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The Flashing Blade: The Complete Series [1967] [DVD]

Robert Etcheverry , Jacques Balutin , Yannick Andréi    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Etcheverry, Jacques Balutin, Angelo Bardi, Gérard Buhr, Geneviève Casile
  • Directors: Yannick Andréi
  • Writers: André-Paul Antoine, Pierre-Aristide Bréal
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LW4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,605 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All 12 episodes of the adventure series detailing the exploits of Francois de Recci (Robert Etcheverry). In 'Episode 1', Francois arrives at the Fort of Casal to do battle with the marauding Spaniards. 'Episode 2' sees de Ricci disappear from Casal, and in 'Episode 3', he and Guillot meet one of France's most important figures. 'Episode 4' sees Francois and Guillot encountering the Duc de Sospel and his beautiful daughter Isabelle after they are captured by bandits. 'Episode 5' sees Isabelle realise her rescuer is not all he seems and in 'Episode 6' Francois finds himself travelling with a group of players, whilst continuing to search for someone to get his message through to the French. 'Episode 7' finds him in receipt of orders delivered by the Cardinal's agent. And in 'Episode 8' the Duke is blamed for Francois' escape. In 'Episode 9', Mireille's part in Francois's escape results in her being threatened with execution. 'Episode 10' sees Francois head out on one final attempt to save the beseiged French troups at Casal. 'Episode 11' has Francois near to completing his mission, but not before he has dealt with the dread Alonso! And in 'Episode 12', included here in its original French language version with English subtitles, Francois finally returns home.


The Flashing Blade is a tale of high adventure set in 1630 as the dashing Chevalier de Recci (Robert Etcheverry) undertakes a dangerous mission across occupied territory to avert war between France and Spain. This 13-episode serial was made for French television in 1967, and in dubbed form regularly shown on the BBC during school holidays from 1969 through the 1970s (usually when 1965's Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was having a rest). This release is aimed at that generation who, from the spine-tingling theme song onward, remember the show with tremendous affection. Like the classic Hollywood movie serials, each 23-minute episode packs in a couple of action sequences; some plot twists, a little comic relief and very variable acting and costumes. For a children's programme the story is remarkably complex, and takes a while to gather pace. The colours have faded, the use of classical music is clumsy, but the dubbing is surprisingly accomplished. The swashbuckling action is at odds with the more serious historical drama, but viewed with nostalgia The Flashing Blade is thoroughly entertaining vintage TV. --Gary S Dalkin

