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The Count of Monte Cristo [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Florence Darel
  • Directors: Josée Dayan
  • Producers: Jean-Pierre Guérin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVML
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,145 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This French TV mini-series adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' celebrated novel follows the adventures of Edmond Dantès (Gérard Depardieu), a rich, ruthless and suave purveyor of homemade justice. The production, which was filmed at locations all over Europe, is both lavish and immensely detailed, having the distinction of being the first filmed version of the newly-restored unabridged version of Dumas' classic, which runs to some 800 pages.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Addison on 21 July 2008
Format: DVD
This is a timeless story,and what makes it really unique and fascinating,is that its based on a true story.Gerard Depardieu plays Edmond Dantes.Betrayed by who he thought were his closest friends,and falsely accused of treason against France.Spending 18 years in prison,he befriends a fellow inmate,who bequeaths him a vast fortune on his deathbed.Successfully escaping from prison,the notorious Chateau D'if.H uses his fortune to seek revenge against those who betrayed him.I remember watching this,when it was shown on Saturday's on Channel4.I was hooked from the word go.The whole show just entertained from start to finish,and great credit must go to the French for making this.They were kind enough to cast the beautiful Italian actress,Ornella Muti,as Derpardieu's stolen girlfriend.An English actor Christopher Thompson,as he plays alongside Derpardieu's real life daughter,Julie as lovers.Obvuiously,the whole show is in French,but don't let that put you off.I found it hugely entertaining,as Dantes goes after his enemies with ruthless efficiency,and deservedly so!I'm glad I've got it on dvd,and whilst I certainly enjoyed the Guy Pearce,and Richard Chamberlain films very much.I found this French version had a real edge.There was much more added to the story,and its a timeless story.It will still be here after many years,and I'm glad it will be.Well done to all involved!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
I have read the book of The Count Of Monte Cristo. It was the best book that kept me reading for hours. This 1998 version of the film missed certain parts out of the film. For example it did not show the part of how young Albert ended up in the hands of the famous Italian bandit. In addition, it did not show the young son of the crown prosecutor (from his second marriage). The ending is also different from that of the book. In the book Mercedes did not end up with The Count Of Monte Cristo. She decided to spend the rest of her life with her son. The Count Of Monte Cristo ended up with Haydee. Even tough certain sections and parts were changed (that of from the original book), the film was still great. It was a happy ending with both Mercedes and Edmond back together again. Edmond did not lose everything; he still ended up with the love of his life. I still have to watch the other two versions of the film (1976 & 2002).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
This is easily the best film version of this mammoth novel, and one of Gerard Depardieu's finest performances. A number of other Depardieus also 'get in on the act', and make sure you look out for a flashback scene early on where Depardieu Jnr plays the young Edmond Dantes, and Gerard ends up playing his own father!

Gerard simmers throughout, Ornella Muti is radiant, and the rest of the cast is fairly uniformly magnificent.

You'll be gripped from start to finish.

It's worthwhile noting that this also forms part of an excellent, value-for-money boxed set of Depardieu's films,Gerard Depardieu [DVD] , also available on Amazon. This contains 3 other films: Trop Belle Pour Toi, Les Miserables and The Return of Martin Guerre. It's further complemented by Gerard Depardieu - Screen Icons Collection [DVD] which contains another 4 high-profile Depardieu movies.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2007
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The two DVDs in this set give one 6 hours of memorable story-telling and excellent acting all round. Gerard Depardieu is well-suited to the part and is utterly believable as Edmond Dantes. A lot of resources have gone into the production with outstanding depictions of 19th century France. Grand entertainment: thoroughly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Academian on 14 April 2010
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I bought this adaptation of Dumas's classic on the grounds that it would be faithful to the novel, having been irritated by many needless and incomprehensible alterations to the storyline present in other film adaptations. I must stress: this adaptation, while excellent, is not faithful. On many occasions that storyline is twisted. One might say that while the main events remain relatively faithful, the storyline which links between the events is entirely fanciful.

In spite of this, however, as an adaptation in its own right this is thoroughly enjoyable and worth the price. One is especially amused by Depardieu affecting fake noses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulysses 31 on 2 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
Gerard Depardieu is wonderful, as is the entire cast and script. Utterly addictive! I have read the book and this series is quite detailed compared, and so much more evocative than its other silver screened counterparts. Poor Mrs Veale is sadly mistaken with her misjudged review of the disks...as the set only has 2 disks altogether anyway, each with about 3 hours of pure brilliance to enjoy! IT IS THE WHOLE SET!! A must buy and a favourite at Christmas..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Openhearts on 25 May 2014
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This is a great television adaptation. Thoroughly recommend it. Thoroughly recommend reading the book as well as this adaptation cannot do it full justice.
What is not spoken of it is the background to all the play: C'était le temps après et sans Napoléon, yet the austere French regime he left behind, still rules sans mercy, sans equality, sans justice, sans fraternity.
This set of four episodes has its poetic moments and throughout is a kind of taste, an atmosphere of the gravity, which misfortune plays on a man. This is not a story without the unexpected and many things are beautifully played with precision and panache. The hostility between the characters is kept low-key and the downfalls especially of Fernand De Morcerf played by Jean Rochefort are ferocious as a result. It is a happy ending for the central character but I think I am not alone to feel saddened for Camille de la Richardais the lady he ultimately abandoned.
It is a brutal storyline and so though it is without explicit scenes, but because people get hurt and there is tension, I suggest you do not let your children under 12 watch it. Why bring sorrow to eyes so young?
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