The Musketeers 2014

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This fresh 10-part adaptation of Dumas‚ masterpiece tells the story of an elite group of soldiers who protect their Royal Masters at any cost. Starring Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D‚Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Black Forest) as Porthos, the brothers in arms fight for what is just, tackling the evil machinations of Cardinal Richelieu ‚ played by Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick Of It). As they are propelled across seas and battlefields from masquerade balls to a remote convent, the Musketeers defend the honour of the Queen and the life of Constance Bonacieux, d'Artagnan's true love ‚ played by Tamla Kari (The Inbetweeners Movie).

Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Musketeers

Product Details

Discs
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 4 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 10 minutes
Starring Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Tamla Kari
Director Saul Metzstein, Toby Haynes
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Musketeers, The - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 10 minutes
Starring Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Tamla Kari
Director Saul Metzstein, Toby Haynes
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 14 Oct 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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Every episode brings something new which is mixed with the original storyline. It's interesting to see some references from the old movies as well. The production values and cinematography are superb, also there is an innate sense of the period.

This is a great example of the swashbuckler genre with the aid of some digital details(the Notre Dame seen from Richelieu's window or The Louvre seen from the river's sewers). Details very well used that are important to the dimension of the story.

The characters are very well developed and the writers use the well known background to give further intriguing story lines about them. Porthos (Howard Charles) is a good example of this. Athos and Aramis are more like we are used to see but there's a much stronger and emotional perspective.Specially with Athos' past and the intense way Tom Burke portrays him. Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) has a new love in this story, Queen Anne (Alexandra Downling) and I'm curious to see how it is going to end.

D'artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) and Constance (Tamla Kari) have a great chemistry. They say more to each other with the eyes than with words.

Villains are very important to a story and this adaptation doesn't fail in that. They are not the stereotyped villains we are used to. Of course Milady de Winter (Maimie McCoy) is an evil character but there's a whole metamorphosis process behind her complexity. Richelieu (Peter Capaldi) is a more down to earth antagonist and as cold and ruthless as Milady can be, he is still the better player.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful By eva ciechonska on 7 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Fabulous drama, perfectly cast and set. Locations are very atmospheric and the costumes are beautiful. It is a great escapist romp. So pleased the BBC have announced a second series........cannot wait!!

Would like to correct M. Evans who seems to have ethnic issues of his own. Firstly the actor who plays D'Artagnan is not of Asian origin but British born of Italian parents and secondly I am sure Alexandre Dumas (pere) would have applauded the choice of a mixed race actor playing Porthos. After all his own father, Thomas-Alexander Dumas, was mixed race (French father Haitian mother) and a highly decorated general in the French Army. Could be the BBC are paying homage to that......and why not!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
1625. France abounds with enemies without and within, Louis XIII the weak pleasure-loving monarch the Musketeers are duty-bound to protect. Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the bodyguards enemies need most to fear, hotheaded D'Artagnan desperate to join their ranks.

Cue for ten hour long dramatic episodes, their climax packed with surprises.

Welcome here great entertainment all the way through, those involved combining to create something special. Visually the series is a stunner, Prague convincingly Paris. Scriptwriters ensure all moves at a pace, double-dealing rampant, action and humour skilfully intertwined. The whole cast impresses, especially the leads. Full-blooded villains prove worthy adversaries, duplicitous Cardinal Richelieu skilfully manipulating all. (Peter Capaldi will prove a hard act to follow, now the actor is otherwise engaged.)

Here is a treat for those who like their heroes rugged, battle scarred, with troubled pasts - each with personal demons to overcome as the series progresses. Luke Pasqualino's passionate D'Artagnan stirs the emotions, awesome challenges faced whilst seeking to avenge his father's death. The women are by no means overshadowed: Constance a worthy ally; Milady de Winter not for a second to be trusted.

The box set comes with interesting bonuses about the sets, costumes, rigorous training undergone by the four leads. Also described is how that awesome climatic battle was staged.

In short? A triumph, all the praise thoroughly justified.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. M. Shand on 8 Feb 2014
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If you enjoy watching sexy guys engaging in sword fighting, romancing women, cracking a few jokes and battling the enemy - and all of it set within 17th century France - then this is the show for you..

It's a series of stand-alone episodes but with a long-term story arc developing in the background, which finally comes together by the series final. It's not a drama that has complex storylines or anti-heroes and it doesn't stick faithfully to the original book source, which may annoy purists - though all the main characters are present - it's just a 'lighter' drama for those who want to watch something different to the almost constant dark and gritty crime dramas that are common today. It does have a modern twist, with issues such as slavery and women's rights coming up in two episodes and even Constance is a bit of a modern girl at the side of many previous and dull incarnations of the character - and this time she's married, as the books author originally intended.

The four main characters are well cast and distinctive from one another in a realistic fashion, from young D'artagnan ( Luke Pasqualino does a good job of bringing warmth and humour but also a little darkness to a character who's often the dullest of the main characters or too boyish for some viewers to take seriously. At 23 years of age, he still makes a young, immature and cocky D'artagnan but one with hints of the handsome man and great Musketeer he will become ) to brooding Athos to ladies-man Aramis ( though he has dark aspects to his character as well, crucial to a character who could so easily be 2 dimensional ) to a Porthas who's clearly Porthas but not as cliché or OTT as previous incarnations, making him just as handsome as the other three musketeers.
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