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The Hornblower Collection (8 discs) [DVD] [2003]

Ioan Gruffudd , Robert Lindsay , Andrew Grieve    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne, Robert Bathurst
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Writers: Ben Rostul, C.S. Forester, Chris Ould, Mike Cullen, Niall Leonard
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 786 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24DW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,825 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 easy-going 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

Product Description

Featuring two unreleased feature length episodes: Hornblower: Loyalty and Hornblower: Duty

The voyage continues with the release of the seventh and eighth episodes in the series as we follow Horatio Hornblower on his next seafaring epic adventures. From Midshipman to Post-Captain all is well for Hornblower as he sets sail for France to unravel what the French are plotting along with his faithful crew on The Mighty Hotspur. Full of action, intrigue and romance Hornblower battles against the sins of the sea and discovers the true relationship between the French, the English and the Irish as well as a touch of romance for himself.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower the complete series 28 Jan 2004
I have never felt compelled to write about a product I have purchased until now. I had seen 1 or 2 episodes of the series by accident on the TV not knowing what it was to begin with and wanted to see the whole series from the beginning so I treated myself and must say that they are better than expected in fact I would even go so far to say that they are truly inspirational. The acting is brilliant and convincing. I actually sat through 3 episdoes 1 evening ( over 4 hours ) and I do not usually watch much tv at all. If you are interested in the wooden ship era, or georgian period or indeed period drama's then you wont be dissapointed.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the books! 6 Feb 2004
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I have read Hornblower avidly since I was 13 and can remember jumping for joy when I found out the books were being made into a series of TV films! Yay! I was certainly not disappointed with them and watch them over and over again for hours at a time. Ioan Gruffudd is excellent as Hornblower, really capturing the character and the supporting cast does not disappoint. Great acting all round. Everyone should watch at least one episode in their lifetime, you'll be hooked!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckle my swash 11 Sep 2004
Having been a fan of Sharpe, I felt saddened when the series came to an end. ITV had excelled themselves with the series, unlike 99% of their schedual, it didn't involve some unorthodox police detecive. If fact the period feel was so good, it seemed more like a BBC production that that of ITV.
When I heard that ITV were going to produce a series of Hornblower adventures, I had a nasty feeling that it was going to be a poor man's replacement for Sharpe. I thought that due to the budget, the sea battles would feature wobbly model shots, like something from Michael Benntine's Potty Time.
How wrong I was, this production turned out to be an excellent series. The company of actors are perfectly cast in their respective roles. Each film moves at a cracking pace, whilst managing to avoid disruptive,trendy MTV style editting. It's easy to see that this series was made by people who cared about the subject and were not in it just for the money.
Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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England is at war with France and in the middle of it is Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), a young midshipman who - with the help of his mentor Sir Edward Pellew (Robert Lindsay) - quickly rises in ranks from lieutenant to captain. He is a young man with the ability to command, always willing to risk his life but not that of others.

The actors are very convincing. Especially Robert Lindsay with his booming voice is the sea captain used to command a ship in times where there was no megaphone to hand and Paul McGann as the cool and melancholic Lieutenant Bush gives a perfect counterpart to Gruffudd's charming and passionate Hornblower. Absolutely fascinating are the scenes filmed on the ships: the crew in their cramped quarters, life on deck and below and especially interesting are the war scenes with the war ships blasting their canons at each other.
I loved this series and I will watch it again, that's certain!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Dec 2006
By Porunga
Everything about this is great. The music, the action, plot everything. Very enjoyable if you have any interest in the Age of Sail or similar themed films or tv shows and still great even if not.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great action! 23 Feb 2005
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Many people made a comparison between Sharpe and Hornblower as TV series and in fact the themes are the same.I was (and I am) a great fan of Sharpe when I knew about Hornblower, and I've been very happy to find again that atmosphere.The films are great!If I had to make a comparison I could tell that Hornblower offers,as film, a bigger action and suspence,great scenes on the sea and nice characters, but Sharpe remains my favourite as character,he's more complex and stout,perhaps because he comes from the ranks.By the way both series are great and the actors are brilliant,and if you like the subject,I highly recommend both!!!One last thing:even if I understand very well english I would have appreciated the subtitles in these a non-english I found a bit difficult to understand word by word,especially in case of sailor dictionary!Oh!Another thing (for girls):if you like these dvds!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb in every way 28 Mar 2005
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Saw some of the programmes, read the books, now viewing the DVD's and re-reading the books. I can't remember enjoying a TV drama so much since Keith Mitchell and Glenda Jackson in Henry VIII an Elizabeth R 35 years ago.Totally convincing performances from all the actors , with attention to period detail second to none.This must be one of the best ever releases on DVD - will give me many hours of pleasure for years to come. Ioan Gruffyd and Robert Lindsay deserve Oscars for their tremendous portrayals of 2 of the leading characters.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The story of Mr. Hornblower is a great tale of a man rewarded for his honor, duty and service to king, country and himself. It is not a fairy tale to be compared to the poor disney ideal of story telling, but one that inspires and entertains. If ever you wanted to have a hero that you could relate to, Hortio Hornblower is that. Also, one for the children so that they to may see how honor and happiness during struggle can be rewarding and charactor building.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BIT OF SWASHBUCKLE
Published 4 months ago by T SPENCER (terry)
3.0 out of 5 stars hornblower collection
misled by description of product expected complete series disappointed I received what I already had not the later episodes
another car boot item to sell
Published 5 months ago by David N. Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower
Well produced drama of historical fiction.
The element of 'truism' makes it more enjoyable viewing.
A well balanced cast.
Published on 23 May 2010 by AE Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars present
bought for my husband who is a avid Hornblower fan - delighted with the series and has re-watched many times. thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by Mrs. M. Wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
You will not be disappointed by this film if your taste is an order of magnitude greater than that of the semi-sentient beings who enjoy "Pirates of the Caribbean". Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by Pragmatist
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY ? no longer available at 'Realistic' price.
This is an excellant series of DVD's. Well made, Large scale (as much as I love the 'Sharpe' series it does lack a hundred or so Extra's to give the battles credibility. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2006 by RJS Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars hornblower blew me away!
hornblower is the most spectacular tv drama ever! ioan grufford, jamie bamber, and philip glenister all look totally gorgoues in their uniforms and the acting is brillant,... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower
Hornblower is the best nautical thing on tv, it is the best thing I have ever wached. Ion Gruffud and Robert Linsday are spectacular in it and it is filmed very well based on the... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2004 by matthew pickin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower, THE man of duty
After reading the magnificent books of CS Forester, those DVD brought us an new and additional pleasure to meet again this perfect gentlemen of duty and honor. Read more
Published on 20 May 2004 by FRANCIS
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