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Sharpe: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1993]


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Product Features

  • Sharpe The Legend Featurette

Product details

  • Actors: Sean Bean, Assumpta Serna, Brian Cox, Daragh O'Malley, David Troughton
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Writers: Bernard Cornwell, Eoghan Harris
  • Producers: Malcolm Craddock, Muir Sutherland, Neville C. Thompson, Ted Childs
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Yiddish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 15
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios / Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 1531 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2U5GW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This Sharpe box set contains all 14 of the full-length television films based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell. Originally broadcast between 1993 and 1997, the films follow the adventures of the titular soldier during the later years of the Napoleonic Wars, through Wellington's Peninsular campaign up to and including Waterloo. The programmes represent an outstanding achievement for the small screen, dominated by Sean Bean's central performance as the heroic, troubled outsider who turns out to be a resourceful and loyal leader. Bolstered by a strong supporting cast--particularly Daragh O'Malley as Harper and (in later episodes) Abigail Cruttenden as Jane--Sharpe is often visually striking, and the action is tense and gripping. Consistency is maintained by all episodes being directed by Tom Clegg.

The sound is full-bodied stereo while the very "sharp" picture has been transferred slightly letterboxed at 14:9. Though looking much better than the original TV transmissions the occasionally cropped framing makes it apparent the films were shot in 16:9 widescreen, so it is regrettable they have not been transferred to DVD in that format. Otherwise these are first-rate releases. --Gary S Dalkin

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This Sharpe box set contains all 14 of the full-length television films based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell. Originally broadcast between 1993 and 97, they follow the adventures of the titular soldier during the later years of the Napoleonic Wars, through Wellington's Peninsular campaign up to and including Waterloo. The programmes represent an outstanding achievement for the small screen, dominated by Sean Bean's central performance as the heroic, troubled outsider who turns out to be a resourceful and loyal leader. Bolstered by a strong supporting cast, particularly Daragh O'Malley as Harper and (in later episodes) Abigail Cruttenden as Jane, Sharpe is often visually striking, the action tense and gripping. Consistency is maintained by all episodes being directed by Tom Clegg.

On the DVD: Sharpe the complete series is a 14-disc set of all 14 episodes. The sound is full-bodied stereo while the very "sharp" picture has been transferred slightly letterboxed at 14:9. Though looking much better than the original TV transmissions the occasionally cropped framing makes it apparent the films were shot in 16:9 widescreen, so it is regrettable they have not been transferred to DVD in that format. Otherwise these are first-rate releases. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Hooker on 23 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
What can I say about Sharpe?

An utterly fantastic series that is sorely missed by all. Sharpe's Challenge was a great taster for (I hope) things to come, ie, another series!

There are plenty of Cornwell novels to go round, so they should definitely make three or four more into films :)

The set includes all fourteen Sharpe films, and a bonus DVD (I've yet to watch that one), as well as a cool, informative booklet and fold-out colour map of the Iberian peninsula; so you can see where all the historical battles featured in the series took place.

A brilliant buy for fans of Bean, history or just great television alike.

Jim
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
The Sharpe series presented in a very attractive box set is a must for all Sharpe fans.

The Box contains the first 14 feature length episodes (Challenge was not filmed when this was released), the films follows the adventures of Richard Sharpe from his promotion from the ranks (very uncommon in those days) through the Neapolean Wars to the final battle of Waterloo, his promotions, frienships, trials and love life.

Each episode is based on the Cornwall books with the exception of Sharpes Justice (Number 13), though slightly out of sync with the books it still makes for exceptional viewing and follows on from one to the other relitively well.

The battle scenes are an anti-climax from the books due to the much smaller scale but the atmoshere is just as rich.

Jion the chosen men and relive the excitement of the era!
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Iceni Peasant on 28 Dec 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This complete set of the Sharpe TV movies will appeal to many people. Sean Bean fans, historical military fiction fans, Bernard Cornwell fans, action fans, early 1800's fans!
Above all if you're already a Sharpe fan and don't own any of the episodes on DVD yet, then buy this set!
With great action, decent scripts and good acting and effects this is compelling and entertaining viewing. All set in the Napoleonic Wars on the continent, following the career and adventures of Richard Sharpe; raised from the ranks to officer class, through to the Battle Of Waterloo.
There are 15 feature-length episodes here, with the 15th a bonus episode of clips recalling Sharpe's exploits. The box set has a very attractive, neat design.
EXTRAS: Not a lot compared to some DVDs, but there is a 25 minute behind-the-scenes featurette and photo galleries. There is a lovely booklet to accompany the DVDs and also a glossy colour map of the continent charting where each episode/battle from the Sharpe series takes place.
A simply brilliant set!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
THE STORY:
Sergeant Richard Sharpe saves the life of Arthur Wellesley (later known simply as Wellington) and is raised from the ranks to Lieutenant. He takes command of the elite Chosen Men (Harper, Hagman, Harris, Cooper, Tongue and Perkins) and the adventure begins. Across six years of turbulent history Sharpe faces the evil French Major Ducos, the sadistic and cunning Sergeant Hakeswill, insane guerillas, corrupt and incompetant officers, spies and traitors, until finally (as a Lieutenant Colonel) he faces Napoleon himself across the fields of Waterloo.
WHAT'S GOOD:
As one reviewer has mentioned, these are very akin to Bond films, filled with action, bravery, romance and heroism. Each one is a gem of British television and a gripping story unto itself. The acting is generally very good, but the best moments are when the four main characters (Sharpe, Harper, Hagman and Harris) interact in the calm between battles, their contrasting personalities but absolute commitment to one another making compelling viewing. The series is a veritable who's who of British actors with internationally recognised stars as Sean Bean, Liz Hurley, Brian Cox, Pete Postlethwaite, Alice Krige and Paul Bettany as well as actors who've appeared in everything from 'Poirot' to 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and back to 'Coronation Street'. If you like swashbuckling, gunfighting, bosom-heaving historical adventures, then I can't recommend this DVD box set enough. I'd like to make the additional point that I really enjoyed the musical interludes by John Tams (Hagman), particularly the theme song at the end of each episode.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tiago Guedes on 9 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This is an excellent series and there is nothing I could say that has not already been said.
I would just like to point out that the image Amazon posted of this edition is wrong. The collection I received does not include the "Exclusive Chronicles Booklet" and the "19th Century Battle Map", only the Bonus Disc "Sharpe The Legend". And this is not the case of a faulty edition, because the text has been removed from the cardboard box. Those items have been removed by the editor and Amazon is displaying an old picture.
A bit disappointing, because I was quite interested in the map also.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
Here are all the episodes of this great series (up to date) in one box set, what more could you ask for? Each episode is so full of charm and adventure that you can't help but watch them again and again. You get battles, betrayal, love and friendships all with a slice of history thrown in for good measure. Superb!

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