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
17th century comic strip capers in southern France in one of several series that the BBC, in its infinite wisdom, imported from the continent as part of the memorable "Tales from Europe" anthology, and which lay in wait for Blue Peter viewers on Monday evenings during the Golden Age of children's television. Enjoy a satisfying wallow in nostalgia with this excellent double DVD which will evoke the good old days when summers had never been so happy and sunny. Relive the thrills, the clash of swords, the famous theme song, the quaint costumes and amusing hairstyles, the highly-strung cleric Bodinelli (they're well worth buying it for), and the love (Isabelle de Sospel - aah, François, you lucky devil!). Then recall the arguments with parents that it wasn't a foreign film ("Simon, it's dubbed." "But they're all speaking English." "Yes, but..."). It was some time before I was eventually convinced that it was indeed a French creation. Exquisitely filmed, although you do see a road sign (Roundabout ahead) whizz past as the dashing Lone Ranger de Recci and Tonto-type Guillot make their first cavalier charge across the fields. Occasionally weighed down with excessive diplomatic and military chinwagging - the defenders of Fort Casal spend far more time talking about fighting to the last man than actually doing so - and it all seems a tad too involved at times for a children's series, each episode nonetheless serves up enough action sequences to keep the kiddies entertained, always ensuring that the good guys win the day. The final episode, which I had never previously seen, offers a brief glimpse of how the rest of the series must have appeared when first shown in France: complete French dialogue, the original theme tune and title (Le Chevalier Tempête), as well as a strikingly richer colour quality. Read more ›
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flashing Blade 27 Dec 2003
Re-live the excitement of your youth with this BBC TV childrens production.
Originally shot in French and then dubbed into English to be first shown in 1969.
In full colour it is exactly as I remember it, full of excitement and daring do by Francois and his Flashing Blade.
I was disappointed by the fact that there was no French option so that I could finally find out exactly what was going on rather than relying on the BBC story, although there is a major treat with Episode 12 which is in French with English subtitles.
Watch this with an eye for nostalgia and see if you can spot the road sign in episode 1!
Buy it you know you want to!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Swashbucling Romantic Adventure 25 Sep 2001
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For those who remember 1969 for Neil Armstrongs landing on the moon,who can forget the brilliance of this adventure story:watching it now nearly 30 years on it is a journey back to carefree days; yet its message of genuine heroics againts the odds sadly rings true today. But never mind, hooray for the chevalier and his ill coiffeuerd Guillot,hooray for the Abbe Mazarin and the cure Bodinelli, and boos for Alonso,and boos and hisses for the pig dog RIcardo!!!!!Sit back and enjoy,even though we'd all re edit the sound track to make more of Berlioz.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memories 19 Aug 2010
By marley
i watched this series as a teenager and found it fascinating then, now i am 47 i still found it brilliant, it is not everyone's cup of tea but i loved it especially the signature tune which i haved played many times.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars those were the days my friends 19 Dec 2011
The Flashing Blade: The Complete Series [1967] [DVD]Imagine my joy when I found out that the Flashing Blade had been re released, I was always watching this during the school holidays in late 69 and early 70's and can still remember the theme tune.
Utterly Brilliant. This and the Banana Splits every Saturday morning. It was the best of times, it was a great time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days! 8 Sep 2011
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I bought this DVD to remind myself of simpler times, of board games, walking to school, riding bikes, when kids were scared of policemen! I'm glad I did because I don't remember the last episode at all, but I won't spoil it for you! Aaah! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving my childhood 12 July 2010
I loved The Flashing Blade when I watched it over the summer mornings of my childhood holidays. I still love this series. In an ideal world I would be able to see it all in its original French version as well, but here we have the final 12th episode, never shown in the UK dubbed run, in French.

It's a great swashbuckler. Thank you Network.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure 10 July 2010
Although I missed this series when originally issued, I caught up with these programmes in the 1980`s. The episodes were transmitted on Sunday mornings and I thoroughly enjoyed them for several reasons: the action and adventure, also,as a horse-lover, I particularly admired the way in which the programme makers` trained these magnificent animals to "lie-down" on cue and above all, the breath-taking beauty of Genevieve Casile in the role of Isobel!

That in itself makes this series worth watching!

John Harman
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it then still good
takes me back to my childhood, loved it then still good.
Published 3 days ago by martyn
4.0 out of 5 stars the overdubbing of the French to English is occasionally strained but...
A flashback to summer holidays when I was a nipper! I remember this series fondly as it always seemed to be on in the mornings of the school holidays and my friends & I watched it... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Brian Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School
Just as I remember from when I was child when in TV great
Published 13 days ago by steven drummond
5.0 out of 5 stars the blade rises again
great quality used item
Published 1 month ago by neil beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above the rest
My wife was delighted to receive this as a gift as it brought back many happy memories of watching this great series on television every summer holiday back in the sixties and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by blue canary
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't make 'em like this anymore!!
I bought this DVD for a present for my boyfriend as he kept mentioning the series. I can't say that I remember it, even after watching it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
An excellent show, I remembered it vaguely and bought it just to find out the ending, to be honest it has dated a bit, which is why I have given it four stars, but it is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. J. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flashing Blade
Every kid from the 1970s will know this one as it was repeated every holiday. I never got to the end until now. What memories, what sheer joy. Great entertainment.
Published 6 months ago by patrickmrchips
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
Bought this as a present and it proved a hit. Found I remembered a lot more than I expected from watching it on the BBC in the seventies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Celebrimbor
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect thankyou
fit for purpose great product, excellent service, thank you, I will shop again and add to my favourites list Great
Published 10 months ago by Steve Gattrell
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