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The Count of Monte Cristo [DVD]

Gerard Depardieu , Ornella Muti , Michel Aumont    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Florence Darel
  • Directors: Michel Aumont
  • Producers: Bruno Coulais
  • 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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVML
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,564 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic story told on a grand scale 26 July 2007
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brillant revenge film 7 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not faithful... 14 April 2010
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est magnifique! 17 Mar 2009
By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece for the small screen! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!! 14 Mar 2010
By Haniel
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have not read the book but will do so now asap! Depardieu is perfectly cast as the count,in fact I cannot imagine anybody else in the role now.He has such presence on film,one of the finest actors in the world today.(If you like Depardieu make sure to see "Jean de Florette"). All the principal cast do a fine job,great performances all round.At 6 hours we didn't want it to end and we won't be able to see the feature films in the same light again,so much has to be left out in a 90 min 0r 120 min movie.
If anyone is wondering which version to get then this is the one!!! Great adventure:betrayal,lost love,loyalty,justice,injustice,murder,suicide,greed,treason,forgiveness,redemption and ultimately...peace!
It's all there and relevant to any age or generation.Enjoy!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by rukhsana yasin
5.0 out of 5 stars Depardieu est magnifique
This is a great television adaptation. Thoroughly recommend it. Thoroughly recommend reading the book as well as this adaptation cannot do it full justice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Openhearts
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless story
A wonderful, no-expense spared, version of the classic story - with fantastic historical detail and high standard of acting from all participants.
Published 3 months ago by Nico
5.0 out of 5 stars magical
Hours long but almost too short amazing production quality I have watched it many times and would watch it again tomorrow
Published 4 months ago by Finn
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I have read the book and also seen the 2002 movie with Jim Caviezel(which I really like albeit a bit different from the book) however This movie isn't done well and I can't... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Felix Onodugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Shame no English , it's the French version with English Subtitles , a masterpiece to have in your collection! Read more
Published 12 months ago by JSV
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force
This is a wonderful version en Francais naturellement,avec sous titres en Anglais and the set includes a smattering of slight extras,always welcome if sparse,such as 2... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ken Raus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good series made for tv in France
I chose it because Depardieu is in it, obviously. It's six hours long - four episodes, but beautifully filmed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars French mini series
We wanted a french version and this seemed about the best. Very detailed and very "French" with food figuring very highly!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Phill
4.0 out of 5 stars Count of Monte Cristo
Very good version, but not as enjoyable as the original novel. Why do the have to deviate from the book?
Published 18 months ago by Anthony Thom
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