Watch now

£16.63 + £1.26 shipping
In stock. Sold by FUNTIME MEDIA

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£16.60
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Sold by: gowingsstoreltd
Add to Basket
£24.99
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Sold by: alentertainment
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

The Hornblower Collection (6 discs) [DVD]


Price: £16.63
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by FUNTIME MEDIA.
6 new from £16.60 22 used from £0.69 1 collectible from £18.71

Amazon Instant Video

Watch Hornblower - Season 1 instantly from £5.99 with Amazon Instant Video

Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

The Hornblower Collection (6 discs) [DVD] + Hornblower: Retribution [DVD]
Price For Both: £26.55

These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Denis Lawson, Robert Lindsay, Ian McNeice, Dorian Healy
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Producers: Andrew Benson, Liz Bunton
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3RS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,091 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

The first six episodes of the maritime adventure series based of the novels by C.S. Forester. In 'The Even Chance' seventeen-year-old seaman Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd) boards the Justinian at Portsmouth. Nervous, seasick and afraid of heights, Hornblower soon falls prey to resident bully Jack Simpson, but refuses to blab to his superiors, even when Simpson beats him. Hornblower's fortunes change for the better when he is transferred to the frigate Indefatigable under Sir Edward Pellew (Robert Lindsay), who puts him in charge of his own division. 'The Frogs and the Lobsters' has the Indefatigable join a task force to return Lord Moncoutant to his loyal villagers in Muzillac. However, Republican supporters in the community threaten Moncoutant's safety and he responds with draconian measures. Local schoolteacher Mariette stands up against the Lord's brutal regime, and Hornblower finds himself siding with her. 'The Examination for Lieutenant' finds Hornblower being encouraged by Captain Pellew to take his lieutenant's exams; meanwhile, Spain joins forces with the French against the English fleet, and the young seaman must find a way to keep control of his crew whilst they are subjected to severe rationing and quarantined due to a deadly plague. 'The Duchess and the Devil' sees Hornblower entrusted with the protection of important naval despatches and asked to accompany the Duchess of Wharfedale on a journey to England. When they are captured by the Spanish fleet, Hornblower reveals the despatches to the Duchess, but begins to wonder how far she can be trusted. 'Mutiny' finds Hornblower serving as third lieutenant on board the HMS Renown and suffering under the erratic will of its captain, James Sawyer (David Warner). In fact, Sawyer's behaviour gets worse and worse as time moves on, so much so that the other officers start to fear for the safety of the vessel. Hornblower starts off defending Sawyer, but eventually even he begins to think the unthinkable; namely, that a mutiny might be in order. Finally, in 'Retribution', the HMS Renown has run aground, but Hornblower has come up with a plan that could save the day: why don't they surprise the Spanish by making an unannounced land attack on the same fort they recently tried to attack by sea?

From Amazon.co.uk

Based freely on the classic novels by CS Forester, Hornblower is a series of TV films following the progress of a young officer through the ranks of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The series' greatest asset is the handsome and charismatic Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role, surely a major star in the making.

For television films the production values are very good, though as Titanic, Waterworld and The Perfect Storm demonstrated, filming an aquatic adventure is a very expensive business, and it is clear that the Hornblower dramas simply make the best of comparatively small budgets. No more faithful to Forester's books than the 1951 Gregory Peck classic Captain Horatio Hornblower, the real inspiration seems to have come from the success of Sharpe, starring Sean Bean, which likewise featured a British hero in the Napoleonic Wars. Nevertheless, while rather more easygoing than the real British navy of the time, the Hornblower saga delivers an entertaining adventure, greatly enhanced by the presence of such guest stars as Denis Lawson, Cheri Lunghi, Ronald Pickup and Anthony Sher. --Gary S Dalkin

