hornblowers development you almost sense that without them he could not have done it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower 2 Jan 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable cast and top notch production with lead character Ioan Gruffudd portraying the young Hornblower excellently. Can't fault the other cast either
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant price 12 Dec 2013
This is an excellent purchase for my husband as he loves to cook & watch a film in the kitchen but I will go mad if I see any more sharpe DVDs!!! Thank god for Hornblower, although not sure what will be next when he's watched these to death.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
dvd was damaged
Published 8 days ago by helen parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the series.
Published 19 days ago by ANDREW KLIMEK
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the books as a child and these are classic ...
Loved the books as a child and these are classic TV adaptations. Shame that the rest of the books have not been made into TV epics
Published 23 days ago by John M.
5.0 out of 5 stars treasure, and its mine
I saw the series on TV, and I loved it, so well acted, directed and the story line great, so then, I just had to buy the collection so I could watch it over and over, I never get... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic from start to finish
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Lavish set and costumes, lots of swashbuckling action, and well drawn characters that you care about. Brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by Flossie1
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower
I know this is an old set of films but it was as brilliant today as it was when it first came out
Published 1 month ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars New for old Crocs
Fit well and replace an older pair which I have worn out. Ideal for messing about with boats as the water drains away. Excellent value for money
Published 1 month ago by Ben Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas!!
Watched most of this when it was first televised, but really enjoyed watching it again - there's so much happening that it's easy to miss some of the peripheral details. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annakb
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Published 1 month ago by jo hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worth every penny.
Published 1 month ago by T. Reid-duncan
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