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

Sean Bean , Assumpta Serna , Tom Clegg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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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 (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2U5GW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,432 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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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

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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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just click "Add to Cart" and move 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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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant set! 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They just dont make TV like this anymore! 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, addictive series 11 April 2007
By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Our whole family just loved this addictive and exciting series, and looked forward to a new episode eagerly every night over the marathon of time we watched it! Very sad to bid farewell to Shape and his Chosen Men at the end..

Sean Bean is absolutely wonderful as Sharpe--and very nice to watch on screen, too! He has exactly the right blend of charm and danger. I love the character of Shape himself--he's nicely complex but also very strong and true and steady, a man who doesn't just believe in honour and courage but actually acts on it. But all the actors, and their characters, are terrific, we loved Harper of course but also Hagman and Harris and all the Chosen men, and the women too(except that we all couldn't stand Sharpe's ditsy second wife), and in fact all the characters. The plots are exciting(and there's a nice balance between fighting and intrigue)and the settings are superb(though as someone who knows Toulouse and its environs well I must say that the episode near the end, Sharpe's Revenge, which is supposed to take place at first outside Toulouse, the setting doesn't look like the green rolling hills of that area at all! Not surprising as it was filmed in Turkey..)Loved the music too, the Napoleonic-era folk songs Hagman sings are wonderful.

I also thought that the very first episode was a little awkward in places, but that soon faded as the actors got comfortable in their roles. More of Shape, please! Lots more!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Sep 2006
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic series of adventure stories. 26 Aug 2004
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product.
Just started to view, and so far the series seems full of action, the scenery is outstanding, and the actors very professional.
Published 22 days ago by LeslieH.V.Durham
1.0 out of 5 stars Order Summary
Order arrived on the 24, opened and tried to watch one of the shows. Got the following error message
"Playback prohibited by region code". Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jerry Hendrickson
3.0 out of 5 stars The content gets 4/5 Sars ...however...
When I got it and opened it up, one of the CDs was missing!

As it is a series of which I had previously seen most episodes, it is unlikely that the missing one was one... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mr. J. R. Blowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but broken box
This is good for the price compared to the full price but the box was broken so i had to fix it with sellotape and the dvd cases couldnt keep the dvds inside their boxes.
Published 26 days ago by Mehreen Mohammad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great watch
Well worth the monies we got plenty of enjoyment watching Sharpe, just wish there was more like it out there as Sean Bean played his this part with life and soul as did his fellow... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek Fergus
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
the box set was good value for money and very watchable.was sent out with haste and very well protected. thank you.
Published 1 month ago by p drinkhill
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CLASSIC
IF YOU MISSED THIS SERIES ON TV OR WANT TO RE LIVE IT, THIS BOXSET IS FOR YOU. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ALL RATHER "BOYS OWN" ANNUAL, BUT IT WAS GRIPPING, ENTERTAINING, AND A... Read more
Published 2 months ago by j
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series set
I have read the majority of Sharpe's books written by Bernard Cornwell and watched all the films in the series and they are very enjoyable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian B.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Dad loved it.
very good product and it came early so that was grate. the case they are kept in is strong and made to last
Published 7 months ago by christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe-The Complete Series (Collectors Edition)
I watched the series when it first came out on the television and enjoyed it.I have bought the odd single dvd so i was glad to be able to get the complete series,I have watched a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael
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