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
This is one of the best hornblower's so far, demoted to lieutenant, and on half pay, hornblower is stuck in plymouth forced to pawn his possesions to pay his rent. that is until he is reinstated as commander of the hotspur, then the action and drama begins, which I wouldn't spoil for you. There is a good mix of action, but this one also shows hornblower begin to think about marrage and family. As always there are lots of naval and land battles. The dialogue is easily up to the usual standard and the story moves along briskly. As with hornblower DVD's there are no special features except scene selection. however I feel the story and production values more than make up for this. This is part 1 of 2, so to see the conclusion you will need to purchase Hornblower: Duty.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
This would make an excellent present. It is ingeniously packaged. When you remove what looks like a book in a slipcase and unfold it you discover 6 DVDs. This represents very good value. Stories are: the Even Chance, Examination for Lieutenant, the Duchess and the Devil, the Frogs and the Lobsters, Mutiny and Retribution - all of these are already reviewed as individual DVDs. There are no special features such as making of or historical background which is a pity.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. H. Munro on 23 May 2003
Format: DVD
This episode, with its partener 'Retribution' a close second, is my favourite out of all 8. It sees the return of our old friends Pellew, Matthews, Styles and, of course, Hornblower. Though absent from the book, a place is found for Archie Kennedy, and his cheeky smile really brightens up the screen. Paul McGann makes an excellent, and very welcome enterance as Lieutenant Bush. A tale of loyalty and mutiny follows, as they serve under a mad captain and unassertive First Lietenant. This is an interesting interpretation, but it stays within the bounds of the book, and really manages to flourish. A few unrealistic blue-screen effects, and one or two convictionless lines, fail to mar this great programme. Well done.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
This has to be one of my favourites of the Hornblower series. Hornblower and the others find themselves under the charge of a crazy captain. Mutiny is inspired after his harsh and cruel treatment of Wellard, a young midshipman. However, in other episodes, Hornblower has been my favourite character, but in this, he was taken over by Bush, beautifully played by Paul McGann. He appears somewhat heartless and weak, particularly when he fails to defend Wellard, but is later reveal to be loyal and determined. In this episode more is made of Matthews and Styles, played well by Paul Copley and Sean Gilder. I always enjoy these characters, which get better and better with every episode. Kennedy makes a welcome appearance as Wellard's defender, the only officer to do so, making him well loved by the audience. The two stars of the show have to be young Terrence Corrigan as Wellard, and of course, crazy captain Sawyer. Corrigan is wonderful. He handles some difficult and potentially humilating scenes with dignity and courage. Sawyer was horrifying and eventually pityed. Gruffudd as Hornblower, was, as usual, charming. But unfortunately, slightly overshadowed by an excellent supporting cast.
Any Hornblower fans must see this episode, one of the best. Again however, no extras on the DVD. I'd love to see cast interviews or a 'making of...' documentary.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "the_re-enactor" on 14 Feb 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This collection follows the adventures of Horatio Hornblower as he rises through the ranks of the British Navy. Set in the Napoleonic Wars which would see Britain triumph over Republican France and later Imperial France, leaving them master of the Seas.
The series is excellent having the right balance of story, action and historical accuracy. It is good to see an excellent Napoleonic drama following in the steps of the interesting if not slightly inaccurate Sharpe.
Hornblower is a must have for any Napoleonic, Naval history buff or somebody just looking for swashbuckling adventure the likes of not seen in these shores for quite some time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. VINE VOICE on 2 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
This series is just so good. Each episode is utterly absorbing (they're around 2hrs long each) so that it comes as a shock when they end and you're back in the 21st Century. Very fine acting particularly by Hornblower. With 6 discs in the box and a high re-watchable value, this set represents excellent value for money for anyone with even a hint of saltwater yearning in their veins! Wonderful escapism.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
Here it is the exciting conclusion to Hornblower: Loyalty. Starting off with hornblower's marriage, things quickly turn to action and adventure, as hornblower picks up two suspicious passengers. In this installment we see many of the mysteries from loyalty unravelled. In my opinion this is a fantastic story and it is told very well, leaping from action to adventure and back again. I was not at all bored throughout the whole film, I was transfixed by the attention to detail and wonderful standard of acting. Having previously reviewed Hornblower: Loyalty, and having said that I felt it was one of the best, i have to say that this is better.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 10 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Mutiny has and always will be my fave epsodie of the Hornblower series, The Frogs And Lobsters is a close second with the Duchess and The Devil third. Why is this one the greatest yet? Maybe because it has a very gripping plot compared to the others, a mad captain that terrifys you to the bone and a shocking acident that would lead poor Hornblower in jail awaiting court for his certain death sentence. While he waits, he tells the story to Captain Pellew about how Captain Sawyer came to fall into madness and did some horrifying actions to young Wellard. There are new characters arriving in Hornblower's journey, Mr Bush, Mr Buckland, Randall and Mr Hobbs. Each of them are either good or plain nasty, you decide who you think they are in that catorgey. Ioan Gruffudd was born to play Hornblower, giving yet a charsmtic pefomance and a leading man status that is now being used in Hollywood. I'm glad they used a fictional character like Archie Kenndey after to my horror that he dosen't exist in the novels, Jamie Bamber plays his part well and has a very naughty smile that brightens my sister's day. David Warner is a very good actor, protraying Captain Sawyer with menense and terror. Even Philip Glenister before Life On Mars came acalling was excellent, Mr Hobbs is indeed a intresting character and once again uses his unusual charsmia that makes you watch him with those amazing eyes. So it's a worthy see if you enjoyed the other adventures of Hornblower, Retitubtion is the second part of this two parter so be parepared to go through a gripping adventure like Mutiny.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback