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Sharpe's Challenge [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Sean Bean , Daragh O'Malley , Tom Clegg    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Toby Stephens, Padma Lakshmi, Aurélien Recoing
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Writers: Bernard Cornwell, Russell Lewis
  • Producers: Julia Stannard, Kathryn Mitchell, Malcolm Craddock, Muir Sutherland, Stephen Wilkinson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIXLWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,579 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If the fearless Richard Sharpe is the Indiana Jones of His Majesty's colonial army, then Sean Bean is the dashing, captivating Harrison Ford of the adventure series--handsome, rugged, and charismatic. Bean, who proves here he's every bit the international action star, brings his righteous determination to this installment of the popular Bernard Cornwell Sharpe series. Set in the early 19th century, when the British Empire has a lot of skirmishes to quell and rebellions to quash, Sharpe's Challenge brings our hero to remote India, where a renegade British officer has joined forces with a local rajah, wreaking havoc on civilians and His Majesty's troops as well. At the behest of the Duke of Wellington, Sharpe sets off to India on what will prove a wildly unpredictable and dangerous mission, with kidnappings, horrific assassinations (a nail into the top of the skull is a preferred method), and treachery at every turn. The cast, including Toby Stephens as Dodd, Michael Cochrane as the sneering Simmerson, the delightful Irish actor Daragh O'Malley as Sharpe's loyal sidekick, and the lovely Padma Lakshmi as a sultry force to be reckoned with, are uniformly strong. But it's Bean, with his world-weary demeanor and craggily handsome features, who commands this rollicking yarn. The film, shown on British television, was shot on location in glorious, dusty, romantic Rajasthan, India, and the whole effect is equal parts Raiders of the Lost Ark, Master and Commander, and the American TV hit House, with Bean wearing heroism and cynicism quite comfortably, thank you very much. Extras include a behind-the-scenes documentary and some deleted scenes. --A.T. Hurley


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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see the return of Sharpe! 26 Jun 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Sharpes Challenge sees the return of swashbuckling Sharpe, reluctantly pulled out of retirement as a farmer, to go back to India, and rescue his old friend Harper, and save the British Army from a warmongering Rajah while he is at it.

It's great to see that the story, the production values and the acting are all up at the same levels we became accustomed to. Yes, the story significantly bends the timeline set up by author Bernard Cromwell, and bends history in general, but why quibble about this when the story is so well written and acted? This is boys own stuff, with damsels in distress, camaraderie, and beautiful exotic women trying to seduce our hero, with a few big battle scenes overflowing with extras thrown in for good measure. The characters have aged in the story as well as the actors in real life, such that the gap between this and the last episode makes sense, and the actors being a bit older does not detract from the enjoyment of the movie.

It's every bit as good as we have any right to expect!

The movie is presented in 'as seen' format - so we have it in two episodes, which distractingly means that in the middle of the story you get a 'Next time on Sharpe..' and then a 'Previously on Sharpe', which is annoying, but the disc is still indispensable for any Sharpe fan, or fan of quality TV in general. In fact, the story stands by itself, so that even if you have not seen Sharpe before you could enjoy this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sharpes Challenge blu ray 2006 13 Feb 2011
By PaulC
Format:Blu-ray
Buyers beware - I already own the dvd of Sharpes Challenge but bought the blu ray version to get high quality picture and sound. Both are better but numerous scenes have been cut from the blu ray version making this far shorter (38 minutes to be exact) than the dvd version. as a result the story does not flow and does not make so much sense. I do not know why they made these drastic cuts and until they release a full length blu ray I will stick to my original dvd.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beans back (as Sharpe) so watch out India! 6 July 2007
Format:DVD
I love the Bernard Cornwell flagship series following the military career of Richard Sharpe throught he Indian and Peninsular wars. The TV series... while good I can take it or leave it. Sean Bean isn't the Sharpe from the books but he is good in the heroic lead. This one takes him (and us) back to the Indian campaigns but with a slight twist from the novels.
In the novels Sharpe was an ordinary soldier, fairly new in the army and it was set before the Napoleonic wars but under the command of Wellington. In one of the novels he is almost killed in an ambush by a renegade ex British Soldier now working for the enemy. Sharpe survived the ambush and went on to hunt the renegade down. The ambush is here in this as a flashback but now we jump forward to well after the Napoleonic war and Wellington calls Sharpe (now retired) back to India where the renegade is now back to his old tricks again.
This double episode is everything Sharpe has always been, owes a lot to the novels but mixes several into one story, why? Well simply Sean Bean is too old to play the young Sharpe so we have to make it much later in his life. Gung ho action, a bit of love interest (but not much), an agreable bady and lots of explosions with the customary final battle. If you've seen Sharpe you know what to expect, if not, this is a good place to start even though its the last one (so far) to be made. I don't know if any more are going to follow but they have just about run out of books (well almost).
A great way to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical !!! 14 Jun 2006
By fivestarfrankie VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Am I the only person fed up with reviews which compare the item to some mythical gold standard ?

