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

Robert Etcheverry , Jacques Balutin , Yannick Andréi    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LW4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: The Flashing Blade was a twelve part adventure drama centering around the war between France and Spain. It was set at a place called Casal during the year of 1630 and a Castle on the border between France and Spain is under siege from Spanish forces. Two Frenchmen (the heroes of the story) with a wicked sense of humour appear and make merry hell for the Spaniards. Francois de Chevalier and his servant Guillot are the story's main characters. The Spanish hear of a possible truce between France and Spain but some of the Spanish elite do not want a truce until the fort of Casal is taken. Hence they begin a bombardment of the battlements and try everything they can to prevent any form of truce being signed.
...The Flashing Blade ( Le Chevalier Tempête )

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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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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41 of 42 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
By A Customer
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You've got to fight for what you want... 1 Oct 2001
By A Customer
From the opening bars of the theme music it all comes flooding back, yes, school holidays were great in the 60s. Presented here are the final episodes in their entirety, with no editing out of opening and closing credits. As an additional 'bonus' the 'rarely seen' last episode is presented as the French version (perhaps the English version was lost). This comes with different music and titles, as well as burned on English subtitles. Quite why advantage wasn't taken of DVD's subtitle and audio features is a mystery to me, as I would have preferred to see it dubbed into English. As it isn't dubbed you do get to hear the actor's real voices as well as all the background noises that are lost in the dubbed episodes. There are no special features on this disc, just the usual episode/chapter selections, no subtitles and only one soundtrack. Quite why the last episode is 'rarely seen' beats me as a BBC transmission date is listed on the box, maybe it wasn't transmitted when repeated as the story does conclude (in rather an open way) with the previous episode. This then sees our 2 heroes struggle against the odds (and an ill-placed orchestral score) to bring the French delegate to the peace conference, and then deliver the cease-fire order to the Spanish in time to prevent a massacre. The last episode wrapping up the love story between the Chevalier and the Contessa as well as showing a side of Guillot not seen in the previous episodes. All in all a fine slice of kids retro and I for one can't wait for the release of 'Belle and Sebastian', 'The White Horses' and 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' on DVD.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 28 days 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 2 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 3 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 5 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 7 months ago by Steve Gattrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Took me back to summer hols when at school
Probably best viewed if you've seen it already. Nostalgia will work wonders and isn't that worth the money alone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RICHARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
Memories of sword fencing the next day on the way to and in school. Rushing home to see the next epsidoe. Some kids today would just not get the same excitment.
Published 8 months ago by m
4.0 out of 5 stars Ozat
Not really as much fun as remember of course, but still entertaining. Clear why the last episode was rarely shown, good colour, and print and all, but distinct lack of boy's own... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars memories
watched this series on saturday mornings as a child and was glad to get the opportunity to purchase and watch again
Published 11 months ago by tony herring
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashing Blade
I remember fondly watching this every School summer holiday in the seventies. Good quality transfer of the series to DVD.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Shaw-swain
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