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

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  • Actors: Robert Etcheverry, Jacques Balutin, Geneviève Casile, Giani Esposito, Angelo Bardi
  • 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 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LW4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon C. Lewis on 2 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
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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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "m1kesuk" on 27 Dec. 2003
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By small and covered in hair on 19 Dec. 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2012
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Nowadays, if the BBC were to buy a twelve part serial from another european country, it would be shown late at night on BBC2 and attract a small but very loyal cult audience.

Back around forty years ago they would buy children's drama series from europe. Dub them into English. And show them again and again during school holiday times as schedule fillers.

And like all the modern imports, shows that were broadcast in that way back then have also got small but very loyal cult followings.

DVD allows you to relive memories of these programmes all over again.

One such mainstay of school holiday tv was a french serial called the Flashing Blade. Set in the seventeenth century, at a time of war between France and Spain. A french castle on the border is under heavy siege. But a truce in the fighting is imminent. Only the Spanish commander would rather that his troops take the fort before fighting ceases.

The only hope for the defenders may lie in the Chevalier De Recci, a daring swordsman, and his trusty servant Guillot. They undertake a dangerous mission to bring aid to the fort. And find themselves caught up in conflict. On the battlefield and in the arena of church and politics.

Meanwhile, as the Spanish prepare for one last mass assault on the fort, time is running out for the defenders. Can the Chevalier save the day?

Swashbuckling action in here is sporadic, but very good when it comes. It does manage a pretty decent portrayal of military combat of the time. And of the political scheming as well. Although this version is dubbed into English it succeeds because it's a very good dub, with all the voices fitting the characters well. Especially in the case of the scheming papal envoy.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 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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