I agree this may not be the best EVER Sharpe film but it still manages to be better than 95% of TV or Cinema films. At the end of the day thats good enough for me !!

One point though - If the makers expect us to shell out £15 quid it's not too much to ask that they edit the two episodes into one !
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The war's been over for two years. Up-from-the-ranks retired colonel Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) is, more or less happily, making a living as a farmer. And then he's summoned to the Duke of Wellington's home in London. There, the Duke explains, a crisis is arising in India on the frontier between the British and the Mahratta princes. British agents have disappeared. Reports of armed rebellion have surfaced. The Duke wants Sharpe to find out what is happening and, if possible, put a stop to it. Sharpe responds as any experienced ex-soldier would when called back to the colors...he declines. Then he learns the last agent to go missing was his old comrade, Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley). When we next see Sharpe he's making his way through dusty Indian villages towards the encampment of a small British army not far from the fortress of the Rajah of Ferraghur. Happily, he encounters Harper, who had gone undercover in an attempt to gain information. From what we know and have seen, Sharpe's task will be extremely dangerous and fraught with risk. He will meet an enemy worthy of him, an English traitor named William Dodd (Toby Stephens), arrogant, vicious and supremely capable. A deserted lieutenant from the British-led Indian Army, Dodd is now styled a general who is leading the forces of the young Rajah. When Sharpe and Harper pretend to be deserters themselves in order to join the Rajah's army, Sharpe will also encounter the beautiful and deadly Madhuvanthi (Padma Lakshmi), regent and elder sister of the Rajah. The Rajah, the regent and Dodd all approve of the old ways when dealing with traitors, captured soldiers, thieves and other malefactors. They have nails hammered into the skulls of the unfortunate captives.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow on to a classic TV series
This is one of the two sequels made in India after the end of the Napoleonic Wars depicted in the original Sharpe series which was very successful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. N. S. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars history in action
full colour hd action war romance deceit history brought to life costumes and customs i think accurate to real history
Published 7 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence continues
Has all the ingredients of a Sharpe Adventure. A mission deep into enemy territory, a beautiful woman and of course a cad ! Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe`s next challenge
Thank goodness I read good reviews about Shape, as I reckon it's got to be the best drama show around. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neil Whitfield
4.0 out of 5 stars As Expected
Nether any more nor any less than specified or expected. Nether any more nor any less than specified or expected..
Published 15 months ago by B. Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpes adventures during the Peninsula Wars
Wonderful, exciting tales during these wars. Accurate portrayal of different characters in challenging situations who are not always heroes but scroundels, cowards and bullies. Read more
Published 15 months ago by de M family
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpes Challange.
I am a big fan of Richard Sharpe and found this to be a most enjoyable story and complements my box set, a good buy.
Published 16 months ago by C. J. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
For my review of this refer to my review of Sharpe's Peril as this is every bit as good and Sean Bean is in every bit on form. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mel Hague author of EMPORIUM OF DEATH
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I like this film it made my set complete xxx xx xx xx xx xx x xx xx xx xx
Published 19 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
If you are a fan of the Sharp series or a fan of the Napoleonic wars this is a must see. A well made movie with great actors.
Published on 14 April 2012 by Paul Lange
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